These are going to be some of the most recycled photos of the year, I’m sure. Both Michelle and Barack Obama visited Buckingham Palace today per The Queen’s invite to a two day State Visit. Michelle was wearing a lavender-pink cropped jacket over her a-line Barbara Tfank Resort 2011 dress. Sticking to her style formula, Kate Middleton dressed in the “Shola” bandage dress by high-street retailer Reiss. And yes, it is already sold out.
Welcome to your special Royal Wedding edition of Fashion Spot.
Alexander McQueen is my most adored British brand, which makes it extremely appropriate for today’s nuptials between HRH Prince William and Catherine ‘Kate’ Middleton. Take note of the ultra-sheer Union Jack. Though I’d adore to see Kate in a longer version of designer Sarah Burton‘s butterfly gown (seen here), my source tells me that Kate’s wedding dress is actually a vintage McQueen piece that Lee designed himself – with Burton taking care of the dress fittings. Follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Royal Wedding fashion updates, and show me any Brit-inspired Fashion Spots of your own!
You know what sucks? Knowing the Royal Wedding dress designer and not being able to share. Figuring I can’t make any more ‘assumptions’ about the day, I shall bring you the best of the rest regarding Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s Friday celebrations.
Not enthused yet? Five Reasons to look forward to the Royal Wedding – Dollymix
Spot the Difference! Kate and William – Star Trip
Blair Waldorf thinks she has better tresses, but we’re all interested to find that Kate Middleton is letting her hair down! – Kiss and Makeup
A fantastic style comparison between Kate Middleton and Lady Diana – OSOYOU
Need something to calm your Royal excitement? Try these Top 10 Royal Wedding Craft Tributes! – Crafty Crafty
How about The Best and Worst Royal Wedding Souvenirs? – Osoblog
Mario Testino took a break from snapping Prince William and Kate Middleton to lens the latest Spring/Summer 2011 campaign from Burberry, featuring British beauties Sophie Kennedy-Clark and Matthew Beard.
“We wanted to create a dynamic campaign that reflects the diversity of our broad global consumer, revealing new British cast members each month, all with their own identity, embodying the different attitudes of the Burberry guy and girl. We shot the campaign on Brighton Beach to celebrate the great British outdoors and our history of supporting emerging talent and to bring to life the emotion behind protection from the elements.”
– Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer
The feminine center of the media’s omniscent eye, soon-to-be-royal Kate Middleton has already had a killer impact on the fashion consumerism. Everyone wants their hands on a little bit of that Princess Magic.
The major story here is the infamous blue-jersey Issa wrap dress she wore during the press conference announcing her engagement to Prince William; it sold out in store and online within 24 hours, brought name recognition to a little known brand (from designer Daniella Helayel), and inspired countless knock offs. After that? A cream-coloured Reiss dress she wore in their Mario Testino-shot engagement portraits – a past season’s style from her own closet – that prompted Reiss to reissue the dress.
The £650 Burberry trench with the ruffle-flare hem she wore last week? Sold out on online, joining the ranks of PartyBingo.com as top 2 most ridiculous ways to waste money online. A £22 knock-off by Brit brand Asda saw sales spike 300 percent. The black velvet Libelula coat she wore to a wedding in January? The Mail reports that the £310 Dulwich coat sold out within hours of the photos being published and now has a wait list of over 300 people. The £295 Temperley Titan dress she wore to a charity event in December? Sold out in two days (Kate got it on sale).
The red Luisa Spagnoli suit and Aquatalia boots she wore when she went to St. Andrews with Will last month? According to the Mail the £335 “sushi” jacket and £160 skirt sold out within a day at London boutique Hollie de Keyser. The boutique re-ordered 100 more of the suit and owner Hollie de Kayser said, “Since Kate wore the suit, we have been inundated.” As for the £395 Aquatalia boots? Stockists Russell & Bromley say everyone’s calling for the “Kate Middleon boots.”
I’m hoping for a little more Michelle Obama style from the classic beauty, but there is no arguing she knows how to work both high and low end tailoring.