Still enjoying the huge boost that Kate Middleton‘s blue wrap dress has given her business, Daniella Helayel (the woman behind designer label Issa) has decided to infiltrate her jersey dresses and English-styled collections globally. In 2011, the Brazilian-born brand is going to relaunch their business in the U.S., introduce e-commerce on Issa’s website, debut a children’s line called Baby Issa (just in time for a Royal Baby?), and open six new locations in Brazil. Right design, right time.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Mario Testino-lensed royal engagement photos have been released! Testino took two pictures – a formal shot in the Council Chamber of St. James’ Palace’s State Apartment, and a more casual one in the palace’s Cornwall Room. Photographer Of The Royals told the AP: “I have never felt so much joy as when I see them together.”
So what are they wearing in the photos? In the formal shot, William is sporting a classic gray suit/white shirt/blue tie combo while Kate is wearing a white Reiss dress. A dress so important – though originally featured in the mass of Reiss‘ Autumn/Winter collection – “a version of the dress style Kate chose will be re-released and available beginning in January 2011, as part of the Reiss Spring/Summer 2011 collection,” according to the brand.
In the casual photo, Will opted for a Brunello Cucinelli fawn-colored cashmere sweater in ‘something borrowed’ fashion as it was given to him to throw on over his white Turnbull & Asser button-down by Mario Testino and the team who attended the shoot. Kate chose an ivory top from Whistles. As expected, Kate’s engagement ring (you know, the one that launched a thousand imitations) is on full display in both shots.
So, what about some exclusive news on the Royal Wedding? We have been told that Kate’s wedding dress is already being made inside the palace for security reasons. William will be wearing his Royal Air Force uniform, and Prince Harry will also be in military uniform. For the 11am wedding ceremony, a dress code has been set in place as morning dress or lounge (business) suit for men and a smart day dress with a hat for women. There will be several wedding breakfasts, with the main one for family and close friends of the couple which will be hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. That evening there is set to be a reception at The Ritz, organised by Lady Elizabeth Anson, the Queen’s cousin. As for where the newlyweds will live after the wedding, plans are set for North Wales so William can continue his work at the RAF. Palace insiders have also confirmed that Kate has even started to learn Welsh in order for her to one day become the Princess of Wales. Aww.
It’s been discussed since Day Uno; who will be the designer of Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress? With a Prince-cum-King like William at hand, the stakes are high. Bookmaker Paddy Power stopped accepting bets (yes, wedding bets) on this most important of matters on November 26 – five months before the wedding – after designer Bruce Oldfield emerged as the favorite.
They commented by saying “- we were receiving one-way traffic for Bruce Oldfield, and there is no point in taking bets when all the interest is in one person. He started as 4/1 joint favourite, but since then his odds have been slashed to 1/3. That would mean there is a 75 per cent chance of him being the wedding dress designer. Sometimes this kind of betting comes from people taking an educated guess, but sometimes it is the result of a leak. We were taking bets of £500 or more so it could be a leak. The wedding is in April, so someone knows what dress she is wearing. I suppose we will just have to wait to see on the 29th.”
My twenty-five percent vote is for Phillipa Lepley – I should have gotten in the pool while I had the chance!
In case you you’ve been on a media detox this past week, I’m sure you know of a girl named Kate Middleton getting engaged to a guy named Prince William. Well, William Louis. People magazine’s managing editor Larry Hacket has commented on the whole affair by saying,”…this story involves an incredibly attractive girl who is young and going to be a princess. I sure hope she does well. I mean, all this story is lacking is a dragon“.
This is all well and good for the tabloids, who don’t stage dramatic and expensive photo shoots for their covers and can use whatever Middleton shots they have lying around. However, fashion magazine editors at Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar are in a bit of a spot because, well, how do they get Middleton in their issues? Most power females have a running relationship with the US heavyweights. Kate, however, will probably stick to publications on this side of the pond.
“Im sure [Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief] Glenda Bailey has already placed a call,” said one source. [PopEater’s Rob] Shuter noted that for American editors, this wedding presents a bit of a role reversal. “Editors in America are used to sharing their photos of, say, Jennifer Aniston, with their counterparts in other countries, but now they will need to play especially nice for access to Middleton, who will undoubtedly want to be in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire in the U.K.”