There are still 100 days to go until the big day.But royal wedding fever came to Buckingham Palace today in the form of an artistic "performance" dedicated to Prince William's bride-to-be.Eleven art students - plus this reporter - paid homage to 29-year-old Kate Middleton by dressing head to foot in her engagement outfit and inviting bemused passersby to the wedding. Wearing market-stall versions of the blue wrap Issa London dress, black court shoes and 18-carat sapphire engagement ring, the Royal College of Art students lined up outside the palace for a performance piece called "Kates". When tourists asked what they were doing, they said together: "I'm Kate. It's wonderful to meet you. I'm very excited about the wedding." The group had difficulty finding all the components for the outfit, but bought 30 rings for £50 after doing a deal with a trader at Dalston Market and found "bargain" shoes for £4 a pair at Primark. The work is the product of artists Sarah Cockings, … [Read more...] about Art students stage performance dedicated to Kate Middleton
The accolades just keep rolling in for Kate Middleton. After being named an international style star in August by Vanity Fair, the impeccably dressed Duchess of Cambridge has done it again—nabbing the top spot on Harper's Bazaar U.K.'s Britain's Best Dressed 2011 list. PHOTOS: William and Kate: Happily Ever After The judging panel included designer Antonio Berardi, milliner Phillip Treacy, designer Roksanda Ilincic, editor Lucy Yeomans and editor-at-large Kim Hersov. "Catherine's incredible style evolution has gripped us all," Yeomans wrote. "She gave us the year's—if not the century's—most thrilling fashion moment at the royal wedding, and is shaping up as an amazing ambassador for British designers and the high street." Taking the title was no easy feat for Her Royal Highness, considering the bevy of chic British beauties who were also in the running. PHOTOS: Princess Perks! Awesome Things Kate Middleton Gets Singer Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine, … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton: Best-Dressed Duchess Royally Rules Bazaar U.K.’s List
Chris Jackson/Getty Images Seeing how the upcoming royal wedding will be just as big (OK, bigger) than, say, the Super Bowl, it only makes sense that it's being treated like a major sporting event.[/caption] Sure enough, the online gambling site, Bodog.com, is currently accepting wagers from folks interested in betting on anything and everything related to Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials. And we do mean anything and everything... READ: Kate Middleton's Family—Five Things You Didn't Know! While a few of the things you can bet on are pretty tame, like, What color will Kate's wedding dress be? (Ivory 2/3) or who will catch the wedding bouquet? (Prince Harry's girlfriend Chelsy Davy 15/1), most of them are kinda out there. Among the highlights: Will Kate jilt William at the altar? (Yes 500/1) Will it rain? (Yes 7/2) Who's most likely to cry? (Kate's mom 3/2) Will Harry drop the rings? (Yes 25/1) Or forget the rings? (Yes 100/1) How long will the couple's first kiss … [Read more...] about What Color Will Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Be? Will She Jilt Wills? Wackiest Wagers on the Big Day
Fame Pictures At this point the dress is being sewn in a cave somewhere by a thousand round-the-clock workers, will be covered in golden tarp when complete, then airlifted to Kate Middleton exactly three seconds before she exchanges vows with Prince William. Seriously, people. Aside from Kate herself, no one knows who's making the gown or what it looks like. Not even Wikileaks could crack this. So it should come as little surprise today when the last designer accused of whipping up the mysterious get-up, Sophie Cranston, had to make a public statement denying she has anything to do with the soon-to-be-world famous number. What say you, Sophie? MORE: Forget the dress! Which tiara will she choose? "For the purpose of clarification we are not designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress," said the rep for Cranston's fashion house, Libélula. "We, like everyone else, can't wait to find out who it is!" The label was forced to respond to a flurry of questions on who, what and wear … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Drama: The Mystery Deepens!
Fame Pictures No, not that dress, people—no one's going to see Kate Middleton's closely guarded wedding gown until next Friday, duh. We're talking possible honeymoon dresses. Yesterday, Kate was spotted shopping on King's Road in London's trendy Chelsea neighborhood in a casual black wrap dress and brown leather bag, looking relaxed and fabulous. So what did the bride-to-be buy? PHOTOS: Fashion Spotlight: Kate Middleton Kate scored three adorable printed dresses and a white peasant top—all very reasonably priced from $72 to $105—from the London retailer Warehouse. The store tweeted, "Take a look at the pieces Kate Middleton snapped up at Warehouse." And manager Vanessa gushed on the brand's website, "It was really great to meet her, she was really down to earth and lovely and she loved what she bought." Ahhh! The breezy pieces look perfect for a warm-weather honeymoon, no? We could so picture Kate wearing the bird-print dress (left) for a seaside lunch with … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Dress: Here It Is!
AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Kevin Winter/Getty Images Count Tori Spelling among the many royal wedding fanatics out there! In fact, the reality TV star got so into the big event, she hasn't slept since Wednesday night!! So what kind of crazy royal wedding viewing party did Spelling throw for her friends last night? And what would she have—gulp—changed about Kate Middleton's wedding dress?! Read on for what this week's Fashion Police guest host just told us... READ: Worst Dressed of the Royal Wedding! "I thought it was amazing!" Spelling gushed about Middleton's Sarah Burton for Alexander Mcqueen gown. "I thought it was beautiful, I thought it was classic, understated. I was surprised because I thought she would go a little more cutting edge, a little more fashion forward. But I thought it was perfect actually." One thing she would have changed about it? "Maybe just a little bit longer train—because she can," Spelling laughed. "She's a princess." However, not every … [Read more...] about Tori Spelling on Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress: “It Was Beautiful,” But…
Joseph McKeown/Getty Images; AP Photo/Martin Meissner OMG! The world let out a collective gasp as Kate Middleton unveiled her stunning wedding dress by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton.[/caption] The bride didn't let us down. Then our next reaction? That it resembled another famous wedding gown. And you know we're not talkin' Princess Diana's '80s masterpoof. Kate's gown looks strikingly similar to Grace Kelly's iconic dress... VIDEO: Watch the royal wedding now! Like the late actress's gown, Kate's is long sleeve and lace—though the new princess did show a small but tasteful amount of skin with her deep V-neck while the screen legend covered up. Both ladies also opted for waist-cinching bodices and voluminous skirts to show off their gorgeous figures, their trains were dramatic but not over-the-top, and they both sported short veils. Although there was no mention of Kelly on the official royal wedding website, we have to wonder if Kate was inspired by the classic style. … [Read more...] about Was Kate Middleton’s Dress Inspired by Grace Kelly?
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Behold! Kate Middleton's wedding dress![/caption] The blushing bride made her long-awaited arrival at Westminster Abbey looking elegant and stunning in a long-sleeve lace, ivory and satin gown with flattering V neckline and 8-foot-long train, a simple lace-edged veil and understated (for royal standards) tiara sparkling over her half up, half down hairdo. Sister and bridesmaid Pippa was on hand to help Kate with the gown as she made her entrance. So who designed this classic style?! VIDEO: Watch the royal wedding now! After five months of endless speculation about who the bride would wear, the official royal wedding website reveals it's—drum roll please—Sarah Burton, the 36-year-old creative director of British fashion house Alexander McQueen! Buckingham Palace revealed that Kate, 29, worked closely with Burton on the dress. "Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Revealed! And It’s Amazing
We're just hours away, folks, from the day the world's collective Disney-reared, fairy-tale dreams come true. When plucky commoner done (very, very) good Catherine Elizabeth Middleton will wed William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor, the people's Prince Charming (sorry, Harry). But before they do, we will—that is, tell you everything you could possibly need to know about Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, henceforth to be known as The Most Important Wedding of Our or Any Time. What? Too much? Nah, we didn't think so, either. So, if you can't tell your van Straubenzees from your Parker Bowleses, if you want the head-to-toe (to dress!) details on Kate's wedding attire (please, who doesn't?), if you absolutely need to know which celebrities scored the most coveted invite of the century, want to experience a royals' eye view of the wedding route, need to set your watch to the exact moment of Kate and Wills' first kiss, or if you simply need a break between stuffing scones and … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding Rundown: An Absurdly Complete Guide to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Big Day!
Optic Photos, PacificCoastNews.com UPDATE: Here's the dress![/caption] _______ The calendars have been marked. The countdown has long begun. But what, exactly, are we counting down to? Technically, the royal wedding. But in all honesty (who are we kidding here?), it's the royal wedding dress everyone's really waiting to see. It all kicks off just a few short hours from now (time zone permitting) and we don't want you to miss a minute of the excitement, sartorial or otherwise, which is why we've taken it upon ourselves to put together this handy-dandy, minute-by-minute schedule of Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding day activities. So you, too, can get to the church on time. (You're welcome.) So set your alarm clocks—or at the very least, your DVRs. Here are all the milestones you need to know to enjoy their big day: (Note: all times local to London. Not so good with the math? East Coasters, subtract five hours; West Coasters, subtract eight. Hawaii? You may as well just … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress: Here’s the Exact Moment We’ll Get Our First Glimpse (Clip ‘n’ Save)
Samir Hussein/WireImage Although princess-in-waiting Kate Middleton's wedding dress is being kept completely confidential, we now know what Prince Harry's on-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy is wearing! The Zimbabwe-born blonde is wearing two custom-made dresses by Alberta Ferretti, but she's sort of bucking tradition. Turns out Chels is actually wearing the shorter satin aqua number to the actual ceremony and changing into the longer navy one for the afterparty. Ferretti, an Italian designer, had this to say about dressing Prince Harry's date for the big day... RELATED: See Will and Kate's brand new portrait! "Having the fitting in Chelsy's flat in Chelsea was real fun and exciting," the designer told People. "She's such a modern girl, full of life and very charming. I'm sure she will wear at her best the special outfits that I have created exclusively for her and this momentous occasion." The 25-year-old dated hard-partying Harry for five years before splitting with him in 2009, but … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton Wedding Dress? Nope, but Here’s What Prince Harry’s Hottie Is Wearing
Danny Martindale/FilmMagic UPDATE: Here's the dress![/caption] __________ Specific details regarding Kate Middleton's wedding dress have been kept under tight wraps…until now. While the soon-to-be-newlywed has managed to keep her dress design a secret, London's Daily Mail is reporting she designed the gown herself, drawing on the fashions of the Renaissance period for inspiration. So, what will the highly anticipated design look like? MORE: Is Kate Middleton Marrying the Next King—Or Totally Not? The reportedly ivory, satin and lace frock will include a "nod" to the Emanuel wedding dress donned by Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, along with pearl button detail and a 10-foot-train, according to the newspaper. Libelula label creator Sophie Cranston, who has dressed the likes of Emma Watson and Jerry Hall, is reported to be the designer who turned Middleton's designs into her dream wedding gown. As for her jewelry, the 29-year-old fashionista will likely wear … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress: New Details Revealed!
Getty Images; WireImage; AP Images This week's best dressed ladies wowed in dramatic monochrome gowns and flirty A-line dresses. We particularly love the long-sleeve look, which is making a comeback on many first-week-of-December red carpets. Read on for our picks for best looks of the week: Kate Middleton stunned at the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom royal screening in a white-hot Roland Mouret gown—a dress that also made an appearance at a private dinner the duchess attended last year. We loved the way she accessorized the look this time around, with a gunmetal Zara necklace, black platform pumps and chic low-hung ponytail. Earlier in the week,Mandela starNaomie Harris stepped out at the film's Paris premiere in a navy Vionnet confection—finishing her look with Chanel jewelry, Burberry heels and a Rauwolf clutch. The actress took the carpet with costar Idris Elba just days before the announcement of Nelson Mandela's Dec. 5 passing. NEWS: Kate Middleton recycles gorgeous … [Read more...] about Best Looks of the Week: Kate Middleton’s Wintery Dress, Allison Williams’ Dramatic Gown
As soon as we heard that Kate Middleton-favorite brand Issa London was collaborating with Banana Republic, we couldn't wait to share the good news. Royal-worthy clothes at an affordable price? Count us in! And now that the collection is getting even closer to hitting the shelves this fall, we had to see everything for ourselves up close and personal. NEWS: Kate Middleton's Jenny Packham dress not for sale; designer's website crashes anyway E! News fashion correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi scored some one-on-one time with Banana Republic's creative director Simon Kneen in New York City and gives us a sneak peek at some of her favorite pieces inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge. In this video, Kneen highlights the sophisticated style and silhouette of the royal's famous blue engagement dress, which just so happens to be figure-flattering for every woman. VIDEO: Splurge vs. Steal: sunglasses for every budget He explains the brilliant details, the forgiving fabrication and the … [Read more...] about Issa London Re-Creates Kate Middleton’s Engagement Dress for Banana Republic—Watch the Video!
Chris Jackson/Getty Images While you may not be able to get your hands on the pretty polka-dot dress by Jenny Packham that Kate Middleton wore to debut Prince George, there' still hope for snatching another one of the duchess' most iconic outfits of all time! That's right, if you missed out on snapping up her legendary Issa London engagement dress the first time she wore it after it immediately sold out—or when the company reissued it or when it created a maternity version of it—the British brand has released yet another style of the oh-so-popular dress. And the best part is you don't need a royal-size budget to copy Kate! NEWS: Kate Middleton's Jenny Packham dress not for sale; designer's website crashes anyway Issa has collaborated with wallet-friendly retailer Banana Republic to release a 40-piece capsule collection made up of accessories, sweaters and flirty frocks, including a dress that's strikingly similar to the one Middleton wore to announce her engagement to … [Read more...] about Issa Recreates Affordable Version of Kate Middleton’s Engagement Dress for Banana Republic
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Katryna/SBMF/FAMEFLYNET Has Kate Middleton started yet another fashion trend? Twice the mom to be has stepped out in a polka dot dress from Topshop—once for a pal's wedding—and now it looks like Jennifer Aniston seems to be taking style cues straight from the Duchess of Cambridge. PHOTOS: Jen and Justin's romance Over the weekend, Justin Theroux's fiancée was spotted at Lake Bell's wedding in a floral Prada frock that she first wore on the red carpet in 2011. The actress updated her look by tucking the sleeves under for more of a tank style and layering long chain necklaces. PHOTOS: Jen's best looks With most red carpet numbers getting the don-and-ditch rule, this new wedding loophole could cause stars to unearth some real treats. Here's hopping Jen brings back the sexy Valentino mini she wore in 2011 for her fragrance launch in London next! PHOTOS: Stars who repeat looks … [Read more...] about Jennifer Aniston Pulls a Kate Middleton, Recycles Dress for Friend’s Wedding
Who could forget Kate Middleton's royal blue wrap dress when her engagement to Prince William was announced back in 2010? Not only was it demure and elegant, the timeless dress proved to be flattering, ladylike and positively perfect for the occasion. Needless to say, every woman in the world wanted to get her hands on it, and according to a recent article in Vogue UK, this tremendous demand almost drove London-based brand Issa to bankruptcy. See Kate Middleton's maternity styles The article references an interview with Issa chairwoman Camilla Al Fayed who explains that the small company, founded by designer Daniella Helayel, was so overwhelmed by the duchess' popularity that "the business couldn't cope." Al Fayed goes on to say that there was also "no business model" for the brand. And while the royal fashion moment certainly put the chic brand on the map, news of a business that unstable seemed a bit off to us. So we dug a bit deeper to get the scoop on the supposedly shaky … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Issa Engagement Dress Almost Made the Brand Go Bankrupt? Not So Fast, Says Source
Courtesy: Issa; Chris Jackson/Getty Images It's an iconic dress that will go down in history: dazzling yet demure, and in the most striking shade of sapphire blue, Kate Middleton's engagement dress captured the hearts (and pocketbooks) of onlookers everywhere when she proudly stood side by side with Prince William announcing their upcoming nuptials back in 2010. In a blink of an eye, the Issa wrap dress designed by Daniella Helayel sold out in a flash, both online and in stores, showing quite clearly the impression the Duchess of Cambridge has amongst her style admirers. And just in case you were curious, it appears that this is one dress that isn't going away anytime soon. Pregnant Kate Middleton shops at Gap for jeggings Still riding out the wave, Helayel just added a new twist to the wildly popular wrap dress, paying homage to Middleton's current expectant state by unveiling a maternity version of the classic silhouette. That's right, now even the poshest of pregnant … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Engagement Dress by Issa: Now in Maternity Sizes
Obsessing over Kate Middleton's latest little red dress? Don't get your heart set on ordering it just yet. The Duchess of Cambridge selected a crisp red Goat dress on a visit to Blessed Sacrament School in North London, looking just as sophisticated as ever. And it would seem copy-Kate's everywhere would agree, because the Scarlett Belted Shift Dress sold out across the Internet within minutes. Really, it's no surprise the pleated red number flew off the virtual-shelves—Kate's got a habit of inciting internet-shopping frenzies. Back in April during the royals' tour of Australia and New Zealand, the duchess's Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress sold out in a whopping eight minutes. And let's not forget the dress that kicked off the Kate effect: her royal blue Issa engagement dress. NEWS: Kate Middleton is pretty in pink, greets kids during charity visit to London school Missed out on the online-shopping splurge? Don't worry; the stylish pencil dress is still available in black … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Red Goat Dress Sells Out in Minutes, Surprising No One
It's clear to say that Drew Barrymore and Kate Middleton have the same fashion sense. The Duchess of Cambridge has been flaunting some seriously stylish pieces during her trip to Bhutan, and although it's no surprise that this royal always kills the fashion game, we were pleasantly surprised to see that there's one Hollywood actress who is right there with her. Barrymore stepped out in New York City earlier today donning the same colorful Tory Burch dress during a visit to The Plaza with a friend. Meanwhile, Middleton, who paired the look with an orange shawl and black, strappy sandals, wore the dress for a dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan, which gave the perfect combination of casual elegance for the meal. Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Alessio Botticelli/GC Images While Drew's style always seemed on point, you know you're doing it right when you wear the same outfit as the duchess on the same day. Middleton has rocked some of her greatest looks during her trip … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s Dress Dj Vu: Drew Barrymore Steps Out in New York City With Royal Style