Catherine Middleton

Today may be Easter Monday, but it is also – zing! – RWD minus four (aka Royal Wedding Day, for those who aren’t up on their acronyms), so we will finally wade into the royal wedding dress fray, and take a moment to wash the Augean stables of gossip clean – or at least cast a calm look at the odds of the various designer names floating about.  Read more

The Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world is out and guess what: there’s only ONE fashion person on it: Tom Ford.  Read more

Kerry Taylor Auctions just reported that the not particularly fashionable sheer tube dress Kate Middleton wore at the St Andrews charity fashion show to catch Prince W’s eye lo those many years ago just sold at the Passion for Fashion Auction for…GBP78,000. Read more

This fashion week has been aflood with more rumours than India after the monsoon. First there was the stream of gossip about who will get the Dior job (one last suggestion: two names that haven’t been part of the conversation at all — Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. They’re young, have a jones for French couture shapes, but a way to make them jazzy, are fluent in the worlds of twitter and youtube, and have no hang-ups about working with businessmen. But that’s just me.) And now we have the “is Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton making the royal wedding dress?” tsunami. Read more

ust in time for the Kate Middleton/Prince William royal nuptials, Matthew Williamson has announced he is following Alberta Ferretti and Oscar de la Renta into the lucrative brand extension that is wedding dresses, unveiling his first full collection next May. Coincidence? Read more

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Daniella Issa Heyalel, aka the Brazilian founder and designer of London-based fashion label Issa, just shot to the top of the Who-Will-Make-Princess-Catherine’s-Dress list; turns out not only did she make the blue dress Kate Middleton wore to a friend’s recent wedding, she made yesterday’s official engagement announcement dress — which was ready-to-wear. Read more

And so the frenzied speculation about who will make the next royal wedding dress — and reap profits from it — begins. Today’s official announcement of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton may have romance novelists swooning and traffic cops in a frenzy, but British fashion designers have pound signs in their eyes and ka-chings in their ears (Ms Middleton has to wear British, after all). Read more