It’s shaping up to be a big weekend for British fashion. On one hand we have Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, doing her best to represent every level of British brand available on the Canadian leg of her North American tour; on the other we have Kate Moss’s wedding. After all, just think about what it means for a designer every time they appear in a brand.
Wardrobe diplomacy – aka the practice of a national leader (or leading representative) wearing clothes from the country they are visiting as a form of economic and cultural outreach – is back. Diane von Furstenberg just told me she had learned from the folks at Harrods and Selfridge’s that the newly minted Duchess of Cambridge had bought two of her dresses to take with her on her North American tour, which begins at the end of next week. Read more
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