Kate Middleton Becoming Favorite Of Fashion Designers

22 Feb

Photo: Rex

The future wife of Prince William is rapidly becoming a favorite of fashion designers, including Giorgio Armani.

Kate Middleton’s fashion style was described by Armani as “highly aware of fashion trends.” While Armani won’t be designing Kate’s wedding dress, he will be designing one for another future princess when Charlene Wittstock marries Monaco’s Prince Albert in July of this year.

Other admirers of Kate Middleton’s style include Karl Lagerfeld, who has described her as chic, beautiful, and elegant. He also lauded the trend toward royalty marrying partners who are not of royal blood, declaring it “better for the generation to come.”

Lagerfeld described Middleton as “a very well-balanced and a happy person. She is chic in a way the position needs.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton barely finished announcing their engagement before royal watchers started speculating who would design Middleton’s wedding dress.

Now we’re just a few short months away from the royal wedding and the British Monarchy still hasn’t announced who will create the wedding gown of the century. We’ll have to wait until the announcement to know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about a few designers we think would be perfect for the job.

Daniella Issa Helayel

The Brazil-born, London-based Daniella Issa Helayel is the mastermind behind the now-famous Kate Middleton engagement dress. Women around the globe clamored to get their hands on the $ 615 dress without luck — the dress sold out within hours of the November engagement announcement and inspired knockoff gowns.

It’s not surprising that Issa is one of Middleton’s favorite dress designers — she’s designed several custom frocks for Middleton as of late, including the engagement dress and an outfit she wore to a friend’s recent wedding.

“Kate has been having couture dresses made for her recently and Issa is her favorite label,” a friend told the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Another reason Issa might be the choice for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress? She recently started designing custom wedding gowns. Perfect timing!

Bruce Oldfield

Royal watchers are pretty confident that British couture designer Bruce Oldfield will be Middleton’s wedding dress designer — so much so that betting website Paddy Power stopped taking bets (yes, people bet on royal wedding dresses) on Nov. 26.

“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,” A Paddy Power spokesperson told Vogue UK in November. “He started as 4/1 joint favorite, but since then his odds have been slashed to 1/3. That would mean there is a 75 percent chance of him being the wedding dress designer.”

It makes sense — Oldfield was a favorite designer of the late Princess Diana and has designed custom dresses for everyone from Jerry Hall to Rihanna to Sienna Miller.

Jason Wu

Women’s Wear Daily asked several designers, including Jason Wu, to create a custom design for their dream Middleton wedding dress. The Taiwan-born, New York-based designer obliged with a sketch that mixed “traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic for this modern-day princess.”

Designing Middleton’s wedding dress wouldn’t be the first time Wu took on something so daunting: He’s arguably first lady Michelle Obama’s favorite designer. The first lady has worn several of Wu’s pieces to various events — he even designed the one-shoulder, floor-length white chiffon ball gown that she wore during President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.



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