Kate Middleton wedding dress exhibition launches today

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Only a few short months after Catherine Middleton walked down the etherial aisle at Westminster Abbey to marry her Prince, (Prince William) the now infamous lace Alexander McQueen wedding gown – as designed by Sarah Burton –  the Duchess of Cambridge wore is set to go on public display at Buckingham Palace.

It is noted that the Queen herself will attend the exhibition today before it opens to the public this weekend, with latest figures suggesting that advance sales are up 107 per cent, to view this Royal Collection display, on last year. A staggering 125,751 tickets have been sold already with the viewing capacity edged up to 643,000 to allow extra visitors.

The exhibition – as part of the annual summer opening at Buckingham Palace – will also show off the Queen’s Cartier “Halo” tiara, (borrowed of course for this showing) alongside floral displays, The Duchess’ shoes, wedding cake and the famous acorn diamond earrings that were especially created by jewellers Robinson Pelham for the Duchess’ parents as a wedding gift from them to her.

There will also be a five-minute video from designer Sarah Burton on the technicalities behind the wedding dress, explaining her choice of effect, fabrics and design. 

With such an iconic dress on display it seems imperative to steal a glance before the dress goes back into secure storage under the Queen’s guard.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress exhibition is open at Buckingham Palace until October 3, 2011. For more information visit www.royalcollection.org, or call 020 7766 7300. 

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The Royal Wedding: promo shoots

Kate and Wills

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So, firstly apologies for no blogging for the past few days; I myself have been caught up in the Royal Wedding bubble calling in, prepping and making sure I have everything I need for celebrities I am either styling, or helping to style for TV promo’s (such as the gorgeous and very down-to-earth, Amanda Byram) or making sure that stars such as Fearne Cotton have a fabulous range of a very amazing vintage jewellery brand to hand.

Yesterday, however, I was trawling around town with ITV (USA) who were filming Amanda Byram for TV promo’s of the Royal Wedding. This included a stint at milliners Lock & Co. trying on hats; finding the most fabulous cocktails at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel (such as the Royal Blush), and then onto a wedding dress shop to talk to an expert wedding planner. Amanda will then go on to film several other promos before presenting alongside American male co-hosts live from the ITV studios next Friday for American channel TLC, bringing you – and America (this will be streamed live in Times Square) – the best coverage around on Wills & Kate’s forthcoming nuptials.

As that may be potentially defamatory or slanderous – others channels may well provide amazing coverage too(!) – then I would also like to exclusively reveal that Stylist-at-Large has also been asked to appear on TV, for news channel France24, to comment on Kate Middleton’s jewellery on the day – this will be between 10.30-11am so if you can live stream or pick the channel up on Sky, tune in and let me know what you think, as I am completely petrified of appearing and saying the wrong thing!

Lastly I met the most fabulous wedding expert yesterday – he has lots of inside news on the Royal Wedding day and what’s happening in and around Buckingham Palace. All will be revealed later…

Kate Middleton’s wedding hair choice

According to reports on Telegraph.co.uk yesterday, Princess in waiting, Catherine Middleton is ‘thought’ to be wearing her hair in a similar style to that of her appointment at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Lancashire, where she attended a royal engagement with her fiance Prince William yesterday afternoon.

View Kate Middeton’s wedding hair style here

As her impending royal wedding draws closer for the April 29 date, it is reported that Kate will wear her hair in a half-up, half-down style with a centre-ish parting and slim curls at the end.

Kate has already chosen her wedding hair stylist, 33-year-old hairdresser James Price who works for the Richard Ward salon in Chelsea, and it is reported that Richard Ward himself will be attending to Kate’s sister and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton, and their mother, Carole Middleton. After this occasion it will be practically impossible to arrange an appointment with Price, who will then be able to charge higher rates as a result of the job (currently Price charges around £50).

Price, however, will be helped by a team of “dressers” on the morning of the wedding, with the preparation taking place at the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, close to Buckingham Palace.

Although Kate’s wedding dress designer is still under wraps it is highly speculated that designer Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen will be designing her wedding dress, with Alice Temperley providing the bridesmaids dresses. Bruce Oldfield has also been hotly tipped to be dressing Kate’s mother, Carole, also.

Sarah Burton of McQueen to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

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Announced on ITN’s News at Ten yesterday evening it was stated that fashion designer Sarah Burton was to create Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress for her Royal Wedding this coming spring.

In little over a month (April 29th, 2011) Ms Middleton will walk down the aisle and marry Prince William, and not since the Diana – Prince Charles wedding has such controversy or delight been roused in the UK press.

Catherine and William have chosen to forego quite a few Royal traditions such as one wedding dress (supposedly) and changing Prince Harry’s position as a ‘Supporter’ to a more modern ‘Best Man’ role. So, as they to are moving with the times it seems fitting that Ms Middleton has chosen an ‘out-of-the-box’ designer such as McQueen; and with the late ‘Lee’ Alexander McQueen unfortunately no longer with us it seems again quite poignant that Sarah Burton his predecessor, friend, and confidant, be there on hand to design the dress as McQueen’s creative director.

However, amid the rumours, the house of McQueen are still fiercely denying having won this commission. But this would make sense as the details are being sworn to secrecy as the chosen couturier has already been working on the dress inside Buckingham Palace.

It would be a smart move for Burton, 36, to have designed the dress though. As a relatively unknown designer it would show that Ms Middleton is nurturing new talent, as did Diana, Princess of Wales, and would put British dress-making front stage and centre on the fashion map once more.

Let’s just watch this space for further news…

 

Jimmy Choo and UGG Australia collaborate

Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer, must have one almighty spring in her step this week. Just days after receiving an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, her company has joined  forces with one of Australia’s biggest shoe brands to bring us a dazzling collaboration from Jimmy Choo and UGG Australia. 

The collection is comprised of just five styles – but boy, are they beautiful. From Leopard print to suede, studding to stars – there is something for everyone: my favourite? The Mandah. There are 2 short versions and 3 long; so with winter coming they’re a guaranteed fashion fix. Prices start from £495.

Tamara’s verdict? Well apparently ‘apart from Jimmy Choo, UGG Australia is the only other footwear I have in my wardrobe.’ Well if it’s good enough for Tamara, it’s good enough for me – I’ll see you in the queue at Westfield!

For more info visit www.jimmychoo.com