The speculation is mounting on who will design Ms. Middleton’s soon-to-be renowned wedding frock, with tongues wagging on the potential designer’s identity. The bride-to-be, known to be loyal to her favourite brands, is expected to stay close to her roots, by choosing a “little-known” British designer, with sewing and embellishment to take place at Buckingham palace. However, some believe royal courtiers will keep the garment hidden until the big day. The nerve…
Bruce Oldfield, slated to dress the Royal brigade of wedding attendees, has been a rumoured contender for the coveted role. Oldfield predicts Middleton’s gown will be conservative and traditional with full sleeves and all the demure fixings such as embroidery, lace and a high neck. If chosen, Oldfield said he would opt for a simple silhouette, with subtle detailing to accentuate her small frame. Though he’s still considered the front-runner, here are four more contenders for the royal commission:
Daniella Issa Helayel
Although a Brazil-native, Helayel is based in London and has already captured the princess-in-waiting’s sartorial heart. Considering she designed the now iconic deep blue engagement dress, she’s attune to Kate’s classic elegance and would be sure to design a regal number. We’re envisioning draping silk, a long train and pearl adornments.
The English rose designer has reportedly said “god I would love to do it.” And her chances look good. Middleton chose Temperley’s Titan dress—a black and white embellished chiffon knee-length number—for this past Christmas’s Royal charity party circuit. Temperley’s intricate and delicate hand would create the perfect ethereal gown for Kate’s classic aesthetic.
Based in Chelsea, Kate’s neighbourhood in London, Phillipa Lepley is known for her quintessentially fairytale frocks. Having designed wedding gowns for British celebrities Davina McCall and Ulrika Jonsson, Lepley recreates classic 1950s proportions using sheer draping, fine sleeves and rich vintage lace, ideal for the conservative setting of Westminster Abbey. Mimicking the simple, clean lines of Kate’s wardrobe favourites, Lepley’s understated feminine gowns may be the safest choice for a royal stamp of approval.
This designer, who’s known for creating playful yet smart pieces (the UK Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, sported one of her necklaces) and her new limited-edition with elite stationery company Smythson, falls more into the category of who we’d like to see design the dress. Fulton is certainly an underdog, but if said if given the task she would avoid anything ostentatious or contrived. Victorian love tokens (precious stones used to spell out a love message) and pearls to create a decadent neckline on a traditional full silk gown. We think her original, strong and graphic designs would be a daring and fabulous choice.
See some of our suggestions for what Kate should wear on her wedding day