Where IS Kate Middleton? Is she making her dress herself, holed up in Clarence House? With less than three months until the wedding itself, Kate has seemingly performed a disappearing act, though this – luckily – hasn’t stopped the endless drip of news stories related to the big day. Phew!
Camilla Luddington & Chanelle Hayes
This week, more details have begun to emerge about ‘William and Kate’ the Lifetime TV movie based on Kate and William’s courtship. After last week’s announcement that Nico Evers Swindell is set to play Wills, British actress Camilla Luddington has just been cast as Kate. Now, Grazia Daily thinks that Camilla, though undeniably gorgeous, bears less of a resemblance to Kate than she does that other iconic brunette Chanelle Hayes. On the plus side, Camilla does look more like the woman on the back of the commemorative coin than Kate herself, so perhaps Lifetime could do a tie-in with the royal mint? On a side note, the Kate lookalike business is apparently booming and brilliant style and celeb blog Crushable has a gallery of the finest Miss Middleton's which they have rated in hats. Our favourite? We don’t even need to tell you*.
As well as on film, the loved-up pair have been immortalised in comic book form. With one comic already in publication, Markosia Enterprises have announced plans to publish a second, entitled ‘A Very Public Love Story’, which will chart Kate and William’s relationship in two separate parts, with the front of the book set out as a fictional diary ‘in the manner of a 1970’s girls comic book’ and the back devoted to William’s life and career, narrated by ‘newspaper headlines and mission briefings’ in the manner of a boys comic book. Amazink.
The Reiss ‘Nanette’ dress that Kate wore for the official engagement photos, and came back in stock last week (only to sell out again in about five minutes) has been spotted on someone who ISN’T Kate. US Harper's Bazaar's executive fashion and beauty editor, Avril Graham, sported the dress on ABC’s ‘Today’ show and, interestingly, she also shared her thought about who would be designing The Dress – The Other Dress, not The White Dress that she was wearing - capiche? Good. Avril doesn’t believe that all the hype and coincidental shopping trips which are supposedly telling us that a certain designer is The One are actually pointers but rather that they are a great massive red herring, directing us away from the actual designer in question. So, for the umpteenth time: bets are now ON! Again.
Someone who’s name has not, thus far, been pulled into the ring is Victoria Beckham, though reports this week have emerged suggesting that Mrs B might be offering Kate some sartorial options for her honeymoon, if not for the wedding day itself. According to the Daily Star via 'an L.A. source' (Mel B?) ‘Fashion goddess Victoria Beckham has thought of the ultimate wedding gift for bride-to-be Kate Middleton’ by furnishing her with a ‘boxful of cutting edge dress’.
Aaand finally this week, details have started to emerge regarding Prince William’s garb for the wedding. Disappointingly, it seems that William will not be opting for the double breasted toffee coloured Gucci suit, or the purple Jil Sander number we had hoped he might plump for, but – BUT – William fans are almost certain not to be disappointed, since he is apparently going to be sporting his military uniform, by Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes.
Although Gieves & Hawkes didn’t confirm the rumour, they didn’t exactly deny it either, with a spokesperson saying ‘we have for the past four years had the pleasure of making several garments for the HRH Prince William and family. To the best of our knowledge what the Prince will wear for his wedding is still to be decided.’ Though Perez Hilton took this to be an acknowledgement of the Savile Row tailor’s involvement, Grazia Daily prefers to read this as a thoroughly British piece of evasion. We. Shall. See!
* It’s the rollerskate Kate, obvs.