You will by now have read this week’s Grazia in which we reported that iconic British designer, Bruce Oldfield, mysteriously declined to give us a sketch of what he’d design for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, a move which naturally sent Grazia Daily into a fevered headspin and led us to believe that he was The One who had been selected to design The Dress.
Well, we have a sneaking suspicion that Grazia MAY have let the cat out of the bag somewhat, because this morning, Paddy Power announced they’ve suspended betting on who is set to design Kate’s wedding dress after ‘receiving one-way traffic for Bruce Oldfield’, adding that there was ‘no point in taking bets when all the interest is in one person.’ Well, there’s a point to it if you’re the one placing the bet, but that’s a whole other story.
So, the obvious question is: are Paddy Power’s customer base just, like, really attuned to the discussions of royal bridal fashion which took place in Grazia magazine, or was there another more sinister leak? According to our friend at the bookies, ‘We were taking bets of £500 or more so it could be a leak’, adding that Bruce ‘started as 4/1 joint favourite, but since then his odds have been slashed to 1/3. That would mean there is a 75 per cent chance of him being the wedding dress designer.'
Bruce certainly ticks all the boxes to create a dress for Kate – as a designer, he’s an established British name who specializes in evening and bridal wear (in fact, Bruce opened a store last year dedicated to wedding attire and accessories) and he has designed wedding dresses for high profile ladies including Samantha Cameron and Jemima Kahn. Oldfield’s signature style is demure, slinky and elegant – a perfect match for the future Queen who is unlikely to opt for anything too dramatic or revealing (no matter how much we’d like to see it happen.)
Aside from this, there’s a personal connection between Bruce and William and Kate; Oldfield designed regularly for Diana, Princess of Wales and first met her when, aged 19, she began overhauling her wardrobe before her wedding to Prince Charles. He went on to develop a close relationship with her and subsequently with William and Harry and he has also spoken out in praise of Miss Middleton, telling the Times in 2008 ‘Kate Middleton's rather pretty. She'd be a lovely person to dress. I think she'd look good in my clothes’.
Obviously, we’ll have to wait until April 29th to see EXACTLY what Kate has decided to wear for her big day, but you can rest assured that in the intervening months we’ll be sending Paddy Power’s bookmakers to the edge of a breakdown by rooting out all the wedding news we possibly can. Mo HA!
- Alex Butt
Alex Butt is Grazia Daily's self-appointed Royal Correspondent. In coming months, Alex will be reporting on all matters pertaining to the forthcoming nuptials in excruciating detail right here on the site. Should you have any burning questions, style musings or historical facts you would like investigating, Alex would be delighted to hear from you. Please post your thoughts below and Alex will try and pick up on as many as possible in his reports.