Last week Grazia made the headlines but unfortunately, not for the right reasons. Readers of the magazine complained to the British Press Complaints after the magazine published a picture of a skinnier than usual Kate Middleton from her wedding day back in May.
The magazine have since released a statement arguing that although they did photoshop the image, their intention wasn't to alter Middelton's size. They allegedly attempted to crop Prince William out of the image which led to the unintentional alterations, and we believe them. The Duchess of Cambridge has been criticised across the board for her dramatic weight loss over the past year making it unlikely that the magazine would intentionally attempt to make her any thinner than she already is.
Considering that Sarah Burton has just designed the most highly anticipated dress in decades, the PR at Alexander McQueen has been pretty quiet. With that said, it was nice to have press release hit our inbox shortly after the wedding where the creative director released a statement about working with the new Duchess of Cambridge on 'the' dress.
'It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it,' she explained. 'It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day.'
Last weekend the world looked to Britain as Kate Middleton wed Prince William and it looks the royals aren't the only thing the world is embracing.
Newlywed Reese Witherspoon stepped out on this navy knee length dress by British designer, Erdem, teamed with nude Christian Louboutin pumps to attend the photocall of her new film, 'Water for Elephants'.
Since Kate and William (now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) tied the knot yesterday, images continue to be revealed from the party, as well as the official family shots taken before the couple took to the balcony.
So just because we know that you're still in Royal Wedding fever, here are a selection of images that have transpired over the last 24 hours.
Since Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement last year we haven't heard of much else. Magazines and designers alike have been clamouring to work with the future princess and speculation is still rife as to who will design her dress but not everyone seems convinced by Miss Middleton. At a recent Vogue party Matthew Williamson made it clear that he doesn't intend to work her any time soon. “Kate isn’t a fashion bunny,” he tells Mandrake at a Vogue party. “I don’t know why everyone in fashion is waiting to see what she wears. I’m, like, thinking: get over it.” Although he's recently launched a bridal line, he said that working on the royal wedding dress is not his 'thing'.
London-based designer Daniella Helayel, the woman behind the burgeoning label Issa, has Kate Middleton to thank for a recent boost in business. After Prince William's fiancee donned a royal blue jersey dress by the designer at the announcement of her engagement, the fashion world drew its eyes to the label - leading to massive increases in international business, plus plans to expand dramatically next year.
Brazilian-born Helayel started her label in 2001 without making many waves on the design scene, but recently, she's developed a larger celebrity following, with fans including Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley. As for the future royal, Helayel told WWD, "Kate found us through friends." After Middleton wore the now-famous blue Issa dress, she adds that "in Japan, in particular, the shops went mad immediately, and around the world, everyone who had the dress sold out." British chains like Tesco and Peacocks also made their own lower-priced versions.
For 2011, Helayel has plans to relaunch her company in the US, add e-commerce to her website, open the first of sex new stand-alone shops in Brazil, create a children's range called Baby Issa, and move her 200-shop business into a global sensation. She won't disclose whether she's designing Middleton's wedding dress, despite rumours that she's at the front of the list.
For Helayel, designing is stil about one thing: making women feel great. She says: 'I love making clothes to hide defects and enhance the positive qualities...For me, it always goes back to making a woman feel less fat and more secure about herself.
The decision didn't come as a surprise. The royal family have a good relationship with the photographer and notably chose him to shoot Prince William's 21st birthday and Prince Harry's 20th - and he's also shot Prince Charles for both British and American Vogue. Although the shoot took place last month, it's unclear when the images will be released.
Although Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William isn't until April, gamblers are already casting their bets on who will design her fairytale wedding dress. According to British bookmaker Paddy Power, the odds (if you ask the people who placed bets of £500 or more) are strongly in favour of Bruce Oldfield. In fact, Paddy Power stopped taking bets on the matter on November 26.
According to a spokesperson for the company: "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. He started as 4/1 joint favourite, 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."
Why such a strong swing? The spokesperson added to British Vogue: "Sometimes this kind of betting comes from people taking an educated guess, but sometimes it is the result of a leak. We were taking bets of £500 or more so it could be a leak. The wedding is in April, so someone knows what dress she is wearing."