Last week WWD revealed that Jessica Chastain had been shot for Vanity Fair's September issue but this morning it was revealed that she isn't the only person covering their all-important issue.
'The Help' star appears on the magazine's subscribers issue while Kate Middleton, aka 'Kate the Great' as the cover line dubs her, appears on the newsstand version and it's not surprising why. Chastain's cover is far better than Middleton's but considering that America (and the rest of the world) still can't get enough of Kate, it's not surprising that she was chosen to help push the newsstand issue.
Yesterday Kate Middleton joined the Queen on the start of her Diamond Jubilee tour and stepped out in this peplum jacket styled over a dress both by LK Bennett. The peplum silhouette was everywhere for S/S12 - think Vera Wang and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy - and showed no sign of going away in the fall shows too and definitely won't now the Duchess has sported it. That said, though, the look didn't work. While the silhouette is designed to create the illusion of curves, it actually only emphasised just how thin Middleton really is.
Caroline Trentini took a break from her modelling duties to get married over the weekend to photographer Fabio Bartelt, after announcing her engagement last November. Trentini's dress was custom-made by Olivier Theyksens and has an uncanny resemblance to Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress.
Kate Middleton was under fire last week after this image emerged showing her wearing what looked like a real fur jacket. After the International Fur Foundation posted a note on their Facebook page complimenting the Duchess on the coat, PETA was quick to criticise her leading the Palace to release a statement refuting the reports. "Her Royal Highness was not wearing fur," they confirmed. "The coat was not lined with fur. We therefore insist that you remove the photo from your social media page and issue an immediate public retraction of your claim."
Today's been a good day for Orla Kiely. Earlier today we unveiled the campaign for their new collaboration with Uniqlo and yesterday Kate Middleton chose their jacquard shirt dress to attend her first public engagement as royal patron of The Art Room - a charity supporting disadvantaged children's self-esteem through art.
As you would expect, the dress has already sold out and in all three colour options and in every size. But this isn't the first time that the Duchess has shown her selling power. Cast your mind back to December and you'll remember that £69.99 Zara lace dress that she wore to a charity concern, which sold out in every size within minutes. And of course, the Reiss Shola dress that she wore to meet the Obamas did exactly the same and increased traffic to their online shop by 500 percent. It begs the question - who's up next?
It’s a shame she doesn’t wear more designers. I don’t really like the high street getting so much of the credit. I understand that there would be an array because you need to relate to so many people in the market, but she is a princess. If I were a princess, I’d be like, ‘Oh yeah, bring it on.
Earlier this week, we told you that Anna Wintour is currently vying to get Kate Middleton to front the magazine's cover but it looks like that won't be happening for a while. Yesterday the palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge will life away from the spotlight for the rest of the year, working with charities and learning about her new role. "There are no plans for the Duchess to do anything with U.S. Vogue," they confirmed in a statement.
But don't get too excited. As has been pointed out, it's unlikely that Middleton will cover the magazine next year or in the near future. Although Diana fronted British Vogue back in August 1981, she didn't actually pose for the magazine and when she did, it was ten years later and her American Vogue cover in 1993 only happened after she had separated from Charles. And besides, the palace have made no secret of their concern about protecting Middleton from the spotlight so it doesn't look like this will happen any time soon.
Just about every magazine is vying to get Kate Middleton on the cover of their magazine and of course, American Vogue is already in the process of trying to pin down the Duchess of Cambridge for their next cover.
A Middelton cover would definitely make sense and if any editor could secure her, it's Anna Wintour. After all, she has secured high profile women like Hilary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah to cover the magazine in the past. But it looks like the task won't be too easy. According to Page Six, Alexandra Schulman has already tried to get Mario Testino, who has a very close relationship with the Royals, to shoot her for the cover of British Vogue but that failed.
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.