After months of speculation, the designer behind Kate Middleton’s wedding dress has finally been revealed!
The soon-to-be Duchess of Cambridge walked down the aisle in a stunning lace Alexander McQueen wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton.
Kate completed her look with a simple veil held in place by a Cartier “halo” tiara lent to her by the Queen and diamond earrings, a gift from her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
The official Royal Wedding website says the bride chose Sarah Burton and the the house of McQueen “for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing”.
The site adds:
“Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.”
The dress itself features a lace applique of hand-cut flowers on the bodice and skirt made by the Royal School of Needlework.
All fabrics used were made by British companies and included English lace and French Chantilly lace, ivory and white satin gazar with the underskirt made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.
The back of the custom McQueen gown was finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.
Kate also wore hand-made McQueen shoes made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.
As revealed back in early January, Katie Holmes is the new face of Ann Taylor, replacing Heidi Klum for their Spring/Summer 2011 campaign. Some new campaign images have been revealed and seriously they are just glamboyantly beautiful. Newest recruit Katie was photographed by Tom Munro and as Ann Taylor stated on their facebook page yesterday they’ve loved all their ambassadors so far:
“Heidi, Katie, Naomi and Milla… Ann Taylor has had many incredible women representing us over the past year. We choose these women because we admire them for their substance and style and for the full lives they lead. They do it all with confidence and independence… and they always look so chic!”
Pretty soon, it could be more than just the fashion police who have a problem with your shoddy knockoff that could probably be spotted from space.
Buyers could face a year in jail or a $,1000 fine under a proposed bill by a city councilwoman fed up with cheapskate tourists and Big Apple residents flooding her district in search of fake designer merchandise.
“We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, whose Chinatown district is ground zero for counterfeiters.
Under Chin’s bill, which is being introduced Thursday, shoppers caught buying any counterfeit product could be jailed or slapped with a fine of $1,000 — a little less than the price of Marc Jacobs’ frequently copied Quilted Stam bag, which retails for $1,250.
The punishment might seem draconian, but it’s necessary to curb the growing problem, she said.
She pointed out that the money that counterfeiters rake in often funds other nefarious activities, such as terrorism and unsafe child-labor practices.
If the law passes, Chin said, she’ll work to blanket problem areas like Chinatown with signs warning people about the new rules.
The law specifically states that buyers should know their goods are counterfeit because of the low price and location where they are buying them.
But don’t worry if you’re strolling down the street swinging your fake Vuitton and the police pass by. You have to be caught actually buying the goods to be charged, according to the proposal.
Gwyneth Paltrow will serve as Coach’s brand ambassador for its upcoming international campaign, marking the company’s 70th anniversary!
Paltrow told press, “I grew up in New York City and I’ve always thought of Coach as the quintessential New York brand. I’ll never forget getting my first Coach bag,”
The ads, to be shot by Peter Lindbergh on a Manhattan rooftop, will be featured in Asia and Europe, including France, Spain, the U.K., Portugal, and China and will debut this fall and next spring.
Gwyneth is “a natural choice. She embodies the spirit, energy, and elegance of the Coach brand,” said the company’s president and executive creative director, Reed Krakoff.
The Bag of the week from BAGINC.com is the sensational, Mod-Tastic London Leather Tote.
This sharp, black & white tote evokes that rarefied swingin’ 60s feel while retaining a modern identity. Made from real leather, the contrast colors of this bag make it an eye-catching choice. Sophisticated design means that this bag is destined to become a classic. This style is also available in tan or camel leather.
Jennifer Hudson is in full promo mode for the UK release of her new album ‘I Remember Me’ which drops today April 25th!
Jennifer poses for photographers outside the ITV studios in London, England, she is carrying a Jimmy Choo Rosabel bag and wearing Ballerina Flats by Celine.