You guys, it’s March! That means that the royal wedding is going down next month — and the most recent rumors about what Kate Middleton will wear have made us more excited than we ever thought was possible. Two words: Alexander McQueen. (Also, flats!)
People have been speculating about who will design Kate’s dress for months now, and the latest name to have been thrown in the ring is that of Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton. Kate chose a designer in January, but decided to keep her pick a secret. While Bruce Oldfield has been a long-rumored favorite, Burton would be an exciting choice. Her stuff is gorgeous! And it would be such a cool, nontraditional move!
Alexander McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd allegedly told a colleague that Burton would be designing the regal frock, but last night he vehemently denied it: “Not at all. I am the CEO. I would know if we were doing it.” A spokesperson for the company also denied the claim, while a rep from Clarence House had this to say: “We always knew that there would be a lot of speculation about the appointment of the designer. Because Catherine Middleton is keen to keep this private, we are not responding to this in any way at all. This is about the 10th one we’ve been asked about in the last three months, and it’s getting a bit ridiculous.”
Sure, it’s a bit ridiculous, but it’s also a bit ridiculous that they won’t just tell us already! And if Burton seems like a choice out of left field, you should know that she designed the wedding dress of Sara Buys when she married Prince William‘s stepbrother Tom Parker Bowles. Burton’s profile has risen considerably since the 2005 nuptials, as she was named Alexander McQueen’s successor following his death last year.
But what shoes will Kate wear with her dress? A few of our favorite designers have some ideas, but they may be disappointed to learn that the future princess will be wearing flats down the aisle. (We, on the other hand, think that’s totally badass.) HuffPost Style royal contributor Yvonne Yorke reports that Kate commissioned four pairs of shoes for the big day, including a slipper-like silk embroidered pair that she’ll wear at Westminster Abbey.
Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to Design Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress? [Daily Telegraph]
Royal Bride Catherine to Wed in Embroidered Flats [HuffPost Style]