Well, that was a short-lived rumor. On Saturday, Huffington Post royal correspondent Yvonne York claimed that relatively under-the-radar designer Sophie Cranston would be designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. “I’ve reported many exclusive details on the royal wedding, but my biggest scoop is undoubtedly the identity of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer,” she wrote in her post. We — as well as many others — picked up York’s announcement, albeit with just the tiniest pinch of salt. Today, Libélula, Cranston’s label, released a public statement denying any involvement with the wedding.
“Libelula has a company policy of not commenting on any of the work they do for private clients, however due to the unprecedented media attention they would like to make the following statement: We are not designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. We, like everyone else, can’t wait to find out who is!”
At this point, the safest assumption is to assume everyone is lying — or at the very least, that no one is telling the truth. Sarah Burton, who is largely considered the frontrunner for design duties, has also denied any involvement. While it’s nice to think that every statement a company (and/or designer) releases to the press is true, that’s honestly just not the case. And in something as secretive as the royal wedding, it would be silly to assume that red herrings haven’t been thrown our way.
One final, somewhat conspiratorial note: it’s interesting that Libelula released the statement, and not Cranston herself. That’s a loophole if we ever saw one…