Kate Middleton buys her own 'Kate Blouse' in last-minute shopping spree
Few of us can claim to have a high street fashion item named after us, but for Kate Middleton the novelty was clearly too tempting to ignore.
On a last-minute shopping trip last week, Prince William’s fiancée snapped up a garment from a branch of Whistles called the “Kate Blouse”.
The retailer reissued the frilly silk top earlier this month after Kate Middleton wore an identical one for her official engagement portrait.
But while the royal endorsement has seen sales of the cream blouse soar in recent weeks, Whistles could hardly have expected Miss Middleton herself to be among those queuing up to buy one.
The bride-to-be turned heads in Chelsea, west London, as she ventured out for the second day on the trot for some retail therapy ahead of her royal wedding this week.
Miss Middleton was seen nipping into Whistles’ Kings Road branch before emerging with a medium sized shopping bag.
It was later disclosed that she had bought the brand’s £125 "Kate Blouse", described as an “ivory woven silk” garment with a “frill detail, eyelash trim and grandad collar”.
Cutting a slender figure ahead of her big day, she wore a £480 Issa short-sleeved black wrap dress and tan court kitten heels, accessorised with her 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which is valued at £32 million.
The 29-year-old spent the afternoon perusing the boutiques on the Kings Road – at one point passing a branch of Kath Kidston, where a sign in the window read: “WILL & KATE 20th April 2011 ROYAL WEDDING.”
Perhaps seeking out a few ideas for her wedding gift list, she also browsed the shelves of Peter Jones, a branch of John Lewis.
On Tuesday, Miss Middleton was spotted shopping in Warehouse, a mid-market women’s fashion chain, where she bought four size 8 dresses for £225.
Meanwhile Sophie Cranston, the dressmaker who was named in the US earlier this week as the designer of Miss Middleton's bridal gown, announced she is not the chosen couturier.
A spokesman for her fashion label, Libelula, said: "For the purpose of clarification we are not designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress. We, like everyone else, can't wait to find out who is.”