Kate Middleton to have three wedding dresses?
The Royal bride has reportedly commissioned three dresses for the big day, with two as 'back-ups' in case her chosen gown gets leaked - and Jasper Conran is the latest designer in the frame.
Another day and more rumours about that wedding dress - or should it be those wedding dresses?
In a cloak-and-dagger operation worthy of a Dumas plot, Kate Middleton has reportedly commissioned three wedding dresses from three different designers, so she has two as "back-ups" in case her first-choice gown is leaked to press before the big day, according to "sources" dishing to the Fashion Etc blog.
The latest name in the frame is Jasper Conran , who is famed for his sleek, simple cuts. Classic design meets quintessential English beauty points to match made in wedding heaven? Conran does have royal form: Lady Sarah Chatto, Princess Margaret's daughter, wore his design up the aisle.
All hearsay, you say? Probably, but interesting that images from Conran's bridal collection are no longer available to view online.
Bruce Oldfield, a favourite of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and another possible contender for the commission, first whipped up rumours that Middleton would be having more than one gown on Good Morning America in February: "The wedding is going to be in the morning and then she will change in the evening for the ball. She will have a special dress in the evening." Carole and Pippa Middleton, the mother and sister of the bride, were spotted in his London shop in January.
Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen is still odds-on favourite as the couturier of the hallowed gown - it was revealed that Alexandra Shulman had urged Middleton to wear McQueen after the Palace approached the Vogue editor for a list of possible designers.
The glossy's May issue is bridal-themed, and its Wedding Belles spread flaunts a selection of confections by British names like Vivienne Westwood, Jenny Packham and Marchesa - but no McQueen. Cue thoughtful chin stroking about the glaring omission - answers, Vogue , please.
"The shoot is a celebration of bridal gowns, shot by Mario Testino with a very British cast to mark what will be a uniquely British wedding, rather than a selection of dresses chosen with Catherine Middleton in mind," says a spokesperson. "Catherine would no doubt look amazing in any of them, but we're not predicting!"
So, if true, which designer will get to play Batman and who will lose out as Robin(s)? Who knows, but only 17 days left before the big reveal…