Canadian among dress contenders
Since Kate and William plan to spend a few weeks in Canada anyway, why not have a Canadian designer for her wedding dress?
According to Vogue.com, one of the names getting buzz in the royal guessing game is Erdem Moralioğlu, who was born to Turkish-English parents outside Montreal and studied fashion at Ryerson. An internship with Vivienne Westwood and another degree at The Royal College of Art sent him on a star path.
The 33-year-old, left, has been designing in London since 2000 and with his own line Erdem since 2005. His trophy case includes the Fashion Fringe Award in 2005. One source told Vogue: "He's the sort of man who'd be really good at all the royal protocol and she's obviously interested in fashion - he'd be a nice choice if she wants to make her own mark."
If there's a mark against Erdem (one of his creations is pictured at right from London Fashion Week), it's that he's not British-born, a consideration that may or may not be important politically.
Speaking of Westwood, we know one designer who's not going near Middleton's wedding dress.
The 69-year-old new wave specialist told journalists during the Fashion Week that she would have to "wait until she kind of catches up a bit somewhere with style."
The 69-year-old designer has made a living from being outrageous, of course. She rose to fame during the punk era with her 'out there' designs and loves to poke fun at the royals. She did so again during Fashion Week with her "Royal Family meets Alice In Wonderland" theme (below ).
Danielle Helayel, who desiged the dress Middleton wore to announce the engagement, was another prominent player during Fashion Week with her Issa London collection. When asked about the royal bride-to-be, Helayel kept the responses generic. "She knows what suits her," she said.
Other names in the dress hat include Amanda Wakeley and Bruce Oldfield.