Something old? Something new? And how about two?
Fashion designer Bruce Oldfield, rumoured to have some role in dressing princess-to-be Kate Middleton for her royal wedding, is hinting the nuptials may feature something new in royal circles: Two dresses!
Oldfield opined during an appearance on U.S. morning show, Good Morning America that Middleton may walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey in a conservative dress and then slip on something different for the evening reception hosted by her future father-in-law, Prince Charles. "There will be two dresses," he said emphatically.
How does he know? Well, Oldfield played it coy with ABC correspondent Elizabeth Vargas, but acted like a man with insider's knowledge of the palace wedding closet.
Oldfield told Vargas there's one thing he knows for sure about Middleton's dress: It will be modest! "It will have sleeves. It has to have sleeves. You can't walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in a strapless dress. It has to suit the grandeur of the aisle."
Oldfield also had another insight into Middleton's wedding look: "I can predict she will wear a veil. That, to me, was the most poignant part of (Princess) Diana's wedding. As she was walking down the aisle, her eyes were going to the right and left, looking at people and smiling. That was great."
Buckingham Palace has said Middleton has chosen the designer for the dress she will wear to marry longtime love, Prince William, but wants to keep it a secret. Oldfield teased that anyone who really wants an inside track should camp outside the palace and spy.
After dropping the two dresses hint, Oldfield told Vargas he could "reveal nothing" of what he knows about the second frock. "You know the rules," he said.
As for the pressure of designing a royal wedding dress, he speculated it's a "nightmare" saying reactions to her her gown could be: "Oh my God, what's she wearing or oh God, she looks fabulous."
Yet he described the bride-to-be as a "slim, gorgeous" down-to-earth woman, who is aware of her changing stature: "She's just an ordinary girl who happened to bag the big one."
Oldfield caused a stir a few weeks ago when Middleton's mother, Carole, and sister, Pippa, were seen shopping in his London dress shop, fuelling speculation he would design the princess bride's dress.
Still, some royal watchers have pointed out that Oldfield's bridal atelier is across the street and that the Middletons were photographed shopping the sale rack.
When Vargas suggested it would be a coup to dress the mother-of-the-bride for such an occasion, Oldfield gushed that the "very elegant" Carole Middleton reminded him a bit of France's First Lady Carla Bruni. "Really?" Vargas responded, raising her eyebrows but offering few women would object to that comparison. Oldfield chuckled and said, "She liked it too, actually."
As for the wedding guests, Oldfield already has commissions to dress some invites and expects more to come. "We've already got three or four nice ones," he said.
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