Even if Bruce Oldfield seems to have pinned down the honor, designers still had fun imagining what they would create for princess-to-be Kate Middleton, if indeed she chose them to fashion her royal wedding dress.
Women's Wear Daily asked 29 designers to sketch their fantasy. Karl Lagerfeld gave her boots. Chris Benz gave her color: yellow, to be exact. And Christian Lacroix--yes, the man, not the brand--gave her a collage of the old (a Victorian skirt), new (a patchwork gown), borrowed (Queen Elizabeth's veil), and red (an "Elizabethan top, as red was the wedding color until 1900!”). Other impressive participants included Tory Burch, Lyn Devon, Prabal Gurung, and Jason Wu (shown here). Which look did we like the best? Well, we have to hand it to our friend Chris Benz. While we know Kate won't go with his sunny yellow--as fun as that would be--we do think the slinky, nipped in silhouette he chose is perfect for the soon-to-be royal. (And we promise we aren't being biased.)
Click through to see our 12 favorite designs.
Karl Lagerfeld's look is just completely out of control--and we love it.
Ralph Rucci's sketch is just beautiful.
This is a silhouette we can imagine Kate wearing. By Chris Benz.
The master returns. Sort of. By Christian Lacroix.
We're obsessed with the retro styling in this sketch. By Jason Wu.
Tom Mora, J.Crew's wedding designer, knows how to put elegance on paper.
Unsurprisingly, Nina Ricci's Peter Copping went frilly.
Prabal Gurung's is poufy, yet totally modern.
Vera Wang went classic for Kate.
The Valentino designers formed a confection of frills.
We love Tory Burch's take on the bateau neck.