Kate Middleton celebrates Canada in the same Reiss dress she wore for her engagement photo, sprucing it up with a broach, lipstick red kitten heels and...wait for it...a red hat adorned with CANADIAN MAPLE LEAVES. It looks ridic. And I love it. (If you want to buy the Reiss dress, it's $310 and available at select stores.) Read more at the Daily Mail.
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Reiss Founder David Reiss on the Kate Middleton Effect, Plus Kate's Latest Reiss Purchase
Reiss, the British-based contemporary clothing label, has been around for a while. In fact, the brand just celebrated their 40th anniversary last night over cocktails at the Crosby Street hotel. But many folks, especially Americans (Reiss only has outposts in NYC, LA, DC, Boston and Florida), only became aware of the brand when Kate Middleton wore a cream colored Reiss dress when she was photographed by Mario Testino for her official engagement portraits with Prince William. It wasn't new--it was from her closet. Nevertheless, a frenzy for the frock followed and Reiss rereleased the fall/winter style for this current spring season in a lighter material. "It was the most bizarre thing--I was flying to Moscow that day to open our new store there and as we land I turn my phone on and I was absolutely inundated--journalists, requests for TV--and I had no idea what it was all about," founder David Reiss told us. "And then the whole thing snowballed from there. I was getting calls from Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, the US--pretty much all the key American programs wanted me to do TV--it was phenomenal. I knew the Americans loved royalty, but to that extent I didn't realize." And as for what Kate has done for the brand?
Reiss To Re-release Kate Middleton's Dress, Increase Price
Kate Middleton made headlines yesterday when she shopped her closet for her official Mario Testino-photographed engagement portraits and wore a Reiss dress from last season. (She also apparently did her own makeup--even more impressive.) As we mentioned yesterday, Reiss is, of course, re-releasing a version of the now-famous dress sometime next month to include in their SS2011 collection (even though the dress was originally AW2009). We also hear it will retail for £169 ($267), up from £159. "Kate has been a customer of Reiss for some time now and we are absolutely delighted that she chose to wear one of our dresses for such a wonderful occasion," Reiss managing director and founder David Reiss said in a statement. "We wish both Prince William and Kate Middleton all the best for the future."
Kate Middleton Wears A Year-Old Dress By Reiss In Her Official Engagement Photos
Prince William and Kate Middleton's official engagement photos, shot by Mario Testino, have been released. There are two images: A formal full length photo of the couple dressed up and standing in a royal room, and a casual, closely cropped, intimate photo of the couple locked in an an embrace. Middleton insisted on dressing herself for the shoot, the Telegraph is reporting, despite the several stylists who were on hand, at the ready with armfuls of designer duds. Instead, she rummaged through her own closet pulling out a two-year-old cream colored blouse by Whistles which retailed for £95 to wear for the intimate, less formal photo, and a cream colored dress with a ruffle up the side from Reiss, which retailed for £159 when it was in stores last year, for the formal portrait.
Kate Middleton Wears Erdem For Canada Outfit #7
This is getting out of control, but we're not complaining. For her seventh outfit change in Canada, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton donned a cornflower blue dress by Canadian-bred/London-based designer Erdem, which accentuates her impossibly tiny waist. The couple is in Quebec City right now, and next they'll be travelling to Prince Edward Island, home of Kate's favorite childhood novel, Anne of Green Gables. There better be some puffed sleeves involved. For more on Kate's Canada outfits, click here.