>> Kate Middleton now has the ring — Princess Diana's own engagement ring, an 18 carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds — but what about the dress?
Now that it has been officially announced that Middleton and Prince William are to wed in Spring or Summer 2011, wedding dress speculation is sure to follow. But Middleton typically goes without big designer labels, instead preferring jeans, tailored jackets from the British designer Katherine Hooker, and practical carryall bags from Longchamp.
She also favors brands like Jigsaw, the high street chain whose owners are old friends of her parents, and Issa, the London-based label known for its jersey and cotton-printed dresses. For the official engagement photos today, Middleton wore a simple blue Issa dress, and the British press are already speculating that Issa's Brazilian-born creator and owner, Daniella Helayel, will do Middleton's wedding dress, as well.