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Posted at 7:56 PM ET, 12/31/2010

'A supernova in the fashion world'

By Autumn Brewington


The Wall Street Journal listed "The world falls in love with Kate Middleton" as No. 3 on its list of 2010's top fashion moments. The key lines: "[T]he November announcement of a spring 2011 wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton detonated a supernova in the fashion world, as design houses started dreaming not just of a royal wedding dress but another Michelle Obama-like star-maker. Designers didn't have to wait long for the Kate Middleton halo effect: The blue Issa dress she wore to the engagement announcement is now only available via (a presumably very long) wait list on, and the Fall 2009 white Reiss dress that she wore to her engagement photo will be re-issued next month. It takes barely days after the engagement press conference for replicas of Middleton's blue sapphire engagement ring to appear in China."

We think the Journal called it on the Net-a-Porter list. But if you're hoping for another way to get That Dress, check out the top left picture on this purple-is-the-new-black guide to holiday dressing. Fenwick tells us the Issa dress is sold out in purple but should be restocked in late January in cobalt blue, sapphire blue and bright green.

By Autumn Brewington  | December 31, 2010; 7:56 PM ET
Categories:  Fashion, Kate Middleton, Media coverage  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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