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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Kate Middleton's sheer dress to be auctioned

By Autumn Brewington

Today's big news is the announcement of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding party, but there were other headlines over the weekend:

The sheer black dress that Kate famously modeled in a charity fashion show during college is to be auctioned off next month. Designer Charlotte Todd created the piece to be a skirt -- and wasn't told whether it was Kate's idea or someone else's to pull up the garment and wear it as a dress. She did, however, tell the Daily Mail in November: "The dress is a part of fashion history -- the moment William could first have fallen in love with Kate -- and that makes me really proud. ... The only person I'd probably give it to is her -- maybe in exchange for a wedding invitation." Now, the dress will be sold to the highest bidder on March 17.

A Telegraph article on Kate's lunch last week with William's stepmother, Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, speculated that "It cannot be long before some tabloid christens her: "Add Some Waity Katy". It wasn't long: The Sun headline on Friday read: 'Royal Bride is not so weighty Katie."

It emerged last week that "Kate Middleton" is the top fashion buzzword of the new season, according to the Global Language Monitor (a Texas-based company that analyzes, you guessed it, trends in language) -- but still, a Daily Mail columnist has suggestions for how Kate could improve on her outfits.

In other fashion news, the Guardian notes that Kate's fondness for the label Issa -- the brand of her sellout blue engagement dress -- means a lot of eyes will be watching designer Daniella Helayel's collection this week. Helayel told British Vogue that the new collection features a lot of red and burgundy.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry was spotted out this weekend with blondes other than his ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, with whom he has recently been seen.

By Autumn Brewington  | February 14, 2011; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  Fashion, Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William, Royal family  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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