Grazia is reporting today that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has commissioned Ralph & Russo to make her a gown for her upcoming tour of Australia.
A soured told Grazia, “Kate visited Ralph & Russo’s boutique last month and said she was looking for inspiration for the tour. She liked that they had Australian connections and has apparently given them specific instructions for a gown.”
Ralph & Russo is based in the UK, but was founded by Australian couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo in 2007. Their clients are thought to include Middle Eastern royalty as well as the Hollywood and music A-list. Cocktail dresses by the brand are thought to cost upwards of £50, 000, which as Grazia points out is more than Kate spent on all her looks in 2012.
Anticipation is now mounting about the rest of the tour wardrobe, which if rumour is to be believed, is set to look a lot more regal and a lot less high street – at the request of the Queen herself.
The fashion industry will now be speculating about which other Australian brands the Duchess has approached. We would put money on LOVER, known for its feminine lace dresses and stocked by NET-A-PORTER.COM.