Pippa Middleton is set to marry her hedge-fund manager boyfriend, James Matthews, in 2017, and speculation around her wedding dress is already building.
While leading British design houses Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen are reportedly in the running to design Pippa’s dress, the latest rumors suggest that Giles Deacon has the all-important job.
The Central Saint Martins graduate and former London Fashion Week favorite was photographed leaving the bride-to-be’s home in London this week. He was seen carrying a large black dress bag when he left the house. Shortly afterward, Pippa and her mother, Carole, followed.
Deacon, who has dressed Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, and Cate Blanchett, is known for his statement-making gowns. He showed his first couture collection in Paris this July, which featured striking satin designs inspired by Fabergé eggs.
Few details have been released about Pippa’s upcoming nuptials since her engagement was announced in June, but the couple made it clear they won’t be marrying until next year.
Matthews is thought to have proposed on a long weekend away to the Cotswolds after they rekindled their romance in 2015. Shortly after the announcement, a statement released by Kensington Palace said the Duchess of Cambridge was “absolutely delighted.” Sadly, due to British tradition, it’s unlikely we’ll get to see Kate return the favor as Pippa’s bridesmaid.
“British tradition dictates that bridesmaids should always be unmarried and should be younger than the bride; indeed, many aristocratic British brides have children as their bridesmaids,” writer Tom Sykes recently explained to The Daily Beast.
Still, there’s no doubt who the spotlight will be on when Pippa says her vows.