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Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Finally On Display

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Every summer Buckingham Palace opens up to the public for touring, and this year there’s a special item to view — Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge's Alexander McQueen dress is the centerpiece of the tour this year which starts on Saturday and runs through the beginning of October.

The palace’s curator reveals:

"Visitors will see what a great example of British couture it is and how much detail and how much work went into the creation of this dress. The beauty really is in the detail."

Also on exhibit will be the bridal shoes, a replica of Kate’s bouquet made of silk flowers, a film about making the wedding dress, and even the wedding cake!

Apparently the cake is going on display in the state dining room with the top three tiers replaced by replicas as those were used.

And with all the excitement over the royal wedding and Kate, insiders expect this year's ticket sales to break records.

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Alicia Keys Wows In W Magazine

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Alicia Keys looks stunning in her new photoshoot for the June 2011 issue of W magazine.

Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, Alicia looks sexy in her Alexander McQueen outfits as she poses showing off her crimson lips.

Keys reveals:

“I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew. We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up — I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.

I was a young girl with very strong ideas but no experience. I just knew that everything else I was doing was wrong — that all the suggestions weren’t what was in my mind, they weren’t what it was meant to be.”

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Kate Middleton Kept Things A Bit Traditional

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Kate Catherine Middleton might be described by some as a “modern princess,” but she still values a bit of tradition.

As part of her royal wedding earlier today, she made sure to keep with the Old English wedding rhyme of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Check out the breakdown below:

Something Old -
Catherine’s wedding dress featured a long-sleeved lace overlay by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton. The pattern used on the dress is known as the Carrickmacross lace-making technique and is said to be a tribute to traditional British craftsmanship.

Something New -
Her something new came from her parents as they gave her a pair of leaf-shaped diamond earrings made by Robinson Pelham to match her tiara.

Something Borrowed -
Catherine’s headgear featured a 1936 halo-style Cartier tiara lent to her by The Queen.

Something Blue -
And in order to include something blue, Catherine had a small amount of blue ribbon sewn into her gown.

What do U think of the way Kate incorporated it all? Share your thoughts with us here!

P.S. Be sure to watch Perez as he hosts with Nene Leakes "Will + Kate Forever," the only royal wedding special worth seeing, airing tonight, April 29th at 7pm/6c on Wedding Central and also at 9pm/8c on WE tv.

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Fashion Leaders Are Among The Richest In The World

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Mexican Telecom businessman Carlos Slim Helu might be the richest man in the world with a net worth of $74 billion, but he’s also joined by several fashion leaders.

In fact, Bernard Arnault, pictured above, come in at the number four spot making him the richest fashion businessman in the world worth $41 billion! Arnault owns the LVMH conglomerate which controls some of the top labels around like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Givenchy.

Amancio Ortega, who founded Zara, come in at number seven with $31 billion.

H&M chairman, Stefan Persson, has a pretty big bank account as well, being worth $24.5 billion on the number thirteen spot and is followed by Liliane Bettencourt, heir to L'Oreal, at number fifteen worth $23.5 billion.

Even Salma Hayek’s father-in-law, Francois Pinault, is on the list at number 67 with an $11.5 billion worth. Pinault owns PPR which includes Gucci, YSL, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Puma.

Looks like there's a lot of money to be made in the fashion industry.

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Diane Von Furstenberg Apologizes For Comments On MOBama's Dress

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The Michelle Obama dress controversy has been going on for a month now, and it seems like it isn’t yet going away.

If you recall, Mrs. Obama wore a gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown to a state dinner. That then caused a few fashion designers to speak out about MOBama wearing a foreign dress.

Oscar de la Renta voiced his opinions saying Michelle should have worn a gown by an American designer, as did Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who agreed adding she was a bit “disappointed.”

Well, we’re guessing someone had a talk with Diane, because the designer is now backpedaling. Diane now says:

"I said that Mrs. Obama has been extremely supportive of American designers, but clearly we were disappointed that she chose to wear a British designer for the state dinner…From there, I was so embarrassed that I am definitely going to write to her. She has been super supportive to American designers."

Looks like someone is worried that Obama might never wear an outfit of hers again.

But really, why apologize if that’s how you truly feel?

What do U think? Should Diane have apologized? Should Michelle wear only outfits by US designers?

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