Trend alert! If you’re a famous person, chances are your mom and/or dad’s brother will at some point gab about your personal life to the media. Take Kate Middleton‘s uncle Gary Goldsmith for example, who shared his vital opinion about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy. “We are delighted for them both, it’s great news,” the British businessman gushed to Celebuzz today. “And funnily enough, I had a feeling she might be a few days ago and said as much, but it was just a hunch of mind.” Of course, Unkey Gary is only the affable gossipy tip of the iceberg. Remember Amanda Bynes‘ uncle Ronald Bynes, who spilled to the press during the actress’s public meltdown that, “The problem is there’s no correspondence [between Amanda and her parents]. I don’t even think they know what’s going on with her”? Or Peter Jessop, uncle to alleged Lindsay Lohan attacker Christian LaBella, who went on record with the New York Daily News to say, “He’s a decent kid who met her at a nightclub and she invited him back to her hotel room with other people. And now she’s using her celebrity to launch a full-scale witch hunt against him just to be relevant again.” We don’t see very many aunts, grandpas or nephews chatting with the press, is all we’re saying.
So what is it about uncles that make them so willing to add their two cents? According to Celebuzz, some people have criticized Gary Goldsmith for attempting to use his relation to Middleton to hype his business ventures. For example, earlier this month he tweeted a photo of a man in a Kate mask, which definitely seems like something an uncle would do. Maybe it’s just that much easier to get an uncle’s phone number or email address for a quote then, say, a parent or a cousin? At least none of Kate’s uncles weighed in on her
Congrats, William and Kate! We all knew that if we speculated about this enough times, eventually it would be true: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child, their spokespeople at Clarence House announced today (which we learned via Today, since everyone has crashed all the official royal sites with their excitement over the news). Unfortunately, it seems that they were forced to announce this news because Kate was admitted to the hospital Monday morning with severe morning sickness and is expected to stay hospitalized for days, as the pregnancy is in its very early stages. Ooooh, we feel your pain, Mama! But congrats anyway!
The couple have only been married for a year and a half, but bump watch has been in full effect since their wedding in April 2011. When Kate drank water instead of wine at an event in September, the media went crazy (and yeah, we can totally relate to that one too — which, what does that say about our normal drinking habits?). Lately, some sites were even pointing to the fuller shape of the Duchess’ face as proof that she was with child.
The newest addition to the royal family will be third in line for the throne, after his/her grandpa Prince Charles and dad William. (Harry, you are free to resume your naked billiards, as you are now fourth in line.)
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When those first topless pics of Kate Middleton were published earlier this month, we had two reactions — sympathy for the Duchess of Cambridge for having her privacy violated, and a bit of a shoulder shrug, because tons of ladies sunbathe topless in France and if you’re gonna do that and be famous, you should expect someone to catch you in the act, no matter how private you think your chosen estate may be. But now that a new set of photos has been published by Danish magazine Se og Hor, one featuring her changing out of her bikini bottom, we’re feeling really bad for her, and icky about people in general. We’re all for being proud of your body and showing it off whenever you like. But then we think about those times when we’ve been hanging out in a wet bathing suit and absolutely had to get out of it immediately, so we tried to maneuver our towels over the important bits in order to make a quick change, and then sometimes the towel slipped and we were really really glad no one who cared was around to see us (we think). Of course, the duchess would never be that lucky.
“We are a leading gossip magazine in Denmark, and it is my job to publish them,” the magazine’s editor told the Belfast Telegraph before the issue came out. “If the British royal family want to sue us, then it will happen then and we’ll deal with it.”
On the bright side, Kate, these pics are super grainy (OK, fine, everyone, head over to Egotastic to see scans of them). And also, when you guys sue the crap out of these tabloids, maybe you can donate that cash to some awesome charity or something.
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Hats off to Kate Middleton. Even in the midst of a nasty topless scandal, she ended up completing her tour of her South-East Asia for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the sort of poise we can only hope to achieve one day. The tour officially ended yesterday and we’ve picked our favorite three dresses from her wardrobe from the whole week. Summery, classic and dressed in breathable fabrics, the Duchess has scored another fashion win, in our eyes. The first picture, on the left, is a beautiful white suit by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen with broderie anglaise, or eyelet, detail, worn to visit the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. She paired the dress with Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges and a suede navy Muse clutch. The outfit is so elegant and simple and her belted waist looks impossibly tiny.
The photograph in the middle as an icy-blue, boat-necked Alice Temperley dress worn for tea at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Kuala Lumpur. We love the feminine sheer overlay and the white embroidery. Kate teamed the dress with her trusty LK Bennett Sledge pumps and the “Natalie” bag. Although you can’t see them in this picture, she had little pearls in her updo as well. The last picture was taken when Will and Kate departed from the Solomon Islands for Tuvalu. Kate was wearing this pale yellow, broderie anglaise (again, like the first dress) dress by “an independent dressmaker,” with Stuart Weitzman “Minx” wedges and Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, the latter off which matched her frock perfectly. A perfect trio, in our opinion. And now for the fun stuff. Kate also broke it down while she was in Tuvulu with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule entertainment bash. She wore a traditional feathered tutu and headdress over her Alice Temperley maxi, and shook those hips like a pro. Can’t wait to see it? We don’t blame you. Click after the jump for the fun pictures! Read more…
We’re totally with the British royals’ statement about the topless photos of Kate Middleton just published in Closer magazine. “Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner,” a spokesperson said in a statement given to People. And we can only imagine how much it sucks for the Duchess of Cambridge to know pics of her sunbathing in a private home in France are currently being ogled at by people all over the world. (OK, fine, if you want to join in on the dirty fun, or react with outrage, you can see them on Egotastic.)
But here’s something to think about: In this day and age of high-tech photography and spying equipment, can a famous person ever expect their privacy to be expected? I mean, I’m not even famous, and I fear people peeking into my own windows every time I change. And I totally expect there’s someone spying on my computer and snapping pics of me every time I fall asleep with my mouth open on the subway. This is the kind of paranoia most of us have gotten used to as city and Internet dwellers. We’re wondering if maybe folks like Prince Harry and Duchess Catherine haven’t been so exposed to this world — they’re sheltered by guards and private modes of transportation, kept too busy to read Tumblrs like this — and so they don’t realize that we’re all being watched.
I don’t mean to blame the victim, here. Especially with the wife of a prince left motherless by the relentless appetite of the paparazzi. Just stating the sad fact that we all live in a world where maybe we should just be OK with getting tan lines. Or a bit of exposure. We don’t really see a third choice emerging anytime soon.
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Okay, we’re just going to get straight to Dakota Fanning because can we get a “Woot woot!” She’s totally pulling out all the stops in this gold, sequined, figure hugging Stella McCartney gown. We normally never use the word we’re about to, but are going to drop it anyway because it’s so apt — va va voom. And how awesome is her body looking? Anyone can see you can’t have an extra ounce of jiggle if you want to wear a dress like that because it’s completely unforgiving. Top points for the back view as well. That’s the behind we’ve hoped to have most of our adult lives. Dakota finished off the look with two of our favorite brands — Jimmy Choo heels and a Lanvin clutch. This was worn to the London premiere of her film Now Is Good held at The Curzon Mayfair.
In the other corner, we have the literal translation of fairytale princess, because that’s exactly what Kate Middleton is looking like. The Duchess is travelling with her husband, Prince William, in Southeast Asia as a part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour. The occasion was an Official State Dinner at the Istana Negara hosted by The King and Queen of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The dress was a white and gold Alexander McQueen and takes our breath away. And the floral detail is suppose to be the hibiscus, which is Malaysia’s national flower, which is just another one of those thoughful details Kate is becoming known for. What else can we say — she’s dazzling. And so is Dakota. Solid gold, ladies!
We are deliberately staying away from the controversy of those topless pictures Closer magazine of France has published of Kate’s, because they have crossed a major line. They’ve posted very blurry pictures of her without her bikini top on — showing they were taken by a very, very long lens, so it’s a gross breach of privacy. Wills and Kate were at the Provence chateau owned by Lord Linley, the Queen’s nephew, and thought they were completely alone on the estate, as they should have been. All magazines in the UK have shown solidarity with them by not publishing the photos and even the English branch of Closer has distanced itself from the story and is not taking it up. Read more…
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! Sorry, guys. We really did get excited seeing the Spice Girls reunited while performing at the amazing spectacle that was the Olympics Closing Ceremony yesterday (or this morning, depends on what part of the world you’re in.) Especially went whizzing around in those cool, lit-up minis! And they weren’t the only ones we squeed at. The whole playlist of sorts had moments we were giddy about. How about Take That? We used to swoon over them back in the day, and seeing them together brought back all those memories. We only wish that Robbie Williams had joined them, but we’ll take what we can get. We got One Direction for the swooning-in-this-day-and-age, so we’re all good! George Michael busting out moves was awesome — did you sing Freedom out aloud too? And how about them supermodels, huh? All in glittering gold gowns. Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson and the rest of the finest of the Brit fashion crop did make a huge impression.
We have to say that Fatboy Slim busting out Rockerfella Skank was a massive moment for us too. Acid house at the Olympics? Yes, please! And while we’re at it — what did you think of Russell Brand‘s performance? We love him, so we were more than happy to see him up there. More than anything, his inclusion showed just how much thought the organizers put into this ceremony. They tried to be together everything quintessentially British — fashion, comedians, music, dancing — and we think they totally succeeded. Look through our gallery to have a look at who else we were excited to see, and let us know if you agree!
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I consider myself the Kate Middleton flag-bearer of this team. Seriously, you can see how much here. It’s total fangirl territory. So when I saw this latest Marie Claire South Africa cover of Kate, some alarm bells went off. First, because it just looked off. Secondly, and no offense or anything, but that does not look like an outfit Kate would wear. Turns out, I was right, because it isn’t Kate at all. The magazine has actually taken Photoshopping to the next level and the image is “a hyper-real illustration of Kate, meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion’s new royal icon.” The magazine is spinning this whole fake cover by saying, “We were so inspired by her fairytale wedding and her life as a modern-day princess, which is why we elected Kate Middleton as our cover star for the August issue.” Except, she didn’t really agree to be their cover star, so they just went ahead with it anyway? So, now we’ve come to a point where if we can’t get a royal or a celebrity on the cover, we just make an image up and call it a tribute? Is it just me, or is that not cool? There’s a whole system with actually contacting an individual, setting up dates and having them show up in flesh-and-blood and interviewing them. I’m a bit wary of an art department creating a cover out of nothing. I’d really like to hear your thoughts about this, because I find it rather disturbing that an entire team is being so gung-ho over the fact that their entire cover story has been spun out of composite imagery.
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Oh, Kate Middleton! My love for this woman is unconditional and no secret to you readers. But this love was sorely tested this weekend when the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations were taking place across the pond. We knew Kate would hit a home run — or, since it’s England, a sixer (cricket speak) — with what she would decide to wear. And she did, with a gorgeous crimson Alexander McQueen dress with her nude L.K. Bennett pumps, a slightly modified version of the McQueen Classic Skull clutch and a Lock and Co fascinator much like the lovely maple leaf hat she wore in Canada last year. Since she’s Kate, she also had the frock changed a bit. Sleeves were added, the hemline was lowered and the neckline was altered. Modest, yet gorgeous!
So imagine our chagrin when we learned that the same dress had already been seen on two starlets who come nowhere close to Kate’s sartorial stratosphere. The first is Tulisa Contostavlos (of sex tape notoriety) who wore the dress at The X Factor auditions last year, as seen on the left. The second is our very own Kim Kardashian, who wore it along with towering snakeskin Louboutins, in New York last year while filming Kim and Kourtney Take New York, as seen on the right. We think that Kate rocks the outfit the most, but are interested to know what you think. Vote in the poll below to let us know your top choice!
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Way to go
Angelina Jolie, Catherine Middleton! Okay, we’re not saying that Kate’s leg is as visible as Angelina’s leg at the Oscar’s, but for a member of the Royal Family, this is a pretty solid display of flesh. The Duchess and her husband, Prince William were at the Claridges Hotel in Mayfair, London, yesterday to go to the elite dining club called “Thirty Club”, and wifey really nailed it. Kate wore a cream Roland Mouret gown called the “lombard” which was from Mouret’s 2009 line, and inspired by the actress Carole Lombard. Not only was it slim-fit, but it had this cheeky slit up the front, which allowed the Duchess to flash some very toned legs. The fact that they were encased in crystal-studded Jimmy Choo’s made it even better. Don’t think we didn’t notice the red-painted toenails, Kate! Can we please add this to her list of best fashion looks?
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