IN THE WINGS: Christophe Decarnin has a new wing woman at Balmain. Melanie Ward, best known for her long creative collaboration with Helmut Lang, is in Paris working with Decarnin ahead of Balmain’s show on March 3. Previously, the designer collaborated with Paris Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt, who is now devoted exclusively to the magazine as its new editor in chief.
ROYAL RSVP: David and Victoria Beckham, Holly Branson, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, are said to be among the 1,900 guests invited to Westminster Abbey for the royal nuptials. According to a statement from Clarence House, 1,000 of those invited to the church are close friends and family. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are widely reported by the British press to have been left out of the crowd, although Clarence House declined to confirm or deny any names. Sarah Ferguson has already confirmed she won’t be attending. The guest list pales in comparison to that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, who hosted 3,500 guests at their wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral. But Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to be planning with a spirit of austerity in mind, and wanted to put the focus on close family and friends. Six hundred guests have been invited to a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, and 300 have been asked to dinner and dancing at the palace, hosted by The Prince of Wales.