WEDDING BELLS: Europe’s tabloids are buzzing in anticipation over the union this Saturday of Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a divorced newscaster. While details of Rocasolano’s gown remain a state secret, it’s rumored to have a modest neckline and long sleeves. The second-time bride is also (gasp!) expected to wear white. And who was commissioned to make the dress? Barcelona couturier Manuel Pertegaz, who is 87. Meanwhile, another obscure European got his day in the sun at Danish Crown Prince Frederik’s wedding to Mary Donaldson. Frederik’s Australian spouse was outfitted by Denmark’s Uffe Frank, a former Valentino apprentice. But the gaggle of high-profile guests didn’t follow suit. Princesses Maxima d’Orange of Holland, Mette-Marit of Norway, Alexandra Wittgenstein and Marie-Chantal of Greece were all dressed by Valentino himself.
A NEW FIELD: Junior apparel and footwear company Candie’s Inc. has entered into an agreement with stylist Patricia Field to design a limited edition collection of apparel, footwear and accessories under the Candie’s label. The collection, Vintage Candie’s by Patricia Field, will debut in spring 2005.
WINNING SPADE: Kate Spade can now add “giant” to her résumé. But don’t think it’s literal. On Thursday, the accessories designer, who has recently added tabletop, crystal, flatware and bedding, was honored for being a tastemaker at House Beautiful and Chrysler’s fifth annual Giants of Design gala. “I am beside myself to be named a ‘Giant of Design’, but I certainly feel small compared to the likes of Richard Meier and the other honorees,” quipped Spade. The black-tie affair at Cipriani 42nd Street also honored architect Meier, industrial designer James Dyson, interior designer Mariette Himes Gomez, textile entrepreneur Stephanie Odegard and Charleston, S.C., mayor Joseph P. Riley.
BURBERRY’S BIG DAY: Burberry will bring a bit of Britain to New York Wednesday at a lunch at Cipriani at 42nd Street for 650 people to benefit The Lying-In Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital. There will be a Burberry fashion show, and chief executive Rose Marie Bravo will host a table full of major British names, including Princess Michael of Kent (who’s spending so much time in New York lately it may as well be her second home), her daughter Gabriella Windsor, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Rufus and Sally Albemarle and Sophie Dahl.
BITTER GROUNDS: Vogue’s Sally Singer introduced the film “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” at a Grand Classics With Style screening with Marc Jacobs at Soho House this week by pointing out that she’d personally like to obtain many of the looks in the film.
“Although Marc is a lot like Petra von Kant —?they both like luxury for day, and both like to mix —?feathers and patterns, a jeweled bodice with a floral ribbon — I have never seen Marc direct his design assistants from a bed in his atelier, and he has never promised a model status in exchange for sex, but he can speak more on that front.”
His response? “I assure you I am nothing like Petra von Kant.”