November 16, 2010 09:15 PM

Mark Stewart

Now that Prince William and Kate Middleton are officially engaged, the fashion world is abuzz with speculation as to who will get to design the future princess’s dress. Will Middleton’s favorite designer, Daniella Issa Helayel, have a shot at creating the gown? British oddsmakers Ladsbroke certainly seem to think so, tapping the Brazilian founder of the Issa fashion label as the 3-to-1 favorite to get the nod. This comes after Middleton, 28, wore a stunning blue dress tailor-made by Helayel to the wedding of William’s friend Harry Meade last month, as well as selecting one of her designs for her first official photos as royal fiancée! Stella McCartney is seen as the next likeliest choice, at odds of 4-to-1, followed by other British designers Julien Macdonald (6-to-1), Vivienne Westwood (8-to-1), John Galliano (14-to-1) and Paul Smith (16-to-1). Grouped together at 20-to-1 odds are Giorgio Armani, Vera Wang and Versace. As is traditional, the broker is also offering some less-than-serious wagering options, dangling 1000-to-1 odds that Middleton will wear “a tracksuit or shellsuit” in front of the billions of admirers on her special day. Tell us: Who do you think will design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress? Vote below! –Tim Nudd


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