Considering Kate’s dress, UK retail suffers, Louboutin strikes again, PSFK fashion highlights, Jones’ hats in a line

Prince William and Kate Middleton by Mario Testino | Source: Stylelist

Kate’s Dress: Who Will It Be? (WWD)
“There are three weeks to go until K-Day, when royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will, after five months of keeping the public on tenterhooks, reveals her sartorial secret… the secrecy has ignited a flurry of speculation as to which designer is doing The Dress.”

Retailers suffer sharp fall in spending (FT)
“Sales of clothing… showed the largest decline in any month since August 2009 when Britain was still mired in recession. While warm, sunny weather helped, it appears consumers prefer to delay discretionary purchases.”

Christian Louboutin Strikes Again (WWD)
“After initiating legal action against French luxury house Yves Saint Laurent last week for selling shoes that infringed on his trademarked red soles, the designer has accused another footwear brand — Carmen Steffens of Brazil — of the same offense.”

Top 3 Ideas Worth Sharing from the PSFK Conference (Fashion’s Collective)
“A publication esteemed for its thought leadership and emphasis on ideas, last week’s PSFK conference in New York was inspiring… Here are three of the ideas that have interesting implications for the fashion and luxury business.”

Stephen Jones Pulls in the Crowds, Hats in Hand (IHT)
“When the milliner Stephen Jones opened his “Accent of Fashion” hat exhibition in Istanbul on Thursday, it was one of a series of accolades for the British designer.”