Sunday, February 19, 2012

William's Belated Birthday Dinner + Kate Graces Marie Claire Cover

Hello to you all,
It has been revealed Prince William enjoyed a belated birthday dinner on July 2 (a week and a half after his actual birthday) with Kate and a group of close friends at Russian themed restaurant Mari Vanna in Knightsbridge, London. 

Mari Vanna
Celebrating the Russian theme the group enjoyed flavoured vodka shots with William reportedly looking 'a little worse for wear'. Kate refrained from drinking much and left at 1 a.m while William and his friends stayed on until 3 a.m. before going to a friend's house for a party. 

A look at 'The Fireplace Room' described as 'perfect for dinner parties'.

Mari Vanna Facebook

Mari Vanna is the new London branch of an international Russian chain with sister restaurants in Moscow, St Petersburg and New York. It is named after a Russian grandmother who welcomed diners into her home. It is aimed at Russians abroad and diners hoping to experience Russian cuisine. 

Mari Vanna Facebook

A look at one of the restaurant's most popular dishes: Russian 'Blinis' with salmon roe served with sour cream, egg, onion and herbs.

Mari Vanna Facebook

Giles Goran from The Times wrote the following review about Mari Vanna but was distracted from the food :)

'It is the pleasantest of all surprises. Like something out of Eastern fairytales all chintzy and cottagey. The food is good, but it hardly matters, I spend most of the time surreptitiously looking around the room at the most beautiful women I have ever seen, anywhere'.

Two of the Mari Vanna girls Lenka and Maria

Mari Vanna Facebook
It sounds like William and Kate had a wonderful night with friends at Mari Vanna. For any of you considering visiting London it's a wonderful place to spend an evening. 


Kate is the cover girl every magazine editor wants and upon first look it appears Marie Claire South Africa has scooped the industry's biggest coup of the moment but on closer inspection the 'photo' is actually an artist's impression.

From the Marie Claire article

'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. The cover is actually a hyper real illustration, meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion's new royal icon.'

Marie Claire South Africa
 Five illustrators dressed Kate in a print dress by designer Clive Rundle posing with her hand on her hip. No doubt Zimbabwe born Rundle who describes his designs as 'an extension of his whole thought process' will be hoping the cover encourages fans of Kate's style to look at his pieces.

A look at pieces from Mr Rundle's Summer 2011-2012 Collection. Not typically Kate's style, are they? 

Clive Rundle
An up close look at Kate's face on the cover. The illustration appears to be based on the engagement photos. What do you think?

Marie Claire South Africa


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