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I am sure the web is buzzing right now about the fashion hits and misses at the Royal Wedding, but I thought I would add my two cents worth. I didn’t intend to watch the entire event but I couldn’t quite peel myself away from the T.V (Note to self – I am a secret Royalist and proud of it).
So onto the lady of the hour – Kate Middleton. As soon as designer Sarah Burton was spotted at Kate’s London hotel the night before the wedding, we knew the dress would be by Alexander McQueen. And what a incredible dress it was. There have been numerous comparisons to Grace Kelly and they are totally warranted. Kate exuded a natural grace and elegance in the silk and gazar gown which feature French and English lace appliques on the bodice and skirt. I loved the long sleeves – they were appropriate but still chic while the full skirt was pure fairytale material (Cinderella!) And of course there were those modern McQueen touches from the deep V neck and peplum at the back, to the detailed construction and curved hourglass hips. Some fashion critics have said they expected something more but I disagree – it’s a Royal Wedding not a fashion show.
In a statement released by the McQueen press office, Burton was quoted as saying: “It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton … I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day.” Enough said.
And onto the good…
Left to right: David and Victoria Beckham; Pippa Middleton, Tara Palmer Tomkinson; and Samantha Cameron
I hate to admit it, but I liked Pippa’s Middleton’s dress the most. In fact as soon as I saw it, with its beautifully rounded shoulders, covered buttons and cowl neck, there was no doubt in my mind that it was a McQueen gown. The silhouette was chic but contemporary and suited her perfectly. Also scoring points was, believe it or not, Tara Palmer Tomkinson. Her electric blue dress with a draped neckline looked, dare I say it, classy. It was a nice distraction from her new nose. Victoria Beckham also looked effortlessly chic in a “modified” navy dress from her autumn/winter collection. Pregnancy suits her, and I loved that her hair was scraped back into a ponytail. Extra points also go to Samantha Cameron for her fashion forward Burberry dress, which she paired with Aldo shoes – you can only love a woman who mixes high and low with panache.
Left to right: Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice; Chelsy Davy; and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Oh dear Chelsy Davy, how can you still look like a secretary when you are dressed in Alberta Ferretti? And would it have killed you to run a brush through your hair before you left the house? While I loved the two-tone effect on Camilla Parker Bowles’s Anna Valentine coat, the pleats on the side were not flattering and made her look boxy. The apples haven’t fallen far from the tree in the cases of Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. Couldn’t they have inherited their mother’s joie de vivre instead of her terrible dress sense? I always thought Vivienne Westwood was wacky, but what were they thinking when they dressed Eugenie in this blue getup? Beatrice was only a fraction better in Valentino Couture although I am not sure why she chose such a frumpy outfit. I think the icing on the cake was her horrific bow hat which looked like a ram’s head. Not a good look. And who is Miriam Gonzalez Durantez and why does she think she’s Dita Von Teese?
and the hats…
Although everyone was raving about the hats, I found most of them stuffy or over the top. And don’t get me started on fascinators. It’s not that inspiring when most of the best styles were designed by the same milliner (take a bow Phillip Treacy). No wonder Samantha Cameron decided to go against the grain and wear Erdem jewels in her hair instead. Hats off to her – no pun intended!