The Royal Wedding

by Fluffleberry on May 2, 2011

I was so happy to hear that Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen had designed the royal wedding dress. What a day for British fashion, what a day for fashion itself!

The dress had an applique skirt and bodice and the bride wore her hair down (as my friend Ali had rightly predicted) with the Cartier “Halo” tiara that the Queen had lent her (something borrowed).

The lace on the bride’s dress detailed a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock to represent all the nations that make up the United Kingdom and was hand made by The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. Workers washed their hands every half an hour to keep the lace and threads crystal clean, and the needles were renewed every three hours.

The bride’s earrings were a gift from her parents, “something new”. For “something blue”, a blue ribbon was sewn into the interior of her dress, while “something old” was the traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship used to create the bridal gown.

Maid of Honour Philippa Middleton’s dress was also designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. In ivory satin-based crepe, it had a a cowl front with the same lace trim and button detail as the bride’s dress.

First of all, fantastic choice, inspired. Not only is Kate supporting a quintessentially British brand but she is seriously upping her cool factor. Catapulting herself from boring Sloane (sorry) to thoroughly modern Princess. Having said this she must have had a hand in the design as this dress is very her. Understated and sweet.

I like the reference to Grace Kelly, a style icon and commoner who became a princess (remind you of anyone?) and the understated shorter train and small bouquet are both modest and pretty.

The bride wore her hair down, well you would wouldn’t you if you had those shiny locks??? And the halo tiara looked divine. I love the simplicity of the dress and the small but royal ruffle at the back and I think the lace detailed with roses, daffodils, thistles and shamrocks is simply heavenly. The only design detail I might not have agreed with on the bride and the maid of honour is the neck line? I don’t think the slit in the lace down the neckline is very demure or regal? Grace nailed this one.

I like Pippa’s dress as it is so simple and I love, love, love the idea of drawing from Lee McQueen’s Pre Fall 2009 archive to include him in this pivotal moment for the brand. However, I don’t think the dress should have been chosen as it has had an outing before, in red, on Cameron Diaz at the 2010 Golden Globes which cheapens it for me.

All in all though I think they looked lovely. Kate was a modern day Grace Kelly and she looked amazing. Most importantly though, she looked like Kate. It is so important to look like you on your wedding day. So many girls wear a style of dress that they would never otherwise wear and do their hair up in weird and wonderful ways (using someone else’s hair in many cases!), some girls even loose tons of weight for their wedding day!? Stop! Your husband, friends and family want to see YOU get married. Plus in years to come you want to look back at the photos and recognise yourself at that time in your life. Kate understood this, and we loved her for it.

I was there partying in the streets of London, soaking up the love vibes. We had a wonderful day watching Will and Kate get married on the big screen in Trafalgar Square and then went on to a special wedding themed lunch at the top of the Oxo tour. The atmosphere in London was amazing! What a fantastic, beautiful, hopeful day. Just what we all needed, the perfect antidote to recession blues.

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