Part one: The Dress
If you don’t already know I was so excited about the royal wedding. After living in London for nearly 15 years the couple had to get engaged AFTER I moved back to the States, TYPICAL! I was absolutely gutted I was not there to partake in the excitement of the event.
Now lets get back to the most important topic of this wedding, The DRESS!
When Kate and William first got engaged back in November everyone wanted to know who would design her dress. There were lots of rumors people thought she might wear her favorite brand Issa London however the woman behind the label was born in Brazil. As a future member of the royal family I knew she would be expected to wear a British designer.
Amongst the bridal industry the rumor was she might go with the bridal designer Bruce Oldfield or Phillipa Lepley, both whom I’ve met while working at the UK bridal magazine, You & Your Wedding. Both design beautiful bridal dresses especially for the upper classes but it would be a very safe and traditional choice.
I was secretly hoping that she might go with one of the many fashion forward British RTW designers like Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Amanda Wakeley or Jenny Packham. As it got closer to the wedding there was a lot of speculation that she might go with the British designer Sarah Burton for the House of Alexander McQueen. I started to really get excited and thought she’d forgo convention for something with a fashion edge.
So when I got up at 4am (Eastern time) to watch the wedding I have to say I was slightly disappointed with her dress. It was very traditional and terribly safe, something that I hope she would avoid especially from a forward fashion house like Alexander McQueen.
When I saw the dress her sister Pippa wore, also by McQueen, that’s what I hoped Kate might wear. A bias cut gown that was slinky, perfect for a young and modern bride with an amazing figure.
I’ve never been a fan of lace as I general don’t think it’s terribly modern. What I do like about the dress is the quality, craftsmanship and elegance. I also prefer the top half, which was far more interesting than the bottom. The bodice is incredibly well constructed with a flattering silhouette for her slim figure. Sarah cleverly gave her some hips in the skirt, which help emphasize her extraordinarily tiny waist. I was excited to see a bustle but thought it was too subtle and unfortunately not clearly visible behind her veil.
Next blog: The BEST and WORST dressed at the Royal Wedding…….