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Kate Was Princess Perfection

30 Apr

The Anglophile I am, I stayed up last night into the wee hours to catch a glimpse of the lovely Kate and Will exchanging their vows. And of course, I couldn’t wait a moment extra to see the gown.

After all of the buildup to the dress reveal, the gown didn’t dissapoint. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen turned out to be the designer. (I had a hunch that even with the quelling of the Burton rumors it would end up being her.) Her dress had a classic elegance that took me back to a time when Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco, without looking outdated. At the same time, it was subtly sexy yet demure with a sweetheart bodice and sheer sleeves to keep her covered for the Westminster Abbey venue. It had a train, but not a ridiculously long one. To sum it up, she looked, quite fittingly, like a princess of the 21st century.

A lot of the appeal with women about the Kate and Will romance story is that Kate was just a normal girl before she met the prince at university. She kept up with her regular girl persona by doing her own hair and makeup for the ceremony, a task most celebrity brides hire people to do. If I were getting married in a ceremony that would be broadcast to the world, I would be afraid to leave my makeup up to my own nervous hands. But I guess she trusted herself more than anyone else, and she did an amazing job. Her makeup enhanced her features without being too much, and she opted for a natural colored nail, which put the ring front and center. She looked gorgeous and simply glowed, getting a “Wait ’til you see her” from Harry to William as Kate processed down the aisle. See more photos


Kate Middleton + Sarah Burton= Excitement

7 Mar

Ever since the news of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s engagement was broadcast, fashion blogs and magazines have had one question on their minds: Who will design her wedding dress? The news and speculation haven’t been too exciting until now. Middleton is keeping it a secret, but rumors are that she has chosen Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to design her dress. Burton is currently denying it, but it could still be her, since she would have been sworn to secrecy.

The soon-to-be princess is known for her conservative style choices. She usually wears classic silhouettes, with skirt suits and trench coats part of her regular wardrobe. This is an exciting collaboration if Middleton is working with Burton, since Burton is known for artistically feminine pieces.

Burton recently designed a wedding dress for Sara Buys (picture right), the fashion writer who married Tom Parker Bowles (son of Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of Prince Charles). The dress Buys wore was a departure from the usual traditional, long-sleeved lace dresses worn by royals. It was a simple and modern, form-fitting and feminine, strapless with a fishtail.

Middleton supposedly consulted her soon-to-be loosely connected relative for help in her wedding dressing decision. Hopefully Middleton’s wedding dress will be more stately than Buys’s– slightly avant-garde, yet extremely flattering, so she can have her first truly royal fashion moment, tiara optional.

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