Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Royal Red Carpet

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge The Duchess's second dress, also a Sarah Burton design for Alexander McQueen.
The newlyweds with their bridal party

Catherine's sister, Pippa, heading to the dinner in her second dress by Temperly London.

The sisters, both in Alexander McQueen.

The lace appliqué on the skirt of the dress was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework using the carrickmacross technique. The lace on the dress was Catherine's "something old". The dress was adorned with hand cut English lace & French Chantilly on the ivory silk gazar skirt with 58 covered buttons clasping the back of the dress. Blue ribbon was was added to the skirt as well to be Kate's "something blue".

The tiara was Kate's "something borrowed", from HRH the Queen of England. This Cartier "halo" tiara was given to Queen Elizabeth by her father on her eighteenth birthday.

Kate's diamond earrings by Robinson Pelham were here "something new" given to her by her parents. The oak-leaf & acorn design was carefully crafted to replicate the Middleton family's new coat of arms.

The official kiss! One of two of them :)

The stunning bride.

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation.

Everyone knows that I love everything that has to do with fashion: textures, colors, fabrics, accessories, silhouettes, designers, models, fashion shows-- you name it, I love it.

However, in the past couple of years of girlfriends getting hitched and then myself recently planning my own wedding, I have found a new obsession (literally): weddings.
So when the world is hosting the most regal & fashion conscious wedding for all of us to see: I am the fanatic sitting on the couch at 5am waiting for all things fashion and, of course, wedding.

When I was younger Lady Di could do no wrong. Every time she graced the pages of a magazine I was always in awe of her beauty & grace. Her fashion sense & poise was truly one of a princess. We always knew it would take a very special someone to even hold a candle to her presence.

I still remember already loving everything that Catherine Middleton was wearing several years ago when her and Prince William were merely girlfriend/boyfriend. As their relationship progressed, so did her sense of style. She too possesses that certain 'je ne sais quoi' quality that Diana did so well. She wears simple dresses & suits paired with the perfect shoes & accessories so effortlessly.

I, along with 2 billion others, watched and waited Friday morning in immense anticipation to see what Princess Catherine would don on her most special day. I had been hoping and wishing that she would choose British designer Alexander McQueen, so when I heard that Sarah Burton was the designer I knew it was going to be a spectacular creation. The late genius himself would be so proud of what his new Creative Director has so thoughtfully constructed for the future Queen.

In my eyes it was royal wedding perfection-- I don't think they could have done anything better than they did. The neckline, the lace, the train, the silhouette, the veil, the tiara: all came together to create the most perfect bride. The tender moments between the young couple also made this a wedding everyone will be talking about for years and years to come.


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