Whisper on the Royal Wedding:

Whisper on the Royal Wedding:

What Katie Should Wear

Whispered by The Clothes Whisperer

Published - 28 April 2011

Whisper on the Royal Wedding:

What Katie Should Wear

Whispered by The Clothes Whisperer



Image courtesy Net-a-Porte 

I give in. After months of cynically dodging press releases and avoiding British tabloids, me and my inner sixteen-year-old have at last fallen head over heels for all things Kate and Will and the forthcoming wedding of the century, just days away. My brand new Tumblr has been largely taken over by the topic this week, and so I figured it was time to do a little something on the main blog. In honor of the impending royal nuptials and the flurry of rumor surrounding the BIG QUESTION, I've relented and produced a listy-list of my ten favorite wedding gowns culled from the fantasy likes of Net-a-Porter's Bridal Boutique. As my own friends bite the matrimonial dust one by one (my first summer wherein a large chunk belongs to friends' weddings here, there and everywhere), a girl can't help but get a touch of Duchess Satin Fever. So without further ado, here comes the bride..


1) Alberta Ferretti Draped Silk Gown £3,645


Ever since I was a little girl exploring the wonders of Via Condotti in Rome hanging on Mamma Whisperer's arm, I knew that I wanted to get married in Alberta Ferretti. So I must apologize in advance for the domination of her gowns on my list. This off-white silk satin layered gown with a draped ribbon from one shoulder and a boned bodice is timeless and elegant.

2) Giambattista Valli Silk-chiffon and macrame lace gown £6,285 


This sleeveless gown with silk-chiffon tiers and a sheer macramé-lace bodice from Giambattista is the perfect marriage (pun intended, thank you very much) between a girl's urge to cream-puff on her big day and a classic, more pared down sexy sophistication that has more to do with style than the bridezilla gene. The V-neck with sheer tulle trim is grown up and elegant whilst the tiered tulle skirt allows a girl to ruffle without going overboard

3) Alexander McQueen silk satin gown £7,395 


For my second marriage (i.e. after my first turn down the aisle in which I hope Signora Ferretti will design me a custom gown), I'd go McQueen. Though Lee himself may no longer be toiling away in the atelier, Sarah Burton has done an excellent job of toning down her predecessor's penchant for flamboyance and infused it with a light feminine touch. Hence this ivory silk-satin organza bridal gown, McQueenian in it's sculpted proportions and fairy-tale qualities, but still a feasible option for the not-so-fashion forward as a folded sash detail and sweeping train keep this gown reference the more traditional and conservative bride.

4) Lanvin Pleated Chiffon Gown £3,100


Ecru chiffon gown with softly draped pleats, this effortless Lanvin dress is a vision of nymph-like nuptials. After all, the Greek νύμφη, the origin of the word, was used by the ancients to denote "bride." All this look needs is a golden laurel wreath and an Adonis of a groom waiting patiently for his Grecian-style spouse-to-be beneath an Tuscan orchard.

5) Temperley London Embroidered Lace Gown £4,900


For the classic and Edwardian-minded bride, this Temperley ivory lace gown with floral embroidery and silver crystal embellishments is the epitome of Jane Austin romantic chic. Mr. Darcy not included.

6) Alberta Ferretti Lace Trim Chiffon Gown £4,390 


More Ferretti, this classic number rendered in off-white silk-chiffon gown with raw-edged lace trims brings a touch of Grecian glamor (note the draping about the shoulders and bodice) without going for the full-blown Penelope effect.

7) Halston Heritage White Satin Dress £295


For the low maintenance bride, Halston Heritage's silk jersey draped gown is the perfect breeze-through-city-hall little number. Comfortable yet sexy with it's plunge-front, this gown is for the disco-inspired girl who cares less about the dress in which she ties the knot than the knot itself.

8) Alberta Ferretti Embellished Tulle Top Gown £1,180


This cream embellished boatneck creation from Alberta Ferretti channels a sort of old-world elegance, even the regal beauty of Elizabeth Taylor circa Cleopatra. This is a gown for the slightly more mature bride: just add civil ceremony and sweeping updo and you're all set til death do you part.


9) The Row Fontaine Backless Silk Maxi Dress £3,065


This number from the Row has my name ALL OVER IT. Pleated, sheer, backless and flowing, this maxi has very little of the traditional sense of "bridal" about it, which makes me love it all the more. Now all I need is a potential groom who wouldn't spook at the idea of being married to a grunge-inclined fashionista who toughened up her "big day look" with some massive Acne wedges, a beaten biker jacket and maybe even some RayBans. The only other problem? Could you face your grandchildren when they inquire as to why you wed in a dress designed Olsen Twins. Stretch leather leggings, yes. Wedding gown?? Not so much.

10) Alexander McQueen Embroidered Duchess Satin Gown £8,975


And finally, the grand finale of it all, this Alexander McQueen ivory duchess-satin strapless gown with taupe and pale-green floral embroidery at exposed underskirt. Similar to dress #3, but rendered in a glistening ivory as opposed to off-white and a strapless silhouette, still gives you that fashion-forward edge but with a more traditional feel. 


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Kristin Knox


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