The Royal Wedding – A Moment In Fashion History

The Royal Wedding – A Moment In Fashion History

As with all weddings, first and foremost we must go to the bride.

The whole world, fashion loving and otherwise breathed a sigh of relief when it caught it’s first glimpse of Kate Middleton in her beautiful gown designed by Sarah Burton from the house of Alexander McQueen.













Published - 05 May 2011

The Royal Wedding – A Moment In Fashion History


As with all weddings, first and foremost we must go to the bride.

 

The whole world, fashion loving and otherwise breathed a sigh of relief when it caught it’s first glimpse of Kate Middleton in her beautiful gown designed by Sarah Burton from the house of Alexander McQueen. I cried when I saw her in the car, I cried when I saw her step onto the red carpet in all her beauty outside Westminster Abbey and I cried even harder as she walked down the aisle to Parry’s rousing “I Was Glad” accompanied by her father.

 

 

 

Never one in my mind to be a frothy tulle bedecked bride, she surpassed every possible expectation with her own Grace Kelly brand of true fairytale glamour. Like the rest of the nation watching her every move, each new reveal of the dress was an absolute delight and a moment in fashion never to be forgotten

 

The second McQueen dress that she changed into later on also bought gasps of delight with it’s nipped in waist with diamante belt and a bolero over the top. I’m sure I’ve already read somewhere that it may be the original dress with the lace overlay removed but I don’t know if that was speculation or fashion fact.

 

And so onto the wedding party and guests. I don’t know many women that aren’t a sucker for a man in uniform but throw in the fact that he’s a prince… and then double it? Definitely a moment of Phwoar there that’s never been present at any other Royal Weddings I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.

 

Pippa Middleton, also in McQueen, looked absolutely stunning and I thought that both the style with it’s simple cowl neck and the shade of ivory were the perfect choice. I’ve read that her dress was based on the Alexander McQueen pre-fall 2009 dress as worn by Cameron Diaz to the 2010 Golden Globe awards. Her emerald green Alice Temperley dress that she changed into for the evening party was equally breathtaking and suited her application of wedding golden glow even more so.

 

 

Chelsea Davy’s Alberta Ferratti suit seemed a little ill fitting I thought and her look didn’t do it for me in any way, shape or form. Although lets face it, whatever poor Chelsea wore, she was instantly discounted as the next royal bride when we all saw Pippa Middleton anywhere near Prince Harry in that uniform. Twitter has declared it so – they must marry and I’m inclined to agree!

 

 

I loved the outfits worn by the Fashion’s own Royal Family, the Beckhams. In one of her own designs in midnight blue, Victoria paired her dress with some sky high platform Louboutins (cue the complaints about pregnant women in high heels) and an artfully perched Philip Treacy fascinator. David looked incredibly handsome in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit although, once I’d read on Twitter that someone thought he looked like Ricky Gervais with his hair slicked back, he no longer held the same appeal. Sorry Ricky.

 

Samantha Cameron wore a Burberry dress, Aldo shoes and Erdem jewels in her hair, though like many, I was surprised to see that she didn’t wear a hat. Luckily we had Sally Bercow, wife of the Commons speaker David, with so much boobage and thigh on show that Samantha’s faux pas managed to slip away relatively unnoticed.

 

Carole Middleton was by far the best dressed mother of the bride that I’ve seen in a long time in her powder blue Catherine Walker frock coat, Jane Corbett hat and Jimmy Choos

 

Princess’s Beatrice and Eugenie surpassed themselves in the Oh Dear stakes. The former could have easily moved into the Well Done section had she not topped off her nude Valentino Haute Couture frock coat with the perfectly formed mating lobsters – thanks go to EnglishMum for sharing that apt description that she’d seen on Twitter! I’m afraid I wasn’t a fan of Princess Eugenie’s Vivienne Westwood number – I felt it chopped her in half. And I don’t think I can even mention the somewhat hairy, blackberry pavlova in a boat concoction atop her royal head.

 

A risk taker was Tara Palmer-Tomkinson who had clearly decided to work this seasons cobalt blue… to death. A valiant effort that consisted of a Deborah Milner dress and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes but alas, one that drew comparisons to the female lead from the movie Avatar. Someone else in my Twitter stream (and I’m sorry to not be able to remember who) had me snorting coffee out of my nose when they likened her hat to “spectacular blue Lady Parts”! 

A risk that kind of worked for me if for no other reason than sheer daredevil attitude, was the one undertaken by Miriam Gozalez Durantez, wife of Nick Clegg. In her lacy Miguel Palacio flamenco inspired number complete with fascinator/turban hybrid head gear she certainly stood out amongst the many pastel toned safer options. 

 

Other head turning favourites of the day were Lady Sophie Windsor in a stunning hat with a cocktail dress and coat by Giorgio Armani Prive and Princess Letizia of Spain in a blush pink dress by Felipe Varela. I also loved Joss Stone’s High Street pick from Hobbs – very well played.

 

I’ll leave you with my two favourite images of the day that I’m sure are also the favourites of half the world. As Mr Online Stylist and I always say ever since the day we got married, you can’t beat a good wedding. And this one will take some beating!

 

 

 

Image Source: InStyle, SkyNewsTelegraph, NowMagazine, DailyMail, AcesShowbiz, Guardian.co.uk, Mirror.co.uk


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