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wedding belles // THAT dress…

Happy Royal Wedding Day folks! I’ve been glued to the TV all day, oohing and aahing at the dresses, the coaches, the flowers & both of the kisses! And the fact that I woke up at 8am to see it all will surprise some of my family who know better than most that I am NOT a morning person!
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion by yesterday afternoon that the bride would be wearing McQueen. The commentators who were still blithering on about the possibility of Temperley this morning had obviously been putting stupid in their tea this morning instead of sugar.  
So… the dress…
There have obviously been the comparisons to Grace Kelly, and it’s reported that this this was a very conscious move from Kate. Who can blame her, as style icons go, Princess Grace is a pretty stellar role model. 
There’s also been talk from some corners that the dress wasn’t fashion/brave/statement enough. But I have to disagree. I thought the dress was a perfect mix of what Kate and British fashion are all about. From a distance, the silhouette of the dress is very classic, long lace sleeves and high neck, with soft folds at the front, and more structured pleats at the back opening out into a modest train (although I must admit the the train was longer that I had expected). 
But upon closer inspection, the dress reveals layers of detail that combine signature McQueen touches such as the padded hips beneath the cinched waist, the sculpted peplum/bustle – visible at the back above the pleats, and the molded corset, with the symmetry and symbolism of the handmade lace – a fitting tribute to British craftsmanship. Handmade by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, it incorporated individual, hand-cut and embroidered flowers representing the rose (England), thistle (Scotland), daffodil (Wales) and shamrock (Ireland). Apparently, the hand-stitchers had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and change the needles every three hours to keep them sharp -I’m a sucker for that kind of detail!!

And I loved her teeny bouquet with it’s lily of the valley, myrtle, hyacinth, sweet william and ivy.
I’m biting my tongue about the make up (it’s not nice to criticise the bride!)

And how about that Bridesmaid dress? Wowsers…

 And last, but by no means least, have you seen the cake…?


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2 Responses to wedding belles // THAT dress…

  1. {lovely little things} 8 May 2011 at 2:51 am #

    I hadn’t seen the cake yet, it’s gorgeous!

  2. Amanda 8 May 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I loved every single second of it! The dress was gorgeous–I couldn’t stop saying that!

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