Saturday, April 30, 2011

Congratulations to William and Kate the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge

The whirlwind engagement has culminated with the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey; where there have been only 15 Royal marriages in 1000 years.

With timing and decorum exec,t the crowds of thousands and viewers of 2 billion worldwide watched Catherine step from the Rolls Royce Silver Phantom with her father at her side. Dressed in a Sarah Burton, the designer who headed up Alexander McQueen when he passed.

The result was an elegant lace appliqué bodice with 9ft train that appeared to be inspired by Grace Kelly's gown for her marriage to Monegasque Prince Rainier III.

She accessorised with a 1936 diamond 'halo' tiara by Cartier - her 'something borrowed' - lent to her by the Queen.

The hair was, as expected, worn in her signature loose waves with a 'demi-chignon'.
The natural look was offset by pear-shaped diamond earrings designed by Robinson Pelham and inspired by the Middleton's new coat of arms.

The veil - made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers - fell to her waist, framing her naturally beautiful face.

The dress was made with Individual flowers hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design - incorporating the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

The matching wedding shoes were also hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered.

Though hidden her graceful walk would suggest the heels were low.

What a triumph. A restrained dress from Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen,

'The English lace, hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, was demure but pretty.

'The trademark McQueen padding at the hip made her waist look even smaller, while the corset meant her posture was that of a queen: upright, and formal.

'Kate didn't didn't falter once, which tells me her wedding slippers, also by McQueen, were no more than a couple of inches high.

What a great day for British fashion, but also for Kate, whose modesty could be seen in every hand stitch'

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