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Royal Wedding Fashion Review 1 of 3: “Duchess Catherine, Meet Kate”

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As I mentioned in the post on Friday about my initial Royal wedding thoughts, I was going to try to get my friend Ashlee to write a blog post (or two) on the fashion side of things (not something anyone wants me to discuss as I have no expertise whatsoever). I had to try really hard  not hard at all to convince her to share with us her opinions. 

“Duchess Catherine, Meet Kate”

Two weddings were celebrated at Westminster Abbey on the morning of Friday, April 29, 2011. William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Elizabeth Middleton of Bucklebury exchanged nuptial vows. And, after nine years, Wills finally tied the knot with Kate! Designing a gown appropriate for a future queen and yet reflective of a young woman’s modern taste was no small task, but when Catherine and Kate met up, the world was dazzled.

Duchess Catherine’s bridal ensemble was sure to have several features: a conservative cut, a train, and a tiara. Duchesses-to-be go sparingly on the cleavage – wouldn’t want to scandalize the Queen! With Westminster Abbey’s long aisle, a gown without a train would look insignificant. And if there is ever a time to wear a tiara from the world’s premier jewelry collection, a royal wedding is it!

Kate’s wedding look was more of an open question. She favored Brazilian designer Issa for dresses, often emphasizing her lean legs and whittled waist. Hallmarks of her personal style were modern cuts, impeccable tailoring, and understated glamour. Kate often opted for solid colors over prints and simple elegance over fussiness.

When the dress was finally unveiled after months of speculation on the steps of Westminster Abbey, it was clear that Kate and Catherine were equally represented. Kate chose designer Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the avant-garde fashion house whose iconic looks include Lady Gaga’s “armadillo” heels. Catherine paid homage to Grace Kelly with long, lace sleeves and a corseted waist with padded hips. Kate sported a deep vee neckline to show off her elegant collarbone and long neck, while Catherine chose a nine-foot train with hand-appliqued lace. Kate donned a simple, sheer tulle and lace veil, while Catherine wore a Cartier halo diamond tiara lent from Queen Elizabeth.

Kate was true to herself, and Catherine made a flawless debut into the royal family, all in one dress. Such is the power of fashion.


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