by Lauren

royal wedding round-up

April 30, 2011 in news by Lauren

After months of speculation, it’s all over. Yesterday, Prince William married Kate Middleton and they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. If you missed the live Twitter stream yesterday, here’s a round-up of the best moments.

The Dress: When Kate Middleton stepped out of the car at Westminster Abbey and it was finally confirmed that the dress was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, the fashion world cheered. Read all about the dress here.

The Second Dress: Sometimes one dress just isn’t enough! The Duchess changed into a second dress – also by Burton – for the evening dinner dance reception. The gown was very similar in silhouette to her wedding dress but without the lace, embroidery or train. Instead, it was adorned with a diamante belt and accessorised with a white angora bolero. See it at The Cut.

Best Quote: (William to Kate as she arrived beside him at the altar) “You look stunning, babe”.

Best Sign in the Crowd: “Checkmate Kate, you’ve taken the king”

Most Unexpected Moment: The newlyweds departed the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace in a classic Aston Martin convertible decorated with balloons and with the numberplate “JUST WED”. See it at The Telegraph.

Awkward Moment: The Prince has a bit of trouble slipping that little circle of Welsh gold onto Kate’s finger – but he managed to put a ring on it!

Crowd-Pleasing Moment: After their first kiss was deemed by the public to be too short, the Duke lent over to his bride and said “one more, let’s do it” before embracing her again. The crowd went wild!

What was your favourite moment from the Royal Wedding?

by Lauren

best dressed at the royal wedding

April 29, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

Of course, the best dressed at the wedding was the bride, the gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton) in her Alexander McQueen gown.

But what about the guests?

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson wore one of the more memorable outfits – head to toe royal blue (including gloves, shoes and hat!)

Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, went against tradition and didn’t wear a hat, though her teal Burberry dress sold out on Net-A-Porter within minutes of her arrival at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, also opted for teal. Her dress was designed by Alberta Ferretti and topped with a matching silk faille jacket.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice wore crazy hats and edgy outfits, with Eugenie opting for dusky pink Valentino and Beatrice wearing peacock Vivienne Westwood.

I adored mother-of-the-bride Carole Middleton’s pale blue dress and coat by Catherine Walker (incidentally, one of Princess Diana’s favourite designers) with her matching Jane Corbett hat.

However my choice for best dressed was mother-to-be Victoria Beckham (pictured). She wore a navy dress from her own collection (although slightly adjusted to accommodate her bump) with platform Christian Louboutin heels. Her hair was slicked back in a sleek ponytail and topped with a stunning hat by Philip Treacy. Her husband, David Beckham, didn’t scrub up too badly either in his Ralph Lauren Purple Label morning suit.

Who do you think was the best dressed guest?

by Lauren

kate middleton marries prince william in alexander mcqueen

April 29, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

It turns out the most persistent rumour was the one that was true – today, Kate Middleton walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey to marry Prince William in a gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen (right).

She was always going to look amazing but I know I was blown away by just how beautiful Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge looked for her big day.

According to Clarence House, Kate chose Alexander McQueen “for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.”

Clarence House also said Kate worked closely with Sarah Burton on the design of her dress, which features a lace appliqué bodice and skirt. The lace itself was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework and features individual flowers hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

The dress underneath is made from ivory and white satin gazar, with a 2.7 metre train and a whopping 58 covered buttons down the back of the gown.

Kate’s beautiful veil features layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was also embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, which is on loan from the Queen.

I haven’t personally had a peek at her shoes yet but apparently they were hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework (those Needleworkers must have been very busy!)

Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, serves as maid of honour and wears a dress also designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen featuring a cowl neck and the same button detail and lace trims as the Bride’s dress.

Personally, I love that Kate stayed true to her classic style while injecting a bit of the pomp and granduer required for a wedding at Westminster Abbey. What do you think of her choice?

by Lauren

in the news: the final wedding dress rumour

April 29, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

A quick update on the most anticipated wedding dress ever… Sarah Burton was spied at Kate Middleton’s hotel last night. Obviously it had to be about the gown, right?

Rumour now is that it’s not a Burton design that the future princess will wear, but an actual Alexander McQueen original! We’ll know for sure in a few short hours…

Keep up with the latest news through The Dernier Cri’s twitter feed – I’ll be tweeting throughout the day on all the big news!

So grab your tiara and champagne cocktail and join me for the big day!

by Lauren

cheat sheet to the royal wedding

April 28, 2011 in entertainment by Lauren

Tomorrow is the big day – after years of courtship, the artist formerly known as Kate Middleton and Prince William will finally tie the knot.

On the off chance that you’ve missed the million articles, TV specials and general gossip about town, here’s your guide to everything you need to know.

Watch it: If you’re not lucky enough to be among the 2000 guests invited to Westminster Abbey – and you don’t want to line up on the streets of London – your best bet is to head online (unless you’re in Australia, in which case every TV station has prime-time coverage!) Stream live from the BBC or from the Royal Channel on Youtube. The wedding starts at 11am London time so adjust for your timezone and tune in up to five hours early for all the coverage.

What’s the plan for the day? You can view the full agenda here but the main points are the service, which starts at 11am, and the kiss on the balcony, which happens at 1.25pm.

Bride’s Dress: This is the best kept secret since the final chapter of Harry Potter! Practically every British designer has been considered at some point but most (including early front-runner Bruce Oldfield, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and Sophie Cranston of Libelula) have already issued statements saying they are not designing the most anticipated dress of the decade. So who does that leave? Maybe Alice Temperley, maybe Victoria Beckham (she’s invited to the wedding), maybe Daniella Helayel from Issa (she’s invited too) or maybe it is one of the deniers after all! We’ll just have to wait and see. Regardless of designer, I predict soft white, possibly lace sleeves and a very long train.

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Word on the street is Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and the junior bridesmaids/flower girls will be wearing Temperley by Alice Temperley. I predict a pastel blue but we’ll have to wait and see.

Gifts: The couple requested no gifts but have asked for donations to their charitable trust instead. If you want to give a gift yourself, you can find all the details here.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my take on the fashion from the big day including THAT dress – until then, my princesses!

P.S. If you’re not actually that into the Royal Wedding but are being forced to endure it, this drinking game might help ease your pain.

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