Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Kate's potential dresses? Gucci and Chanel?? CUCUMBER SANDWICHES??!

So incase I didn't already mention, I'm pretty excited about Kate and Wills getting married. I am pro Royal family - I think they're a wonderful part of our heritage and tradition, and we're lucky to have something like that that so many countries don't. Contrary to popular belief, they cost the tax payer hardly anything, and well... its just nice to have Kings and Princesses, isn't it? I'm having a good year for weddings in general, I have my sister in May, my friend Fran in September, oh and Kate and Wills in April...

Me and Ruth are going to have a party with cups of tea in real china tea cups, and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and possibly (definately) large hats. At least, shes having a party, and I will wear a large hat. But, of course, the main excitement is the dress. In the December issue of WWD, some top couture wedding designers and fashion houses were asked to brainstorm some ideas for The dress (capital T). I know, contain yourselves!!! The only Brit to sumbit a design was Elizabeth Emanuel (she designed Diana's dress, you remember? Those sleeves?). Stay with me, I know there are a lot (29 to be exact), bhut its totally worth the scrolling, cos some of the best are at the end. My personal favourites include Doo.Ri, Gucci, J. Crew, Lela Rose, Prabal Gurung and Valentino. Here we go, in alphabetical order... All images and quotes are via here.

Alberta Ferrari:

“...In Kate I see the natural, radiant and self-confident attitude of today’s girls. For this, I can’t help but think of an embroidered, fluid-silhouette dress in precious fabrics that will help her make an everlasting impression.” — Alberta Ferretti

Badgley Mischka:

"We see Kate going completely classic. We love this off-the-shoulder silhouette for her. Her beauty and grace will make any gown look magnificent.” — Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka

Ralph Rucci, Chado Ralph Rucci:

"White tulle veil to floor…satin bodice and cardinal hat…huge silk tulle gown with pinches, like ostrich pores…all embroidery in freshwater pearls — no glitter.” — Ralph Rucci, Chado Ralph Rucci


Karl Lagerfeld suggests a Chanel take on “the Victorian wedding dress, with a twist — high boots and open in the front.”

Chris Benz:

“I think she represents a new freshness to the monarchy, and it is up to her how modern she wants to shape her role. I think taking risks with a confident, colorful spirit is where it’s at with the royals.” — Chris Benz

Christian Lacroix:

“Something old: Victorian skirt. Something new: patchwork gown. Something borrowed: Queen Elizabeth’s veil. Something red: Elizabethan top, as red was the wedding color until 1900!” — Christian Lacroix

Doo-Ri Chung, Doo.Ri:

“I wanted Kate to look regal, but romantic, so I used chiffon and lace to evoke tradition, but gave her a romantic off-the-shoulder detail.” — Doo-Ri Chung, Doo.Ri

Elizabeth Emanuel:

“It’s entirely different from the Diana dress I designed, which was very much of the Eighties, but it’s still fitting for a royal occasion. It’s a much more modern dress, but romantic and out of the ordinary.” — Elizabeth Emanuel

Frida Giannini, Gucci:

“I admire the balance Kate Middleton strikes between elegant and contemporary with her unmistakable style. For her, I had in mind clean lines, soft shapes and classic touches such as the boat neckline and distinctive train.” — Frida Giannini, Gucci
Gilles Mendel, J. Mendel:

“On the royal wedding day, I envision Kate Middleton in a fresh, modern silhouette emphasizing her elegance and beauty in a youthful way.” — Gilles Mendel, J.Mendel

Jason Wu:

“I love the idea of mixing traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic for this modern-day princess.” — Jason Wu
Tom Mora, J. Crew:

“I think that there will be so many comparisons to the late Princess Diana that her dress should almost be the opposite of what Diana’s was — modern, simple and very elegant.” — Tom Mora, vice president of wedding and special occasion, J. Crew
Kimberly Ovitz:

“I wanted her to wear something as minimal and spare as possible that brought out her natural beauty. Less is more.” — Kimberly Ovitz

Lela Rose:

“Kate tends to wear a very elegant and clean silhouette, so I think the lines of this dress would suit her style. The understated tiers play up her youthful and romantic appeal.” — Lela Rose

Lyn Devon:

“Sporty separates in handmade lace and silk taffeta for Kate: a lace T-shirt worn over a drop-waist taffeta ball skirt made of endless meters.” — Lyn Devon

Angela Missoni:

“This dress was designed to enhance Kate Middleton’s beauty through precious fabrics. The clean and contemporary lines, never redundant and beyond all specific stylistic periods, give her an eternal image of grace and elegance.” — Angela Missoni

Monique Lhuillier:

“The royal wedding will be magical. Kate’s dress should be a modern mix of the traditional and contemporary.” — Monique Lhuillier
Nanette Lapore:

“A patchwork lace dress reminds us all that a true princess can mend and make do!” — Nanette Lepore
Nicole Miller:

“I think no poof and froufrou. Elegant with a modern twist. A little sexy, but also modest.” — Nicole Miller
Peter Copping, Nina Ricci:

“Light as a feather, layers of lace and organza…a dress fit for a princess.” — Peter Copping, Nina Ricci
Prabal Gurung:

“The look is regal with respect for the heritage of the royal family but represents what modern Europe is all about.” — Prabal Gurung

Rachel Roy:

“For Kate I love to showcase the British tradition with a wonderfully beautiful, yet modern hat worn under a full-length veil with a deconstructed cascade train balancing the formality.” — Rachel Roy

Rebecca Taylor:

“The A-line silhouette of this dress is elegant and sophisticated, similar to Kate’s style, but the floral appliqués and corset top add a youthful feel. Fit for young royalty.” — Rebecca Taylor
Reem Acra:

“Kate is a young beauty about to become a royal. She is very confident and knows her style. This gown has a long train, veil and a touch of embroidery, which adds drama, but the A-line silhouette is simple. It’s regal and sophisticated.” — Reem Acra
Tommy Hilfiger:

“Kate has a sophisticated yet playful and modern look, so for her wedding she’d be a vision in a mix of traditional, whimsy and classically beautiful.” — Tommy Hilfiger
Tory Burch:

“Kate would look beautiful in a simple, elegant silhouette — a delicate ivory lace bodice and tulle skirt with a blush lace train.” — Tory Burch
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino:

“We designed a ‘blossoming’ dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.” — Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino

Vera Wang:

“...The tradition of intricate hand-pieced lacework in the high-necked bodice with elbow-length sleeves, together with the voluminous skirt of a mixture of stiff and soft silk tulle, feels regal, yet poetic.” — Vera Wang
Yigal Azrouël:
“Stately and sophisticated, but also a modern-day wedding gown for a young princess. Its elongated silhouette combined with the lace and draping of the skirt is glamorous and elegant, while the neckline and bodice remain modern.” — Yigal Azrouël

Phew!! Favourites? Thoughts?


  1. So many pretty ones -almost impossible to choose. But for her (Kate) maybe I would go for the Gucci. For me on the other hand...

  2. aah which one for you sugar?

  3. If I had to choose I think the N.Miller, Mendel og B. Mischka. No need to think about it though, as I have been married for years..

  4. AHHHHHHHH. I am now SO excited. Badgley Mishka, Ralph Rucci, Elizabeth Emmanuel, J. Crew (my second favourite although he gives her a tummy bump!)
    I also LOVE the drawing of the Nanette Lapore, the little girl is a lovely idea.

    I think the Gucci one is my fav though, I can really see her in it, as I eat my cucumber sandwiches and drink copious amounts of Pimms...

  5. Ferrari, Gucci & Valentino are absolutely gorgeous!!


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