Win of the Week Special Edition: Royal Madness

Feeling a bit like the little girl in this picture?

If you haven’t had enough of the Royal Wedding yet, Femthreads weighs in.

The Dress: Details, details, details

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (as we’re supposed to call her now although I’m pretty sure I’ll stick with the simpler Kate) donned a stunning gown designed by Sara Burton for Alexander McQueen. It was an excellent choice for Kate as the style suited her perfectly (elegant); it had a vintage feel to it and was a nice nod to the deceased British designer.

The tiara was Cartier loaned to her by the Queen (a two-for-one something old and something borrowed). Kate kept her jewelry simple with drop earrings, and the lovely neckline of her dress meant Kate didn’t even need a necklace. The overall simplicity allowed Kate’s natural beauty to shine through (which sounds like a greeting card but is true).

Want all the deets on the dress?

The release from Clarence says:

“The lace applique for the bodice and skirt was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, with individual flowers hand-cut from lace (in shapes of roses, thistle, daffodils and shamrocks). The dress is made of ivory and white satin gazar with a skirt in the shape of an opening flower. The satin bodice, narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips in a McQueen signature, is based on Victorian corsetry. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons.

The veil, made of ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, is held in place by a 1936 Cartier tiara, lent to Ms. Middleton by the Queen. (It was bought for her mother by the Duke of York and presented to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday.) Ms. Middleton’s earrings—shaped like oak leaves with a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center—are by Robinson Pelham. The shoes are also by McQueen.”

The dress drew comparisons to Grace Kelly’s , which I think is an apt comparison. It was definitely a direct contrast to Diana’s frou-frou princess dress (although Diana’s train was kind of fantastically long). So bonus points for Kate because if I was going to be compared to anyone, I’d really want for it to be Grace Kelly.

Following the wedding, Kate changed into another Alexander McQueen. Again, stunning. For all the pressure she’s under, Kate handled everything with grace and looked truly happy.

Always the Bridesmaid

Pippa, Kate’s sister and maid of honor, also rocked a McQueen frock. It was a bold choice for a bridesmaid to wear white as well, but I think it just goes to show how laid-back Kate is. Speaking of Pippa, who’s taking bets on whether Harry was playing a game of boff the bridesmaid at the all-night wedding celebration?

And look how cute the little flower girls are in age-appropriate replicas of Kate’s dress.

Hats off

No, seriously hats off. The royal cousins Beatrice and Eugenie sported perhaps the weirdest hats for the occasion. Beatrice’s hat might be better suited for a Lady Gaga concert than a posh wedding.

And speaking of Posh, I found her whole ensemble to be a little boring. And like she was headed to a funeral.

More about the hats here: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/04/we-asked-a-milliner-the-best-royal-wedding-hats-and-notable-trends.html

So still not sick of the Brits and the royals?

Check out the Fug girls’ weddingpalooza coverage. Because it’s funny and awesome and there’s Prince Harry with a puppy in there somewhere: http://gofugyourself.com/

Wedding slideshow: http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2011/04/post_64.html#photo=18×86739

And if you really think Kate Middleton wins, then check out Kate Middleton for the Win for some snarky fun: http://katemiddletonforthewin.tumblr.com/

–By Lindsay Ray

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