Those of us old enough to remember the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles back in 1981, marveled at the excess of it all. Today, we shudder at the mere thought of such excess in the 80’s, which is why the “simplicity” of Kate Middleton’s dress drew rave reviews and accolades from all over the world.
Thinking back to Diana’s dress…..I remember how it completely overwhelmed her. She was an animated mass of heavy sleeves, enormous width of silk and lace, and who could forget that 25 foot train? And that bouquet? It was and is known as a “shower bouquet” in the UK, but here we refer to it as the cascade. The flowers consisted of Stephanotis, Roses, and Lily of the Valley, and like the dress, it overwhelmed her small frame.
Kate’s simplistic and timeless dress on the other hand fit her very thin and tall frame. We couldn’t help but see the resemblance to Grace Kelly’s wedding dress over 50 years ago. The look is timeless, and will undoubtedly been seen in Bride’s magazines for years to come. What was really nice about Kate’s dress, is that every shape and size could wear it, and feel very comfortable. While showing just enough skin, Kate maintained the decorum demanded by the Royal Queen to keep the arms covered. Actually for those girls always worried about how their arms will look in their dress….this is the perfect solution. I’m sure everyone noticed that though her arms were covered, the fabric was close, sheer, and not billowy like Diana’s…..leaving a very feminine and sexy shape. I think girls will find this solution to be just what they were looking for.
Kate’s bouquet was a simple hand tied bouquet of Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth, and blooming myrtle. Now brides….keep one thing in mind. Lily of the Valley is one of the most expensive flowers you can possibly have in your bouquet and Hyacinth for summer is hard to get here in the states, and it too is very fragile to the heat and handling. Don’t be disappointed if when you run to your florist with that very bouquet in your mind, and she breaks the news that you might want to go after the same look……you’ll be happy you did…but watch closely for my solution to getting around fragile fresh flowers!!! More to come!
Ladies the word here for 2011-2012 is that less is more. Now of course the Royal family’s idea of less was spending 5 million. BUT there is always a way to copy a look if you have the right vendor in your corner. Keep watch….I’ll have some ideas on how to look Royal without spending a royal fortune! xoxoxok to all!