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Friday, April 29, 2011

Celeb Buzz: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Royal Wedding Fashion Challange to all GPH Members

Blog reposted from:
 http://girlpowerhour.com/royalwedding/
Celebrity Buzz with Maile Cabral Hager

Covering A-Listers, Musicians, Actors / Actresses, TV Stars, Fashion Designers, Models,  Athletes, Locals, Bloggers and maybe even some D-Listers…

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Photo Courtesy of Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

               The former Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Wife to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is perhaps the most watched female on planet earth since 3 am this morning. I couldn’t let the day go by without writing at least a short piece about this stunning woman for Seattle Celeb Buzz. Unfortunately my press pass request to cover the Royal Wedding, in person, in London was denied (just kidding) so I’m left covering it from the thousands of photos that have descended on the internet in the past 12 + hours.  I’ve found Kate’s first wedding dress she arrived at the abbey in, her sister Pippa Middleton’s white (gasp!) matron dress, and Kate’s second wedding dress for the reception most notable from the days affairs.  Of course, leave it to me to only notice the fairy tale gowns and over look the rest of the event.

                 Of course, most notable is Catherine’s wedding dress she wore to the abbey.  The gown, designed by Sarah Burton, who became the creative director of the Alexander McQueen label last year after Mr. McQueen’s suicide.  An official statement on the Royal Wedding site explains: "Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. [She] wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen's work." Erik Wilson of the New York Times writes that the dress “was well received not merely because it was pretty” but because it was “flawless, actually.”  Some have not received the dress as well, with some fashion bloggers commenting on the long lace sleeves.  I think they are very regal, and just darling. The v-neck makes up for the conservative design, pulling the entire dress together into a very stunning piece, certainly fit for a princess.
Pippa Middleton's Dress
Photo Courtesy of
Pascal Le Segretain/GettyImages.com
               Most surprising is the white dress Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton wore to the wedding. It was also an Alexander McQueen dress designer by Sarah Burton. Pippa's dress had the same button detail and lace trim as Kate's wedding gown, according to PopSugar. The gown featured short sleeves, a low-cut neckline, and was form-fitting. I believe she looked quite stunning. I’ll leave it up to the etiquette experts to debate whether it was appropriate or not.  However, I am sure the color of Pippa’s dress was not a detail that was over looked in the extravagant wedding plans.
 
          My third and final dress I will comment on is The Duchess of Cambridge’s second dress of the day, also a very classic Alexander McQueen gown she wore to her reception at Buckingham Palace.  US Magazine reports that Burton called designing Middleton's dress "the experience of a lifetime" and explained that "Alexander McQueen's designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes."   Personally, I think the dress is just perfect for Kate, as it certainly accents her slim figure and I just love the reinstone belt.  I am sure in no time there will be knock offs of both gowns all over the world. I suspect due to the lack of popularity for long sleeves for American Brides, Kate's second dress will be the most sought after in the U.S.
 
Kate's Second Dress, Photo Courtesy
of John Stillwell/Landov
              I wish I would have attended a Royal Wedding watch party last night. I would have loved to wear an over the top headpiece to an extravagant party. Perhaps a crown with feathers, or a giant Kentucky Derby like hat. Instead, I fell asleep hours before the wedding began, and was left with a constant stream of photos flooding the internet. I leave you, the Girl Power Hour reader with this challenge: Please wear your most Royal Wedding-esque knock off dress, hat or hair piece, jewelry or any Royal Wedding fashion item to a GPH event.  I would just love to see a piece of London flood our group. If you aren’t brave enough to wear your Royal Wedding knock off fashion, at least Tweet Pic it to @GirlPowerHour and @SeattleCelebBuzz.

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