Mark Heyes reflects on Royal Wedding fashion
BY MARK HEYES, CELEBRITY STYLIST ON 4 MAY 2011 16:19 EVENTS & OFFERSCOMMENTS
Well a third of the world were watching and she certainly didn’t disappoint. The New Duchess of Cambridge looked the epitome of elegance and sophistication in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton last Friday as she wed Prince William.
The wedding dress
I thought this was a true fashion moment and an incredible choice of designer. Obviously after the tragic loss of Alexander McQueen last year, many in the fashion pack questioned whether the design house could even survive. But I think we can all safely say now that Sarah Burton will fly the flag for a long time to come.
The dress itself was a perfect combination of Kate’s classic style with high-end fashion and royal glamour. The sleeves were made from a French Chantilly lace and continued into a stunning v shaped neckline. The lace continued into a beautiful bodice and then into a stunning satin full-length gown. The cathedral train was the perfect length (over 2 and a half metres long) and was just the right amount of royalness with out it being OTT.
Get the bride’s tiara style with Jon Richard.
I loved the tiara and veil. The tiara was called the Halo and made by Cartier in the 1930s (and borrowed from the Queen). Her hair was a half up half down and worked incredibly well with her own signature style. I’m good friends with her hairdresser Richard Ward and managed to speak to him the night before the big day apparently it was all systems go at the Goring Hotel!
Fashionable wedding guests
Other guests didn’t disappoint either and Camilla looked stunning. She wore a fabulous combination of subtle pastel tones in an outfit that was incredibly age appropriate. Designer at Debenhams Andrew Fionda said of Zara Phillips outfit “Zara looking stunning in deep grey silk coat dress with huge dramatic bow at the back, for maximum impact – a real success”.
Samantha Cameron wore a teal coloured dress from Burberry and shock horror, no hat! Instead she wore orange Erdem Jewels in her hair, and round her neck. Andrew Fionda was disappointed by her choice as she’s usually more ‘stylish and dramatic’.
Victoria Beckham wowed the crowd in a subtle navy dress by Victoria Beckham (there’s a surprise) and a fabulous hat that was more like a sculpture, from Philip Treacey. LOVED IT! Andrew agreed too saying she wore a ‘stunning satin version of a pillbox hat adorned with a very dramatic jewel and crystal spray, hair neat and sleek, but perfectly accessorised with the most handsome man in the form of David Beckham.”
The mother of the bride, Carole Middleton looked stunning in Catherine Walker. It was a silvery pale blue and showed off her svelte figure to perfection. It was a perfect choice as the eyes of the world were on her. She had to stand out, yet not overshine her daughter or the Queen, who looked amazing in primrose yellow.
Fashion faux pas?
Sisters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie made the only fashion faux pas in the Royal family. Beatrice wore a Valentino suit (all very nice, if a little old) but then put on a Philip Treacey hat that resembled a lobster. Note to self you’re not lady Gaga. While Eugenie looked more like she was going to a bad taste ’80s party (in Vivienne Westwood) than the wedding of the century. They must have seriously upset their stylist!
All in all though, British style prevailed and as a nation we should be pretty proud of how it all looked. So a big congrats to everyone involved, and a special congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Who do you think was best dressed on the day?