Well where shall I begin…I’ve been asked by at least a dozen clients and friends about my views on the wedding outfits. I personally feel, there were more sartorial lows than highs.
The highs for me were most definitely the bride, she reminded me of an elegant timeless classic beauty like Grace Kelly. I loved the lace and the beautiful elegant silhouette of the dress, she was a knockout and she wore a true clear white which is fabulous for her colouring – dark hair, bright blue eyes and olive complexion.
Other highs were: Carole Middleton for silhouette, although she could have carried off a slightly darker shade of blue better; Countess of Wessex was spot on for colour and shape; Lord Frederick Windsor’s wife, Sophie was a complete knockout in Armani; Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in cobalt blue, in my opinion was one of the best dressed guests, although I would have ditched the gloves; Earl Spencer’s daughters were all on the money for colour, style and flawless make-up and accessories; Nick Clegg’s wife Miriam looked too fussy as a wedding guest. I think the mesh was a little over the top; Princess Letizia wore the perfect pink for her ‘soft and cool’ complexion and showed off her neat hourglass figure perfectly; and finally l loved Zara Phillips hat.
For me the sartorial lows were:
The Princess Royal in that over the top floral coat, she looked so mumsy and older for her years; Princess Beatrice chose possibly the worst colour a lady with ‘warm’ colouring could wear – a soft muted pink, so the fact that it was Valentino couture fades into insignificance. It drains all the colour away from her face and the paleness is compounded by heavy dark eye make-up and the hat looked just too ridiculous for her small face; Princess Eugenie wore the perfect colours but the shape and fabric of her Vivienne Westwood ensemble adds pounds to her beautiful full hourglass figure. She would have benefitted from a drapey fabric and cut; Serena, Viscount Linley’s wife, looked plain and dowdy in that high neck coat and granny hat; Lady Sarah Chatto looked dull dull dull in an ordinary grey pleated dress by Jasper Conran – more apt for the office than a royal wedding; Victoria Beckham looked so austere, anyone would mistake her for dressing for a funeral. The high neckline and dark navy dress needed more zing; and Chelsy Davy – she looked unkempt – her hair was untidy and you could see the lining of her skirt hanging lower than the outer fabric; Sam Cam looked lovely in Burberry, perfect colour but a bit more flair with the bag and shoes would have been good.
Overall, what this says to me and hopefully others, is that money and status does not necessarily mean one has style, good taste and elegance. Surely you would expect their friends, family and if they have stylists, would give them an honest opinion as to how they look? It just goes to show, from time to time, we all need a little help, especially if one is going to a wedding being watched by over 2 billion people.
I thought you might be interested in some of my favourite quotes from the infamous Coco Chanel:
“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.”
“Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!”
“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”
If you haven’t already, please go out and purchase Hello! has a wonderful special souvenir issue – Prince William weds Catherine Middleton. I’m going to keep it as a souvenir for my four year old daughter.
Best wishes and bye for now