Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royally Dressed-Worst and Best

...Let's start with the best!

In my estimation?

Best Dressed at this Royal Wedding was, by far, Miss Philippa "Pippa" Middleton, sister of the bride and maid of honor to Catherine Middleton. Like the bride, Pippa wore a House of McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton. It was a gorgeous cowl-neck ivory satin gown with the same button detail and lace trims as Kate's. Her earrings, like Kate's were designed by Robinson Pelham, and were a gift from Mom and Dad.
The down to earth Middleton girls did their own make-up and positively glowed. For hair stylying, they stuck with tried-and-true hairstylist, James Pryce of the Richard Ward Salon and Metrospa.
Kate was beautiful, elegant, regal...And lil sister Pippa looked HOT!

Some thought that the choice of a white gown was in poor taste, but I felt that Pippa complimented Kate the way Harry complimented William. Gorgeous.

Maybe Harry should go for Pippa, because his girlfriend Chelsea wound up on my "worst" list.
Chelsea wore an Alberta Ferreti dress in a mint green color along with a jacket that seemed a bit boxy on her frame. It didn't do much at all for her (very lovely) figure at all. The jacket and the hat both seemed out of place...

Then again, at least Chelsea didn't wear a hat that looks like THIS:

The princesses of York, Beatrice and Eugenie.

As if the dress on Eugenie wasn't bad enough, I can't even bear to look at Beatrice's hat.
 IS that a hat?
Why would anyone put that on their head?


Now, for something a little more...Normal. And a lot more tasteful. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (with her husband Daniel of Sweden) I love the color. Not too many woman can carry that shade but Victoria makes the dress AND the hat work!

She looks so elegant in this spring-y peach! The mock wrap dress hugs her silhouette in all the right places and the draping lets the fabric fall where it should. The length on the arms is also very flattering. The crown princess has been doing this for awhile so I'm sure she knows that wrap dresses, v-neck lines and 3/4 sleeves are universally flattering for women. Mycket bra, (very good) Victoria!

And my other favorite Victoria. This, I love, love, love...
David and Victoria Beckham. Not royalty, but close enough. And they both look the part too!
David always (and I do mean always) looks incredible, but he looked particularly handsome at Westminster Abbey today, in a dapper Ralph Lauren morning suit, Phillip Treacy top hat, DB cufflinks and his OBD medal. And of course, he looked all the more handsome with pregnant wife Victoria on his arm.

Victoria went minimalist and wore a chic navy blue trapeze dress with a boat neck line of her own design, the latest from her collection, AW11. Her large envelope clutch was also from her collection.

Mrs. Beckham's hat (a satin pillbox hat, also by Phillip Treacy) matches perfectly and the slicked back ponytail gives a definite air of sophistication and style without looking matronly. The cut of the dress, coupled with her specially customized Christian Louboutin pumps,  disguised her seven month "baby bump" and accentuated her long, toned legs.

*Bonus points for wearing those Louboutins with such poise in her condition. She didn't wobble once!

Britain's fashion critics didn't have anything nice to say about the Beckhams or their attire. But in the opinion of this petite fashionista, these two are pros at dressing for big events, and the Royal Wedding was no exception. Besides, how cute are they?!?

Speaking of cute, I have to give a best-dressed thumbs-up to the adorable little brides maids and page boys. The boys were just adorable. And the girls were so precious...

Especially this one...

Now, for a few more of the "worst" dressed. I think we can all agree here...

Why so Blue?
Tara Palmer Tompkinson, who is apparently some kind of socialite/model/media darling/tabloid fodder (think, England's Paris Hilton, perhaps?) dressed in head-to-toe electric blue. Literally, head-to-toe. The ensemble is by Deborah Milner and the shoes are by Nicholas Kirkwood, as well as the baguette clutch and elbow length gloves. Why she was in attendance, and why she chose this look disaster, we may never know.

This one is random and, I think, falls into the "why is she here?" category. But we'll let the outfit speak for itself, which it does, loud and clear.
One of Prince William's six ex-girlfriends in attendance, Arabella Musgrave. All I can say is:
If William saw her, it probably re-affirmed yet again, that he made the right choice with Kate.

Now, for the older folks, who all looked very formal, and rather pretty if I do say so myself!

Carole Middleton, Queen Elizabeth, and Camilla Parker-Bowles

The proud mother of the bride looked elegant yet understated in pale blue silk dress and wool crepe coat-dress by Catherine Walker and a dramatic (without being too dramatic) hat by Jane Corbett.  
Love the hat, love the coat-dress, the brocade/embroidery is lovely, clutch is a nice touch, good choice with the low heeled pumps, and great color on her. Very flattering. Good job, Mum!

The Queen rarely pulls a fashion faux pas--At least as far as I know--She's been doing this for decades, after all. Nice, cheerful primrose dress and coat by Angela Kelly. Sensible shoes. Three-strand pearls. Pearl earrings. Brooch. White gloves. Nice bag.

Prince Charles' second wife, Camilla, chose a hand-embroidered Anna Valentine in champagne silk for the affair. A duck egg blue coat, also by Anna Valentine. Another Phillip Treacy hat (He's been a busy hat maker this year!) and Jimmy Choos. Hurrah!

Last (but most definitely not least!) on my best dressed, is again, the bride: Princess Kate!

"The After Party"

After what had to be the longest wedding day in history, Kate still managed to look fresh, styled and stunning at the formal party thrown by her new father-in-law. The dress was another Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (You think business is about to pick up for Sarah?) It was a strapless satin gazar evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante-embroidered detailing at the waist, covered with a white angora bolero cardigan.


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