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Did anyone watch?  Thought it was interesting she wore a McQueen dress - must have been in the making before his death?

I thought she looked beautiful and I'm glad she wore a tiara (heck, she of all people can totally get away with that!)



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I thought the dress was perfect. I liked the simplicity, yet sheer prettiness of it. She wore the dress instead of the other way around (and I've seen plenty of non princesses have that happen to them.) It was classic and timeless, yet very much of the moment to me.

I read that it was by Sarah Burton for McQueen, so most likely McQueen's death didn't effect the production of it. There was a press release that read:

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 characterises Alexander McQueen's work."

US Magazine released this:

More details on the dress, on which Middleton collaborated: Its bodice and skirt features a lace applique hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, with lace designed and hand-engineered using a nearly 200-year-old tradition known as Carrickmacross lace-making. Individual flowers -- rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock -- were hand-cut and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle.

The dress itself was made with ivory and white satin gazar and "echoes an opening flower," the statement adds. The train measures two-meters, 70-centimeters.

The gown also features an ivory satin bodice narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips; the back is finished with 58 gazar and organza-covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.

I love learning the details of it. 



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Ah - OK, that explains it. Just caught it was by "the late designer, Alexander McQueen" on NBC this morning... Goes to show you can't believe everything the media serves up?

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I loved it. I think it was less extravagant than I expected (after Diana's long train, hers paled in comparison). I loved that she looked so understated, not overly done (including the bouquet). She was very reminiscent of Grace Kelly.

Am I the only lame ass who couldn't help but tear up?

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I'm hoping that their new cousin can help these two. And quickly.

 

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I teared up Xtina!!

Boots - is that Beatrice and Eugenie? Think that's their names. That taupe hat is just bizarre.

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Bea and Eugenie strike again! The Princesses top the fashion flops yet again in outlandish outfits

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:32 PM on 29th April 2011

Among all the fantastic outfits and array of dizzying hats on display at the Royal Wedding, there were unfortunately a few that failed to pass muster.

Leading the way in the fashion faux pas were Princess Eugenie and Beatrice, who chose bravely but perhaps unwisely judging by the response of royal fans and pundits.

The girls are known to love experimenting with fashion, but perhaps today wasn't the time.

Beatrice's taupe Valentino Haute Couture dress and matching coat were elegant, but her headpiece was deemed to be a ludicrous addition, perching on her forehead at an impossible angle and detracting from her sophisticated outfit.

Her hat, which celebrity bridal stylist Camilla Ridley-Day suggests was the wrong shape for her face, has already sparked a Facebook group named Princess Beatrice's Ridiculous Hat, with members mocking up pictures of the Princess with monsters on her head.

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Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York arrive at Westminster Abbey for the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Getting it wrong: Princess Eugenie of York in Vivienne Westwood and Princess Beatrice of York in Valentino haute couture  arrive at Westminster Abbey for the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton

 

 

Faux pas: The Princesses have come under fire for their outlandish outfits

Faux pas: The Princesses have come under fire for their outlandish outfits

As for sister Eugenie, was she wearing this outfit, or was it wearing her?

The Princess picked a gaudy blue and green Vivienne Westwood suit that pulled too tightly around her bosom and waist - she certainly won't be enjoying much of the caramelised goat's cheese tart at the wedding breakfast - and a voluminous taffeta skirt that should have emphasised her feminine form, but instead made her bottom half look large.

The asymmetrical hem was wonky and wrinkled, the skirt was creased (don't the Royals own irons?) and the patterned jacket much too dramatic a tone that drained rather than complemented her alabaster skin.

Her hat, one of Philip Treacy's only flops, was a mish-mash of colours and textures, with taupe feathers sprouting from maroon flowers emerging from a cobalt blue hat. Pick a colour, Eugenie!

Camilla Ridley-Day said that sadly, the girls' look just didn't work. 'They were trying too hard to look "fashiony"', she said, adding that the colour on Eugenie's outfit was 'too strong'.

Tara Palmer Tomkinson, who was keen to show off her new nose at the ceremony, wore an eccentric outfit in top-to-toe cobalt, with slim-fitting cowl-neck sheath matching exactly with her Philip Treacy hat, leather gloves and studded platform shoes.

It was undeniably eye-catching, but for the all wrong reasons. 

The overall result was brash and in-your-face, says Camilla Ridley-Day, who would have advised a more subtle approach.

Another blunder came from Ed Milliband's partner Justine Thornton, who suffered the same fate as Diana many years ago, when her full-skirted taffetta dress became horribly creased en route to the Abbey.

Her navy ensemble may have seemed right in theory, but in reality it was a disaster.

The skirt cut her calves off at the wrong place, the shrunken velvet jacket with its baggy, wrinkled arms looked like it had a run in with a pair of shears and a hot wash and her stiff lace hat splatted dementedly on top of her head, spiking out at all angles and looking for all the world as though it was thrown there from a great height.

 
Oh dear: Ed Miliband's partner Justine struck the wrong note with her creased taffeta skirt, incongruous funnel neckline, shrunken, wrinkled jacket and demented hat
Best foot forward: Tara looked elegant in a Kingfisher blue cocktail dress, with matching hat bag and studded heels
 

Oh dear: Ed Miliband's partner Justine struck the wrong note with her creased taffeta skirt, incongruous funnel neckline, shrunken, wrinkled jacket and demented hat, while Tara Palmer Tomkinson, right, looked brash

It was a bad day all round for politicians' supposedly better halves.

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of Nick Clegg, made a dramatic statement in a form-fitting lace overlay dress, black stilettos, turban and vibrant flower headpiece, but while she undoubtedly made a statement, maybe it was the wrong sort.

Celebrity bridal stylist Camilla Ridley-Day said it was 'all a bit much', adding that her hat looked a little ridiculous.

Twitter users were more colourful in their descriptions, calling her outfit 'part Carmen Miranda, part Roxie Hart', while one wonderd why she was wearing a 'lampshade' on her head. 

Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, showed scant regard for royal protocol as she stepped out in a black lace wrap dress with plunging neckline and revealing hemline complete with split. 

Either Ms Bercow was unaware of, or simply disregarded, the formal dress code that implicitly calls for demure neckline and skirt length as she revealed a shocking expanse of her ample cleavage and a flash of thigh.

 

 
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow with his wife Sally Bercow arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Cleggand his wife Miriam Gonzale
 

Dog's dinner: Sally Bercow's dress was too short and the neckline too low, while right, Clegg's wife Miriam looked dramatic, but the combination of lace, gloves, turban and corsage made for a jumbled result

Her outfit choice certainly raised a few eyebrows, but her flouting of formality would have been no surprise to many, thanks to Ms Bercow's penchant for sensational headline-grabbing outfits. After all, who could forget the semi-naked Ms Bercow posing in view of the Houses of Parliament in a bed sheet?

Samantha Cameron also broke with royal wedding tradition, choosing to turn up at the Abbey bare-headed. Although her Burberry dress with its demure sleeves and neckline fit the bill, onlookers said her head looked strangely naked - especially in contrast to the elaborate headgear of fellow guests.

A Labour MP has since come out to criticise the move, while social media sites are rife with discussion on her decision to go hatless, taking to the Internet to slate what they called her 'disrespectful' choice.

But the award for protocol-buster of the day surely goes to Lady Kitty Spencer, daughter of Earl Spencer, who wore a very snug Victoria Beckham dress that revealed an expanse of decolletage, the effect of which was only enhanced by the overhead camera angle.

 
Informal: Samantha Cameron chose not to wear a hat for the royal wedding, a move which some commented made her head look 'naked' and her overall look unfinished

Informal: Samantha Cameron chose not to wear a hat for the royal wedding, a move which some commented made her head look 'naked' and her overall look unfinished

 

 

 

 

Earl Spencer's daughters, Lady Amelia, Lady Eliza and Lady Kitty

Dressed to the nines: Earl Spencer's daughters, Lady Amelia, Lady Eliza and Lady Kitty wore elaborate fascinators, with Kitty, far right, wearing a very low-cut Victoria Beckham dress with her Philip Treacy hat

 

 

 

Revealing too much? Lady Kitty Spencer's Victoria Beckham dress gave her an impressive cleavage - but perhaps too much flesh was on show for the formal dress code of Westminster Abbey

Revealing too much? Lady Kitty Spencer's Victoria Beckham dress gave her an impressive cleavage - but perhaps too much flesh was on show for the formality of the occasion

 

PS POSH'S OUTFIT: HIT OR MISS? YOU DECIDE...

As for Victoria Beckham, the jury is still out.

Her dress was classy if a little funereal: a loose-fitting piece from her own collection that skimmed her bump perfectly. The sombre navy tone was perhaps a little dark for such a happy occasion, but the style was demure and appropriate.

What a shame then, that she should spoil the effect with her harshly pulled-back hair - some have called the fiercely pulled-back ponytail the 'Croydon face-lift', thanks to the effect it has on the forehead - topped off with a gravity-defying hat clinging to her forehead and heavy make up far too dark for a daytime wedding.

'I loved the outfit, says Ridley-Day, but it would have been better to keep her hair softer, and her make up was possibly a little bit more red carpet than royal wedding.'

And in a final note on fashion faux pas: David's OBE medal be worn on the left, not the right. Thankfully, a kindly official must have pointed the error out to Becks, as he switched the medal to the correct side during the ceremony.  

 
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham at the Royal wedding
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham at the Royal wedding
 

The jury's out: Victoria's dress was classy, but some suggested her hair was scraped back too tightly giving her the 'Croydon face-lift' effect, while her make-up was perhaps more suited to red carpet than royal wedding... and David's medal was worn on the wrong side, but not for long...

 
Enlarge   Minor adjustment: Once inside the service, David Beckham switched his OBE medal from the right lapel where it was on his arrival. to the left, where it should rightly be

Minor adjustment: Once inside the service, David Beckham switched his OBE medal from the right lapel where it was on his arrival, to the left, where it should rightly be



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I watched - thought Catherine looked beautiful and loved the dress. Was quite like i expected and I agree Xtina - very Grace Kelly reminiscent.

Must have missed Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie - argh, my eyes! Awful!

I think it is a bit harsh criticising Samantha Cameron for not wearing a hat but maybe it's because I feel like because it is "expected" so many people end up looking bizarre in weird headpieces? I sometimes think so many outfits would look better without a hat - maybe that's just me.

Thought Kate's sister Pippa looked great in her bridesmaid dress too smile.gif

 



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I love Eugenie's shoes. David Beckham looks soooo hot as usual. Yum hump.gif

 



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I loved it but wished her bouquet had been a bit bigger. It seemed out of proportion somehow. Otherwise, "loved it" hardly covers it...swooning at the gorgeousness of it all. Even though it was supposed to be me! ;)

I actually like the fascinator hat/headpieces. But, oh dear, not Beatrice's!

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Loved every bit of it. I thought Kate's dress was gorgeous, Harry was super adorable, and Pippa was stunning. Kate and William are just such a cute couple and seem so relatively normal and their wedding seemed perfect for them. I thought they did an excellent job of hitting just the right tone too. With so much unrest going on in the world, natural disasters everywhere, and the economy being what it is had she had an enormous bouquet and a 16' train and a huge tiara, she would have been torn to shreds.

Did you all see Pippa's green dress she wore to the reception??? LOVE. IT.

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Metric wrote:

.. David Beckham looks soooo hot as usual. Yum hump.gif

 



-- Edited by Metric on Saturday 30th of April 2011 01:46:35 AM


 i completely agree!!  *swoon!*



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Is there a link to photos of the reception dress NCshopper? Missed that.

I agree about the bouquet- maybe it looked a bit flat and small but that's a tiny criticism about something which looked overall pretty perfect (including David Beckham wink.gif )

 



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Pippa at reception



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Am I the only one who didn't love Pippa's dress? I've heard so many people swooning but to me it was just "meh." I liked the back but the front seemed a little weird to me. Like something was off about the cowl or something.



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Did everyone like Kate's dress for the night-time party? I wondered if she may go for something shorter.kate-middleton-2-300.jpg



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Kelly wrote:

Am I the only one who didn't love Pippa's dress? I've heard so many people swooning but to me it was just "meh." I liked the back but the front seemed a little weird to me. Like something was off about the cowl or something.


 

Agreed.  Didn't understand her wearing white.  Also, she showed way too much cleavage.  She looked too tanned, it's Britain, for peets sake!  The afterparty dress looked very prom '99 IMO and I did think it was a bit 'show stealing' 



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Hopefully Kate can lead by example because all of those Brits pictured (including Posh!) looked ridiculous, IMO. I thought the idea was to *not* upstage the bride?

Though throughout the scrolling, I thought to myself, "Well, at least the shoes seem pretty cute"...until I got to Posh. WTH? Those are rather stripper-esque for a Royal Wedding! Sheesh.

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