Catherine Middleton finally put to rest months of speculation as she stepped out on the altar at Westminster Abbey in a simple ivory dress, a far cry from Princess Diana’s frilly, fancy cream wedding outfit. Middleton, 29, now Duchess of Cambridge, wedded UK’s now Duke of Cambridge, William, 28, in an understated dress designed by Sarah Burton of British fashion label, Alexander McQueen.
The moment Middleton emerged in the traditional ensemble — a Chantilly lace top overlaying a strapless bodice, with a full skirt and delicate full sleeves — international fashion experts put together their hands in applause. “Great British fashion moment,” declared Simon Chilvers. “If a wedding dress can really start a trend, that neckline is the trend,” said Hadley Freeman.
Apparently, the workers had to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace pristine, and their needles were renewed every three hours to keep them ‘clean and sharp,’ reported The Guardian. The bride wore a 1936 Cartier diamond tiara as traditional as her outfit, which had a 2.7-metre long train.
Desi designers, too, give Kate a thumbs-up. “The beauty lies in its simple details. The lace overlay lends it a classic yet modern appeal. The sharp folds in the train could have been more fluid, but the flowy veil lends a very romantic softness to her look,” says designer Gaurav Gupta. “It’s got dark romanticism that is popular with the British, and it’s also beautifully feminine. It also complimented the gothic venue that is the Abbey,” says designer Rina Dhaka.
Fashion parade at the Abbey
Prince Harry’s girlfiend Chelsy Davis, 25, had two outfits made for the big day, both by Italian designer Alberta Ferretti. For the wedding, the South African socialite decided to go with a blue skirt and off-shoulder jacket, and for the evening, she changed into a cut-off dress a one-shoulder midnight blue crepe satin gown.
David and Victoria Beckham
Showbiz royalty — David and Victoria Beckham — arrived early. David, 35, wore a Ralph Lauren suit, while Victoria, 36, wore a navy-blue creation from her line, with a pillbox hat by Philip Treacy. But, she was panned by the Twitteratti. “She looks like she is dressed for a funeral,” wrote Paul Dodd.
British Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, 40, wore a body-hugging, emerald green Burberry dress. She was among the few who did not wear a hat. Her dress, a shift, was a hit with fashion critics and bloggers. “She looked amazing ... the dress reeks of the mantra less is more,” wrote UK tabloid Mirror.
Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth, 85, wore an egg-yolk yellow Angela Kelly dress and a crepe hat with silk roses. The brooch she is wearing is called the Queen Mary’s True Lovers Knot brooch. “Wow! Queen looks in fab in yellow, what a woman!” says Indian fashion designer Nikhil Mehra.
The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, wore a pale pink Anna Valentine creation. The designer has been a favourite of the 63-year-old Duchess for many years. In fact, Parker-Bowles wore a gown by the same designer for her wedding to Prince Charles in 2005.
Desi celebs on tweet street
Neha Dhupia, actor: The bride... breathtakingly beautiful... The queen at 85.... gutsy n gorgeous in yellow! #royalwedding
Pritish Nandy, ad guru: This obsession with royalty amuses me. Is it because of the fairy tales we grew up with?
Mahesh Bhupathi, tennis player: Can’t believe how many people watching this wedding on TV!!!! That includes me...