Collective Sigh: Kate Middleton is a Princess Duchess Now; Wore Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen!


They did it! Kate (in McQueen) and Will are now the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge.

The ceremony was fantastic! Kate Middleton seemed to be having an out-of-body experience as she floated to the altar, and when she finally got there William whispered something to her that made them both smile. Throughout the service, they both looked like they were about to burst into laughter, throw-up, and cry. The ring seemed similarly freaked out as Will gave it several forceful thrusts before it finally slid onto her finger.

Kate’s Cartier tiara on loan from the Queen is not part of the “crown jewels” collection — apparently, no one can wear the crown jewels as they belong to the people of England

Kate’s sister Pippa was the perfect maid of honor/lady in waiting,dutifully straightening Kate’s train at every turn. In her white gown, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, she looked like a bride herself. White — or anything close to it — on anyone other than the bride is generally taboo, but every girl in her party was decked in white/ivory which seems to be a royal tradition as the bridesmaids in Princess Diana’s wedding wore white too. Or maybe it was just these two brides’ choice.

Pippa Middleton & a few of the too-cute flower girls

With so much speculation about what Kate would wear — long sleeves or strapless, McQueen or Bruce Oldfield — and whether it would measure up to Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ nuptials, what was so beautiful about the Royal Wedding is how clear it was, to me at least, that in spite of all the pomp, circumstance, and splendor Kate and William were just a girl and a boy getting married. A girl in an ivory tulle Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress with a lace bodice handmade by the Royal School of Needlework and trimmed in handmade flowers. And a Cartier halo tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth, that looked to be diamonds set in platinum. A girl who will be the Queen of England.
UPDATE: More deets on Kate’s dress & Pippa’s too on the Official Royal Wedding website

Best Dressed Guests: Victoria Beckham attended the wedding in a Phillip Treacy hat, a navy dress from her own label, and Louboutin heels

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Name the Designer: Which of these Dresses is Vera Wang?

It’s Royal Wedding Week (in case you haven’t turned on E!, the Today Show, your radio…) and with all the rumors circulating about which designer Kate Middleton will wear on her big day, we’re surprised Vera Wang’s name hasn’t come up once. The designer whose brand is practically synonymous with bridal/bridesmaid wear has built her business outfitting celebs, fashionistas and brides in classic silhouettes with fashion-forward flourishes like floral applique, grommets, beading, and more. That said, recently, brands Marchesa have been cutting into the lucrative nuptial pie dressing high-profile brides like Nicole Richie. And then there’s A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, the brand that has made a killing meticulously replicating memorable looks worn and inspired by celebs… Can you tell which of the dresses above is a Vera Wang special?

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Zara Phillips, Prince William’s Cousin, Just Got Engaged

UPDATE: Have a peek at Zara Phillips’ engagement photo & wedding ring (courtesy of NY Mag’s The Cut! LOVE her snow boots.
Prince_William_cousin_Zara_Phillips_engaged_to_Mike_Tindall_Bluefly_blog_Flypaper-285.jpgKate Middleton has a buddy to go wedding dress shopping sift through designer wedding dress sketches with! Prince William’s cousin Zara Phillips just got engaged to rugby player Mike Tindall. Though the Queen’s eldest grandchild is 11th in line to the throne, Phillips will not technically be a “princess bride”. According to the Daily Mail, “[Zara] does not have the title Her Royal Highness because her mother decided she wanted her children to have more normal lives. They are not supported by the Civil List and do not perform official Royal duties but instead make their own money and keep a lower profile.”
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More Wedding Dress Proposals for Kate Middleton

After almost eight years of waiting for a proposal, Kate Middleton is getting multiple offers from Valentino to Missoni to Nicole Miller to Gucci. As they did in the days leading up to the inauguration when the “what will Michelle Obama wear” frenzy had reached fevered pitch, WWD asked designers to submit sketch ideas for the Princess-to-Be’s Big Day. How’s a girl princess to choose?
As seen above, Valentino envisions Kate Middleton in a frothy tiered, off-shouldered confection while Angela Missoni sees Will’s Princess in “precious fabrics” and Nicole Miller thinks sexy yet “modest” body-sculpting tiers would do Kate quite nicely.

l to r: wedding dress sketches by Nicole Miller, Missoni, & Gucci

Meanwhile, Christian Lacroix is proposing a gown that’s high on symbolism — something old (the Queens veil), something new (a patchwork skirt) — that looks similar in silhouette to the gown Princess Diana wore to her wedding heard ’round the world. Which gown do you think would most suit Middleton?

Christian Lacroix proposes a something old-something new dress for Kate

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Nicole Richie Wore Three Different Marchesa Gowns on Her Wedding Day

UPDATE #2: Nicole Richie’s wedding gown was embroidered with her and Joel Madden’s name! Take a look at more pics below and check out the elephant and wedding cake on Fashionista .
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This past weekend, Nicole Richie married Joel Madden musician and father of their two children Harlow and Sparrow at her father Lionel Richie’s Los Angeles estate. Family friend and RUN DMC alum Reverend Run reportedly presided over the wedding.

I can so see Nicole Richie in this ’70s-evocative one-shoulder Notte by Marchesa gown

According to, Richie marched down the aisle in a Marchesa gown and made two more Marchesa changes throughout the evening. No pictures yet, but apparently People won the tabloid bidding war — they’re donating a $100,000 to a charity of Nicole and Joel’s choice — so we’ll get to see soon. In the meantime, we’ll just have to satisfy ourselves with this.
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Which Dress Should Kate Middleton Wear?

(l to r: sketches by Ben de Lisi and Reem Acra)
Just days after Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement, the wedding dress sketches are already done! Reem Accra, Monique Lhuillier, Ben de Lisi and other designers whipped up sketches. (We’re personally leaning toward the Ben de Lisi on the left and the Reem Acra above. Check out the rest of the sketches on People for the queen-to-be’s consideration.

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Which Celebrity Wedding Look Would You Rock?



(l to r: Alicia Keys in one-shoulder Vera Wang, the grey Elie Saab gown Katy Perry likely wore to marry Russell Brand, Chelsea Clinton in strapless Vera Wang)
Between Chelsea Clinton, Alicia Keys and Katy Perry, it’s been a celebrity wedding (and baby) bonanza lately, complete with the requisite wedding and baby bump slideshows. As we’ve revisited the “stained” ombre gown Gwen Stefani wore to wed Gavin Rossdale, Carrie’s nuptial peacock, and Googled for an image of Katy Perry in her reportedly grey Elie Saab gown, we’ve been thinking how much wedding fashion has evolved. The fall 2011 bridal shows are bearing that out as Vera Wang showed gowns in smoky hues while Oscar de la Renta proposed pink for blushing brides.
The breadth of options are apparent in the stars’ choices too. Chelsea Clinton went for a relatively traditional Vera Wang gown — strapless with a full skirt — while Alicia Keys donned a one-shoulder Vera Wang and accessorized with blinging head garland. Katy Perry reportedly ditched the all-dressed-in-white look altogether for grey couture Elie Saab. Which look’s more you?
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