“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride…” But it doesn’t matter if your Princess Catherine’s maid-of-honor, because you’ll be wearing some hot designer duds! For the ceremony, both Kate Middleton and her younger sister, Pippa, were wearing Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton. But for the second reception, Pippa wore an emerald green Temperley gown. “The dress was designed especially for her with a fantastic open back and a full skirt for dancing in,” Alice Temperley explained. Temperley, who attended the same college as McQueen and Burton (Central St. Martins), launched her own line in 2000. The high-end British designer might sound familiar to American ears, due to her participation in the Target GO International program. This gown’s color does look divine on Miss Middleton, but maybe that’s because our editors are quite biased… We certainly approve of maid-of-honors in green!
Today Kate Middleton went from college girlfriend to Princess Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. This philanthropic, down-to-earth, educated, true British beauty deserves any royal title she’s given. She has graced the world with the most regal and elegant gown in the history of royal weddings. When Catherine descended her chariot (a Rolls Royce), the female newscasters all said the same thing, “Her dress looks very much like Grace Kelly’s.” Although the dresses have the same theme with the high collar and long sleeves done in lace, there was something about the people’s Kate that stood out amongst all the former brides. The mystery behind the dress’s designer was one of the best-kept secrets in British history! Sarah Burton, the creative director for the late Alexander McQueen, earned an art foundation diploma at Manchester Polytechnic before interning for McQueen during her third year at Central St. Martins (where McQueen also attended school) studying print fashion in London. Burton graduated in ’97 and became McQueen’s protégé after school. Catherine’s dress was fitted at the waistline and accompanied by a nine-foot train in a striking yet subtle floral embroidered pattern that continued to the front. The bodice was a sweetheart bustier shape kept under long lace sleeves and extending collar. The little peek-a-boo of skin at the neck was the perfect accent to looking modern and tasteful. Catherine was definitely a “veil bride” versus a “hair bride” by keeping her chocolate tresses down in soft curls as she normally does, and put the attention on a soft, mantilla-styled headdress with lace piping and of course the Cartier platinum tiara. The tiara was made in 1936 and bought by Prince William’s great-grandfather, King George VI, for William’s great-grandmother. Queen Elizabeth was then given the tiara on her 18th birthday by her mother and lent it to the new Princess for her special day. Catherine’s maid of honor, her sister Pippa, also donned a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ivory gown. Both the bride and the maid of honor wore earrings made by Robinson Pelham. Catherine’s earrings were a wedding gift from her parents and were made to look like her family’s new coat of arms. They had pave-set diamond acorns in the center of pear-shaped diamond drops. Pippa wore floral diamond earrings with a coordinating headpiece. Hopefully future brides take cues from the Duchess of Cambridge, instead of the horrible Bridezillas we see so much of. Catherine’s equation to being a stunning bride: softness, sophistication, subtly, and all smiles!
The American rapper, record producer, and constant attention-getter, Kanye West, is looking to become a… fashion student?! West is reported to have applied for his Masters Degree in fashion design at the London university Central St. Martins College – the alma mater of other fashion bigwigs, such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Zac Posen, and the recently-fired John Galliano. On March 2nd, West flew to London to meet for an interview with Professor Louise Wilson, the head of the fashion dept. at the university, in hopes of attaining a position at the school. This isn’t West’s first experience in the fashion world. In 2008, he interned for Louis Vuitton, before launching his first shoe line for the French label during Paris Fashion Week in January 2009. He also interned for Fendi in Rome, following his 2009 VMA incident with Taylor Swift. West attempted to release his own clothing line, Pastelle (Past Tell Museum), but it was never released. He has also worked with Nike to release another shoe, Air Yeezys. The rapper has been interviewed by the school board, and they are now deciding if he will receive a slot at the university. Let’s hope if he gets in, he won’t live up to his debut album’s title… The College Dropout.