Monday, May 2, 2011

I'll admit it, I'm a Hypocrite

It's been a pretty momentous past few days for the Alexander McQueen label: Saturday Kate Middleton wore a McQueen/ Sarah Burton creation down the aisle and tonight is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala celebrating Lee's contributions to fashion in a retrospective Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

In the words of Captain Jack Sparrow 'Weddings weddings I love weddings, drinks all around.' Well there was cause to drink for this one. It was reported that 2 billion tuned in to watch the 2nd in line for the throne marry his 10 year sweetheart.

Royal Family Portrait
And the adorable wedding portrait
So Kate Middleton's wedding dress. It was one of the most secretive affairs of the year... who was being considered to design it, who should, who wouldn't, who was lying etc. After her Fall 2011 show many though Burton's finale of several voluminous white gowns was a declaration of intent or an admission of the task but Burton continued to deny her involvement until the very last minute. It wasn't until I saw this photo of a mysterious woman entering the Middleton's hotel hours before the wedding that I knew Burton was involved:
Notice the studded belt... that is what many saw as the give away

I said there was no way you could pay me to get up to watch the festivities... I may or may not have lied about that. Alright, I did get up at quarter to six to see it, but I maintain that I only wanted to see the dress and stayed long enough to see it and then mercifully went back to bed. And how glad am I that I saw it... SO GLAD! It was perfection.
Burton used English lace and French Chantilly lace on the bodice and sleeves of the gown and white satin gazaar for the skirt that was meant to resemble a flower

The dress featured a form fitting silhouette and a V-neck décolleté

My favorite image of Kate and Pippa and the dresses, both by McQueen
I think she chose perfectly and there was no-one more up to the task than Sarah. The dress is very reminiscent of that worn by the effervescent Grace Kelly in her 1956 wedding to Ranier III of Monacco.
Look at the skirt of Kate's dress and you can see even more intricate lacework... The two dresses are similar in their sleek form fitting silhouettes, lace bodices and sleeves and voluminous skirts
Kate wasn't the only well dressed Middleton at the wedding by far. Some even think her sister Pippa upstaged her on her big day... you can decide what you think
In McQueen for the ceremony and Alice Temperly for the banquet and party after

Guests, too, pulled out all the stops and there were some fantastic outfits, tuxes and fascinators - those amazingly crazy hats that milliners like Philip Treacy, a close friend of Lee's, created for many of the women attending.
Posh and Becks, he in Ralph Lauren and she in Victoria Beckham... duh. And to the right is my favorite look of the wedding Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in electric blue head (Philip Treacy fascinator) to toe (Nicholas Kirkwood platforms). Way to make a statement
David Cameron's better half Samantha looked positively amazing in a teal Burberry sheath that was both chic and fashion forward when paired with the orange scarf. And then there was the hysterical hat that Harry and William's cousin Eugenie sported... definitely a fascinating fascinator.
Elton John and David Furnish holding their Golden tickets and on the right... what is Ian Thorpe doing there?
The Queen looking resplendent in a pale yellow Angela Kelly ensemble and Kate's mother Carole in a periwinkle blue Catherine Walker outfit.
Introducing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge... so let's leave em alone to enjoy being married
Oh, I forgot look at the beautiful dress Kate donned for the reception... yeah in case you're wondering, it's McQueen too!
Can she stop being so gorge please?
Now that Kate is married and the dress issue is over you'd think I'd shut up about McQueen... haha you must be joking. The Met Ball is probably starting as I type and I found this image of the interior earlier, I can only imagine how amazing it is going to look filled with his dresses and gorgeous people... tune in soon to see the looks.

Here are some of the dresses that will be showcased in the exhibit:
Stella Tennant in a gown from the Voss 2001 show
Raquel Zimmerman in one of the chess piece inspired outfits from It's Only A Game in 2005
Coco Rocha in a straightjacket from the Voss 2001 show
Karen Elson in a lace gown from the Willows of Culloden show 2006 - this dress was based off of Sarah's wedding dress
Karlie Kloss from Number 13 in 1999 - this is the show Shalom Harlow finished spinning on a turntable being strayed by robots
Caroline Trentini in the famous flower gown from the Sarabande show in 2007
Don't argue with he, the man was a genius. Can't wait until tomorrow! 

- Life is good

Listening to: 'Amy's Song' - Joshua Radin
Observations: Brutal CSI murder
Craving: The NHL livestream to WORK, DANG NABBIT WORK!

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