Otherwise known as ‘The Brilliant, The Blah, and the Downright Bedraggled.’ Here is our exclusive FAB Fashion Police Royal Wedding ’11 – after all there is no red carpet grander than THE red carpet, right? So let’s have a look at who looked Royal Wedding Fab and who pulled a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Drab?
Let’s start with the brilliant:
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
It’s often expected for the bride to steal the show at her own wedding – but Catherine didn’t leave it to chance with this Grace Kelly-inspired lace number. To find out a little more about this gorgeous gown, visit:
Philippa Middleton, Maid of Honour
Dressed in a slimline Alexander McQueen which complemented Catherine’s dress Pippa looked delectable without upstaging her sister.
Carole Middleton, Mother of the Bride
Youthful and poised in sky blue, Carole Middleton’s Catherine Walker dress was a discreet nod to Princess Diana.
“Bloody brilliant” is all I say to those who criticised TPT’s look. She took colour blocking to a whole new level with her electric blue Deborah Milner dress, matching Laurence Kirkwood heels and Philip Treacy hat and won. Admittedly, the hat resembles and object more worthy of Venice canals but the whole look is simply electrifying – in a good way.
Another controversial one. Chic nude Valentino number? Check. Matching nude heels? Check. Demure Treacy hat? Ummmm… Beatrice gets full marks for going Gaga with head gear reminiscent of a giant ribbon (or a pair of antlers that once belonged to an exotic creature – depending on how cynical you are that has inspired its very own Facebook page (one admittedly hosting a multitude of haters). You can’t blame a girl for bringing a bit of out-of-the-box fun into an otherwise prim and proper affair.
Elizabeth II, aka The Queen
Her Majesty brings a bit of sunshine into an otherwise dreary London day with her elegant Angela Kelly crepe-wool primrose yellow number. What a ray of sunshine One is.
Princess Maxima of Netherlands was a picture of demure elegance in the wedding’s trendy colour of choice nude and her matching accessories.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie Wessex proved chic in champagne with her heavily embellished Bruce Oldfield skirt suit and an elegant Jane Taylor hat.
Princess Letizia of Spain
Pretty in pink, Princess Letizia dazzled in a bandage dress by Felipe Varela teamed with matching shoes by Magrit and a charming cloche hat. Simple yet utterly a joy to behold.
Princess Marie Chantal, Greece
The Greek princess rocked in this season’s Chanel – a gray-lilac tweed dress with ‘spiderweb’ hand beaded embroidery.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Despite looking like she could pass for her in-law Carole Middleton’s aging mum, Camilla struck in style stakes with this champagne combo by her favourite designer Anna Valentine.
Lady Sophie Windsor
Lady Sophie dazzles in a cocktail dress and coat by Giorgio Armani Prive, with exaggerated shoulders and graphic hat. Most ladylike indeed.
Princess Mabereng of Lesotho
Even if it may seem like the simplest wedding attire to some of us Africans out there, gotta give it to Princess Mabereng for bringing some colour and rocking trad to an English wedding which sadly lacked much in traditional head ties but delivered a whole lot more in Philip Treacy hats.
Princess Lalla Salma
Another princess who brought her A game in ethnic wear to the wedding was the princess consort of King Mohammed VI of Morocco; she shone in a traditional Moroccan kaftan gown (takchita) in silk organza, gold center front covered buttons and gold embroidered applique.
We couldn’t decide whether this was a brilliantly bold or boldly try-too-hard but the end the statement hat and the elongated clutch saved the day for an otherwise futuristic Paul Costelloe gray silk coat with a funnel neck that reaches up to her ears.
And here comes, the blah – those who tried too hard, or just not hard enough…
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez
Nick Clegg’s missus channeled Eva Peron in her polka dot number by Miguel Palacio, her Carmen Miranda head wrap and flowers in her hair. Sadly for her, it slipped into the ‘trying way too hard’ category.
The future princess of Monaco did dress to please in a pale blue Akris look with a wide brimmed hat, but somehow it failed to inspire.
On paper, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a heat to toe colour blocked, Mad Men inspired pink and cute little peep holes. Perhaps, it’s the uncharacteristically ‘unbared’ feet or the lack of free flowing locks, on Joss Stone it is more blah than bang on the money.
SamCam, note to self: As lovely as they are, unassuming Erdem hair pins do not a hat make; and the conspicuous absence of said hat can take one from hero to zero despite the gorgeous teal number by Burberry.
Princess Michael of Kent
Classic case of ‘money can’t buy me style.’ Sophia Loren picture hat? Check. Andrea Odicini teal skirt suit? Check. Vanessa Noel shoes dyed to match? Check. Somehow all her labels can’t save the Princess from looking suspiciously like a giant Quality Street wrapper.
Oh dear… Blasphemous, I know. Despite her best intentions to done a flattering VB number that barely shows her baby bump and bespoke Louboutin heels and the cute little pill box Philip Treacy hat, it’s either the midnight-blue colour more befitting of a funeral and her smoky eyes more befitting of an evening look, Queen of Beckingham Palace falls wide of the fashion mark.
And finally, the last and certainly the least – The Bedraggled Set – those who did not get the memo or forgot what it was all about and lost out in the fashion stakes.
Take heed, future Mrs. Ed Miliband; it’s all well and good to don an indigo number to a wedding, but not so much to forget to iron it and wear nude shoes that make your feet look – ermmm – shoe-shaped extensions of your legs.
Princess Mathilde, Belgium
Let’s just say Princess Michael lost out to Princess Mathilde on The Best Quality Street Wrapper Impersonator this year.
This outfit is just perfect… only if you are Helena Bonham Carter. Frumpy in an ill-fitting top, an unflattering skirt and a canoe shaped hat, Eugenia looks much like the ugly duckling to Beatrice’s beautiful swan.
The only explanation for this frocky horror chow in clashing purple and green is that Princess Anne must have swapped style tips with Eugenia – perhaps for a more youthful look? Not.
Wrong on so many levels, with too high a split and too low a neckline… Sally love, do get some tips on wedding-appropriate attire from Princess Letizia of Spain.
Princess Victoria, Sweden
Just peachy… not! The Crown Princess of Sweden looks ready for the red carpet in this Ellie Saab number – just not sure if she is on the right red carpet.
Possibly the most bedraggled of them all, Chelsey looks a sight in a 1980s two-piece which she may have picked up from her local Oxfam and hair which may have not seen the sight of a brush since around about the same time… Run Harry, run!