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A Weekend of Weddings – Rock Royalty, Racing Royalty and Real Royalty

3 Jul

This post is normally a fab/fail fashion of the week – but I’m a sucker for a beautiful wedding dress – and in the past 72 hours, we’ve seen three very different but pretty gorgeous brides. The only ‘trend’ that I could spot was that each bride had a multitude of bridesmaids and flowergirls. Love that.

Rock Royalty
On Saturday, supermodel, style icon, and sucker-for-rock-stars, Katie Moss, married Kills guitarist, Jamie Hince. It’s fair to say the fashion-world’s eyes were glued to Miss Moss’ frock. She wore a white Galliano number, studded with rhinestones.
High Point: The flower girls – 16 of them, all in beautiful white dresses. Love the photo of them giving the rock star salute, and clinging to Kate Moss as she passionately kissed her new husband.

Low Point: Don’t get me wrong. The dress is undeniably pretty – kind of romantic-hippie, a ‘Juliet’ vibe. But, I was kind of hoping that Kate Moss would completely break with tradition either with colour and style and set a whole new trend for brides. The girl’s a rock-chick and one of the world’s biggest trend setters. Why wear a pretty white frock? It just seems too predictable and didn’t exactly show off her fab figure to its best.

Real Royalty
Long time playboy, Monaco’s Prince Albert, finally made an honest woman of his beautiful South African girlfriend, Charlene Wittstock. She wore a Giorgio Armani dress.
High Point: The whole pageantry of a royal wedding is just breathtaking – and this was no exception. Loved the neckline on the bride’s dress which showed off her shoulders (she’s a one time Olympic swimmer) to perfection. The satin on the dress looked so lush and lustrous with the whole effect being very regal.

Low Point: The bride was particularly teary but they looked more like tears of sadness rather than happiness – not particularly surprising given Charlene allegedly tried to do a runner back to her home country the day before the wedding amid rumours that Prince Albert has been accused of fathering another love child. He already has two. Poor
Charlene – no girl deserves that on her wedding day.

Racing Royalty
Tom Waterhouse is the son of mega race horse trainer, Gai Waterhouse and bookmaker, Robbie Waterhouse. Over the weekend, he married his long-term girlfriend, Hoda Vakili, in the Italian town of Taormina. She wore a strapless, lace Oscar de la Renta frock. To me, channelled a modern-day Sophia Loren – sexy Italian chick (she’s actually of Iranian heritage).
High Point: The veil – I love that lace edging
Low Point: The blue ties on the fellas. The colour just seems a bit wrong. Also, the mother of the bride wore cream – bit unusual.

Bridesmaids – it’s not about you, it’s about the bride

22 Jun

The movie, Bridesmaids, is getting big raps isn’t it? Chicks can be funny, say the reviewers. Who knew? Umm… the 50% of the population that have a v-jay-jay probably could have told you that. Anyway, in a nutshell, Bridesmaids is about thirty something year old Annie, whose life has turned to crap – dud career, dud love-life, dud everything. And then her best friend, Gillian, announces she’s getting married and wants Annie to be her maid of honour. Bad move. Annie’s crap life gets more crap and she turns out to be the maid-of-honour from hell, ruining every single pre-wedding event possible in the most outrageous (and funny) ways. Annie clearly didn’t get the memo about how to be the perfect bridesmaid. Basically, it’s like being a parent – it’s all about a putting someone else’s needs before your own. I’ve been a bridesmaid twice. On both occasions, the brides were lovely and it was all smooth sailing. But I have heard horror stories. When I was getting my wedding dress altered, the seamstress told me she no longer made bridesmaid dresses because the sneaky little minxs were always going behind the bride’s back and asking to get their dresses altered. The poor old dressmaker was piggy in the middle of a bride war.
A good bridesmaid’s mantra must be – ‘it’s all about the bride’. You are the maid to the bride, you’re there to serve. You’re the one who has to hold up the dress while the bride does her number ones on the toilet, or worse, number twos. The bride wants you at the hairdressers at 5am – you say ‘Sure, I bet the sunrise at Tony and Guy is really beautiful’. The bride asks you to wear a so-tight-you-can’t-breathe hot pink, taffeta number with cascading layers of ruffles – you say ‘I love, love, love it. As long as you love it, I love it!’ – and say it sincerely. To my mind, Pippa Middleton was the perfect bridesmaid. She was attentive to her sister, attending to her needs during the ceremony (photos below) and arranging her train at the important moments. She also kept a firm (but gentle) grip on those potentially wayward little flower girls. And – as we all know – she looked stunning. I am of the view that a bridesmaid’s dress should compliment the bride’s. It should neither be too elaborate so as to overshadow the bride, nor should it be awful, so as to be distracting. Pippa’s frock really just served to enhance the overall beauty of the picture. But you know what was most helpful about Pippa? In those days after the wedding, when Prince William and his new bride just wanted to be left alone, it was Pippa who filled the media vacuum. The world went potty for Pippa and every part of her life – job, boyfriends, bum – were dissected by the tabloids. While she was being hounded by the paps (and still is) her sister and new husband were left in blissful solitude to start their married life away from the media glare. I’m not saying it was a deliberate decision by Kate or William to thrust Pippa into the media spotlight – the fact is – the media did that all on its own, but gee, Kate must be really stoked at how her sister has defused the spotlight that was beaming on her. The fact is, that level of instant fame can be hard to handle – some people would crack under the pressure, lash out at the press, or simply run away and hide under a rock. To Pippa’s credit, she seems to be handling her new found fame with grace – neither seeking the attention, nor shirking from it – ever the perfect bridesmaid. If only Annie was taking notes.

Royal Wedding Awards

30 Apr

In honour of tonight’s logies, I’ve decided to review the Royal Wedding awards-style. Let me say from the outset – I LOVED IT!! Mostly. It combined two of the things I love in this world – fashion and romance. However, there were a couple of (minor) issues with the whole thing. Here’s my verdict.

Best Dressed Female Guest
There was stiff competition for this. But my winner is Charlene Wittstock – a South African Olympic backstroke swimmer and fiancĂ©e of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. I love the simplicity, elegance and appropriate-ness of the ensemble. The neckline of the coat frames her face beautifully – and on a day where sculptural hats dominated – Charlene’s relatively minimalist hat was a breath of fresh air. Love the nude shoe and the gloves. It’s great to see an outfit which is comfortable, weather-appropriate – and gorgeous.

My runner-up for best dressed female guest is Tara Palmer Tomkinson – a British socialite and former ‘it’ girl. This ensemble is such a contrast to the outfit I nominated above. The electric blue stood out like the proverbial ‘bolt from the blue’. I love it for the fashion forwardness and edginess of it.

Best Dressed Male Guest
No surprises for guessing this one – David Beckham hands down, in a canter. Let’s face it – the guy could wear stubbies and thongs and still look hot. However, there’s only one word for how he looked at the wedding and that’s – ‘dapper’ – and it’s not often you would say that about Becks. He shows that sometimes, the best way to look cool, is to go conservative. Love the soft grey tie and the bryl-creamed hair – and the fact that he carried a top hat. One of the most fashionable blokes in the world went truly old school for this event – and it worked. I also loved the fact that he seemed truly happy to be there – and smiled A LOT. As an aside, I loved his wife’s dress. We’re so used to pregnant celebrities wearing tight, tight dresses that really accentuate their bumps to the point where you feel you can almost see the baby inside. It was lovely to see a dress that just floated over it all. BUT – what about the shoes. She is standing on tippy-toes. That cannot be comfortable when you’re pretty heavily preggers. I blogged about the dangers of high heels the other day – it just defies belief that a pregnant woman can wear these stilts. I’ve put in several photos of these two. Couldn’t help it.

Fashion trend most likely to catch on
Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress – BUT – as a wedding dress. She was one hot bridesmaid. Her dress (and her figure) was perfection. Add a veil and a bouquet and this could easily pass for a wedding dress. My tip is – a lot more brides will be looking to replicate this slightly sexy look, rather than Kate’s lace number.

Most Memorable Moments
The ceremony itself was an extremely formal occasion – it’s not often you hear the word ‘betwixt’ used with such regularity. What was fabulous was when Wills and Kate were declared officially married, you could hear the crowd outside absolutely roaring. What a moment.

The other image that will stay with me for a while is the sight of the crowd walking down the mall behind the police cordon (little tidbit – police all wore white gloves in honour of the ceremony). It was such a joyful, peaceful and happy scene. We’re so used to seeing crowds gather in anger lately. This was such a contrast. The avenue was ablaze with union jacks and happy faces. To be honest, I think it really was the crowds that made this wedding for me – and I think that’s why Kate and Wills held the wedding they did – for the benefit of the British people. And didn’t they love it.

The Lowlights

Worst Dressed Guests
I’m not the first one to say this – but what were Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie thinking? Apparently, the Royal Family had to submit photos of their planned outfits before the big day, so as to avoid colour clashes. Now that’s the point at which someone should have pulled up the young princesses. Beatrice’s (in the camel) isn’t so bad. But that hat? As for Eugenie’s blue ensemble – it looks like something her mum (Sarah Ferguson) would have worn in the 80s.

The bride’s bouquet
It looked like Kate had gone into the garden and picked it herself. Given the grandeur of the occasion, and her dress, the bouquet just didn’t cut the mustard. It looked like the kind of posy you would find in the bathroom of a posh hotel. The proportion of it was not right. It needed to be a little bigger and more structured. I know the flowers held significance and all that, which is lovely. But it could have been better. As for the flowers in the Abbey – loved the trees – but the altar flowers were – again – a little underwhelming.

Harry’s ill-fitting jacket
He looked like he was wearing shoulder pads that didn’t fit – kind of like an NFL player. Ridiculous – kind of like he’d raided his Dad’s closet for something to wear.

 The lack of emotion during the ceremony
Not one person cried. AT ALL!!! I don’t know how Kate managed to keep so composed. Did she not feel completely overwhelmed by the love of the British public as she drove through those streets on the way to the Abbey – how did she not lose it? And how did her Mum and Dad keep it together as their daughter became as PRINCESS! I guess it’s that whole stiff upper lip British thing. But I would have liked someone to shed a tear.

A Royal Wedding Video to Make You Smile

18 Apr

I have a confession to make. I am quite excited about the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Is that daggy? I suppose it is. But I’ve always had a bit of a Cinderella complex, which has translated into a slight obsession with royal weddings. As child, one of my most precious posessions was a little souvenir book about Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding that I read and re-read about a million times. I adored Diana’s dress (photo below) – puffy sleeves, frilled collar and a 20 foot train. You’ve got to remember – it WAS the 80s. I also adored Prince Mary and Prince Frederik’s wedding. Remember how he cried when she entered the church. So cute! And Mary’s dress – gorgeous, regal, simplicity (photo below).
Clearly I can’t wait to see what Kate wears on her wedding day. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. But the other reason for my excitement is that I truly believe this wedding will help drag the Royal Family into the modern era. I suspect William is the first future King to have actually lived with his future wife before marriage. They’ve been dating since their early twenties and are nearing their 30s – so they’re entering into this as mature adults who know each other inside out. Kate is going into this with her eyes wide open. And – then there’s the Dianna shadow. I’m sure William is well aware of all the mistakes his Mum made (marrying too young, marrying a man she didn’t love, and then allowing her privacy to be invaded to an extreme level) and I’m sure he’ll do everything possible to avoid repeating history. Anyway, enough serious hypothesising. The other great part about the Royal Wedding is the hype and kitsch souvenirs that come with it – like royal wedding toilet paper – and this spoof video, which a British mobile phone company made using royal look alikes. It’s based on that wedding entrance dance video to Chris Brown’s song ‘Forever’ which was a global internet smash. Watch the Royal Wedding spoof by clicking here. I guarantee it will make you smile.