In spirit of the much anticipated Royal Wedding, I wanted to share a bit of my recent experience at the Spring 2012 Bridal Market in NY. It was everything once would expect, endless gowns adorned with every bit of lace, ruffles, and flowers to make any bride feel like a fairytale princess. Many of the designers were clearly influenced by the hype of Prince William and Katherine Middleton‘s wedding that they created their own versions of a “royal wedding gown”. Monique Lhuillier actually created a gown named “Katherine” after receiving requests to make a sketch of what she would design for the future royal princess. When I saw the model walking in my jaw actually dropped … it was a true royal vision. The delicate lace was adorning her entire body but leaving the back slightly exposed. The train was made of the finest chantilly lace and the sleeves were ornamented with striking rhinestone buttons. I honestly couldn’t keep my eyes off it!
Oscar de la Renta produced an outstanding piece resembling a royal wedding gown but with a modern twist. The sleeves and neckline were gracefully adorned with lace flowers that extended to the hem of the skirt. The train was shorter than I had hoped, but every Oscar bridal gown can be produced with a longer train upon the bride’s request. It did not blow me away like Monique‘s Katherine gown (maybe I prefer a traditional look when it comes to weddings) but I found it extremely elegant and romantic.
Of course I was still eager to find out what who Katherine chose as her wedding designer, and I was not disappointed! Sara Burton for Alexander McQueen created a dreamy and superbly feminine hand-embroidered lace gown with an ivory duchess pleated skirt and over a two meter train. Many bloggers and friends of mine compared it to the elegance of Grace Kelly‘s wedding gown and I completely agree. From the lace sleeves, to the the form fitting bodice, to the delicate veil, Kate’s gown was a contemporary take on the late Grace’s elegant style.
Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta‘s Spring 2012 bridal collections will be available by Fall.