First day of
Thank God my shoes have gotten better.
Orientation was a success today. Now I can start panicking for tomorrow.
Did you really think I wasn’t going to write about it? A fairytale wedding with real royalty and a real-life Cinderella story? All the hats and the fashion? Come on, you have to know me a little better than that.
As you all know, yesterday was the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine “Kate” Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. The women in my family all got together for a viewing party at 1 am. We sipped on tea and ate scones and crumpets while we waited for the moment at 3 am when THE DRESS would be revealed. I was definitely not disappointed. Kate looked breathtaking. Absolutely exquisite. Her dress was of-the-moment, yet extremely classy and beautiful. I loved that Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen was the designer—a perfect choice. Kate looked simply stunning. She definitely inspired my current obsession with lace sleeves.
There were many others who walked into Westminster Abbey yesterday who I think need to be mentioned for their choice of attire. Some because they looked incredible and others because they looked disgraceful. I know it’s not exactly the red carpet, but technically there was a red carpet, so here are my picks for best and worst dressed:
The entire Middleton family looked magnificent! I think they out-dressed the royal family by a long shot. Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, wore a powder blue design by Catherine Walker. I think it’s safe to say she was the most gorgeous mother of the bride I have ever seen! The same praise goes to Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister and maid of honor, who also wore a dress by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton. Kate’s second dress of the day was another creation done by Sarah Burton and Pippa’s was a dress by Alice Temperley. Again, both of them were looking unbelievable. Simply all-around excellent taste.
There were a few other guests who also caught my eye. The first were the Beckhams. David just looks yummy. I mean, honestly, the man is just too beautiful. Then there was Victoria, who normally I’m not a fan of, but I thought she looked extremely elegant and her hat was so fun! The dress was her own design and the pillbox titfer was by Philip Treacy. Her sky-high heels, that I was drooling over, were custom-made by Christian Louboutin. Another beauty to mention was Princess Letizia of Asturias. I thought her look was just so feminine and pretty. Love it!
As far as worst dressed goes, I’m going to have to call a tie between Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. Beatrice was in a blue Vivienne Westwood dress and Eugenie was in Valentino. Both wore Philip Treacy fascinators. I’ll cut Eugenie a little slack because I do like her coat, but for the most part, as I watched the two sisters arrive, I was thinking WTF?! They look like the stepsisters from Cinderella!
Last, but not least, dishonorable mention goes to Camilla Parker Bowles in Anna Valentine and Chelsy Davy in Alberta Ferretti. Camilla just looked frumpy, as usual, and Chelsy looked matronly. I felt like no special effort was put in on either of their parts. I assume as much from Camilla, but I was really expecting more from Chelsy.Very disappointed by her choice for the occasion.
Well, there you have it. I’m done with my critiquing that I enjoy oh, so much. The wedding was incredible to watch and totally worth staying up for.
Oh! By the way, Prince Harry was looking pretty fantastic himself. Definitely better looking than William nowadays. I’m pretty sure he and Chelsy Davy are “off” at the moment…Hmm… 😉
Alright, it’s time for another one of my more shallow posts because sometimes you just need something light.
It’s that wonderful time of the fashion year again – the Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear shows have recently come and gone in New York, London, Milan and Paris. It’s on my bucket list to one day attend a show during NY Fashion Week, but for now I will have to rely on style.com for the daily coverage.
While I was finally getting a chance to review the shows, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Jason Wu’s collection. I really am such a sucker for a pretty dress. I know this sounds a little dramatic, but seriously, you need to take a look at some of these dresses. Here are my favorite looks:
I am loving the whole prim, lady-like vibe. Everything about the collection, down to the smallest details, is just gorgeous. All the accessories, from the shoes, to the bags, to the jewelry, to the models’ nails, to their tights are just beautiful. I love the elegant and classic feel it all has. And don’t get me started on all the lace and feathers and sequins! Absolutely stunning! It just makes my girly little heart go pitter-patter. I’m really going to try and refrain from using the word “love” one more time in this entry, but truly, you have to just appreciate these clothes for beauty’s sake. I’d pretty much kill for any of the pieces. Basically, Jason Wu is a genius.
Copy and paste the link below to see the entire collection:
“Here’s the reality: People can say what they want about fashion, but arguably as many people are touched by it as they are by politics; we all have to get dressed in the morning. And so what we wear is inevitably a political statement – about the values we espouse, about where our materials are sourced and our respect for artisanship, about hidden aspects of ourselves that we want to put out there publicly.” –Unknown
Last night was one of my favorite nights of the year – the Oscars! And of course, my favorite part about the Oscars is the red carpet. I must say, this year was a good year for fashion. Most of the dresses were stunning, but as always, there were a few that were quite disappointing. So here are my picks for best and worst dressed…
Hands down, best dressed goes to Halle Berry in Marchesa. She looked exquisite! Runners up are Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein Collection and Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Couture. As much as I can’t stand Gwyneth, she looked gorgeous and I liked that she went with something a little more unique. Everything from Mila’s hair, to her makeup, to the color of her dress looked absolutely perfect.
Worst dressed has to be Nicole Kidman in Dior Haute Couture. The structure on this was just awful. There are so many dresses out there she would look great in and this is what she chooses? Runners up are Penelope Cruz in L’Wren Scott and Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana. Penelope is one of the most beautiful women on the planet and this dress just looked kind of matronly and cheap. She looks fantastic after just having had a baby and I think another dress could have done her much more justice. I really don’t know what Scarlett was thinking with her dress choice – it’s just plain ugly. I will give her props for awesome hair though.
And just because I thought they looked so pretty, I’m giving honorable mention to Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang, Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa and Michelle Williams in Chanel Haute Couture.
Until next year…
“Trying too hard can communicate a lack of confidence. A true sense of style is not just following fashion, but being unique. Having style is understanding the best way to present yourself—because you feel completely comfortable. It is being a participant in the world by contributing to it. It’s a whole, well-rounded experience and something to experience completely. To me, that’s bewitchingly attractive, that’s glamorous. That is learning your own magic.” –Salma Hayek