Kate’s Royal Wedding look – from wedding shoes to tiara
Kate’s Royal Wedding day look is likely to be emulated by every style-stealing Bride around in 2012 – but if that doesn’t put you off, here’s a full anatomy of her outfit from tiara to toe:
The Cartier Halo tiara studded with just a few diamonds (a whopping 1,311) was borrowed from the Queen. This was its first public appearance in over 30 years – but with an estimated value of around 75,000 pounds (or $143,000), it probably isn’t one of those things you’d wear to pick up the kids from school. There’ll be copies on the high st before summer is over.
With the waist-length veil lowered over her face as she walked up the aisle, Kate Middleton chose to make a traditional entrance. Made from ivory silk, the scalloped lace edge is something already available in self-respective wedding shops the world over.
The Ducchess’s pear-shaped diamond earrings were given to her by her Mum and Dad as a wedding gift. Designed by Robinson-Pelham, they took inspiration from Kate’s new coat of arms – diamond-set oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond set drop, and pave-set diamond acorns suspended in the middle.
The Alexander McQueen bridal gown was designed by his successor Sarah Burton. Ivory in colour with gorgeous lace appliqued floral detail across the top and sleeves and satin everywhere else, the dress was a triumph. So important was this dress deemed, that those working on it had to scrub their hands every thirty minutes to ensure it stayed absolutely pristine. A blue ribbon was sewn inside to ensure that “something blue” had been covered off. Kate apparently fell in love with Sarah Burton’s designs when she saw Tom Parker Bowles’s wife, Sara Buys, get married in a Burton creation five years ago.
Kate wore Alexander McQueen shoes too made from ivory duchesse satin. A similar version is apparently on sale now as part of Alexander McQueen’s current footwear collection.
The Wedding Ring
Kate’s narrow, simple gold wedding band was made in none other than Wales – part of Royal tradition. The gold was given by the Queen to William as an engagement gift. It was made the Welsh jewellers Wartski, who also made Prince Charles and Camilla’s bands.
The Evening Dress
Kate’s evening dress was also a Sarah Burton from McQueen creation. Also white satin, this version was strapless, with a fabulous diamante belt and what looks to be an angora bolero.