As the world was caught up in The Royal Wedding, I think I was more caught up in the fashion of The Royal Wedding! All eyes, of course, were on the bride's dress — and it immediately became the stuff that dreams are made of. A plunging neckline added an edgy touch to an otherwise traditional dress with lace-covered sleeves that ended at the wrists. The simple design of her dress really was quite stunning, but I think what caught my eye more was the maid of honor & the flower girls.
Tradition dictates that one should never wear white to another woman's wedding, but I have to say that Pippa's dress was pure elegance as she guided the troupe of flower girls into Westminster Abbey this morning.
The gown was demure enough for the formal occasion without compromising on style or overshadowing the bride.
The slinky white cowl-neck dress showed off her slender figure, with the cap sleeves keeping it youthful. The back of her dress, revealed as she carried Kate's train into the Abbey, was studded with tiny silk-covered buttons.
I think I fell instantly in love with the flower girl dresses! The white full-skirted flower girl dresses were classic and traditional. Echoing Kate's dress, they were made using the same fabrics. The dresses were hand-finished with delicate English Cluny lace, visible under the skirts, and four layers of net underskirt. The puff sleeves and neckline were trimmed with the same English lace as the bride's underskirt, while the backs were finished with the same button detail. The full, box pleated skirt was used to add a sculptural quality, with the layering of ivory over white satin gazar adding depth of color.The sashes were made of pale gold wild silk, tucked at the front and tied at the back in a sumptuous bow. As a special memento, each of the four girls have had their name and the date of the wedding hand-embroidered on to the lining of their dresses.
The girls wore ivy and lily-of-the-valley hair wreaths, inspired by the headdress worn by Kate's mother Carole Middleton at her wedding in 1981. White tights and satin Mary Jane pumps with Swarovski crystal buckles by the Devon-based Rainbow Club completed the classic look.
The pageboys, who were dressed in the Regency-style red tunic of a Foot Guards officer, echoed William's formal Irish Guards attire in red jackets with gold braiding. The look, which dates from the 1820s, draws its insignia from the Irish Guards. They have Irish shamrocks on the collars and the buttons feature the Harp of Ireland surmounted by the Crown Imperial.
The boys wore ivory breeches with white stockings and black buckle shoes in accordance with tradition.The look is completed by a gold and crimson tasselled sash around the waist, usually worn by officers in the Irish Guards when in the presence of a Member of the Royal Family. The collars and cuffs were created by the Royal School of Needlework, a place I can only dream of visiting someday!