Sarah Burton, rumoured to be designing Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress, unveiled the Alexander McQueen ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week. As the wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton draws near, three things seem to be on everyone's mind: the dress, the dress and the dress. Bloggers, the press and oddsmakers all have speculated on what and who the future princess will wear as she takes the long walk down the aisle April 29 in Westminster Abbey.
Amy Eisinger, an associate editor at the wedding website www.theknot.com, says speculation is so keen that those mentioned as just possible designers of Middleton's gown have gained increased name recognition. They include Sarah Burton, Bruce Oldfield,Phillipia Lepley and Daniela Issa Helayel. Even if these people aren't picked, it has created a buzz.
With rumors awash the fashion industry that Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress will be made by Sarah Burton, all eyes were on the Alexander McQueen designer's Winter 2011 ready-to-wear collection in Paris. Although Burton dismissed the speculation after yesterday's show, there is no doubt the stunning pieces are fit for a queen. Kate's gown will be bespoke, but the very 'bridal' twist to her line provides some tempting possibilities for what our newest Royal will be wearing on her big day.
Romantic, long white designs with beaded and feather detailing featured high neck-lines, but no sleeves in the collection that was aptly named 'Ice Queen'. Kate will no doubt follow in the traditional footsteps of her predecessors and eschew spaghetti straps or bustier designs in favor of a more demure look. The odds so far have been on Kate choosing veteran designer Bruce Oldfield or Phillipa Lepley.
As reported by Pittsburgh Tribune, there are two fantasy wedding gowns from Sottero-Midgley line, the Emmaline and the Pascal, have been cited by ITV as something that would suit a princess, Williams says. The dresses both feature a closely fitted waist, a hallmark of Maggie Sottero.
But it seems fashion experts are now desperately hoping Burton will be the chosen one. Asked whether he thought the rumors would prove true, Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, replied 'I hope so. If she were dressed by Ms Burton, she'd make a beautiful bride.'
Either way, Burton won among the strongest reactions of any of this season's Paris shows, with the McQueen's dresses bore some resemblance to that one that appeared on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding audience hooting, cheering and whistling its enthusiastic approval as she ducked out for a bow as the front row exchanged knowing glances. But although white dresses dotted the collection, all the McQueen signature detailing was visible including chunky platform heels, black and Gothic accessories.
Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress might feature a full, dramatically flared skirt, a feature favored by many British brides. Mass-produced replicas are likely to roll out mere weeks after the wedding, most major design houses already have produced their fall line of wedding dresses. The soonest brides-to-be might see a royal influence is in the spring 2012 collections.