The only thing anyone can talk about the past few days has been the Royal Wedding. And although the actual wedding itself wasn't at all interesting to me, I was intrigued by one thing and one thing only: the dress. When I heard that Sarah Burton was designing Kate's wedding dress, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's not like McQueen jives with Kate's personal style. She tends to dress quite modestly and that's certainly a word I'd never use to describe the McQueen aesthetic. When I finally saw the images online of "the dress", I was a bit confused. How is that McQueen? It was a simple and lovely dress and very appropriate for Kate but I feel like it was almost a waste to have McQueen's design team create such a classic and ordinary garment. It makes sense they went with a British designer, but why Sarah Burton? Why McQueen?
A few months ago at Paris Fashion Week, we saw Ms. Burton's Fall RTW collection which had several modern and extravagant white gowns. It's not that I actually expected Kate to walk down the aisle in one of these masterpieces but that would have impressed me immensely. And obviously one of the Princess's concerns is to impress a fashion blogger from Texas.
One last point. Kate is supposed to represent a modern princess. A princess of the 21st century. Yet her gown is almost a replica of Grace Kelly's princess wedding dress from 1956. It just felt a little familiar. Again, Kate looked lovely, but her entire look was just so safe and, dare I say, boring.
If I were to pick a dress from McQueen's previous collections to wear to my wedding, I'd probably go with this look from his Fall 2006 collection. Deer veil and all. Now, this is McQueen.