The anticipation of the royal wedding here the U.S. was BANANAS. On the big day, Kate Middleton and Prince William's nuptials drew in the largest audience for the Today show since President Obama was elected in 2008, for Pete's sake. Sure, we were all excited to see how handsome Wills looked and how lavish the royal shindig was. But the real story: the dress.
When the Duchess stepped out of her carriage and revealed her long-sleeved Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown, jaws dropped and the media went carazay.
Of course, she looked stunning. The dress is an absolute dream with lace sleeves, a beautifully cut, delicate neckline ... plus her waist looked smaller than my pint-sized 4-year-old neighbor's torso. But to be honest, I would never wear a dress like Kate's on my wedding day. And it seems that despite all the gown hoopla, a lot of other women feel the same way.
Designers and buyers alike are in New York this week for Bridal Fashion Week, where the verdict is in: Kate Middleton's look has been done before, and when it comes to this season, no one's really interested. Designers did copy that look and put it on the runway straight after the royal event in April, but they noticed that no one was really buying it. I guess it's true what they say, you live and you learn -- right?
"The trend is going the exact opposite," designer Gregory Nato told the Wall Street Journal. "A modern bride is creating an original event for herself. She's bringing personality into it."
I can totally relate. Who wants to be someone else on her special day? Think of it this way: Would you want women saying, "OH MY GAWSSSHHHH -- your gown is a total copy of Kate Middleton's!" or "This dress is SO you, it's to die for! I've never seen anything like it!" Personally, I'd want the latter.
Like many women, Kim Kardashian included, I've thought about my wedding day for years and years. Seeing Kate in her dress, no matter how gorgeous it is, does NOT change my thoughts on what I want my own to look like. And we can't forget: Kate got married in a royal ceremony where she needed to maintain a certain element of princessy elegance and respect. Not saying that I don't want to be elegant on my big day, too, but I'm more interested in showing a bit more skin in a sweetheart neckline, empire waist dress myself. I'm interested in being the best version of me that I can be.
Would you want to get married in a wedding dress like Kate Middleton's?
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