Ok, so we all know that Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is likely to be something a) by a British designer and b) demure and elegant, but that hasn’t stopped WWD from imagining what COULD be, by inviting a selection of twelve international designers to sketch the creations they would ideally see the future Princess Catherine wearing for her big day.
Karl Lagerfeld dreamed up a fitted Victoriana style dress, embellished with leeettle teeeeny pink bows, which he describes as ‘The Victorian wedding dress, with a twist - high boots and open in the front’. Yes, yes we like. Bridalwear designer par excellence, Vera Wang, sees Kate in what is probably most like what she’ll actually wear – a demure yet impressive number with lace. She says ‘The tradition of intricate hand-pieced lacework in the high-necked bodice with elbow-length sleeves, together with the voluminous skirt of a mixture of stiff and soft silk tulle, feels regal, yet poetic.’
Aaand, at the other end of the spectrum, we have Christian Lacroix. Christian’s design is a more bonkers mash-up than an episode of Glee, featuring a collage with Kate’s head sandwiched between an Elizabethan-style embroidered bodice and Queen Elizabeth’s veil. He explains his eccentric vision by saying ‘Something old: Victorian skirt. Something new: patchwork gown. Something borrowed: Queen Elizabeth's veil. Something red: Elizabethan top, as red was the wedding color until 1900!’ >rolls eyes<
Diana’s wedding dress designer, Elizabeth Emanuel, is the only British designer to furnish WWD with a sketch (does this suggest that some British designers wouldn’t submit sketches because they ARE in the running? Hmm?) Elizabeth wants to dress Kate in an embellished edge coat-style number which she describes as ‘entirely different from the Diana dress I designed, which was very much of the Eighties, but [it's] still fitting for a royal occasion. It's a much more modern dress, but romantic and out of the ordinary.’
J Crew, Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger meanwhile envision Kate in super-simple, achingly chic pieces, and Valentino (below) wants to see Kate in an off the shoulder, ruffled gown embellished with flowers described as ‘blossoming’ because, say creative directors Maria Grazia and Pier Paolo Piccioli ‘we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.’
Rachel Roy, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu and Badgley Mischka also furnished WWD with sketches.
So which, pray tell, is your favourite design?