04 July 2011

The Monaco Wedding PARTE DEUX - the Armani-fest!

Bridemaids outfits - please discuss?!?

After their civil ceremony where Charlene Wittstock married her Prince – Albert of Monaco, that is, in a powder blue Chanel suit created especially for her by Karl Lagerfeld - the couple went on to the religious ceremony with the bride wearing in a bespoke Giorgio Armani Prive gown (while the groom wore a fetching cream and gold military ensemble) and then a second Armani Prive frock, a white and silver tiered number this time, for the reception.

The bridal gown itself was a flowing design; ‘made from off-white silk duchesse, with a long train. It had crossover detail on the front and back and a second “à l’andrienne” train. The embroidery is of a “Ramage” style depicting flowers, crafted with stones in gold shades, and Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues, embellishing the front of the dress, the trim and the central main section of the train’. Then the look was completed with ‘a long veil, made from off-white silk tulle, with a front tier and subtle embroidery’, according to our Armani sources. Absolutely breath-taking, wouldn’t you say?

As for the guests, one lady in particular courted controversy with her decision to wear an (albeit exquisitely nice) Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci floor-length WHITE gown WITH A TRAIN (?!?!) To someone else’s wedding, need we remind you? Some people have had a few things to say about this, because convention dictates that guests do not wear white and shouldn’t try to outdo the bride, and outshine her with your outfit on her most special day. In mitigation of Naomi, we’d like to say that a) she did wear a sensible green ensemble to the wedding ceremony, before changing into the floor-sweeper for the reception, b) the Riccardo Tisci one had some lovely green rhinestones to distinguish it from a bridal gown and c) if you invite La Campbell to your wedding, you should have to deal with the outcome, non?

- Naomi Attwood


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