This weekend saw Zara Phillips looking utterly resplendent as she walked down the aisle to Mike Tindall wearing a classic gown designed by the Queen's own couturier, Stewart Parvin. The full-skirted beauty was adorned with a row of covered buttons and topped off with a cathedral-length (ie: to the floor) veil, plus her mother's Greek key tiara.
But it wasn’t just the bride’s frock that had us agog – oh no. In fact, there was more coiffed hair under fancy hats than a day at the races and given the choice of footwear, we’re assuming a strict ‘Nude Heels Only’ memo. Seriously, what has K-Middy started?! Happily, there were several colourful splashes too, not to mention a satisfying absence of headpieces resembling parts of the female anatomy. Phewf! So from the likes of Princess Bea to err, that Irish one from The Saturdays and some lass from Corrie (oh yes), let’s take a look at Zara’s wedding belles…
We begin, of course, with Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge chose a brocade coat by Jane Troughton in an understated, Mother-Middy-would-approve creamy tone to avoid upstaging the bride. How sweet. Plus, being a bona fide recessionista, this is another recycled number – not only did Kate wear it for the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles but also for last May’s wedding of Mel Nicholson and Oli Baker. What's more, DoC accessorised the look with – quelle surprise! – her trusty LK Bennett shoes and matching clutch.
The hat, however, is entirely new and, sitting at a precariously jaunty angle, makes a more adventurous statement than we’re used to. Indeed, following on from Beatrice’s pretzel-as-a-hat, Kate’s headgear has already garnered comparisons to a pringle – how rude! But note the gorgeously feminine flowers on the under side and did we mention forehead fascinators are sooo OTM? Exactly. NUDE HEELS COUNT: 1
As for the maven of bonkers wedding wear, Bea continued her sartorial epiphany with a fabulous fitted jacket with flared peplum detail by Angela Kelly over a matching dress covered in corsages and Swarorski crystals. And proving just how far she’s come post hat-gate, Bea wisely opted for a subtle satellite dish-inspired hat. One Tweeter asked, ‘Is Beatrice helping Sky get close-up coverage?’ *snort* NUDE HEELS COUNT: 2
Bea’s sister Eugenie also fared better than she did on 29th April. Her very safe chocolate-brown dress with an oyster-coloured fitted jacket guarantees she won't fall into Ugly Sisters territory again, but we can't help wondering if it's too frumpy for the 21-year-old? NUDE HEELS COUNT: 3
Oh, how we love Camilla’s hat. Granted, it is a tad sprouty and pot-plant-esque, but the delicate feather-like detailing makes it an original and youthful creation, dontcha think? As for the tailored silk jacket, no prizes for guessing this one’s by Anna Valentine, the same designer who made the Duchess of Cornwall’s elegant outfit for Wills and Kate’s Big Day, as well as her own. NUDE HEELS COUNT: 4
A refreshingly summery sight came courtesy of Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly who swooshed into Canongate Kirk sporting cascading ruffles on a flowing neutral gown, polished off with a bold colour-popping, wide-brimmed hat and matching orange clutch. What a winner. And if you’re wondering why a (whisper it) CORRIE star is at a royal wedding, it’s because Katherine was a former classmate of the groom. So now you know. NUDE HEELS COUNT: 5
See, we weren’t kidding when we said there was an actual Saturday in attendance and can we just ask: what on EARTH was Una Healy thinking? Forget Chelsy Davy’s outrageous shoulder flaunting at the Cambridges’ ceremony, this saucy minx went a skin-flashing step further with a skimpy strapless frock covered in vibrant florals and black lace. The congregation must’ve clasped the pearls in horror! And we can only imagine what poor Queenie thought *shudders* NUDE HEELS COUNT: 6
Onto the Mother of the Bride, Princess Anne donned a floral cropped jacket teamed with a midi-length chiffon skirt and subtle fascinator. As one not typically au fait with wedding dress etiquette (remember this?), we highly applaud her trendy attire. NUDE HEELS COUNT: 7
Sophie, Countess of Wessex also chose a flouncy skirt with structured jacket combo in a pale pink tone created by Bruce Oldfield, finished off with a dramatic hat not unlike K-Middy's. Top marks. NUDE HEELS COUNT: 8
Last but never least, we give you the Queen. Just as she did for April's Royal Wedding, for which she wore colour-blocking yellow by Stewart Parvin, HRH sported a summery head-to-toe hue from the designer, this time in a delightful shade of apricot. Meanwhile, the complementary hat with feather detailing is by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. NUDE HEELS COUNT: 9
So who do YOU rate as the Best Dressed wedding guest? And is the never-ending parade of nude heels boring and bland or brilliantly chic? It’s time to discuss in the box below…
- Jessica Vince