As the royal pompous unfolded, we saw the fashionably clad royalty from England and around the world gather together, along with more than 300,000 spectators, to celebrate the union of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
heading for the final rehersal,
looking like a perfect royalty already
It was a joyous moment and an extra special occasion for all, specially a treat for the fashion conscious.
Most importantly, the curtain was finally unveiled on the wedding dress, and as speculated by millions across the globe, Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen label was the final choice of the bride to be.
Catherine Middleton looked fabulous in her pearly white gown, with lace on top (shoulders and sleeves) and silk bodice. The Arts and Crafts-inspired design was specially made for the princess-to-be in silk gazar. The Royal School of Needlework, based out of Hampton Court Palace, crafted the intricate lace bodice and sleeves, and created the veil as well. It’s but obvious that this will be a trend setter for all the future soon-to-be brides across the globe, and we can expect a demand for lace and silk wedding dresses to come up soon!
Her tiara, which has also been the subject of much speculation, is a Cartier "halo" tiara, previously worn by the Queen Mother. Her diamond oak-leaf earrings are by Robinson Pelham and were a gift from her parents.
Kate looked stunningly beautiful, walking down the aisle to the song ‘I was glad’.
Kate's sister (and official train-holder) Philippa's cowl-neck dress is also McQueen, while the flowergirls' dresses were designed by childrenswear label Nicki Macfarlane to echo Kate's dress. sleeves kept it youthful. The back of the dress was studded with tiny silk-covered buttons
Philippa’s slinky white cowl-neck dress showed off her slender figure, with the cap sleeves keeping it youthful. The back of her dress, revealed as she carried Kate's train into the Abbey, was studded with tiny silk-covered buttons.
Carole MiddletonThe mother of the bride, Carole Middleton looked beautiful in a, pearly-powder blue, Catherine Walker wool crepe coatdress and silk shantung day dress. (The late Walker was also a favorite designer of Princess Diana's.) The Coat dress looked a beautiful color on her with matching satin piping and braid trimming - at the waist and cuff- to embellish the look. Her hat is by milliner Berkshire-based Jane Corbett.
Queen Elizabeth II The Queen, her Highness, was ever so royally dressed in bright yellow. She was wearing an Angela Kelly wool crepe dress with a matching coat. Angela Kelly designed the Queen's hat too - a matching crepe hat with handmade silk roses and matching apricot-coloured leaves.
The Queen also wore
Queen Mary's True Lovers Knot diamond brooch.
Now for some of the Royalty, the royal guests and their choice of designers:
The Duchess of Cornwall
the Duchess of Cornwall sported an Anna Valentine dress for the royal wedding. The champagne silk dress looked pretty, with matching blue and champagne hand-embroidered coat, both by the designer. She also carried an Anna Valentine clutch bag, and wore a Philip Treacy hat and shoes made by Jimmy Choo.
The Duchess has her heart set on the designer, as she also wore a dress by the British designer to her own wedding in 2005. And Valentine regularly produces outfits for the Duchess.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie walked in to Westminster Abbey together. Like many of the women at the royal wedding, the sisters are wearing hats designed by Philip Treacy. Beatrice chose a Valentino couture gown and Cornelia James gloves, while Eugenie went with Vivienne Westwood.
She looked stunning in her peacock blue-green colored Burberry dress. Her body-con sheath is dyed using a shibori technique. It was a bit of a surprise to see that she skipped out on the requisite hat, opting instead for some festive hair clips.
It was reported yesterday that Victoria Beckham would wear her own design to the Royal Wedding, and this morning she showed up for the event in a midnight blue dress from her Fall 2011 collection. She accessorized her look with a hat by the royal wedding's favorite milliner, Philip Treacy, and custom Christian Louboutin shoes. David Beckham, in Ralph Lauren, was by her side, sporting a Philip Treacy design of his own — a dapper top hat.
As reported by harper's BAZAAR: [Philip Treacy to Outfit 36 Guests for the Royal Wedding
April 29, 2011 4:00 AM by Veronique Hyland
Legendary milliner Philip Treacy, who's provided hats for the Alexander McQueen and Chanel runway shows, will be supplying a whopping 36 guests with hats. The list includes Victoria and David Beckham, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, Zara Phillips and Lady Gabriella of Windsor. Should we expect to see some fascinators in the mix?
Read more: royal wedding - Latest Fashion Trends - Harper's BAZAAR ]
more pictured from the wedding ceremony:
Crown Prince Alexander and
Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
(L-R) Spain's Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia
Netherlands' Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Netherland's Princess Maxima
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
And It is now reported that Kate Middleton has ordered almost 4,000 scarves from Centex, a manufacturer in India, for the guests. (The company has also manufactured scarves for the likes of Burberry.) The design incorporates brightly colored dots and animal prints mixed with the Union Jack. And as if the lucky guests could forget the provenance of these keepsakes, each one is inscribed with "April 29th, 2011; William and Kate."
Yesterday I saw this beautiful movie, Burlesque, that I had missed in 2010. It was an absolute pleasure to my senses, the lighting, the set designs, the costumes, the songs… It was a treat to watch Cher perform, who was majestic as ever. Also Christina Aguilera’s performance was stunning. Not sure of her acting skills much, but the dancing and the songs were impeccable.
Cher as usual was as beautiful as ever, the whole movie felt like a fabulous performance, at times it took to Las Vegas, such was the grandeur. The costumes were all very well made with real Swarovski crystals and pearls, the colors, and the feathers everything was simply fabulous. It did at times also remind me of Moulin Rouge. As the movie by-line goes, it takes a legend, to make a star!! This movie was a star!
All the dancers were beautiful, looked like a lot of training must have gone into it.
Now Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which itself derives from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.Its fun to watch and visually very very appealing.
This movie is really gonna be on my mind for a long looong time. Who knows, maybe a collection might come out of it soon!! Much luv.
Pilanesberg National Park
This easter weekend...I had awesome fun at the Pilanesburg nature reserve...went on a jungle safari in my car...and spotted such beautiful mammals...its a joy to see them so up close....reminds us of how gigantic the world is...and how many wonderful things there are to explore...
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare.
The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.
Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets.
Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa.