December 15, 2010

Designers dish out the sketches for Kate Middleton's big day

So, the announcements have been made, the pictures have been taken, the venue (Westminister Abbey) may or may not have been decided on, but what everyone is wondering is what is Kate Middleton going to wear?

WWD posted 30 looks designers have drawn for Kate, and they range from extravagant to bare bones.

Now, Kate has thrown fashionistas off in the past two weeks because in the photos below she opted to wear a look from last year and do her own makeup even though she probably had tons of gorgeous clothes at her disposal.  Her knack for staying true to herself is going to throw designers off a little, and God forbid, a future princess pull a Carrie Bradshaw.  I don't think the royal family is going to want "the bride to wear a dress by no one."

However, in all seriousness, I wouldn't be surprised if Kate went ultra simple because Diana went ultra extravagant, and let's face it, no one can beat Diana's train (nor does Kate probably want to).

Out of all the designs below here's my top 5 not in any particular order:
1.  Badgley Mischka
2.  Monique Lhuillier
3.  Gucci
4.  J. Crew
5.  Tory Burch

(If I thought Kate would be going for opulence, I'd pick Valentino hands down, and Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu's designs are stunning in a not over the top way as well)

Regardless, I'm sure Kate will make the right decision and will look beautiful (especially in any one of these designs) on her wedding day. 

What designs make your top 5??

Alberta Ferretti 

"...In Kate I see the natural, radiant and self-confident attitude of today’s girls. For this, I can’t help but think of an embroidered, fluid-silhouette dress in precious fabrics that will help her make an everlasting impression.” — Alberta Ferretti

Badgley Mischka

"We see Kate going completely classic. We love this off-the-shoulder silhouette for her. Her beauty and grace will make any gown look magnificent.” — Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka

Chado Ralph Rucci

"White tulle veil to floor…satin bodice and cardinal hat…huge silk tulle gown with pinches, like ostrich pores…all embroidery in freshwater pearls — no glitter.” — Ralph Rucci, Chado Ralph Rucci


“I wanted Kate to look regal, but romantic, so I used chiffon and lace to evoke tradition, but gave her a romantic off-the-shoulder detail.” — Doo-Ri Chung, Doo.Ri

Elizabeth Emanuel

“It’s 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.” — Elizabeth Emanuel


“I admire the balance Kate Middleton strikes between elegant and contemporary with her unmistakable style. For her, I had in mind clean lines, soft shapes and classic touches such as the boat neckline and distinctive train.” — Frida Giannini, Gucci

J. Mendel

“On the royal wedding day, I envision Kate Middleton in a fresh, modern silhouette emphasizing her elegance and beauty in a youthful way.” — Gilles Mendel, J.Mendel

Jason Wu

“I love the idea of mixing traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic for this modern-day princess.” — Jason Wu

J. Crew

“I think that there will be so many comparisons to the late Princess Diana that her dress should almost be the opposite of what Diana’s was — modern, simple and very elegant.” — Tom Mora, vice president of wedding and special occasion, J. Crew

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld suggests a Chanel take on “the Victorian wedding dress, with a twist — high boots and open in the front.”

Lela Rose

“Kate tends to wear a very elegant and clean silhouette, so I think the lines of this dress would suit her style. The understated tiers play up her youthful and romantic appeal.” — Lela Rose

Lyn Devon

“Sporty separates in handmade lace and silk taffeta for Kate: a lace T-shirt worn over a drop-waist taffeta ball skirt made of endless meters.” — Lyn Devon


“This dress was designed to enhance Kate Middleton’s beauty through precious fabrics. The clean and contemporary lines, never redundant and beyond all specific stylistic periods, give her an eternal image of grace and elegance.” — Angela Missoni

 Monique Lhuillier

“The royal wedding will be magical. Kate’s dress should be a modern mix of the traditional and contemporary.” — Monique Lhuillier

Nanette Lepore

“A patchwork lace dress reminds us all that a true princess can mend and make do!” — Nanette Lepore

 Nicole Miller
 “I think no poof and froufrou. Elegant with a modern twist. A little sexy, but also modest.” — Nicole Miller

Nina Ricci

“Light as a feather, layers of lace and organza…a dress fit for a princess.” — Peter Copping, Nina Ricci

Prabal Gurung

“The look is regal with respect for the heritage of the royal family but represents what modern Europe is all about.” — Prabal Gurung

Rachel Roy 

“For Kate I love to showcase the British tradition with a wonderfully beautiful, yet modern hat worn under a full-length veil with a deconstructed cascade train balancing the formality.” — Rachel Roy

Rebecca Taylor

“The A-line silhouette of this dress is elegant and sophisticated, similar to Kate’s style, but the floral appliqu├ęs and corset top add a youthful feel. Fit for young royalty.” — Rebecca Taylor

Reem Acra

“Kate is a young beauty about to become a royal. She is very confident and knows her style. This gown has a long train, veil and a touch of embroidery, which adds drama, but the A-line silhouette is simple. It’s regal and sophisticated.” — Reem Acra

Tommy Hilfiger

“Kate has a sophisticated yet playful and modern look, so for her wedding she’d be a vision in a mix of traditional, whimsy and classically beautiful.” — Tommy Hilfiger

 Tory Burch
 “Kate would look beautiful in a simple, elegant silhouette — a delicate ivory lace bodice and tulle skirt with a blush lace train.” — Tory Burch

 “We designed a ‘blossoming’ dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.” — Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino

Vera Wang

“...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.” — Vera Wang

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  1. Ohhhh these sketches are all wonderful. I reckon she will go with something modern, but also with a nod to the past. I can see her in something like the Jason Wu gown.

  2. so can i! the jason wu gown is stunning but they're all so beautiful that it's hard to decide