Archive for March 19, 2011

The future (fashion) queen of England

Following speculation last week that Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen may be designing the wedding dress, critics have been prompted to ask, just how stylish is Kate Middleton?

The question is well timed as a £650 Burberry trench she wore this week sold out in 24 hours, and the dress that originally caught Prince William’s eye in a university fashion show has gone under the hammer at auction, selling for a staggering £78,000. Although the future princess has been seen leaning away from more traditional styles to contemporary designers such as Alice Temperley, pieces chosen by Kate Middleton are universally snapped up by the public.

Despite her ability to champion young British talent, Kate is usually seen in classic styles more suited to a royal-in-waiting. When she visited St Andrews with Prince William last month she was snapped in a classic, but somewhat old for the young princess-to-be, two piece suit by Luisa Spagnoli.

This leads to the all important question – is Burton designing her wedding dress? Hilary Alexander, the Telegraph’s fashion guru, called the rumours ‘a bold and brilliant decision’. Although some have suggested McQueen’s penchant for the outlandish and exaggerated is a touch too much for a royal wedding, most have welcomed the suggestion. So now the public waits, for Waity Katie, to confirm the rumours which continue to circulate.

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Photo by Royal-News/Flickr Creative Commons)


Trend watch: pleats

After the success of this years Oscar winning film Black Swan, ballerina chic is a must have for SS11, and luckily the catwalk offers plenty of inspiration. This trend is feminine, floaty and best worn through the plisse pleat.

At Lanvin, master of ladylike style Alber Elbaz, showed his knack for beautifully angelic feminine creations with models storming the runway in flowing pleated skirts in tones of dark navy and grey. Chloe, another leader in feminine fashion, also offered a ladylike ballet look from head to toe. Models wore their hair tightly pulled back and parted to the side while the clothes were in pale one-tone colours. The look was finished with those all important pleats, which reoccurred in gentle pastels in a very wearable skirt.

This essentially feminine trend goes hand in hand with simple pastel colours and block tones, and this was largely prevalent in the designers’ offerings. However, Christopher Kane’s popping neon brights featured pleats from the super skinny to wider kilt style, showing that today’s ballerinas aren’t all pliés and ponytails.

Get the look from the high street with Whistles, House of Fraser and Topshop who all have great pleated styles this spring.

Christopher Kane shows pleats for SS11 (Photo by Nicolette Mason/Flickr Creative Commons)

Neon pleats for spring (Photo by Nicolette Mason/Flickr Creative Commons)