Fall In Love With Occasion Wear
Wedding season is upon us, and what better way to kick it off, than with the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank for style inspiration. Add to this the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan are currently taking a wee jaunt to this neck of woods, and fashion commentators are beside themselves with excitement. There’s no getting away from the fashion influence of the royal family, so with a church packed with every member of the clan, style notes are going to be zinging all over the show. Throw into this heady mix the fact that the new-wave generation of royals’ hob nob with the best of Hollywood – and, well, lets face it – it all becomes one huge fashion fest.
Now, down to the nitty-gritty – which of those guests managed to pull it out of the bag on the day? It was clear from the offset that the goalposts have shifted from the royal weddings of yesteryear; traditional to a point, but with enough movement for Eugenie’s big day to look as much like a red carpet event as a wedding. We saw Cara Delevingne in a tailored Armani Tuxedo, there was headwear in the form of an elaborate headband on Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas (who paired it with a blue devoré velvet dress) – and, perhaps for me something of a surprise, we saw plenty of black, which is traditionally a no-go for weddings. The more relaxed feel of this celeb-tastic wedding will filter down well for us mainstream wedding goers, and certainly the message is that guests can let loose with their fashion flair.
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The royals highest up on the food chain all wowed, and there was some stunning tailoring amongst these ladies. Despite the more conservative leanings, the details and colours from these outfits are sure to impact on the fashion scene. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a raspberry number with a cinched in waist and puffed sleeves; there was more than a passing nod to Audrey Hepburn with Meghan’s neat navy skirt suit. All eyes were on the mother-of-the-bride – which is notoriously a tricky outfit to get right. Fergie did not disappoint; radiant in sharply cut emerald green; the groom’s mother was also resplendent in a floral jacket. Aside from her role as Queen Bee, the Queen is also of course the grandmother of the bride, and she perfected the subtleties required of this position in a powder blue coat, with a pale pink dress – a stunning combination of pastel shades.
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It was clear that colour, texture, ruffles and decorative features were an important part of the outfits of the day. Shades of gold, mustard, blue, and green – vibrancy was out in force. There was colour blocking, floral, spots and use of texture. Shades of red were definitely prevalent, from berry to tomato. I thought Demi Moore looked amazingly elegant in a bespoke Stella McCartney midi with flowing sleeves in a beautiful Bordeaux shade, while model Emma Louise Connolly wore an almost full-length scarlet gown, with feature shoulders and accessorized with a quirky diamante heart belt. The supermodels stayed right on trend with Naomi Campbell bringing in monochrome and texture with a sleek silhouette in black with white, and Kate Moss in a cool polka dot skirt suit. One of my favourite looks was Pixie Geldof in Celine – yes to some she looked like she had come off worse in a tussle with a bright pink sheet, but I still think she looked totally fabulous. The overall message from those that wowed in Windsor was that there are plenty of ways to be fabulous without upstaging the bride.
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Written By Nicky Adams