Pippa Middleton — fashion icon?
Kate Middleton‘s kid sister and maid of honor stunned in a sexy, floor length emerald green dress at Friday night’s royal wedding reception. Alice Temperley, the designer of Pippa’s second dress, tells Us Weekly exclusively what it was like collaborating with the socialite.
“It was a wonderful opportunity and an honor to work with Ms. Pippa Middleton,” Temperley says. “She is a beautiful young woman, with such elegance and looked stunning at the reception.”
Earlier in the day, Middleton wore a more demure white dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
Her newlywed sister, Kate also dazzled at Buckingham Palace.. The bride donned a second dress — also designed by Burton — and ditched the Queen’s tiara for the nighttime celebrations.
Her crowning glory!
Newlywed Kate Middleton‘s hair was princess-perfect at Friday’s fairytale wedding. The 29-year-old bride’s elegant Demi-Chignon hairstyle was created for her by hairdressers James Pryce and Richard Ward.
Pryce, who has known the Middleton family for eight years, tells Us Weekly: “Catherine was very involved in her chosen style and the bridal look was based on her own preference. It was really a matter of getting a fine balance of feeling natural but also reflecting the occasion.”
Pryce and Ward created “three mood boards that [they] presented and discussed.” Of those boards, “two or three styles were selected and [they] worked with those until the final look was achieved.”
So did the newly anointed Duchess of Cambridge base her ‘do on her dress? Not exactly. “The focus of the [hairstyle] was Catherine’s unique and individual halo style tiara, set just back from the hairline, which determined the look.”
“Her trademark glamorous chestnut hair was styled in romantic waves that were then positioned back form the shoulders to allow the detail of her wedding gown to be show,” Pryce explains.
When asked what makes the newest royal such a great ambassador, other than her fabulous hair, Pryce gushed: “She’s a lovely, genuine person.”
But aren’t they family now?
Wedding reveling for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is still going on, but Facebook fans want to see another royal hook-up — their siblings!
Just hours after the royal wedding Friday, the group had more than 30,000 members, whose wall posts ranged from the sweet — “They make a fantastic couple” — to the vulgar.
While Harry is still linked to on-again-off-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy (who attended the wedding), the Facebook fans might not be that far off; during the ceremony, Harry spent much of his time by Pippa’s side and even managed to make the maid of honor laugh.
Looks like someone’s got the hots for Prince William!
“E.T.” singer Katy Perry, 26, showed off her excitement for the royal wedding by applying a series of nail decals fearing the future King of England.
“In honor of the royal wedding, I present you [with] my royal nails!” she tweeted on Friday. “Congrats!
(William’s bride, Duchess Catherine Middleton, 29, appears on two of the decals; his mother, the late Princess Diana, and his brother, Prince Harry, 26, can be seen on one nail each.)
Perry isn’t the only one who got a manicure for the big day; Middleton opted for a pink, nude look using Essie Allure polish.
“I am so thrilled that Kate chose to wear Allure on her big day,” Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie Cosmetics tells Us Weekly in a statement. “The world watched as William slipped that gorgeous gold band on Kate’s fingers and her manicure was the perfect complement.”
Feast your eyes on these!
24 hours after their fairy-tale wedding, Prince William and Duchess Catherine‘s official wedding portraits, three of them, are here — and Us Weekly has one of the first looks Stateside!
In the instantly first of the iconic new snaps, a beaming William, 28, and Catherine, 29, appear inside Buckingham Palace. They famously broke with royal tradition on Friday at the palace’s balcony that afternoon post-wedding, kissing not once but twice as thousands of fans cheered them on.
In two other pics, the royal couple is flanked their families and wedding party.
As long speculated, Middleton wore an custom designed gown by Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton; her groom wore a red Royal Navy Number One Dress uniform.
Tells Us: Do you like the portraits?
Royal Weddings Over Time
Well it’s royal weddings week and at Polka Dot Bride we’re all pretty excited about our Friday night plans! What are you planning? If you’re planning to celebrate we’d love to see your “royal wedding parties” next week! (We still have plenty of non royal coverage in the afternoons to keep us sane!)
Let’s kick it off with a bit of nostalgia! I thought it would be nice to take a look back over some of the most memorable royal weddings of all time! Which are your favourites? What do you love?
Photo via The National
Oh classic weddings of yesteryear, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married in 1923. It was the first royal wedding to be recorded on film and Queen Elizabeth’s stylish veil was so reminiscent of it’s time.
Image via Grace Kelly Online
Could there have been a more timeless royal wedding than that of Grace Kelly? Princess Grace of Monaco still looks as stylish and regal now as she did when she married Prince Rainier III in 1956.
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The royal weddings of the 1980s were filled with lots of fluff- big ballgowns, even bigger veils and cascading bouquets. Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson (Fergie) in 1986. Fergie’s train was over 17 feet long.
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I think the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981 was one of the first royal weddings most of us can remember. Her dress, when I was younger was so beautiful to me and the romance of the day heavily influenced wedding trends for a long, long time.
Photo from The Sun
The wedding of Princess Sophie and Prince Edward in 1999 is one I really remember – I thought how graceful Sophie look and soaked in all the details. The wedding was lower key (they insisted guests didn’t wear hats) but still had all the tradition of a royal wedding.
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I remember staying up and watching Princess Mary wed Prince Frederick in 2004. it was such a modern fairytale – an Australian girl finding and marrying her true love – a prince from Denmark. I fell in love with Mary’s nod to Australia in her bouquet, her stunning Mantilla veil and even the calla sleeves on her gown.
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Prince Felipe of Spain and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano held their Spanish wedding in 2004. She wore a beautiful natural silk gown and the couple exchanged coins as well as rings in a beautiful ceremony.
Image via Hello Magazine
I’m a bit of a sap when it comes to romance – Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria married her personal trainer Daniel in 2010 and after riding in the royal carriage as newlyweds, traveled down the river in the royal barge – the same one her parent’s used on their wedding day over 30 years ago.
Ready for dessert?
The first photos of Prince William and Duchess Kate‘s wedding cake have been released — and it looks yummy!
William, 28, and Kate, 29, chose a traditional multitiered fruitcake with cream and white piping designed by prestigious British baker Fiona Cairns.
Beginning in February, Cairns worked closely with the couple in secret on the concoction.
“Catherine wanted a traditional wedding cake with a modern twist,” Cairns told Us Weekly. To that end, Cairns and her team used “scroll work, lattice work, intricate piping techniques, sugar flowers” to decorate the treat.
“We’ve used Catherine’s list of the ‘language of flowers,” Cairns added. “The ‘language of flowers’ is something that was used in Victorian times to express, in a coded way, emotions that couldn’t easily or openly be expressed in words but [could be] conveyed in flowers. So all the flowers have meanings.”
For example, the bridal rose symbolizes happiness, ivy leaves marriage, and “Sweet William” flowers, which represent gallantry.
Like any engaged couple, William and Kate tested several different flavors.
“We sent over samples of different fruitcake types and they picked their favorites and commented,” she said.
Adds an insider, Catherine loved the design. “When Catherine saw the first sketches, she clapped. She is so excited. It’s something she has always dreamed of.”
What if there’s a cake disaster before it’s time for dessert? Cairns’ team has prepped a duplicate cake just in case there’s any damage during transit.
They may be royalty, but Prince William and Princess Catherine left Buckingham Palace just like any other couple leaving their wedding reception — in a decorated car.
In an unprecedented break from tradition, the Duke, 28, and Duchess of Cambridge, 29, made their way through the crowds surrounding the palace to Clarence House in a Blue Aston Martin Convertible that belongs to William’s father, Prince Charles.
Best man Prince Harry, 26, and other family members had decorated it with balloons and ribbons, and the license plate read “JUST WED.”
But they weren’t just like any couple. Security in a Range Rover followed behind, and they were shadowed by a royal helicopter flown by members of William’s squadron.
“It was Prince William’s idea to drive his new bride away from the official reception on their first journey as a married couple to his family home,” a St. James’ Palace spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph.
It was Kate Middleton‘s big day, but her baby sis almost showed her up.
Wearing a emerald green dress, Pippa, 27, arrived at Buckingham Palace Friday night for a wedding reception thrown by Prince Charles in honor of Prince William and Kate’s wedding earlier that day.
At the lavish party, 300 lucky guests — including Middleton’s parents — enjoyed dinner and dancing.
Absolutely yes to this dress!
Newlywed Kate Middleton changed into a stunning evening gown as she headed to her royal reception at Buckingham Palace.
As she did earlier in the day, Middleton wore a dress custom designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
Prince William and brand-new-wife Kate Middleton are now officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Why not just Prince and Princess of Wales? A Palace source tells Us Weekly: “It’s royal protocol for grooms to receive one or two titles on the day of the wedding, and then the bride would take each title on, too.”
The new bride’s official title is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. And her new hubby’s? His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
So is Middleton, 29, not a princess? A source says: “Kate can also technically be called Princess William of Wales, however, the title will not be officially adopted within the Palace office.”
A source tells Us that Queen Elizabeth chose the titles for her grandson, adding: “She would have had a private conversation with William to discuss the titles, and this would have taken place more than a few months ago.”
“The Duke of Cambridge has always been a favorite choice by the Queen for William,” the source adds. “She enjoys many trips to the city, including one just earlier this week.”
Following royal tradition, the Queen also gave the 28-year-old prince two additional titles. William is now officially the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, linking him to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
A St. James’s Palace spokesman tells Us: “Both William and Catherine are honored to receive the titles.”
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Not everybody was all smiles after Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot Friday morning.
William’s goddaughter, three-year-old Grace van Cutsem, scowled and covered her ears when the newlyweds finally kissed at Buckingham Palace. The reason? The noisy crowd down below.
The adorable toddler, who was one of four bridesmaids, is the daughter of Lady Rose Astor and Hugh van Cutsem, the great-great-great-granddaughter of William Waldorf Astor, a New York-born lawyer and politician who later became a member of the British aristocracy.
As the crowd continued to roar, the darling tot covered her ears again when royal airplanes buzzed overhead in tribute.
We all know who won the best-dressed award at Friday’s royal wedding (Kate Middleton, natch), but which guest was the biggest fashion disappointment?
No, it wasn’t one of Prince Andrew and Fergie’s daughters (those crazy hats!). According to Entertainment Tonight fashion guru Steven Cojocaru (aka “Cojo”), the worst-dressed honors go to the usually impeccably attired Victoria Beckham.
“She looked like an extra in Twilight,” Cojo tells Us Weekly of Beckham’s self-designed navy dress and Philip Treacy topper. “She looked like an old widow in mourning attire. The headgear was less a hat, and more of a giant hockey puck glued to her noggin. And the ponytail was too casual and cutesy for such a formal important event.”
Ouch! But Cojo had kinder words for her hubby David Beckham. “He looked so dashing and sharp. He really is Prince Charming.”
The 35-year-old soccer star wore a suit by Ralph Lauren Purple Lable with personalized “DB” sterling silver cufflinks.
David wasn’t afraid to gush about the nuptials in a recent Facebook video message. “It really is amazing. Our country needs it. Our country wants it. The British public love the royal family.’
Victoria, meanwhile, has a fan in Kate Middleton, who has requested formal items (not a wedding dress, though!) from her spring/summer collection.
“Apparently she likes my clothes,” Beckham told Us in February. “It is tremendously exciting!”
Catherine Middleton gets an A from the fashion world!
Legendary designers instantly weighed in on the 29-year-old bride’s Sarah Burton bridal gown — featuring a plunging neckline, ornate detailing and a structured bodice — and compare the piece to frocks worn by Queen Elizabeth II and Grace Kelly on their own wedding day.
“She is very elegant,” Karl Lagerfeld said, according to Women’s Wear Daily. “The dress is classic and goes very well in the Westminster decor. I love the modest veil with the Queen Mother’s Thirties scroll tiara and balanced volume of the whole gown. She’s radiant; She never was so beautiful.”
“Kate’s dress was beautiful,” Donatella Versace said. “She looked very regal.”
Added celeb designer Elie Saab: “It was a very elegant dress, subtly refined and discreet, in keeping with her style. I would have liked it even more with a little extra volume and a longer train.”
Peter Copping of Nina Ricci: “Very much in a royal tradition, reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth’s – and a little bit Grace Kelly. She looks happy, radiant and natural.”
“The dress is very simple and very nice,” added Hubert de Givenchy. “The veil is a little flat, but because she has such a lovely face, she can afford to wear it this way. She is very pretty.”
E! Online‘s George Kotsiopoulos tells Us Weekly: “Kate in Alexander McQueen makes her officially “cool.” The open neck [of the dress] makes it more modern and yes, she played it safe but c’mon? The world is watching and it’s not the time to take a fashion risk!”
Entertainment Tonight Special Correspondent Steven Cojocaru weighed in exclusively to Us. “The dress is pretty — exquisite in its simplicity and femininity, elegantly understated, but safe and painfully dull. I was not blown away, but I do give Kate high marks for being totally true to herself. It seems like a very confident choice from a real and earthy, modern woman who clearly didn’t want a dress with a lot of bells and whistles. If she was going for a soft and refined feel, then she nailed it.”
That looks familiar!
When Pippa Middleton stepped out for her big sis’ royal wedding style experts experienced a fashion flashback. That’s because the 27-year-old’s ivory Alexander McQueen dress looked almost identical to the one Cameron Diaz wore to the Golden Globes (also by McQueen, but in red).
No word if the maid-of-honor was inspired by the A-list star’s red carpet look, but one thing is certain: with her stunning figure and huge smile, the younger Middleton, who was named the No. 1 Society Singleton by Tatler in 2008, received almost as much attention Friday morning as the bride.
While tradition dictates that guests should never wear white to a wedding, she did just that in her form-fitting cowl-neck dress, which was accented with small silk-covered buttons in the back.
Similar to the Kentucky Derby and church-going women, wearing a fancy hat to a royal wedding is essential. But these over-the-top headpieces aren’t just feathers, blooms, and netting springing off of heads — they’re called fascinators, a style of former millinery that is popular among British women.
As the world watches Prince William, 28, and Kate Middleton, 29, (soon to be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) tie the knot, a sea of fascinators will be in the backdrop. For such an occasion, a woman would ensure that a fascinator would sit atop her head. (Victoria Beckham was spotted wearing a navy pillbox creation.)
The fanciful headwear became popular in the early 20th century and is often worn to the side or the front of the forehead, making the accessory look oddly bird-like at times.
A popular London milliner who specializes in fascinators is Philip Treacy, who’s work has been seen in Sex and the City. Middleton is rumored to be such a big fan, that she’s commissioned him to create the headpieces that her bridesmaids will wear today.