2011 was the year of the super wedding. Kicking off in April with a princess-to-be, it was quickly followed by a supermodel, a reality TV star and a fictional, but just as eagerly-anticipated, vampire bride. Check out their dresses below, each accompanied by a less bridal version for the upcoming party season!
29 April 2011 The moment Kate Middleton exited her car outside of Westminster Abbey the entire nation drew a breath. Kate’s dress, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, was perfect for the pomp of the occasion without going overboard. The skirt was voluminous, as expected of a princess (think Sleeping Beauty), but not of exaggerated proportions a la Diana. With the current fashion for strapless gowns, I was wondering how Kate would keep the dress modest enough for the Abbey but the elegant lace sleeves over the bodice were perfectly demure whilst still revealing her incredible figure. All in all, I dub this a royal success.
Debenhams have created a shorter version of Kate’s dress, which looks fit for a queen. Or at least for a drink down at the Queen Vic before the office Christmas party.
11 July 2011Three months later, an0ther wedding, another Kate, but a very different bride. Fun-loving Miss Moss married in John Galliano after a hen night that would have put Lindsay Lohan to shame (it included helicoptering in 180 bottles of rum into the Isle of White). Despite all the high jinx, Kate looked remarkably refreshed on her big day although the 1920s gown fell a little flat, not helped by her lack of bra and see through skirt. Although it looked more like a nighty than a wedding gown, the embroidery on the hem was lovely, as were the straps.
This classic black maxi with a twist Topshop evokes Kate’s Great Gatsby theme and would look even greater with some fab jewellery.
20 August 2011Although it probably took longer to make the Vera Wang dress than the marriage lasted, this was a dress born for reality TV. For her summer nuptials, Kim Kardashian went for the full blown meringue with a strapless bodice. The nipped in waist and low neckline showed off Kim’s ample assets and the headband added a twist to the classic gown.
You’ll look less meringue pie and more sweety pie in Lipsy‘s strapless prom dress.
18 November 2011
Twilight was a monsterous film, and not just because there were vampires involved. But setting aside the painful acting, dodgy script and inappropriate storyline, Carolina Herrera did a beautiful job with Bella Swan’s wedding dress. Considering the nature of the film, the long sleeves were particularly modest but the demure, simple front gives way to a lovely lacey design at the back. A dress with bite!
There’s something very sexy about a dress that’s really simple in the front but quirky at the back and this ASOS number is to die for.