What would you wear to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding?

On Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Jonathan Saunders spring/summer 2011

Jonathan Saunders spring/summer 2011

I have moved on from worrying about the wedding dress and who will design it. What will be, will be. What occurred to me this week was, well, what the heck will everyone else wear? At such short notice, at the end of April, in daylight, when it could be cold and rainy, or, conversely, as we’ve had our summers madly early recently, in the middle of a heatwave?

I am not concerned about the senior royals – they don’t “do” fashion, and I don’t think we’d want them to try. Anyway, the Queen is sorted with her own in-palace dressmaker, Stewart Parvin, who does a great job on these occasions. But what would you do if that invitation dropped on your mat?

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This fantasy fashion game ought to be a bit of fun for us commoners who definitely won’t be invited to the royal wedding, but, within minutes, I can say it isn’t. Utter the words “special occasion” to most British women and panic swiftly closes in. We are instantly out of our daily style zones and into the alien territory of “appropriate” and “pretty”, of hats, matching accessories and items designers don’t put in their collections. It is a path that leads all too steeply to frump-perdition, whereby one dresses completely out of character. Only this one is Westminster Abbey, so the enormity of the problem comes with nation-sized bows and pink-feather fascinators on.

Where to turn? I’ve seen the spring collections, and can promise, budget notwithstanding, it won’t be easy. Savvy guests ransacking the internet for suitable collections will be stumped. The timing of the announcement of the engagement gave designers no chance to factor in wedding thoughts for spring deliveries.

If it’s any consolation, even Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will be up against it, trying to find something in John Galliano’s US naval base collection for Christian Dior. At least the French have the secret weapon of the January haute-couture shows. I would lay bets that Dior and Chanel are both sewing up collections to compete for the attention of princesses and first ladies of nations who are now in desperate need of a royal wedding suit.

But what would I do? As a patriot, I would want to wear British. Ideally, it should be a dress with a coat or a jacket over it. It should be in a colour, but obviously not white or black. To chime with this summer’s fashion, it could have long sleeves and fall to a graceful midi-length. Luckily, flower prints are in fashion this summer, as are sweet pastels, even the no-no traditional wedding shades of coral, turquoise and fuchsia. And we do have the world’s two best milliners to call upon, Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones.

Christopher Kane’s lemon or grass-green lace dress-and-cardigan ensembles, which were, as it happens, inspired by the young Princess Margaret wearing Hartnell, come closest to the mark. Antonio Berardi designed a near-perfect suit with a peplum and a pink blouse, but you would have to pray it comes in something other than white.

Peter Pilotto’s range of languid pleated dresses, with a touch of a modern Wallis Simpson about them (don’t worry, I wouldn’t mention her on the day), would be lovely with a few adaptations. And I would also pay attention to the possibilities of the smart but youthful occasion-proper dresses Preen produces, such as a one-piece with a beaded top and a plain, high-waisted skirt. If it had a bolero, that would clinch it.

What about a hat, though? This is the year to declare an end to fascinators. In any case, when my fantasy limousine drops me off to walk the gamut of the paparazzi and the world’s television cameras, I shall not be wearing one. Instead, I see my head encased in something diaphanous, maybe in tulle, lace or organza, possibly with a bit of a demi-veil going on. Both Treacy and Jones have spectacularly chic head gear like these for spring. OK, it won’t be me, but I do hope somebody fabulous has the daring to wear one.

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  1. Razvan says:

    Foarte tare!!!

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