Sarah Burton continued success as mastermind to Alexander McQueen empire

Ever since the Royal Wedding gown of the summer (Duchess Catherine’s), my obsession with Sarah Burton is…well, perhaps a bit out of control.  With that said, I couldn’t wait to show you the newest collection from Ms. Burton’s Fall 2011 Paris show.  Continuing with the ‘McQueen-style’, which is a strong, confident woman, she continues to capture this look and feel.  Perhaps it’s me, but several of these could be easily ‘modified’ to create a completely new bridal division (have you heard the rumor??).

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Photos from Reuters

When a bride cries are they tears of terror or joy? Princess Charlene of Monoco cries at church

I’ll confess something…I watched the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene twice yesterday.  First when it aired and then again later in the day.  I never should have, as once was really enough. I wanted to see if I was ‘reading too much into it, which is why I went back for more.  My thought was to view and not compare it to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, but the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene was just so painful.  I know some brides cry…but I was in tears and heartbroken for her.

If you take a look at the pictures of their civil marriage, were there signs in her wedding day outfit? It was a powder-blue corset, chiffon pleated palazzo pants and a powder blue jacket decorated with tiny silver and pearl buttons, which she designed with Karl Lagerfeld.  Her hair was a low bun.  It was relaxed and yet some have speculated that the ‘blue’ was code to how she was actually feeling.  Were his eyes open a sign of his ‘disconnection’ to what was to be a romantic moment?

Her facial express at the actual wedding ceremony was a combination of panic and sadness.  Their body language was so reserved, one might think this was an arranged marriage and their first meeting. They barely looked at each other and Charlene mostly looked at the floor.  Their kiss was so extremely painful to watch…I actually had to look away.  I didn’t expect deep-throat passion…but at least ‘I like you.’  The kisses (William and Catherine and Albert and Charlene) were SO DIFFERENT.

The more I watched, the more I wondered if this was for show.  If she/they got caught up in the cost (estimated $65million) and people flying from all over and how ‘bad’ it might look to call it off with three days notice. When her veil was caught, he barely stopped as she waited for help to untangle it. He rolled his eyes and seemed bothered as they fixed the train of her gown.  He spent lots of time waving to the crowd while she, had to be reminded at times.

The last straw, was their time at Chapel of St. Devota as she symbolically laid her wedding bouquet, the emotions simply overwhelmed her to the point of sobs. At that point…my heart went out to her. I wanted to reach through CNN’s live stream and hug her…because he wasn’t.  In fact, Prince Albert looked annoyed…really annoyed.  When your new, I mean 20-minute-old wife cries, an arm around her, pat her hand, some emotion would have endeared him 1,000 fold to his people. Instead he looked like he really could not have been bothered..more he looked as if she was embarrassing him.   I thought only the English were known for a ‘stiff-upper lip.’

Could Princess Charlene’s emotional breaking point been reached when the reality that she is truly married to someone who possibly cheated on her within the last nine-months? Is it because ‘an arrangement’ was reached between them,’ as reported by Le Journal  du Dimanche making this not a ‘marriage or fairytale’ come true?  Did she just realize that this marriage just wasn’t what she wanted?

Sources said the Monaco palace had hoped the glitzy wedding – attended by a host of celebrities and European royalty – would ‘overshadow’ new claims about secret children fathered by Albert.  Even as they jet off to South Africa for a honeymoon, DNA testing is being done to see if he is indeed a father…again.

What would you do? If you found out that the person you were about to marry, cheated on you and there is a possibility of a child would you stay or go? Would a price be attached and if so, how much?  Of course we don’t know what the real story is…she very well could have just be overwhelmed at becoming a real life Princess.

What can a bride learn from the Royal Weddings?

1 – You can love and be loved by your ‘prince’/’princess’.

2 – Holding hands, touching, are required daily and absolutely necessary.

3 – Weddings are emotional times and if your partner is suddenly in tears, do something!  This is the person you’re just swearing to be with forever, so lean into them, tell them a joke, a kiss on the cheek – something – anything. Showing compassion is a requirement and will make your action endearing to all that witness it.

4 – If you have that sinking feeling, no matter how much it costs…put it on hold, or call it off.  Trust me, it’s better before the ‘I do’.

No matter what, both Princesses were beautiful…hopefully they will have their happily ever after.

Here’s wishing Prince Albert and Princess Charlene all the best.



HRH Albert and Charlene in marry Monaco; she wears Armani

Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock were married in a civil ceremony yesterday and today had a religious ceremony in Monaco.  He, dressed in his military uniform and looked dashing! The little flower girls looked so adorable in red and white outfits with hats. So get to the good part…what and who did she wear?

The bride wore a Giorgio Armani original, embellished with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 2,000 mother of pearl drops, platinum coated thread and 30,000 ‘golden stones’. Kind of heavy but oh-so-sparkly!  Of course when Mr. Armani arrived to at the church, he received a rousing applause. The bride wore no necklace or earrings.  I do believe if she had, it would have overwhelmed the hair piece she wore which was blinged out!! Her hair was in a very low bun and wrapped around seemed to be a jeweled hairpiece.  She did have just a bit of trouble with her three-tiered train as she walked to sign the registry, but handled it beautifully.

This off the shoulder off-white gown is said to have taken 2500 hours to produce.  Notes to all brides, when you are picking a gown, choose one that shows off your best asset.  For Charlene, a former swimmer her shoulders and long neck were spectacularly on display. 

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For me, there was a very sad moment, when she laid her flowers at the Sainte Dévote church.  The new princess was in tears and perhaps completely overwhelmed and relieved that the official portions were over.

So was this the same as William and Catherine’s?  No, but then again, every wedding is unique and the focus should be on the happy couple and not comparing one to the other.  In the end, there were two beautiful brides, who hopefully have married their true prince charming.

Congratulations to HRH Albert and Charlene of Monaco.

Kate Moss beautiful wedding day

Tradition dictates a bride should wear something old, borrowed, new and blue when they walk down the aisle.

And it looks like Kate Moss may have managed to get at least three things right as she headed to her wedding rehearsal dinner in the Cotswolds this evening.

The beaming bride-to-be wore a hippy-style turquoise dress, with sky-high blue heels.  What I find more interesting is that for someone who is so public, she has reportedly closed two towns near the village of Southrop where she is getting married.  Of course the locals will have passes, but no others will.  No one is going to ruin her festival-styled wedding.

Kate also revealed that her wedding dress has been designed by John Galliano – which is very good news for the designer on trial in Paris for making anti-semetic remarks. I will say that it proves that she is loyal and not a fair-weather friend.  For that reason alone – Koodos to you Kate!!

…Just a bit ago, I got pictures of the happy couple, in her dress along with all their flower girls.  She looks really beautiful and the dress fits her perfectly.  Here’s wishing them lots of love and luck.

Royal Date Night: Duchess Catherine + Prince William at ARK Gala

With an expected sea of camera flashes, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made her first official bow as a working princess Thursday night, joining her husband, Prince William, at a glamorous London fundraiser.

Kate, 29, stepped out of her blue Jaguar in a floor-length blush organza Jenny Packham gown (Jenny does both ready-to-wear and bridal) at the 10th annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) gala dinner.

As William placed a guiding hand on his wife’s back, she giggled a little as she stopped on the purple-carpeted steps for photographs.  I have to say I LOVE the fact that he is a gentleman and they are not scared to ‘touch’ each other in public.  They actually seem to be a couple – a real couple in love.

They make a striking couple and I’m sure as they move along in their life together, there will be more show-stopping photo opportunities.

Spain: Miquel Suay 2012 Collection for Grooms

You know I love the guy…so when I saw the Miquel Suay collection I thought….these would look so good on the men in your life.  Who am I kidding….they would look good in the man in mine.  Impeccable tailoring, clean lines and FULL LEG is what struck me the most.  I’ve never been a fan of the slim leg – simply because most men…well…don’t have slim or a box-shape. At least the guys I know.

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I don’t know about you, but I adore a well dressed man.  There is just … something about they air of confidence they have when in a well-tailored suit.  Don’t you want that same ‘swagger’ on your wedding day?  I do!

Spain: Isabel Zapardiez 2011 Bridal Collection

In 1997, Isabel Zapardiez launched a mens and womenswear brand in her own name. Five years later came a turning point and she opted to focus on bridal wear.  This is where she found her niche – YIPPIE!!

Zapardiez designs haute couture using classic, timeless patterns updated with contemporary detail. The premium quality of her fabrics and exquisite attention to silhouette are the signature features of these uniquely elegant dresses. Bringing together all references and sources of inspiration in every collection, Isabel includes an oriental look and the glamour of Hollywood divas from the Fifties, for which she makes use of vintage cut and material.

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These designs are simply breath-taking and I really wish Isabel would come to the US.  Por Favor! Pretty Please?!