Kate's wedding dress a flop ... apparently

Designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the V-neck wedding dress was made of English Cluny and French Chantilly lace, with a skirt made of irvory and white satin gazar.

The fashion blogs are all abuzz with chatter about how Kate's impact on the fashion industry is waning. The evidence? People are not buying bridal gowns influenced by her wedding dress.

Here's a sample:

We saw Monique Lhuillier debut a spring collection filled with "ethereal, frothy" designs, which meant long, flowing gowns — mostly strapless or with the occasional thick or cap sleeve — and Vera Wang​ went in the complete opposite direction, sending not one white gown down the runway, opting instead for light camel and black, meaning Kate Middleton's traditional lace frock had absolutely no influence on Bridal Fashion Week. Do you think "The Middleton Effect" has run its course? [ology]

Although Middleton’s gown attracted over 600,000 visitors when on display at the Buckingham palace, it hasn’t been as big a hit for civilian brides. “Other designers copied [Middleton's gown] and had it on the runway right away, but what we noticed though, is that nobody bought it,” designer Gregory Nato of Fancy New York bridal, told the Journal. ... However there was a familiar silhouette, perhaps thanks to another royal wedding of sorts: that mermaid/trumpet style Kim Kardashian chose for her big day was everywhere–on the runways of Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier. Could Kim K really have more selling power than Kate Middleton when it comes to wedding dresses? [Fashionista]

So brides-to-be are more inspired by Kim Kardashian than Kate Middleton? Maybe they just want to look more sexy.

Rather than engaging in wedding day cosplay, brides are clamoring for tea length dresses that show off their absurdly expensive shoes, and gowns that convert from a demure ensemble for the ceremony to a reception dress that's sexy enough to upset grandma. [Jezebel]

But wait. Maybe they just want to do their own thing.

It seems when it comes to weddings, the fashion trend is to create your own fashion and copies or imitations don't fit with this new train of thought. [gather.com]

A fashion trend that's anti-trend? It's started to feel a bit Matrix-y here. (Besides, this humble author wouldn't recognize a fashion trend if it was plastered all over a dump truck and ran us over.)

And we're only talking bridal fashion. Here's a little reminder from the Washington Post:

Although designers seem to be balking at Kate’s sartorial choices (Washington Post blogger Katherine Boyle observed the same rebuttal of conservative style during the ready-to-wear shows), women in the United Kingdom and the United States can’t seem to get enough of her proper sensibilities. ... Street wear stores like H&M and even Target have jumped in the mix by replicating her classic pieces. School boy blue blazers, knit jersey frocks and neutral colored shifts abound on retail sites like Asos and Shopbop.

So brides don't want to look like Kate but everybody else does. Maybe.

Anyway, this isn't much fun without some photos, so let's take a look at some recent 'royalty' bridal wear. 

Zara Phillips: Designed by Queen’s Elizabeth’s favourite, Stewart Parvin, Phillips choice for her marriage to Mike Tindall was a full-skirted dress in silk faille and duchess satin, with a chevron pleated corseted bodice, and a fine tulle veil.

Duchess of Alba: The 85-year-old Spanish duchess married for third time in a pink gown by Spain’s Victorio y Lucchino.

Kim Kardashian: Kim Kardashian isn’t royal, but her wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries garnered almost as much attention. For the occasion, the reality TV star wore an Vera Wang creation -- ivory custom-designed strapless gown with full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice.
Charlene Wittstock: The former Olympic swimmer married Prince Albert of Monaco in a Giorgio Armani Prive gown made of off-white silk duchesse satin. The elaborate dress had was adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl beads.
Jetsun Pema: For her wedding to King Jigme of the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, the new Queen of Bhutan wore traditional Kira robes that took three years to weave, capped by a silk-covered crown.


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Kate's gown is so iconic, a bride would be seen for her "Kate Dress" rather than for herself. I think the Duchess of Cambridge's gown is gorgeous, but it probably needs an adjustment or two for a "civilian" bride, as you say.

I don't see anything that special from Kim Kardashian that warrants much attention; Zara's gown didn't suit her figure at all; Charlene of Monaco and the new Queen Jetsun Pema both looked stunning. Those two are, by far, my favorite brides this year.

Are there that many women so lacking in imagination and individuality that their "dream dress" is a copy of one seen by billions of people around the world? Just ONE original is worth ALL the copycats in the world.

I think her dress was perfect. While it would not be a style that most brides would choose today, I feel her choice in dress was appropriate for the Abbey and the restrictions in place due to the formality of the day. This was not an everyday wedding and something Kardashian-esque would have been tacky and inappropriate. We must remember this is a wedding photo will have historical significance. I think when the HRH Duchess of Cambridge looks back on this occasion in 50 years (and hopefully our Queen) she will be happy with what she wore. She looked stunning in her masterpiece of a gown.

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