1) The Matriarchs (Carole Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall). All three women hit the right tone for the day, with age and occasion appropriate glamour.
The Duchess’ outfit was my favourite of the three – she is wearing Anna Valentine (the same designer who designed her equally beautifully wedding dress), a Philip Treacy hat and Jimmy Choo shoes. Mrs. Middleton is wearing Catherine Walker and a Jane Corbett hat. The Queen is wearing Angela Kelly.
2) The Independent Woman (Miriam Gonzalez Durantez). Ms. Gonzalez Durantez is the independent-minded, Spanish-born wife of the Liberal Democratic leader, Nick Clegg, mother of two and partner in DLA Piper‘s International Trade Law group.
Her vintage-inspired dress by Miguel Palacia was the most original and striking of the day. And a turban to the Royal Wedding? The whole outfit could have turned out to be a disaster, but on the contrary, the result was marvelous (including the turban)! I loved that her glamourous coral lips matched the oversized corsage on her turban. Her turban was by Conchitta and her shoes by Zara.
Update: Please, please, let that not be a granny-panty line.
3) The Archetype (Lady Sophie Windsor). Archetype (ˈɑːkɪˌtaɪp) – n: a perfect or typical specimen. “Perfect”, and not “typical”, applies to Ms. Winkleman’s Royal Wedding outfit. For “typical”, witness 98% of the other wedding guests who did not make the impression that Ms. Winkleman did.
Ms. Winkleman’s outfit had all the marks of dress code appropriate, but in addition, from her hat down to her shoes, Ms. Winkleman’s outfit was perfectly tailored and her accessories perfectly co-ordinated, resulting in an overall look that was sophisticated, sleek and, well, perfect. Her dress and coat are by Georgio Armani Prive and her hat by Philip Treacy.
4) The Youthful (Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie). A few final words about Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, specifically with respect to the all of the flack they are getting in the media about their “hideous”, “ugly stepsister” outfits and accessories. While neither of them wore my favourite outfits of the day, they were nowhere near the worst (sadly, see Canada’s own Autumn Kelly for an example). In fact, I loved both of their hats right away. These two young ladies are 20 and 22, a wonderful time for self-discovery and self-expression. Do you really want to see these girls dressing like any of the five ladies above? I thought the girls nailed their looks, and seem to have personalities to match. You go girls! Princess Eugenie is in Dame Vivienne Westwood and Princess Beatrice is wearing Valentino.