Royal Wedding Fashion: Kate Middleton’s second dress of the day

It may have been a fairytale wedding, but as far as The Fashion Police are concerned, the real fairytale would be getting to wear two custom-made Alexander McQueen dresses in one day.

That was the fate of Kate Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge as we should probably now be calling her: Kate’s simple ivory gown for the evening reception (a more “intimate” affair for just 300 people) was also designed by Sarah Burton, who can probably expect to rise to even greater prominence as a designer in her own right after the coup of designing not one, but two royal wedding dresses.

We think Sarah did a great job. Like the first dress Kate wore yesterday, this is simple and stylish, and while it will probably draw criticism from some for being too plain, or too predictable, we don’t think your wedding day is the right time to be making adventurous fashion statements or experimenting with radically new looks, so we reckon Kate pitched it just right. Once again, the cut and fit of this dress is perfect, and she couldn’t look lovelier. We’re welling up…

11 Comments

  • April 30, 2011

    Marianne S.

    The two wedding dresses remind me of a Project Runway Challenge, where designers had to make a couture gown and ready-to-wear/marketable version. Sarah Burton would win hands down. These were two beautiful outfits, and that shrug can go over a LOT of other things later. Very versatile. Camilla looks like she’s wearing a housecoat next to Kate.

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  • May 1, 2011

    Olga

    I like this second dress better!

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  • May 1, 2011

    Ces

    What is camilla WEARING?????? LOL!

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  • May 1, 2011

    Lucy

    Beautiful! I loved both of the dresses and the waist detail on the second dress is divine.

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  • May 2, 2011

    Carol Kapper

    Whats with the pointing bits on the breast area on both dresses,and the veil it looked like she picked it up in the bargan basement at spotlight. They might be Alexander McQueen dresses but oh boy am I the only one who thinks this?While both dresses are elegant as was the bride the world waited for this moment and especially the first dress was dare I say it a little ho-hum boring! Loved the little cardigan Kate’s wearing with the second dress, and her hair in the second dress should have been styled like this on her walk down the aisle.The way she wears her hair is nothing short of perfection. So why did it look like it did for her big entrance?

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  • May 2, 2011

    aryzha

    I agree with Carol about the pointy bits. While I thought both dresses were classically beautiful, the awkward boobs really took away from the overall silhouette.

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  • May 6, 2011

    Barbara Joanne

    Will someone get this young lady some undergarments that actually fit her and give her a clean line above?

    And both dresses were simple to the point of boring. No drama, no flair OR flare, no float, no romance, no individuality. Dull, disappointing, plain, boring and, with the undies problem (I am being generous here, the pointy look must be intentional), frankly tacky.

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  • May 14, 2011

    Shannon

    I thought I loved the first one, but now I love this on even more, she looks STUNNING! I actually really want to buy this dress now,not with that shrug though. And Camilla….

    And Barbara, the pointy look isn’t “international”. Us British, aren’t keen with the pointy design on the dresses either.

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  • June 24, 2011

    kaylie

    Her dresses were alright but I was horribly disappointed in the dress she got married in. It was way to plain with was a shame because I really wanted to see the wow factor and it never came. And her second dress looks like she is wearing a corset under it, the waistline just doesn’t look natural at all.

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