When tasked with blogging about ‘pure British style’ by shoe heaven website Sarenza (we went to their bloggers event last week) there were two style icons that immediately came to mind for me. Easily the two most famous brides in the world this year, they’re both British style icons and they’re both called Kate (sorry, but I can’t get used to this Catherine business). I got to thinking about what the Duchess of Cambridge and Kate Moss could learn from each other when it comes to footwear fashion…
Personally, I’m a bit bored of the same old mid-height courts in neutral colours that Catherine is always wearing. I’d rather see her in something way more daring, like these lipstick red Alvery heels by Pour la Victoire, £249. They’d look great with a floral Erdem dress.
Mrs Moss, on the other hand, could have a go at a look that the Duchess chose for about half a dozen weddings this summer – the nude patent court. But rather than a delicate stiletto, the leg-lengthening platform-soled Jupiter by I LOVE SHOES (£63.75) is much more Moss’s style.
Which Brit style icons do you think should take a leaf out of each others’ wardrobes? Tell us in the comment box below.
Check out the rest of the new autumn/winter collection on Sarenza.co.uk.
The Royal Collection ©2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- Six different types of lace can be seen on the dress.
- Four of the lace motifs were chosen to represent the nations of the United Kingdom– rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
- The lace was appliquéd onto the satin gazar fabric by the Royal School of Needlework, an embroidery school that dates back to 1872.
- The sewing needles had to be renewed every three hours to ensure they remained sharp enough.
- The overall design of the dress was intended, according to designer Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, to ‘look to the past but look forward as well,’ so the bustle echoed a traditional Victorian shape but the corsetry was typical of the house of Alexander McQueen.
- The skirt pattern was shaped like an unfolding flower.
- Heavy canvas was strategically placed on the ‘petals’ of the skirt to make sure it retained its shape when Catherine walked up the aisle.
- The earrings that the Middleton family had commissioned as a gift for their daughter feature a diamond in the shape of an acorn, as seen on the family’s coat of arms.
- The Royal wedding cake featured 900 flowers and leaves made out of icing.
- Because they didn’t eat the royal wedding cake itself (it’s on show at the exhibition now) the Duke of Cambridge had a chocolate biscuit cake commissioned by McVities, presumably to keep reception guests happy.
The Royal Wedding Dress: A story of Great British Design is open until 3rd October 2011 at the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. Visit the Royal Collection website for more details and to book tickets.
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