Jan 13, 2011
WWD challenged designers to dream up a wedding gown for trendsetting royal-to-be, Kate Middleton, and twenty-nine responded with a sketch of his/her proposed dress. There was an impressive roster of participants, including Karl Lagerfeld, Alberta Ferretti, Chris Benz, Christian Lacroix, Frida Giannini, and even the designer of Princess Diana’s frou-frou wedding frock, British designer Elizabeth Emanuel. Most designers incorporated both traditional and modern design elements, but the spectrum of looks did vary. While Yigal Azrouel, Nicole Miller, Lyn Devon, and Gilles Mendel all see the bride in a mermaid silhouette, full-skirted styles with defined natural waists dominated the bunch of submissions. Perhaps less expected was the number of looks that had full sleeves. Like Princess Diana’s voluminous silk gown, the dresses from Chanel, Badgley Mischka, Gucci, Elizabeth Emanuel, J.Crew, Missoni, Rachel Roy, Reem Acra, Tory Burch, Valentino, and Vera Wang all featured covered arms.
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