Posts tagged ‘royal wedding’

May 2, 2011

Sister Act: Pippa Middleton emerges as an international celebrity

“Truth be told, sister and maid of honor Pippa provided the only wow fashion moment. And I mean WOW, as in she completely upstaged the bride!” Tom Kolovos

Read the Johnny- come-lately crowd below:

Royal wedding: the rise and rise of Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton a star at sister’s wedding


Royal wedding’s hidden star? Pippa Middleton

Royal Wedding 2011: Did Pippa Middleton Outshine Kate Middleton?

Pippa Middleton steals the show at sister Kate Middleton’s wedding at Westminster Abbey

Her Royal Hotness: How Kate’s foxy sister Pippa stole the show

Will you ever doubt me again? I dare you!

Yes, I said it. Yes, I said it first. Yes, I meant it. And yes, I’m here to represent it.

Just come back here for more astute fashion commentary and advice. Set a spell, Take your shoes off. Y’all come back now, y’hear?.


Tom Kolovos is Editor In Chief of aControlledSubstance.



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March 9, 2011

Runway bride: Alexander McQueen Fall 2011

Image from Style.com

So yesterday, one day before the Fall 2011 presentation of the Alexander McQueen collection, international rumor mills  were in high gear confirming that Katherine Middleton’s wedding dress would be designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton.  Will it turn out to be the truth or just a brilliant public relations move that (deservedly) steered all eyes to this collection today? Only time will tell.

And just as if to make sure the  flames of speculation and publicity get fanned as high as possible, Ms. Burton showed some exquisite white dresses (wedding gowns?) to prove that she’s up to the royal task.

The dress shown above was my runaway favorite. I especially like the neckline which looks so sculptural but is also, in fact, the perfect practical way to secure a heavily beaded dress to the body.

See the entire collection on Style.com here.

March 7, 2011

House of McQueen to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress? Be more cynical.

Photo from Hello Magazine

From the London Evening Standard:

To make Kate Middleton’s wedding gown ‘would be amazing’ says designer’s husband

Sarah Burton, 36, a protégée of Alexander McQueen, was reportedly chosen by Miss Middleton after designing a gown for the 2005 wedding of journalist Sara Buys to Prince William‘s stepbrother, Tom Parker Bowles.

Mrs Burton, from Manchester, last year designed a dress worn by Michelle Obama to a state dinner and has also worked on edgy creations for Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Mrs Burton became creative director of the Alexander McQueen label after the designer committed suicide at the age of 40 last year.

Chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd reportedly told a colleague last week that the label had secured the commission to design the royal dress.

Mr Akeroyd has since denied his alleged comments and Mrs Burton has stated she is not involved with the royal wedding. Miss Middleton is said to have demanded that no details about her dress are released until the big day on April 29, and it is thought the chosen designer has been sworn to secrecy.

Mrs Burton’s husband, photographer David Burton, today denied that his wife – in France for Paris Fashion Week – is designing the dress. He said: “It would be amazing if she is doing it but I would think I would know about it and I don’t.”

A spokesman for the McQueen label said: “We are not doing the dress.” Clarence House said it was “not responding in any way at all” to the speculation.

From Tom Kolovos:

I’m not saying that the story isn’t true or that Sarah Burton wouldn’t make for an inspired choice to design the gown or that selecting this route wouldn’t make for a fitting tribute to the superstar English designer but don’t you think it’s just a little suspicious that the rumor was started by the McQueen CEO and then internationally distributed the day before the showing of the McQueen Fall 2011 presentation?

I’m just saying. Be more cynical.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2011. Image from Style.com