Deanna Littell's Charm School


In Editor's Desk on May 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm


I know you have heard about “the” wedding from top to bottom, but I can’t stop talking about the  charming  Lady Catherine, her comportment and her exquisite dress by Sarah Burton of the house of Alexander McQueen. The dress couldn’t have been more perfect in my eyes and the walk down the aisle with her sister, all in white as well, made a perfect picture. William kept his promise not to look until she arrived at the altar and we were thrilled to see him turn toward her and say, “you look beautiful.”  Truly the most charming greeting at the alter.

The world was breathless, especially the fashion world, waiting to see the “dress” & speculating about the designer. After months of guessing, one of the best kept secrets of modern time was revealed when Kate stepped into the car as her father shielded her from the photographers. The Palace issued a press release announcing the designer’s name  and all the charming  details. Never has a dress been prepared with such care, attention to detail and the total involvement of the bride.

The dress was made of ivory & white gazar with lace detailing on the dress & sleeves. The veil was silk tulle with hand embroidered flowers held in place by a Cartier tiara, which was lent to Middleton by the Queen. The design of the flowers incorporated the symbolic rose of England, thistle of Scotland, daffodil of Wales and shamrock of Ireland. According to William’s office, the bride “wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work.” Sarah Burton clearly succeeded. Lady Kate was truly the most charming bride and they made a most charming get away in their Aston Martin.

Speaking of Alexander McQueen, don’t miss the most extraordinary experience you may ever have at his exhibit, Savage Beauty, at the Metropolitan Museum which runs from May 4th-July 31st.

Best, Deanna

P.S. And as always, don’t forget to check out my charming charms at

  1. I could not agree more with your description, Deanna. It was pitch perfect. I set the alarm for 4am and watched it all with much delight. Only the attire of some of the guests provided comic relief — what were they thinking?

    • What werethey thinking. I think those “things” on the heads of the princesses were not called Fascinators for nothing. We were fascinated.

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