Top Bridal Designers Sketch Wedding Gowns for Kate Middleton

11/22/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

Top Bridal Designers ch Wedding Gowns for Kate Middleton
Courtesy Monique Lhuillier; Courtesy Ralph&Russo

When it comes to Kate Middleton’s wedding gown plans, fashion insiders from Savile Row to Seventh Avenue are abuzz with predictions—and opinions. “Any designer would love to design for a royal wedding,” Elizabeth Emanuel, co-creator of Princess Diana’s 1981 gown, told UK newspaper the Daily Mail. Adds London designer Suzanne Neville: “I would hope that she keeps British.” Alas, it would seem that the weight of the fashion world rests on Kate’s slim, likely-to-be-lace-covered shoulders. And while names from the obvious (her favorite designer, Daniella Issa Helayel) to the more obscure (English designer Phillipa Lepley) have been tossed around, it’s still anybody’s guess who will design the gown of the century. But that hasn’t stopped designers from speculating—or sketching. “I think she will be covered, but in a modern way,” says American designer Monique Lhuillier, whose Kate-inspired gown includes organza flowers on the shoulders and a grand skirt. “When I think of the royal family, it is important to keep the style of the gown classic, regal, opulent—and subtle.”

UK designer Ben de Lisi, a frequent Oscars choice for Kate Winslet, designed a gown to suit Middleton’s “long, pure, lean figure,” describing his vision as “young, fresh, modern and understatedly grand.” The common thread throughout every design? Chic restraint. “London girls…tend to be a little more classic and not show off their bodies so much,” says Neville. “Kate has that ‘London look.’ I don’t think she likes to be on display too much.” And while she may be wearing Diana’s engagement ring, her dress will be a departure, experts predict: “Diana’s was all frill and flounce,” Emanuel told the Daily Mail. “I imagine Kate will steer well clear of a big, bouffant dress.” Either way, it’s still going to be huge. –Suzanne Zuckerman; reporting by Monique Jessen, Kristen Mascia and Simon Perry


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Myla on

Um… just a clarification, Monique Lhuillier is a Filipina Designer and not American… I would go with her design too :)

Jardine on

I don’t care for either one..the iorst one is too, too much, the bottom is so overdone, the second one..I donm’t care for form fitting wedding gowns, as much as flair skirted ones.

Niki on

She’ll most likely have to keep it more modest than usual. It’s royalty, after all.

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How interesting to find, not suprising though, these “top” designers rush to sketch/design a wedding gown UNINVITED for a bride-to-be, whom they do not know and have not met, while an account and password is needed for one to just to look these designers website. I bet most you won’t get much of attention either even if you walk into these designers beautiful boutiques either.
Red carpet or Fashions Night Out, the designers fought over celebrities to offer them dresses for FREE, then pay them to wear the dresses, and guess who pay for all these, the company running costs and ads?

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Catherine’s Bridal Sketches To Be
By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2010
Catherine’s bridal sketches to be-
Will surely reflect her taste personally.
Being British it will be wonderful to choose-
A British fashion designer that will make news!
Catherine has several designers to choose by reputation for-
Will it be a famous one or a starting designer that’s the score!
Princess Diana chose a designer not too well known-
Whatever Catherine’s decision she makes will be her own.
Trying on bridal dresses is so exciting and fun-
The more choices you choose this enjoyment’s the same for everyone!
Myself being lucky trying on bridal gowns 30 years ago-
I only tried on four but Catherine’s a future royal and it’s different you know!
Of course being a royal not dressing like the rest of us ordinary brides-
You’re never to wear risqué dresses or ones with cut- out areas on any sides!
When Catherine’s final designer is (for now) secretly chose-
She’ll be the world most beautiful British royal bride for the 21st century in her clothes!

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