For Whom the Belle Tolls: A High Fashion Royal Wedding
Apr 12, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
With the Royal Wedding creeping achingly closer each day, British Vogue would be remiss if they didn't feature at least one editorial homage to the Prince William-Kate Middleton hysteria gripping both sides of the Atlantic. In "Wedding Belles," Mario Testino does the honors, capturing Arizona Muse, Fei Fei Sun, Kirsi Pyrhonen, Madelene De La Motte, Irina Berezina and Karmen Pedaru as they're besieged by men and women in uniform while maintaining their matrimonial cool .
Stylist Lucinda Chambers has Arizona taking flight in Elie Saab Haute Couture and Kirsi making waves in Marchesa, as Madeleine and Irina draw a cockney crowd in Vivienne Westwood.
Meanwhile, Fei Fei and Arizona are ready to cause a five-alarm fire in Alberta Ferretti and Carolina Herrera, respectively; luckily there's a response team in the neighborhood.
Karmen is every inch the fairy tale princess in Dior Haute Couture and though there is nary a prince in sight, she could easily settle for a Lt. Charming of the Household Regiment - D Squadron.
Fei Fei, however is ready to find herself a few good men-- and at least one boyish girl -- in Jenny Packham.
All of these gowns are sickeningly gorgeous, but which one would you prefer to see the future princess Naomi Campbell-walk down the aisle in?
I'm a traditionalist and have always wanted to get married in Dior Haute Couture...my bridesmaids, all drag queens in Chanel Couture, deathdropping down the aisle while Liz Taylor officiates in a Givenchy Couture catsuit. Sadly, that dream is now missing a Dame.
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