Designers React to Royal Wedding Dress

Praise for design worn by Catherine Middleton from Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Hubert de Givenchy, Donatella Versace, Viktor & Rolf and Elie Saab.

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Linda Fargo, senior vice president, fashion office and store presentation, Bergdorf Goodman: "I applaud the choice of Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, given McQueen’s legacy as perhaps the best British designer in history and especially his mutual obsession with the Royals and Commonwealth heritage as themes. As a house of McQueen design goes, the gown was quite understated. It felt significant that Kate “wore” the gown instead of the gown wearing her. She wasn’t overwhelmed by the dress, or the occasion. Altogether, the look and her demeanor were pure grace. The relative refined simplicity of the gown and veil allowed her happiness and natural beauty to emerge as the most important elements."


Stephanie Solomon, vice president of fashion direction, Bloomingdale’s: "I was glued to the television since 5:30 this morning. It was such a big moment for fashion. What Kate is doing is bringing back elegance and good taste into a young market that’s been oversaturated with grunge and disco and military and hip hop. With Kate, there’s intelligence, poise and wit, which now seem more relevant that those other buzz words. A young who has never dressed up before is going to start to dress up. The wedding will have a big impact on the McQueen business, and also on all designers who offer quality. But you know Kate has been a big deal for awhile. It’s not just happened with the wedding. The world has been watching her shop in high heels and dresses, not jeans and T-shirts."


Miriam Lahage, eBay’s European general manager of fashion: "By having the future Queen of England wear McQueen, it helps to legitimize the house under new leadership. Literally, it’s a changing of the guard that will propel the business forward and affirms the legacy of Lee’s vision and aesthetic. Kate Middleton’s history making turn in Alexander McQueen was a stunning mix of traditional fabrics and craftsmanship paired with a distinctly modern silhouette--elevated but understandable. Lee would be proud.”


Nicole Fischelis, group vice president and fashion director at Macy’s Inc: " I thought it was an aristocratic dress, she was a ravishing , beautiful. It was a classy flawless dress. She wore it well. Clothes don’t wear her. She is very in control. She wears classic clothes with a twist. People have been watching Sarah Burton for awhile. She is a great talent. But I believe the wedding could bring new energy to the house of Alexander McQueen.”


Fanya Chandler, national stylist director for Nordstrom: “Princess Catherine looked stunning in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton. The gorgeous, feminine silhouette with modern details and chic styling suited the princess perfectly. We expect that many brides will take note on how to keep their wedding look elegant and timeless.”


Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, co-founders of Juicy Couture: "Of course, we were watching it....together. Sara Burton/House of McQueen was the perfect choice. Kate was flawless...A true fairytale and you know how we love fairytales."


Nanette Lepore: “I thought she looked beautiful. I liked her lacy long sleeves, but I didn’t like the veil. It wasn’t pretty. It was too limp. It looked pretty over her face, but it was too flat looking on her head. I was wishing it would be wispy and floaty. She looked very restrained which is good for this time of restraint we are in. I wish it would have been the patchwork dress I designed for her.”


Shaun Kearney, Creative Director of Cynthia Steffe: "The dress is very simple and very elegant, exactly what I thought she should wear. I like the modern yet vintage feel, and I love the hand needlework on the lace sleeves and the elegant folds on the bustle. Gorgeous and very Grace Kelly in feel. Bravo Sarah Burton! I feel like Kate definitely had strong opinions about what she wanted to wear, and that absolutely came through - total understated glamour!”


Michelle Smith, Milly: “Fresh and youthfully elegant, Kate’s dress struck a perfect balance between modernity and tradition. The lace overlay and fitted bodice brought to mind Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, updated with Kate’s signature plunging v-neckline and McQueen bustle at the back waist. Kate’s sister Pippa was also lovely, in her discreetly sexy, bias-cut column dress with deep cowl neckline and cap sleeves. Prince Harry, watch out!”

Cynthia Steffe: “I thought she looked stunning. It was such a gorgeous combination of very sexy, with the plunging neckline, and feminine, but still feeling traditional enough to be very appropriate. The silhouette of the two of them leaving the cathedral was just storybook. The juliette veil with the pearl tiara was so tasteful and gorgeous _ totally stunning!

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