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Old 06-20-2010, 06:07 PM
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And you don't think John, Ricardo or Valentino can design simple gowns? For all I can remember Valentino did a pretty good job with Maxima.
Ricardo Tisci designed a very simple, yet exquisite wedding dress for Lara Stone. What he projects on the runway is his own fantasy and imagination. He can design with someone as Victoria in his mind too. That's why he is Ricardo Tisci.

And want to remind you that designers can design free if their names are mentioned as the designer.
And daddy can afford Elie Saab, he'd be able to afford smaller designers like Zac Posen or Oscar de la Renta. (And he is a king at the wedding department thank you very much)
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:12 PM
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Grace Kellys has always been my favorite, but Victoria is a close second.
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I think you're missing the point. Victoria has worn Per's designs numerous times and obviously loved the quality of his work. So she wanted him to design her wedding dress. Again, Victoria is not a pretentious or ostentatious person and it has nothing to do with whether or not her family could personally afford for her to have a wedding dress by Valentino. That's not the kind of person she is and the fact she chose to go with someone who has dressed her in the past AND someone who is a Swedish designer is IMO, the right decision to make. Just because other royal brides have worn designer dresses doesn't mean anything in terms of Victoria's wedding.

You're hung up on thinking that labels are important and they aren't.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:15 PM
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Well, I'm obviously going to say I like Victoria's the best, but it's because it was the perfect dress in proportion to who was wearing it and also because it was SO simple and unadorned as to be quite breathtaking. It was a done deal for Victoria and the designer that the Cameo Tiara and Lace Veil would be worn, so the dress really did have to fit in with the length and shape of the veil. Would longer sleeves have REALLY looked better? No because it wouldn't have looked so neat and chic. Would embroidery REALLY have benefited the design even if the embroidery reflected the design of the tiara or lace? No, because it would have been complicated to look at and confusing to the eye. A fuller skirt would have drowned out the bride, a tighter skirt would have been too modern. At the end of the day I cannot criticise Victoria's choice and I really do think that of all the royal brides, the shape and style fitted Victoria both as a crown princess and woman the most immaculately.
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:13 PM
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Maxima's dress remains my favorite with Mette-Marit, Victoria, Grace Kelly, Sarah (ne Armstrong-Jones) Chatto, Diana (for its time), Mary, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Alexandra of Kent in contention as runner-ups.l
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:25 PM
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Maxima's dress remains my favorite with Mette-Marit, Victoria, Grace Kelly, Sarah (ne Armstrong-Jones) Chatto, Diana (for its time), Mary, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Alexandra of Kent in contention as runner-ups.l
Maxima's veil is the loveliest out of all! I love the lace on it. It is my all time favorite.

Princess Margaret's gown was beautiful in it's simplicity and I love the cut and style. I keep coming back to it again and again. I think it's my favorite of all. I especially love the tiara she wore...

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I have to say that Victoria's gown was a delightful surprise. I LOVED it. The diadem, the earrings, bouqet...all perfection.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:56 PM
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I love Camilla's (Duchess of Cornwall) gown she wore for the blessing ceremony. When she stepped out of the limo, I actually gasped at how pretty she looked.

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Old 06-20-2010, 09:08 PM
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I also love Camilla Crociani's gown when she married Charles de Bourbon-Siciles.
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I have to agree with Chimene on all three choices. My all-time personal favorite is Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. Beautifully simple, elegant, and timeless. She and her wedding party remain the best of the best.

My number two is so similar to hers as to almost be a tie. But Mette-Marit was truly a vision that day. The dress, veil, and bouguet all worked beautifully to show off her long, slender silhouette and beautiful neckline.

Yesterday's event gave me my number three. Mainly because of the simplicity of the gown, the lines, and the fit. From every direction and every angle, there isn't one bad photograph of CP Victoria. While almost all of the other crown princesses looked beautiful on their wedding days, many of them either had the modern version of the 1976 Bride of Frankenstein meets medieval nun outfit of Silvia (Maxima, Letizia, Mathilde) or they had some over-the-top too big, too embellished, too expensive, too much dress (Marie-Chantal, Mary, and at the time of her wedding Rania). Victoria's skirt was big enough to balance out the cameo tiara without looking like a parade float (Mary), and the top was simple enough to not compete with the veil or tiara without looking like she was in an iron lung (Maxima).

I know it sounds like I am bagging on the others, when really I thought they all looked great, but in retrospect, those are my impressions.

In fact, the only ones I really didn't like were Rania's which looked like the bride of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Marie-Chantal - because it's shame they spent all that money for her to look like a great big doily.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:36 PM
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What she said.

Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Mette-Marit & Victoria are my faves.


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Old 06-20-2010, 10:51 PM
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Victoria's gown was well-suited for her, but I like Mette-Marit's gown the best; it was very elegant and beautiful. She certainly looked like a bride on her wedding day!
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:01 PM
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In fact, the only ones I really didn't like were Rania's which looked like the bride of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Marie-Chantal - because it's shame they spent all that money for her to look like a great big doily.
I just landed on the floor.
Valentino at his worst, imo. I didn't think that was possible because the man knows how to dress a woman.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:16 AM
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I think you're missing the point. Victoria has worn Per's designs numerous times and obviously loved the quality of his work. So she wanted him to design her wedding dress. Again, Victoria is not a pretentious or ostentatious person and it has nothing to do with whether or not her family could personally afford for her to have a wedding dress by Valentino. That's not the kind of person she is and the fact she chose to go with someone who has dressed her in the past AND someone who is a Swedish designer is IMO, the right decision to make. Just because other royal brides have worn designer dresses doesn't mean anything in terms of Victoria's wedding.

You're hung up on thinking that labels are important and they aren't.
Wasn't you the one who mentioned the financial status? And why is wearing a couture dress pretentious? Her pre-wedding gown was Elie Saab Couture.

All I am saying is that his designs don't stand out to me. The dress doesn't have any luxury feel to it. Maxima's dress was simple as well but it breathed so much more. Good for her she choice a Swedish designer, but in my eyes a Couturier will always do it better.
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Personally I adore the style of Victoria's dress. It was simple, but so elegant the same time. It was quite a wise choice to decide to wear a simple dress with the detailed veil and impressive tiara. I loved the cut of the dress and the way it moved when she walked. The colour was also very nice and I liked the way it shone in the sun.
The style was perfect for Victoria. Imo the dress really was a reflection of her personality. Somehow I could not have imagined any other style on her.
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Wasn't you the one who mentioned the financial status? And why is wearing a couture dress pretentious? Her pre-wedding gown was Elie Saab Couture.

All I am saying is that his designs don't stand out to me. The dress doesn't have any luxury feel to it. Maxima's dress was simple as well but it breathed so much more. Good for her she choice a Swedish designer, but in my eyes a Couturier will always do it better.
I have to agree with you that the gown does not stand out for me either and it came at a hefty price tag.. of nearly $100,000 US as i read on the other board.Label or not it will appeal to most and not to some.
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The style of Victoria's dress reminded me of the Maxima's: simple and regal.

Anyway, now that all the current crown prince(sse)s are married:
1. Mette-Marit
2. Maxima
3. Victoria
4. Camilla
5. Mathilde
6. Mary (really didn't like her hairdo and how the veil was attached to her head)
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8. Diana (even with keeping the 80's fashion sense in mind)
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I think that CP Victoria's simple dress was perfect choice to combine with Daniel's white tie.

Mette-Marit's wedding dress is number one for me.
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I have to agree with Chimene on all three choices. My all-time personal favorite is Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. Beautifully simple, elegant, and timeless. She and her wedding party remain the best of the best.

My number two is so similar to hers as to almost be a tie. But Mette-Marit was truly a vision that day. The dress, veil, and bouguet all worked beautifully to show off her long, slender silhouette and beautiful neckline.

Yesterday's event gave me my number three. Mainly because of the simplicity of the gown, the lines, and the fit. From every direction and every angle, there isn't one bad photograph of CP Victoria. While almost all of the other crown princesses looked beautiful on their wedding days, many of them either had the modern version of the 1976 Bride of Frankenstein meets medieval nun outfit of Silvia (Maxima, Letizia, Mathilde) or they had some over-the-top too big, too embellished, too expensive, too much dress (Marie-Chantal, Mary, and at the time of her wedding Rania). Victoria's skirt was big enough to balance out the cameo tiara without looking like a parade float (Mary), and the top was simple enough to not compete with the veil or tiara without looking like she was in an iron lung (Maxima).

I know it sounds like I am bagging on the others, when really I thought they all looked great, but in retrospect, those are my impressions.

In fact, the only ones I really didn't like were Rania's which looked like the bride of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Marie-Chantal - because it's shame they spent all that money for her to look like a great big doily.
Thanks for mentioning Marie -Chantal. That was a lot of dress with a lot of lace that cost a lot of money. I thought it was pretty but a tad overdone...
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Victoria's gown is my new favorite followed by Mette-Marit's.
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