My Wedding - - FASHION - By Anita Turner-Wil­liams www.vinkade­sign.co.nz

Celebri­ties through­out time, whether we ad­mire them per­son­ally or not, have been re­spon­si­ble for many fash­ion trends as well as faux pas!

Over the years, we have stu­diously copied the dress sense of on­screen god­desses such as Grace Kelly, per­son­al­i­ties such as Jackie O and so­cialites such as Kim Kar­dashian, and royalty. Princess Diana in­spired tens of thou­sands of brides to marry in Du­pion, and lately Kate has passed on her love of lace.

There’s no doubt that Kim’s re­cent mar­riage to Kanye in Florence will have brides the world over rush­ing to their de­sign­ers to im­i­tate her Givenchy gown in some way, shape or form. Whether that’s a good thing is en­tirely a per­sonal and bud­getary mat­ter.

So, let’s dis­cuss Kim’s gown. The lace was ex­quis­ite and there was lots of it, most likely French or Ital­ian. I love the long, lacy sleeves which are very el­e­gant, but they do seem a lit­tle baggy on her. Ideally lace sleeves need to be slim fit­ting in or­der to flat­ter. Cer­tainly they can be wider be­low the el­bow but not above! It’s a pity the front of the gown is so dowdy. The bodice looks ill-fit­ting and heavy. There’s noth­ing wrong with a high neck­line, but hers looked like a bib. The best part of the gown was the back, which was beau­ti­ful. The lit­tle belt ef­fect suited her and the fit of skirt was per­fect. What a pity she couldn’t walk in back­wards!

It just goes to show that not ev­ery idea works to­gether. With her con­fi­dence, fig­ure and budget so, so much more could have been achieved.

Kim’s silk veil was exquisitely lengthy, which is very achiev­able … but it is re­ally prac­ti­cal? Con­sider your venue, your aisle and your trans­porta­tion be­fore opt­ing for such film star lengths.

To my mind, Kim, who is ar­guably one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful women, sported an unin­spir­ing hair­style, flat against the head with a part­ing, with the bulk teased a lit­tle and hang­ing straight down her back with no adorn­ments. I didn’t think it suited the style of gown, hid­ing a lot of her back, which was ob­vi­ously a fea­ture. You won­der if she had been given bad ad­vice, or good ad­vice that she ig­nored!

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