Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate's Royal Wedding Dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey on Friday wearing a long-sleeved wedding dress with lace bodice and full silk skirt by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. Her bridal look included a full veil, a Cartier tiara borrowed from the Queen and a small bouquet of white blooms. Her hair was styled half-up, half-down.

From the moment Prince William and Kate announced their engagement, the rumor mill started buzzing about who would be designing the bride's prized gown. Alice Temperley, Sophie Cranston, Bruce Oldfield (who confessed to not being the dressmaker just days before the ceremony) and Burton all took a spin on the dressmaker merry-go-round.

The dress was reportedly made in private at Buckingham Palace. Those with knowledge of the details were sworn to secrecy, including the designer. But a sighting of Burton on Thursday at The Goring Hotel, the same place where the bride and her family were staying before the wedding, seemed to confirm the gossip.

Back in March, Mark Niemierko, a luxury wedding planner based in London, told AOL that Kate's rumored selection of Burton was a bit of a shock. "[The bridal industry] really thought Kate Middleton would choose a lesser known British bridal designer, keeping with tradition and not being too fashion-forward. It also shows Kate is perhaps far more fashion-forward than anyone thought. High fashion at that."

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tribeca Film Festival 2011

You know what they say about New York: if you make it here, you can make it anywhere. And no one knows that better than the filmmakers, actors and producers at the Tribeca Film Festival.

But the highlights from this twelve day-long event aren't just in the flicks, but the stylish appearances on the red carpet and around town. So peruse the gallery above of some notable works.
Man, what happened to the Olsen twins! They look awful...and stand up straight! Nothing worse than someone slouching!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Prada Banana Nails: A Ripe Digit Design

WAH Nails, a London-based salon, has created a nail design inspired by the banana fashion on the Prada Spring 2011 runway. The ripe manicure pops in a yellow hue and the distinct curvatures of the yummy fruit blend well into the rounded nail tip. A shiny top coat adds just enough lacquer for a glossy finish.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Best Rain Gear for April Showers

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring wet clothes and frizzy hair.Rubber boots -- tall or short -- are the easiest way to keep toes dry. And a compact umbrella -- one that will fit perfectly in a water-resistant tote bag -- is the best defense against precipitation.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Beeswax Yellow: Color of the Week

Uh, wearing a beeswax yellow dress will make you look like a walking catheter bag

Friday, April 1, 2011

The New French Manicure: How to Get Spring's Hottest Nail Trend

French manicure in butter LONDON Lady Muck and Teddy Girl. Courtesy of butter LONDON

When using decals, Valinoti's step-by-step guide has three parts:

1. Polish entire nail with the tip color first. (Do not worry about being perfect around the cuticle with the color.)

2. Let the color dry completely before applying the French manicure decals to the tips of each nail.

3. Brush on an opaque neutral to the rest of the nail and peel off the decal when finished!