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Project Runway for Kate Middleton: The Good, The Bad, and The Crazy

Like many who are interested in fashion, or even just reality television, I am a huge fan of Project Runway.  I always love to see what kind of challenge they’ll come up with next.  Recently, Project Runway challenged its alumnae designers to sketch their fantasy wedding gown for princess-to-be Kate Middleton.  This was right up my alley, of course, and I was so excited to see the resulting creations!  So, for your viewing pleasure, here are the best, the worst, and the just plain insane.

THE GOOD

This look by Sweet P is clean and simple.  It is youthful and sexy while still classy and elegant.  The designer says, “The veil is an homage to the feathered hats she likes to wear.”

Shirin Askari’s gown incorporates the illusion neckline that I love, a stunning veil, and a classic meets modern feel that encapsulates Miss Middleton’s aesthetic.

Everything about this sketch by Nick Verreos seems right to me.  The low back shows skin, but not too much.  The cap sleeve is, at the same time, classic and current.  The Swarovski crystals, floor length veil, gloves, and crown make the look all the more regal and beautiful.  There is nothing I don’t love about this one!

Simple and sophisticated, Daniel Franco’s feminine look features an 11-foot shirred lace train that makes a statement while not being over-the-top.

THE BAD

This sketch by Keith Bryce makes it look like the bride’s skirt is a giant globe or that it is being overtaken by oozing lava.  It is hard to tell exactly what he’s going for here.

While quite beautiful, Kara Saun’s crimson gown in no way says bridal.  It is, however, an elegant choice for a formal gala or similar event.


Ben Chmura’s geometric design seems too futuristic for the classic and simple Kate Middleton.

This macabre gown by April Johnston may be appropriate for a funeral, but for the royal wedding, it just doesn’t make sense.

THE CRAZY

This look by Nicolas Putvinski just doesn’t adhere to Kate Middleton’s clean and simple style of dressing.  The outpouring of feathers and avant garde silhouette bring the wrong kind of drama to the ensemble.

What on earth is this crazy red design by Malan Breton?!  All I can think of is Stephen King’s “Carrie” when I look at it.

Sorry, Joe Faris, but denim, leather, and stripper heels do not belong anywhere near the royal wedding.

James Troisi’s look says Xena the Warrior Princess, not princess-to-be Kate Middleton!

Emmett McCarthy’s look brings to mind the wedding gown of an 80’s pop star, not the modern Kate Middleton.

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Potentially Fit for a Princess

Prince William and Princess-to-be Kate Middleton --- img courtesy of mamapop.com

Everyone knows that Kate Middleton and Prince William’s upcoming nuptials are some of the most anticipated for the New Year.  WWD asked a number of designers to sketch their concept for Kate’s dress (which will surely be gorgeous and the talk of the town come the Wedding Day).  Shine from Yahoo! has illustrations submitted by designers of the likes of Vera Wang, Chanel, and Christian Lacroix.  Here are a few of my favorites:

My absolute favorite of the lot, this dress by Valentino is sweet and feminine while still being elegant and sophisticated --- img courtesy of Shine

 

A simple J. Crew style fits Kate's preferred aesthetic of dressing: clean, classic, and elegant --- img courtesy of Shine

Graceful and tasteful, this Gucci gown is sexy and streamlined --- img courtesy of Shine