London Calling

Dearest Blog Readers, yes, the rumors are true. I am moving to London! For the semester only, don’t worry. I’m so excited to live in the land of red phone booths, tea, fish and chips, Mary Katrantzou, Alexander McQueen, and Burberry (just to name a few). And of course, the Royals. I’ll be studying at Central Saint Martins and living in the East End. If any of you have suggestions on what to do they are more than welcome, I’ve never been to London before!

Of course, you expect lots of updates, if not on my blog, then on my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@maryalessandraa) . I’ll still be posting regularly, but it’ll be comin’ from London, which makes it so much cooler, right? And the best part is that I’ll be in London for Fashion Week, and hopefully Paris as well! So the street styles will pretty much be awesome. 
I’m so excited!

And the Bride Wore McQueen

Images via NYMag

Wow. Just wow. Princess Catherine’s McQueen dress by Sarah Burton was simply stunning. So many people have said it was too modern or not modern enough or the train wasn’t long enough or it was too subdued and on and on and on. Honestly, I thought it was perfect. It was that right mix of modern and classic, and whatever anyone says might be wrong with the dress, there is no denying that she looked beautiful.

The lace flowers on the bodice and skirt were individually handmade and appliqu├ęd using a combination of hand-cut Chantilly lace and English lace. Apparently, since the lace was from a variety of different manufacturers, making sure it was all the same color was a tricky task. The dress itself is made out of ivory and white satin gazar fabric, and fastened at the back with 58 organza covered buttons and Rouleau loops. The corseted bodice is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, a McQueen signature. The underskirt of the dress is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.

The veil is made of ivory silk tulle and hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, and is held in place by a Cartier “Halo” tiara, on loan from the Queen, who received it in 1936 from her parents. Catherine’s diamonds earrings were a wedding gift from her parents, and were made by Robinson Pelham to look like the Middleton’s new family crest.

Now the real question remains, will Sarah Burton be the new designer for Dior?