Lori: Visions of Lace
Lori Allen owns Bridals by Lori, the boutique featured on "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta." Her vision for Kate's wedding day look is all about lace. "I keep picturing in my head the day I watched Diana get out of the carriage," Lori explains. "She was so wrinkled, like a ball of wadded-up taffeta. But lace will travel much better. When Kate steps out of the car, it will be a magical moment."
"I'd put her in an all-lace gown -- totally lace -- head to toe," Lori says. "Lyon lace is lighter and more unique. And, you can work it into a better silhouette." One big vision of lace? "I've seen that done," Lori assures us.
Of course, the dress would be modest and venue-appropriate, too. "She'd wear long, bell sleeves and maybe a deep V-neckline, like she had in her sapphire blue engagement dress." As for the silhouette, Lori imagines a modified A-line. "It wouldn't be totally fitted for Westminster Abbey," she says, but it would be sleek. And the train? "Way long! At least 10 feet."
The veil needs to have a big impact, too. Lori describes a 10-foot train with a 20-foot veil. "It could be all Lyon lace, or with Lyon lace on the edging. And, of course, a tiara." In fact, Lori says, the royal wedding is making waves throughout the bridal industry. At market, she saw lots of tiaras and more dresses with coverage. Brides who love sleeves will have a lot of dresses to choose from soon; they're coming out with three-quarter, cap and lace sleeves. "I saw a dress almost identical to the one I wore in 1979!" Lori laughs.
As for Kate's shoes and accessories, Lori prefers a classic look. "I don't ever like an open toe with a bridal gown," she says. For Kate, a silk satin or even a lace pump with a high heel would work. But this kind of shoe doesn't have to be too traditional. "Maybe she could dress up a satin shoe with a motif -- like her monogram in light blue." Overall, the whole look is so "grandiose" that the jewelry should be kept minimal. Lori suggests a diamond stud and a small bracelet. "She's going to have an enormous bouquet, so let's not distract from it!"
And speaking of keeping things simple, Lori also favors "very natural makeup -- like she does every day, but bumped up a little. I'd do a slight curl in her hair, but she should wear it down because it's so pretty. Pull the sides away from her face, and put the tiara on top!"