Monte: Regal and Radiant
Monte Durham is the Fashion Director at Bridals by Lori. You've seen him work his magic "jacking up" brides on "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta." And what if Monte were jacking up Kate?
"Well, she's thin, beautiful and would look good in a burlap sack. But she's the future queen of England, and the design of her dress should pay homage to the crown." Another point to consider? "Every girl wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say, 'I still love my dress.' That doesn't always happen, but with someone like Grace Kelly and other royal brides, the style may be a little peculiar now, but they still look regal."
Monte pictures Kate in a bateau neckline and hand-embroidered Alsace lace lightly scattered with seed pearls. "She's so tall and willowy, I'd put her in a three-quarter sleeve with a cuff that mimics the neckline. A cuff minimizes the need for jewelry and gloves, and it's a great way to transition to the bouquet." As for the silhouette, Monte imagines a very fitted bodice and a skirt "with a little texture." He explains, "I'd like to see a silk crepe -- as the fabric eases from the bodice into the skirt, it flows beautifully with a lot of movement. You get the fullness in the look, but it's still body-conscious." Fit and flare is too contemporary for Kate; Monte prefers a slim A-line.
"I'd like to see a Watteau train, which starts at the shoulder," Monte says. He's feeling a little '60s influence in the look. This style gives the bride a strong connection to her train and helps her pull it more easily. "You're truly pulling it behind you, not dragging it." And, if it were done in Alsace lace, or sheer with lace and crepe, even at 6 to 10 feet, it would be light and perfect for spring.
Working our way down to her accessories and footwear, Monte remarks, "Shoes seem to be one of Kate's passions -- she always has on a beautiful shoe or boot." He'd put her in a classic, satin pump with a serious heel. The jewelry would be simple: a pearl and diamond drop earring and a pearl bracelet. "The crowning touch would be, well, just that. A crown."
Because Kate's hair is so beautiful, Monte explains, "it could be a distraction. I'd style it with some height at the crown and work it into a side knot or a side ponytail. Brides should be careful with half-up styles because they can look like a fourth grade school picture!" Kate's makeup doesn't need to be heavy. "I'd do a very clean, natural look with more intensity in her eyes and minimal lip color. I've never seen her in a bright shade of lipstick, so I wouldn't do one on her wedding day."