Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alexander McQueen lavender gown

Will and Catherine attended the BAFTA Brits to Watch gala towards the end of their North American tour.
Kate relied on her trusty Alexander McQueen, wearing a lavender gathered gown - I'd call it almost Grecian style - with sparkly waistband across the natural waist line.  The neckline appears to be a wide boatneck style with set in style cap sleeves (it kind of looks dolman in style only very short.)
I will say right now that this is not my favorite gown for her.  Kate already has a wide and long shoulder line so between the wide neckline and heavy shoulders, the gown adds too much bulky width.  It almost looks like linebacker padding.
However I really like the gathered skirt since a slim body type like hers becomes so much more proportionate with the added volume those gathers provide.  The volume of the skirt helps even out the wideness of the top, I am just not a fan of the heavy neck and shoulder line on her.
Since I am almost sure this gown was custom the only price approximation I can muster for an Alexander McQueen evening gown is obviously well into the thousands.

J.S. Collection has come out with a similar light lavender pleated gown in polyester chiffon, with one retailer even outright calling it a "Royalty Inspired" look.  It is very true to the original inspiration with the exception of looking just a bit more sheer in the bodice.
This gown retails for ≈ $250 U.S.

J.S. Collection - "inspired" poly-chiffon pleated gown via Dillards (left) and Macy's (right).

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