Katherine Middleton is the classic and conservative style icon for our time. But fashion critics seem to forget that words like “classic” or conservative” are just more poetic words used to describe her pretty fashions that are unimaginative and dull. Fashion critics are clearly commercial hacks who are just glorified advertisers for the fashion industry. That is why Kate Middleton is the top fashion icon for the new generation. Her fashion choices are more marketable and represent more of fashion on the runways.
Fashion critics are often critiquing fashion with the approach of salespeople for high fashion brands instead of as real art world professionals. One egregious example of the fashion world’s refusal to respect art is the recent excessive praise for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. This praise was often at the expense of the reputations of more innovative British royal wedding gown designs.
Designers and fashion critics loved how Kate Middleton’s dress combined a modern aesthetic with traditional wedding dress design. However, there is nothing innovative about combining traditional design with a modernized and simple way of designing fashion. All fashion designs are either traditional, modern, or a combination or both types of design. Another way to describe “combining traditional and modern design” is to say that the dress “combined current fashion with fashion that has already been done.”
Nothing is especially creative about that aspect of how the designer for Alexander McQueen designed Kate Middleton’s wedding gown. That aspect of the wedding dress design was the most admired aspect. This is probably because modernized, tailored fashion is a signature of how the Alexander McQueen design house designs fashions. The addition of modern tailoring to the dress gave the dress some added celebrity status because modern tailoring and simplicity are Alexander McQueen signatures.
But mere advertisers for the fashion industry must put a lot of hype around this feature of the gown iin order to be salespeople for Alexander McQueen fashion and the fashion industry. Fashion critics must also claim to love fashion that is current to boost fashion industry sales.
The best design element to the Kate Middleton wedding gown was how viewers of the royal wedding could see the lace design that contrasted against Ms. Middleton’s peach skin. However, that is an unoriginal idea. That is the only way to make the lace design more vivid while sticking with the traditional monochromatic look that dresses must look like to be deemed traditional wedding dresses. Lace patterns are obviously the most beautiful aspects of how traditional wedding dresses are designed.
There is no other especially beautiful or original feature of the Kate Middleton wedding dress besides the lace pattern that contrasted against her skin. Sarah Ferguson’s royal wedding dress was much more original. It looked like the kind of wedding dress that would be featured in wedding dreams of young girls.
The Sarah Ferguson royal wedding dress was the best recent royal wedding dress design. It was whimsical and extravagantly detailed. It had a gorgeous silhouette that looked more curvy. It featured a more dramatic train. The designer just did not get the level of praise that Kate Middleton’s wedding gown designer received because it did not look as commercial or as fashion forward.