By Karen Matich
How possibly can I write about trends for winter 2018 when we have just attended (vicariously of course) the royal wedding of the year!! Cropped baggy jumpers and wide-leg trousers pale in comparison to the pomp and ceremony of this delicious 'A-List' occasion where designer ensemble, after designer ensemble, walked on by for all the world to see.
What better stage to observe and ponder the latest wedding trends worn by the rich and famous as they appeared!! Such a potpourri of hats, fascinators, shoes, clutches, diamonds and frocks. Oh to be olive-skinned, brown-eyed and willowy. Amal Clooney rocked that little mustard number with her saucy hatinator and minimal jewellery, while Victoria Beckham, forever solemn, in long, lean navy, splashed out with spikey red heels. Floral dresses seem refreshingly popular, long and flowing or catching the knee, although Pippa Middleton's Hepburn patterned mint outfit, with its high round neckline and contrasting godets, aged her ten years. Lady Kitty Spencer was magnificent in a forest green Dolce & Gabbana dress. Teamed with a perfectly-matching head-hugging fascinator, her contrasting mustard clutch and shoes accentuated the dramatic floral skirt, giving her the appearance of a walking piece of art.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were disappointingly tame in their choice of head pieces this time round – no two-metre deer antlers or peacock feathers. Eugenie screamed conservative in her wee pill box hat and Beatrice's dull little addition was no more than a fancy hair clip.
Nude shoes were preferred over black for ensembles all in one colour, if they hadn't chosen matchy-matchy and the colour of the shoes generally dictated the colour of the clutch bag.
Kate wore neutral shoes with her soft yellow Alexander McQueen outfit, pulling in the yellow with the flowers on her fascinator and earrings. She looked superb one month after giving birth, low-keying her look in a garment she had worn three times before, and good on her. It wasn't her day.
The greatest reveal of all though, must be our glorious bride. How clever was she to carry off that perfectly minimal effect in her Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller design dress?
No unnecessary embellishments, she didn't need them, just white triple silk organza expertly crafted to compliment. She wore the dress, the dress definitely didn't wear her.
Hasn't it been great to witness the marriage of two perfect strangers on a world stage? Hasn't it been exciting watching this refreshing, romantic fairy tale unfold before us, in direct contrast to the constant doom and gloom tales we usually get? After all, it's given us such a lot to talk about!!
Oh, and ankle boots are still a major essential this winter.