Apr 30, 2011

So Sue Me,

For I may be the only person in the world who did not love Kate Middleton's wedding look.

How can it possible? TIME called it 'sensational'. My fashion & beauty mecca Bunnyshop loved it. Everyone else did. But I did not. Why?

The reason is, from my non-expert point of view: everything was too understated. 

Let's elaborate, shall we.

Kate wanted her hair to be down, flowy and sleek. She did not want any other hairdo, so she wouldn't be so unrecognizable to Wills in their wedding day. We-e-ell, I doubt if she put her hair up Will would be all like, "Bitch, who are you?! Where's my bride?! Security!". Agak, parno ya... But then again, I've never, ever seen Kate with any other hairdo, so it's gotta be her signature thing. Or maybe it's what turn Will on?


As for her makeup, Kate decided to did it herself, and I have no complaints for that. Of course, she opted for neutral, warm, earthy tones. Surprise! Not. BUT still, I have no complaints. She was still as gorgeous as ever. The only thing I just had to comment on was I believe she could do her finishing better. I understand heavy, cakey makeup is as horrible as tripping while walking down the aisle, but with the right skills, dark circles, marks, and wrinkles could be covered without looking cakey, you know. Percaya, deh.

But the most anticlimax thing of all is her dress. 

I blame the media for this. Months before D-Day, medias successfully made a huge deal over the mysterious dress -- how's it gonna be, who designed it, how modern/conservative it'd be, and eventually created massive expectations. And I ate it up like a big chocolate cake.

So when Kate showed up, I was like, "OK, lace, nice! OK, plunging neckline, very un-conservative, nice! And... that's it?"


Don't get me wrong -- although I'm an Indonesian (Most Indonesians would rather die than getting married without a Swarovski-bling-clad dress, usually with gold lace. We really do party like it's the 1980s), I don't always think that more is more. In fact, I hate Lady Diana's wedding dress with a passion (too much fabric dan 1980s bangeeet. Nonton di BBC, desainernya bilang ini untuk memuaskan kemauan publik atas 'fairy tale wedding'), and I also have never liked Anne Avantie's designs, ever. But with her dress, Kate's look was officially way too understated for me.


By no doubt, Kate's dress is beautiful, timeless, and nowhere near tacky. But timeless does not have to mean very safe. If the Duchess of Cambridge wanted a clean look, go ahead. But I feel she should've gone with one statement item. Like a statement hairdo. Or a statement tiara + veil. Or a statement train. Or a statement lace. Or a piece of statement jewelry. Keep everything else simple von au naturale. Therefore, her look would become more memorable.

Nggak mau pake lace-lace timbul ala Nicole Richie, Mbak Ket?


Random: This is Nicole Richie's wedding dress' detail that I adore. Swooned.
But then again, this was her wedding, goddammit, and Kate could've walked down the aisle in a clown suit, and she would still had her royal wedding. In fact, in this case, Kate wins, because she got married to the man she truly loves (bukan kawin paksa) while wearing the dress she closely co-designed, and even did her own makeup. Did she care if her dress satisfied the public's (huge) expectations? Nay. So Kate wins (whereas, Diana fails).

But you know who won first? Grace Kelly. From her dress, to her hair, to her makeup, and especially her headpiece/veil, everything was perfect and classic sans boring. Kalo saja Prince Rainier lebih ganteng daripada Wills, sempurna lah hari pernikahan dese tersebut.




Nevertheless, all happiness for the newlywed, may the marriage live long and prosper. Hurrah! *tebar confetti*

14 comments:

  1. eyes don't lie..
    dari pertama liat muka dia, langsung mikir, matanya keliatan capek jeng..polesan kurang manteb??
    ternyata mekap sendiri toh, maklum ngga ya..huehehe.
    bajunya..nama besar mcqueen jadinya begitu doang? not stunning enuff!! *walopun gw jg belom tentu mampu sih kalo disuru beli, hihihi*

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  2. Nyun: Nah! Soal mik-ap, pasti dukun mantennya udah ngedumel di belakang, "Nggak sama aku sih dandannya! Nggak dipuasa-in! Kurang mancar deh..."

    Hahaha. Iya, gue masih dalam keadaan limbung, either to love this McQueen dress or not. Aslinya sih nggak demen, tapi pas denger katanya dijait tangan, dan si penjait harus cuci tangan tiap 30 menit sekali, dan ganti jarum tiap 3 jam, jadi mikir kan yaaa...

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  3. ah kalau aku ga peduli mba lei, soalnya fokus kemaren cuma liatin prince harry. *salah fokus* :D

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  4. Lei, gue sih ngerasa bajunya oke oke aja sih. Justru below expectation ini malah unik juga, jadi malah bener-bener surprise kan ??? Nah, the problem is, si Sarah Burton itu bukan Alexander Mcqueen. There's no way si Alex will make a dress as simple as that (visually I mean). Nama Mcqueen jadi terkesan cuma tempelan semata.

    Yang gue sayangkan cuma 1: MAKE UP AND HAIR DO. Tolong deeeehhhh.... Make up and hair do tuh penting bangettt. Aku kuciwa di bagian situnyaaa... Coba dia punya hair di up do, dengan make up natural dan lebih bright, she will look much more beautiful.

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  5. me too mb lei. Walaupun basically she's so beautiful indeed. Koq rasanya kurang stunning gitu ya mb. I expected more more and more with a really beautiful woman like her. IMHO, Dari mulai wedding dressnya, dan terutama make upnya yang terlihat biasa bgt dan liat donk kantong matanya dan her wrinkles. Age can't lie. Oh God! Seharusnya orang kerajaan inggelis harus mengimport dukun manten indonesia yang aji-ajinya luar biasa dahsyat ya. hihihi

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  6. GRACE KELLY FTW!!!!! #gaksantai
    tapi emang bner deh, she's the most gorjes bride that earth ever had....
    mbak lei, next post bahas ridiculous hats dooonk..... *jiwa penggunjing*

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  7. eike ngerasa memang dress mbak kate ada kemiripan dengan dress grace kelly in term of lace lengan panjang. yes?

    temen eike RT : E! said looks like lace will be a huge trend this year... will somebody pls introduce Anne Avantie to E! You're a century behind.
    Ahahahaha.

    Gue malah iri luar biasa. Iri! Iri! Sama peppi the bridesmaid. Maygat itu bodi! Itu cutting dress!

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  8. Semua: Aku diem aja ah, soalnya pendapatnya udah pada seru-seru sendiri hihihi.

    And yes, Grace Kelly for the win, and yes, kita harus bawa tukang-tukang jait Enggris ke Endonesia. Kalo disini, yang di desa aja kawinnya pake lace kok! Heran!

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  9. halo lei...suka nih ama blognya. Ijin nge-link yaa...untuk edisi Royal Wedding ini aku agak beda pendapat nih, coz aku liatnya dari segi mendobrak kebiasaan, she rocks...Tapi teuteup setuju ama Grace Kelly yang menang...

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  10. Halo Katrin, boleh link aja :) Thanks yaa

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  11. setujuuuuh..rada drop ngeliat si kate.
    bahkan si KD jdi nampak spektakuler pas nikah dibanding mba kate.*harus ya pembandingnya mba kd*

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  12. setuju banget! baru aja pagi ini bandingin sama grace kelly. memang layak dapat bintang dia yah :D

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  13. Ahhhh, gw juga agak kuciwa sih tapi tetep I think she looked gorgeous and stunning. I love the dress, tapi seperti yang Mbak(?) Lei bilang, it's too understated. Dan iya ya, after closer inspection, keliatan gitu klo make-upnya sendiri secara wrinkle dan under eye circlenya keliatan. Jadi kurang manglingi, klo kata orang kita! Klo cantik mah emang udah dari sononya ya. Ihhh, Grace Kelly itu cantik klasik banget deh ya! Seneng liatnya!

    Btw, selama ini udah jadi silent reader tapi belum pernah komen. Love your blog! Dulu ngikutin blognya yang lama, eh, tiba-tiba nemu yang baru ini :D

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  14. Anonim & Nita: Tapi lama-lama gue curiga, ini emang selera gue aja yang kalo ngeliat manten kudu berhiaskan brokat Pasar Baru yang paling padet, payet Swarovski, dan bordir benang emas hihihi

    DwD: Embur, embuuur... Tapi mungkin tampilan simpel gitu yang bikin Mbak Keti hepi yaaa. Nggak papa-lah. Teori gue, mungkin si Kate mikir: ngapain nikah harus ribet? Wong seumur idup jadi putri nanti bakal ribet sampe akhir hayat kok *jleb*

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