Not surprisingly the fashion world’s response to Catherine Middleton’s chosen Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress has been largely positive. Many have commented on the vintage timelessness of the design and their adoration for Sarah Burton’s craftsmanship.
Many fashion personalities took to Twitter following the dress reveal to weigh in. Designer Prabal Gurung said, “Kate Middleton's look right now reminds me of the Grace Kelly's wedding gown.” Top model Hilary Rhoda, who admits to having a poster of Prince William on her wall growing up tweeted, “Planned on seeing a recap in the morning, but woke up at 3 on the dot... fancy that! Kate looks beautiful & looove the dress.” Glamour Editor Cindi Leive said, “Feeling sudden regret for not having worn a tiara at my wedding!” While Creative Director of Elle Joe Zee offered up this take, “Catherine [looks] gorgeous in her dress: lace bodice, sweetheart neckline, full skirt (doesn't appear to be massive train), simple veil & tiara.” Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe was all congratulations, “So happy for the brilliant Sarah Burton! Kate Middleton looked beautiful—a true dream in Mcqueen!”
Even Karl Lagerfeld weighed in on the dress of the century on France 2 television this morning saying, “She [Middleton] is very elegant. The dress is classic and goes very well in the Westminster decor. It almost reminds me of [Queen] Elizabeth’s wedding, the royal weddings in the Fifties. The proportion of the train is good. The lace is very pretty. I like the veil a lot.”
Not everyone was so enamored. Fashion designer Lela Rose who is known for her bridal line told USA Today, "The choice of materials and the shape were extremely traditional. I think the dress is perfectly beautiful but somewhat uninspired. Knowing it's coming from Sarah Burton--and she is so enormously talented--I expected a little bit more of pushing the envelope."
Couturier Elie Saab offered this criticism to WWD: “It was a very elegant dress, subtly refined and discreet, in keeping with her style. I would have liked it even more with a little extra volume and a longer train.”
As if in response to critics who are calling the dress a safe choice, wedding doyenne Vera Wang offered up this thought on CNN saying of the dress, “It doesn't seem to be so fashion-forward that it will age in photographs."