Lagerfeld approves Kate's 'elegant and chic' bridal gown
German couturier Karl Lagerfeld hailed Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress on Friday, describing the Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton gown as "elegant and chic".
Commenting on the ceremony for French television, Lagerfeld compared the dress favourably to the one worn at a previous royal wedding: "It's a bridal gown of very refined detail, much more refined than the one Diana wore."
"Alexander McQueen's dresses are always very elegant. It's very pretty, and relatively classic, but that goes with the decor, with a little touch of the 1950s that recalls the Marilyn Monroe of Queen Elizabeth II's dress.
"The lace is pretty, especially the embroidered veil and the tiara not too high, without too heavy a bun. It's ravishing and the length of the train is perfect," he continued.
"It's all elegant and chic -- you don't need to be born a royal princess to be like that," he declared.
Middleton's dress was designed by Sarah Burton, who is creative director at the late British designer McQueen's fashion house. The new princess borrowed a tiara from Prince William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
Burton took over as creative director at the label after McQueen committed suicide in February 2010. The 36-year-old graduate of London's Central St Martin's fashion school had worked side by side with him for 14 years.
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