WWD ran an article this week in which they asked a wide variety of designers to sketch their dream wedding dress for Kate Middleton to wear when she marries Prince William in the spring. Twenty-nine designers leapt into the fray. They ranged from international superstars like Christian Lacoix to budget mavens like J. Crew to half the team that created William’s mother’s famous wedding gown, Elizabeth Emmanuel.
Of course Miss Middleton won’t actually be wearing any of these designs. Her choice of designer has not yet been made public, but dollars to donuts she will be patriotic and choose a British designer… one who hasn’t already made the design public.
But Twistie, you cry, what does all of this have to do with me, a simple commoner not marrying into royalty and without the budget to blow on Missoni originals?
Seriously, out of twenty-nine designs, only a couple were strapless, a couple were sleeveless, but at least twenty designs had SLEEVES!
That’s right, it looks as though the tyrannical reign of strapless is on its painfully slow way out. Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka and Torey Burch all put sleeves on their designs.
My personal fave? This sleek, elegant design by Gucci:
But no matter what your favorite or least among the bunch, it looks like at long last designers are listening to our cries for sleeves as at least an option… or perhaps are finally sated with the design options of the strapless winter formal. I don’t care which. I’m just thrilled that at long last sleeves will become available for those who wish to wear them.