We pick New Zealand wedding gowns for Pippa Middleton
Rumour has it Pippa Middleton is trying to outdo her sister's wedding dress.
Already the stuff of wedding legend, Pippa Middleton's nuptials are nearly here. We already know the venue, decor and hospitality will be outstanding, but at the end of the day (and the beginning) all eyes will be on what she's wearing.
We've been treated to a taste of what a vision in white Middleton can be at several previous royal functions, and traced some of her best (and worst) sartorial stylings over the years.
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Pippa Middleton wore a head-turning cowl neck dress with cap sleeves to her sister's wedding.
Like her sister Kate, she favours elegant, classic and often more conservative styles, but we predict Pippa Middleton's wedding to 40-year-old hedge fund manager James Matthews will be one time when she doesn't want to dress like her sister. That means long lace sleeves, huge princess skirts, and metres-long trains are out.
To help her on her way, we took a flick through the lookbooks of some of New Zealand's top bridal designers to see what they have on offer that might work for Middleton's big day.
JANE YEH: The Olivia gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice falling into a full skirt, or the very aptly named Pippa style, which with its cowl neck nods to that famous maid-of-honour dress at her sister's wedding.
SALLY EAGLE: The Piper dress is a full gown of soft lace with scalloped detailing, pleated at the waist and with simple spaghetti straps, while the Flora dress would add a unique element to Middleton's wedding with a hand-painted floral motif adorning the hemline of the skirt.
ALMA WONG: From the Alma Wong Couture 2017 collection, the Marie features embroidered lace with an illusion neckline and back and flowing silk chiffon skirt, while the Ella dress features 3D floral lace with a sheath skirt and a detachable tulle skirt.
HERA BRIDAL: The Deya dress has a simple but unique neckline that falls softly into an embellished skirt, while the Claudia gown has that almost-cap sleeve Middleton often favours, as well as a different take on lace.
VINKA DESIGN: Two classic sheath shapes with unique finishes, the Layla is adorned in Chantilly lace over-appliqued with a beautiful beaded lace, while the Trelise has lattice-style lace over-appliqued with beaded flower lace.
JULIETTE HOGAN: The Award dress is cut from raw silk dupion with a fitted cut away bodice and full skirt, while the long-sleeved Emma gown is silk georgette with a plunging V front and high slit skirt.
JESSICA COUTURE: Another strapless sweetheart neckline with the Fleur gown, bedecked with hand-beaded Swarovski crystals and flowing into a fulle tulle skirt, while the Frankie features a small train, plunging V and sparkling embellishment.
NATALIE CHAN: A top trend in bridalwear right now is the crop top and skirt combo, and we think either of these looks would look lovely on Middleton - the Bonnie set in lace with demure sleeves and midi pencil skirt or the playful tulle Wilma skirt with cap-sleeved Kiki top.
ANNA SCHIMMEL: This silk-crepe gown highlights modern simplicity with a V-neckline and gathered capped sleeves of French lace, while the other sticks with a Middleton favourite shape, the sheath, but with an embellished halter neck.