The Alexander McQueen Royal Wedding Dress

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As you probably know by now; Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress was designed by Sara Burton of the Alexander McQueen house. Several top designers have already praised the elegant dress:

“She 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.” Karl Lagerfeld

“I like the dress very much, simpler than expected: a combination just in between 1956 Grace Kelly and 1947 Queen Elizabeth dress. I love the modest veil with the Queen Mother’s Thirties scroll tiara and balanced volume of the whole gown. She’s radiant; she never was so beautiful.” Christian Lacroix

“The veil is a little flat, but because she has such a lovely face, she can afford to wear it this way. She is very pretty.” Hubert de Givenchy

“Very much in a royal tradition, reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth’s – and a little bit Grace Kelly. She looks happy, radiant and natural.” Peter Copping of Nina Ricci.

“McQueen was a brilliant choice. The choice of the label and the style of the dress was a very clever mix between edgy fashion and tradition – all in a very British way. You could see references to Grace Kelly or Queen Elizabeth’s dresses, but in a simpler, more modern way. I loved her hair down. It looked perfectly natural and noble. Truly royal.” Antonio Marras of Kenzo

All quotes are from the Telegraph.

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Video of Royal Wedding Kiss

Prince William stole a kiss from his new bride, Kate Middleton, and looked so shy doing it. I even think he blushed a little.

Some William & Kate Royal Wedding Pictures

  

Will You Be Watching the Royal Wedding?

Video Review of the W Hotel in Leicester Sq London

 

A few months ago, I had posted about the W Hotel opening in London’s Leicester Sq. One of my readers, Lisa Gusto, actually stayed in the hotel and posted a video review of the room.

Check out the amazing W Hotel and it’s room. I still can’t get my head out of that snack box, the stuff included there are mind boggling.

Prices start from £440 a night.

Prince Al-Waleed’s Wife with Prince Charles

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These are pictures of Prince Charles with Ameera Al-Taweel, Prince Al-Waleed Biin Talal’s wife. They were taken at the re-opning ceremony of The Savoy Hotel in London.

Click here to see more pictures of her, at the opening of the New Islamic Adition to the Louvre, for example.

Prince William’s Wedding Invitation

Prince William & Kate Middleton’s wedding is in two months, and the invitation cards to the Royal Wedding had to come out soon. What do you think of it?

A Night of Culture in Dubai: West End Class Musicals

While we were in Dubai a few days ago, we went to see a musical called “The Three Phantoms“, at the Centre Point theatre in the Mall of the Emirates. The musical of part of the 2011/2011 DUCTAC season.

The musical is about the amazing music of  the different play versions of “The Phantom”, but mostly Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” successful version that has been playing in both Broadway and the West End for more than 25 years.

The music and songs and standards were more than amazing, it’s exactly what you would expect from a highly successful West End or a Broadway show. This was not an amateur performance, but rather felt more like a private VIP show of the best musical Theatre actors in the world.

  • The three actors have previously played the real Phantom in Andrew lloyd Weber’s London show, and have clocked more than 6,000 performances between the three of them.
  • The actress has just finished playing Christine, the Phantom’s love interest, after doing so for the past two years in Weber’s London show.
  • The Musician who played all of the music for us was the same one Musical Director of Weber’s London play, for more than three years.

We weren’t allowed to take photos, but I managed to get a sneak at the curtains, before the show starts. I also noticed that one of the chairs in the theatre was donated by none other than our local Kuwait Food Company (Americana). That made me feel sad to realize that Kuwaiti companies do actually know how to support arts of international standards, but are too selfish to do that in Kuwait.

Check out the Golden Piano. It was the star of the night. And for once, I’m not going to make fun of Dubai’s superficial fascination with gold. This night was Gold, the beautiful performances deserved the Gold Piano.

This was my first time at this kind of event in Dubai. But from what I’ve seen this night, I’m always going to check out performances and book tickets every time I’m in Dubai again.

Tickets were between Dh 120-250, which is basically KD 10-20 for both a top notch theatre and performance. Maybe now you can understand why I was complaining about the KD 75 Abracadabra magic show that’s coming to the Skating Rink next weekend.