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Capes, Couture and Prince William on the Royal Marriage ceremony in Jordan


It was the best gathering of royals outdoors of a significant coronation: the marriage of Hussein, the crown prince of Jordan, to Rajwa Al Saif. It was additionally a placing show of the facility of modest trend, as company together with Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Beatrice of Britain and varied different attendees wore lengthy robes with ethereal capes flying off their shoulders, or draped, fluted sleeves, in recognition of Jordanian mores.

Queen Rania wore a high-neck black Dior gown with gold-toned embroidery on the again and on the wrists and throat. Catherine, Princess of Wales, accompanied by her husband, Prince William, had on an analogous fashion in blush pink, with embroidery on the bodice, by the Lebanese designer Elie Saab.

Mr. Saab additionally made the bride’s marriage ceremony robe, a stately sheath with an uneven neckline, a draped bodice and what seemed like an acres-long overskirt, its grandeur simply barely subverted by the truth that Ms. Al Saif was sporting flat sneakers.

Flats! That’s fashionable monarchy for you (all the pieces being relative). The sneakers made for probably the most surprising assertion of the occasion, adopted solely by the robe worn by the primary woman, Jill Biden: a light-weight mauve column with a pearl-trimmed keyhole neckline by the Lebanese designer Reem Acra that will have seemed startlingly acquainted to some.

It was, in any case, the identical gown Dr. Biden had worn to host the South Korean state dinner simply over a month earlier than. Even for a public determine who has made a behavior of re-wearing her garments — and although the selection of designer and magnificence was diplomatically spot-on (extra so than on the state dinner) — to look within the gown twice in such shut succession at two main public occasions assured to yield a photograph to go around the world was a reasonably radical transfer.

And one which was inconceivable to overlook. She has pledged her troth, anyway.

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