Oh snap! In one corner of Europe we have Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge riding high on worldwide viewership. In the other corner we have Isabella Orsini, goddaughter of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and wife of Belgian Prince Edouardo de Ligne. Orsini wore a strikingly similar lace confection but two years ago when she married her tall, dark and handsome prince (obviously not the result of 2500 years of inbreeding. We kid. WLYPW). God bless the Daily Mail, because they were able to dig up pictures of Orsini’s September 2009 nuptials and allow us to criticize Orsini’s fugly tiara make comparison between the two luffly ladies.
Now, we can’t give credit to Italian actress Orsini, because technically Grace Kelly originated the lace v-neck gown, designed by Priscilla of Boston. BUT, out of all three -and I hate to say this because Princess Grace was a classy lady-Catherine wins. She wins by a landslide. Her Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown was simple and flawless. Orsini’s, made by Belgian designer Gerald Watelet, look kinda David’s Bridal-ish in comparison. And that tiara. Sell it. Melt it down. Just do whatever you have to do to get rid of those blue stones.
Orsini told Italian mag Novella 2000, “As soon as the Duchess of Cambridge went out to go to church, I thought her dress was a copy of mine. It means Kate Middleton has good taste.”
Who wore it best, my friends?