The English have a weakness for commemorative tat of any kind, be it a plastic car window flag emblazoned with St George’s Cross or a Prince Harry replica party armband. British tabloids have long known this and exploit it at every turn however great or small. Throw a wedding-themed Royal Rumble and the baying packs of Sun readers are liable to leverage what little bit of equity they’ve to their name so that they too can say they were there when… . Brazen celebratory pandering, however is not the exclusive purview of the red tops, mind, it’s also a tactic employed by some of the more esteemed publications stationed in the gilded alleyways just off Fleet Street. The May issue of British Vogue adopts a royal nuptial theme for the “Wedding Belles” editorial by Mario Testino that features Ford’s Karmen Pedaru. Flanked by members of the Household Calvary Regiment, Karmen wears an off-white silk and grey dégradé tulle dress by Dior Haute Couture, Paris, tulle veil by Elie Saab, fingerless opera gloves by Glovedup, and fresh flowers, in hair, by Absolute Flowers. The admittedly fine portrait is a fitting and mostly vanilla tribute (that is a Galliano gown after all) to the forthcoming wedding of Prince of Wales and the, erm, erstwhile Jigsaw accessory buyer. With Karmen Pedaru participating in the royal matrimonial build-up, it is understandable why not only the English, but the rest of the world is a bit weak in knees. So may the engaged show mercy and just elope already.
Credits include: Publication, British Vogue May 2011; Title, “Wedding Belles”; Photography, Mario Testino; Fashion editor, Lucinda Chambers; Hair, Rudi Lewis; Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury; Manicure, Lorraine Griffin; Production, 10-4 Inc.; Digital artwork, R&D. With thanks to British Airways (Ba.com), the Sea Cadets (sea-cadets.org), The London Pearly Kings and Queens Society (Pearlysociety.co.uk), the London Fire Brigade (London-fire.gov.uk), the Household Cavalry Regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (Army.mod.uk).