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Fashionistas praise Camilla style
Charles and Camilla (in civil ceremony outfit)
Fashion critics singled out the duchess's hats for praise
Fashion experts have praised the new Duchess of Cornwall for her choice of wedding outfits.

For the civil ceremony, the Duchess wore an oyster silk basket-weave coat with herringbone stitch embroidery and a chiffon dress with appliqué detail, designed by Robinson Valentine.

Philip Treacy designed her hat, which was natural straw overlaid with ivory French lace and trimmed with feathers.

He also designed her headdress for the blessing at St George's Chapel, which consisted of gold leafed feathers tipped with Swarovski Diamonds.

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a full length porcelain blue silk dress with a hand painted ikat design, hand-embroidered with gold thread work.

"Robinson Valentine believed the dress required a sense of occasion for St George's Chapel and so the aim was a flowing, elegant line, concentrating on proportion, fit and silhouette," Clarence House said.

The Duchess's shoes were by Linda Bennett of LK Bennett.

'Stunning' outfit

Sandra Boler, consultant editor and former editor of Brides magazine, said the first outfit was "stunning".

"The outfit had to look stunning but not over the top in the Guildhall, and it really worked," she said.

Charles and Camilla (in blessing outfit) greet crowds
"I think Camilla's choices were brave, unusual and without doubt a triumph
Elizabeth Emanuel
Princess Diana's designer

"The colour is right, the style is right - it is elegant and gently romantic.

"The colour goes perfectly with her hair and her fair complexion, everything about it was very flattering."

She said the Duchess's outfit at St George's Chapel was "utterly beautiful and totally tasteful, perfect for a blessing for a second marriage."

The Observer's Polly Vernon also said the dresses worked, but was slightly less enthusiastic.

"Camilla managed to play it safe while simultaneously scrubbing up really well and with something approaching assurance and aplomb," she wrote.

Adding that the outfits were "...very pretty in their own elegant and upper-arm-obscuring way," she said the first dress "will undoubtedly set the standard for middle-aged women marrying for the second time."

And she praised the hats: "The two Philip Treacy headdresses provided dashes of structure, drama and exoticism."

'Inspired hats'

The Times' fashion editor Claudia Croft critiqued the outfits under a headline which said it all: "Camilla's style wins over the fashionistas."

She wrote that Camilla was elegant and understated.

The Sunday Express quoted fashion designer Bruce Oldfield saying: "You could say she scrubs up well."

"I'm sure she's not looking to replace Diana - she's her own woman and she's proved that today."

He too singled out Philip Treacy's hats for praise, saying they were "inspired".

Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall watch the wedding
Observers and critics alike had to admit the long-term partner of Prince Charles looked stunning as she wore, not one, but two perfect wedding outfits
Daily Mail

Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana's wedding dress, wrote in the Sunday Mirror that Camilla had "proved she could turn on the style and elegance with the best of them."

"She looked elegant, refined and beautiful in the two outfits she chose."

"I think Camilla's choices were brave, unusual and without doubt a triumph," she concluded.

The News of the World said Camilla looked "sensational".

Under a sub-caption "So elegant", the People wrote that Camilla had chosen "two gorgeous outfits for her big day".

It said that the blue overgown she wore to the blessing was "stunning" with "exquisite" embroidery.

"The long chiffon gown beneath swished and swirled beautifully as she swept down the aisle," it gushed.

The Daily Mail said Camilla "didn't disappoint".

"Observers and critics alike had to admit the long-term partner of Prince Charles looked stunning as she wore, not one, but two perfect wedding outfits," it said.

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