Sharadiya Dasgupta has a day job in the financial services industry. She enjoys fashion and all things fabulous. She hopes to have her wardrobe spilling over with Chanel, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Sabyasachi, Manish Arora some day but till then she is happy writing about these labels and their creations. She has a degree in Mathematics. Books (strictly fiction), films, music and microfinance are her other areas of interest.
So the whole world is talking about it. From the G8 leaders to the corporate head honchos to bishops to people on the streets/pubs and coffee shops.
Even embassies are issuing travel advisories centered around it. No we are not talking about the surprise North Korean offensive. It's the Kate Middleton-Prince William engagement silly.
How perfect they look!! I have always loved this couple. Despite the harsh and intrusive media glare they have stayed together for nine years (that's an eternity) and now look so happy and radiant as they are about to enter matrimony.
Lot of veteran royalty watchers have gone on record saying that this will be the one royal union that will survive. I'm sure it will. After this year's slew of much-publicized, ugly splits, this is just what we needed to warm up the heart.
And now reverting to the fashion bit of it. That shade of blue is perhaps my absolute favourite big event colour. It looks flattering on almost all skin shades n against all hair colours.
It was designed by Brazilian-born Danielle Issa Helayel, a designer Kate has favoured in the past too. The dress fits the beautiful bodied Kate like a dream. The ruching around the waist accentuate her perfect figure and the V-neck is just the right degree of 'deep'.
The length is neither too matronly nor too short - very becoming of the future queen.
And every girl has been swooning over the hair. It looks so natural, shinning and feminine. The make up is again natural with a hint of colour on the cheeks, some lip gloss and lot of attention paid to make the eyes take centre stage.
But I think that glow is less make up and more the flush of love and engagement. Sorry but I'm an incorrigible romantic.
The black suede pumps are predictable but just what the occasion warranted.
And now to the most singular aspect around which the whole look was constructed.
That dazzling 18-carat blue sapphire encircled by 14 diamonds. It is so heavenly. It belonged to Lady Diana, a woman who Kate will always be benchmarked against given the British populace's immense fondness for the late princess.
But I think Kate will do just fine in her signature gracious and elegant way. Plus she already has a headstart with a very favourable public impression.
Here's wishing the couple all the love and success. The royal wedding (touted to be the wedding of the decade) is on April 29, 2011. London will be at her sparking best. And we will watch out for Kate's wedding gown. Bookies are on a roll predicting who will be her designer of choice for the most important day of her life.
Personally speaking, I would want to see her in an Elie Saab creation.
Trivia: Within hours of the official press meet, the engagement dress flew off the shelves. And Issa became a household name.
Take away: I think this sapphire blue will be a great colour to don all through out the winter year-end party season. And also give your tresses a break from heavyduty spray, leave on conditioners, rollers and just ask your hairdresser to give you a volume enhancing wash, apply some root lift product and then blow dry.
It makes for easy movement so that when you spot that cutie across the bar you can toss your hair back and when later in the evening he is seated next to you run your finger through your hair, scrounge them and look at him straight in the eyes. Works every single time. Hair like that is very flirting friendly.