Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Bridesmaid and Pageboy Looks Will Set Wedding Trends Around the World
While it has become as much the norm for pageboys and bridesmaids to be dressed down in linen shirts and Converse trainers in recent years, Pippa Middleton opted for very traditional outfits for the gorgeous gaggle of children who acted as her attendants for her wedding to James Matthews today.
May 21st, 2017. The wedding party, which included Countess Philippa Hoyos, Lily French, Avia Horner and Princess Charlotte as bridesmaids and Casimir Tatos, Edward Sebire, William Ward and Prince George as pageboys all wore bespoke outfits by Pepa & Co.
Pepa Gonzalez, the founder and designer of the childrenswear label which is renowned for its classic designs, created a series of ivory and gold looks.
The boys were dressed in classic gold knickerbockers with cummerbunds and double-breasted shirts while the girls wore full-skirted dresses complete with sash and bow with frill detailling at the collar and sleeves.
All the children wore pale shoes and white socks or tights. They carried baskets filled with petals and floral rings while the little girls wore floral head dresses.
It is likely that Pepa and co. was chosen because of the close ties which the label already has with with the Cambridge family, as George and Charlotte have already worn numerous pieces from the collections; for his third birthday portraits George wore a whale-motif jumper by the brand while Princess Charlotte was dressed in a smock detail dress for the children's tea party which she attended during the royal tour of Canada last year.
"It's such a pretty theme," comments Rachel Riley, another childrenswear designer who has also dressed Prince George and Princess Charlotte. "It's not unexpected from a very traditional family, but the effect is understated and beautiful."
Riley adds that the sage green, champagne and subtle copper tones which were incorporated into the bridesmaid and pageboy looks "fit perfectly for a country wedding, the colours are warm and pretty. It creates a perfect harmony."
"We believe Pepa & Co is appealing because Spanish childrenswear is slightly more formal yet timeless in design," Gonzalez has previously told The Telegraph. "In Spain, the style is much more classic for children; Peter Pan collar shirts, soft colours, floral prints. But it is funny how we actually follow English styles in Spain."
It is thought that The Duchess of Cambridge was introduced to the Spanish childrenswear labels which she dresses her toddlers in by Maria Borallo, their nanny.
"At Pepa & Co, we keep the essence of timeless clothing for children and enjoy seeing our children look like children," Gonzalez added. "The classic clothing I design for Pepa & Co is inspired by the clothing from past decades that we and our parents once wore as children."
No doubt the adorably traditional looks which Prince George and Princess Charlotte were seen in today will spark a renewed trend for classic bridesmaid and pageboy looks at weddings across the world, in keeping with the trends which the royal toddlers have already set: the pieces they wear regularly sell out and it has been estimated that Princess Charlotte could be worth £3.2 billion to the UK economy during her lifetime.
"Demand has not only been created in England for this traditional Spanish style but around the world too," Gonzalez recently told The Telegraph. "I receive orders daily from around the globe from as far as Korea, Brazil and the United States."