By NICKY CHAMP
Question: if you had all the money in the world, what kind of wedding dress would you choose?
Something simple and elegant a la Amal Clooney? Or perhaps a sleek Kate Middleton lace-inspired frock? Or would you go all out and wear the biggest, meringue-style wedding frock, complete with 15-foot-long train?
If you answered yes to that last one, consider Nell Diamond (not to be confused with Neil Diamond) to be your new spirit animal, because that’s exactly what she did.
Nell, 25, is the daughter of disgraced Barclays UK banker, Bob Diamond, who resigned three years ago when it was found the bank was submitting false reports. She’s a former Deutsche Bank analyst who now works for Louis Vuitton, and the groom, Ted Wasserman is a managing director at Deutsche Bank.
If you’re currently planning a wedding, it’s probably best you avoid scrolling through the envy-inducing #NellandTeddy hashtag.
But back to the dress, the Olivier Theyskens-designed gown was made with 35 metres of silk, featured a sweetheart neckline and embroidered feathers on the breathtaking 15-foot train. To put that in perspective the train on Princess Diana’s wedding dress was 25-foot (7.62m).
Nell’s train was so heavy that no less six people needed to assist her just so she could put her heels on. Even her bridesmaids could travel undetected underneath it – handy if you’re trying to escape prying relatives or overly enthusiastic groomsmen.
Wedding website The Knot priced the dress at a casual US$250,000-$300,000 since Diamond only paid for the material and labour, not the retail price. A bargain, no?
The bride didn’t stay in the dress long, changing into a Grecian one-shouldered Prabal Gurung dress for the reception. Gurung also designed the pale pink and yellow dresses worn by her eight bridesmaids.
Sure Diamond’s matrimonial gown was probably fitting for a wedding held at the glamourous Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France (which is booked out six months in advance), but we just have one question, how on earth do you go to the toilet in that dress?
If money was no object, would you wear this dress?