You don't need to be a big fashionista to know that Natan is the favourite fashion house of the ladies of the Grand Ducal Family. If you ever need to hazard a guess as to who they - or any Benelux royal ladies, really - are wearing, your chances are pretty high if you pick the designs by Edouard Vermeulen. It also is no secret that quite a few of his designs aren't the most loved by us. Why that is? Well, it's not his designs per se but many of them just don't suit the ladies of the Grand Ducal Family as they don't tend to give the most of shape.
Still, neither Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Princess Alexandra, Princess Tessy or Archduchess Marie-Astrid seem to mind too much. Actually, you can also throw Princess Sibilla into the mix even though I don't have photographic evidence to prove it right now. It sometimes feels like about every third item in their wardrobes is by the Brussels-based design house, which Edouard Vermeulen took over the 1984.
Inspired by the wedding of his brother, the former interior designer turned to fashion in the early 1980's buying the fashion house, originally opened in 1930, in the Avenue Louise in 1984. Since then, some of the most famous creations included no less than three royal wedding dresses: The ones of Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians and Princess Claire of Belgium. While the big job for the 2012 Luxembourgish wedding went to Elie Saab, Natan dressed Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Alexandra, Princess Tessy, Archduchess Marie-Astrid as well as the flower children for the occasion.
Maybe I am too hard on the Natan designs at times. For a long time, in my head I grouped most badly fitted, shiny outfits as to be by the fashion house. It, however, turned out, that some of them were also by other designers. And the time I actually saw one of his creations live, it didn't look as shiny as on many pictures. So what do you think, yay or nay?