They said/We said: We weigh in on the Kate Moss vs. Charlene Wittstock weekend wedding battle

Left: Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco shot by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images. Right: Jamie Hince and Kate Moss shot by Indigo/Getty Images.
Left: Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco shot by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images. Right: Jamie Hince and Kate Moss shot by Indigo/Getty Images.

We didn’t think it was possible to rival the buzz around the royal nuptials (or the buzz around the royal visit, either), but this weekend in Europe, a double wedding of sorts pegged supermodel Kate Moss and former Olympic athlete Charlene Wittstock against Kate and Will in the battle for the biggest wedding of the year. Here’s everything you need to know about Mosstock and the wedding we like to call the Monaco Magnificence.

Moss married Jamie Hince of the Kills on July 1, at St. Peter’s Parish in Southrop. Confirming rumours, the supermodel made a controversial decision by wearing a custom-made sheer, bias-cut John Galliano dress, while Hince opted for a couple of Yves Saint Laurent tuxedos by Stefano Pilati. After the ceremony, the couple hosted a weekend-long reception at Moss’s nearby home. The fashionable guests included Anna Wintour, Jude Law, and Daphne Guinness, as well as a surprise appearance by Galliano (what was on his acid tongue, we would love to know). Stella McCartney also designed three outfits for the bride, including the white pantsuit she sported as she left for her honeymoon on a helicopter. Very Bianca Jagger, if we may say so.

Wittstock chose an off the shoulder, beaded Armani Privé gown for her big day. The ceremony took place at the medieval palace of Monaco and was said to be more formal than Moss’s the day before. Naomi Campbell managed to make it to both events, with outfit changes to boot. Karl Lagerfeld, on the other hand, chose to attend the royal affair, as did Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Karolina Kurkova. Despite the gossip that Wittstock attempted to leave her fiancé, Prince Albert of Monaco, after learning of his third illegitimate child, the event went on as planned and ended with a heartfelt speech from the prince to his new wife.


Naomi Campbell on both weddings: “It was all very elegant and moving. I’ve been to two very different weddings this weekend. Today’s is much more formal. Kate’s was super relaxed. When they said ‘I do,’ everyone in the church got up and started cheering. But today is truly wonderful. Charlene looks stunning.” [Vogue]

Kate Moss’s anonymous neighbour, on her wedding: “It’s disgraceful. All this fuss for a model. We hardly ever see a copper down here, and today you can’t move for them. Shouldn’t these police be out catching criminals rather than standing around in the sun?” [Guardian UK]

Franca Sozzani on both weddings: “The day vows are exchanged, be it a royal wedding or a rebel/rock&drugs/supermodel getting married, it is all the same. Conventional and luxurious.” [Vogue Italia]


Sarah Casselman, senior editor: “As a newly minted Mrs., I am still in the midst of a bridal wave thanks to my recent nups and those of Kate Moss and Charlene Wittstock. While Kate mastered the “undone” done ethereal hair and makeup (not to mention the fashion fairytale wedding dress complete with twinkling embellishment), over in Monaco things felt a little done, dated and dull. Sorry Char, but your off-the-shoulder W-gown was off-the-mark. Mega points though, for your classic Grace Kelly-inspired low chignon. Perhaps you’re a style icon in the making yet.”