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July 29 2014

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Amanda Wakeley Wants You to Take a Second Look

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Amanda Wakeley

Yes, Amanda Wakeley has dressed the Royals—Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, to be exact. But the designer is capable of sartorial feats beyond monarchial moments. Her Fall ’14 collection is a testament to that.

Wakeley started her business twenty-four years ago. Her embellished eveningwear and clean, glam daywear have appealed to the posh Chelsea girl clientele and even drawn in A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Florence Welch. In 2008, Wakeley quietly resigned as creative director and stepped away a bit, only to come back in 2014, armed with new investment, a swank new Mayfair shop, and a ferocious attitude.

Fall ’14′s palette is rich but sparing—think a dark brown fur tunic and a “silver fox” print. A head-to-toe leather look spliced with a Matrix-esque coat projects an alpha female vibe. Kimono-like jackets and blouses have bracelet sleeves, perfect to show off tough studded cuffs, while “judo” belt details on a leather skirt teamed with a netted crop top require heaps of confidence. Wakeley’s Fall looks are more severe than those of seasons past. But, a keen businesswoman, she’s not abandoning her loyal clientele—her classic styles are still offered via her Atelier, Bridal, and jewelry lines. Wakeley also introduces swimwear this season, a natural step given her following of jet-setters. Although after this outing, her fan base is sure to expand.

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