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April 24 2014

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14 posts tagged "Prince William"

Catherine Middleton: Duchess of the Decks

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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand

More pseudo-news—sartorial and otherwise—unfolds as the Royals continue their Australian tour. Today, Kate Middleton joined the ranks of social butterflies-cum-music mavens like Chelsea Leyland, Hannah Bronfman, Harley Viera-Newton, and Mia Moretti after being taught how to DJ at an Australian youth center. Naturally, this all happened while she was donning a baby pink McQueen suit. Maybe The Misshapes will ring the Palace if they’re looking to turn their trendy trio into a titled quartet. Then again, maybe they won’t.

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Kate Middleton: Fashion Maven or Bright Banana?

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kate middleton and prince williamContinuing her ongoing royal tour, Kate Middleton donned a vivid yellow Spring ’14 Roksanda Ilincic dress during an appearance at Sydney’s Royal Opera House today. While addressing a crowd, Middleton revealed that Prince William told her the dress makes her look like “a banana.” Poor form, Wills. A few days ago, he also reportedly criticized the Duchess’s emerald Erdem coat for being “too bright.” Considering that Prince William has basically worn a variation of the same tired navy-suit-and-red-tie ensemble every day throughout the tour, he should probably lay off. And seeing as Kate was recently dubbed “normcore,” I also think that, if only for the purpose of being cheeky (or even better, stylistically exciting), Kate should test the waters with a few wild getups. How about some Fall ’14 Moschino? Or, if she wanted to embrace the Brits, Meadham Kirchhoff’s latest looks would be a bold choice. Do it to it, Kate, and show the Prince who’s boss—sartorially speaking.

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And The Royal Baby Wore Vintage (Kind Of)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge With Their Son Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge In Bucklebury

To our grave disappointment, Prince George will not be wearing custom Alexander McQueen to his upcoming christening. Rather, the royal family has enlisted the queen’s couturier, Angela Kelly, to reproduce the royal baby gown that has been worn by sixty regal wee ones since it was created by Janet Sutherland for Queen Victoria’s oldest daughter in 1841 (at 172 years old, the original is apparently too delicate to be donned by His Highness). The Sunday Times reports that Jason Bell—a lensman known for his spreads in GQ, Vanity Fair, and more—has been named as the official christening photographer. However, we hope that Mario Testino will at least get an invite to the post-ceremony party.

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A New History: Jason Basmajian Talks Gieves & Hawkes

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Jason Basmajian and the Spring '14 Gieves and Hawkes collection

Gieves & Hawkes—the centuries-old British tailor that holds three royal warrants and owns a prestigious “corner office” at No. 1 Savile Row—is getting a facelift. In January, the brand hired Boston-born Jason Basmajian to take the creative helm. Basmajian’s new role will require him to carry on the tradition of dressing Prince Charles and his kin (baby George can’t be too far away from his first suit, can he?), as well as military, political, and regal grandees, which, over the years, have included Winston Churchill, J.P. Morgan, David Niven, and Laurence Olivier. Basmajian’s mission? To dust off the formidable patina of the brand and turn it into gold dust—English-style. Here, Basmajian talks to Style.com about preserving Gieves & Hawkes’ storied past (so storied, in fact, that the brand employs a full-time archivist to this day), while pushing it into the twenty-first century.

You are American-born and developed your design chops in New York, Paris, and Milan with Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Brioni, and so on. What can you bring to such a traditional British brand?
Funnily enough, that is why I think I was chosen—because I brought an international style perspective to the table. Gieves & Hawkes comes out of a military/equestrian background, which is the anchor of Savile Row. But we also have a loyal clientele in Asia and America where that military and formal tradition isn’t as richly stepped. It weighs heavily on a brand, how to carry that tradition through, but I think my role is to celebrate the brand and move it forward to what today’s man wants, which is a lot of personality and not just body cover. Continue Reading “A New History: Jason Basmajian Talks Gieves & Hawkes” »

Hullo, Your Majesty!

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Kate Middleton and Prince William

Much to the delight of the royal family—and the journalists who have been posted outside St. Mary’s Hospital for days on end—the Great Kate Wait is finally over. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a healthy eight-pound, six-ounce baby boy this afternoon. Could there be a bespoke McQueen christening gown in His Majesty’s future? Here’s hoping.

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