12 posts tagged "Prince William"
With the royal wedding ten days away, Philip Treacy is busy. “People came to see me as soon as the invites went out,” says the Irish-born milliner, who has designed headpieces for Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel shows and was famously championed by Isabella Blow. “Most will have three or four fittings because, of course, it has to be right; something like a billion people will see them on the day.”
Royal weddings are “a real hat moment,” according to Treacy, and he knows a thing or two about them. He won’t be attending the Wills/Kate nuptials on the 29th, but, he says, “my hats will be! I did go to the last royal wedding—Charles and Camilla’s, in 2005—and it was the most interesting day of my life. I watched Princess Diana’s wedding as a boy, so to see the future Queen of England coming round the corner towards me in one of my hats was just amazing.” He won’t say who’s wearing his creations this time around—though the clients coming to him are accessorizing Chanel Couture, Valentino Couture, and Gaultier Couture, for a start. “I’m designing hats for queens, princesses, and celebrities; you definitely won’t miss them on the big day.”
Even though he has designed hats for everyone from Lady Gaga to Sarah Jessica Parker and Grace Jones, Treacy knows that royals are among his most loyal customers. “I design for royalty throughout the world because royals actually wear hats,” he explains. “They are the true hat-wearers of the twenty-first century, the ultimate influencers who keep the millinery business going. And England is the home of hats because of the customers here. I design for some very conservative women who think that my hats are normal. Many, like the Duchess of Devonshire, would never wear unusual clothes but when it comes to hats, they see what I make simply as something ‘smart.’ “
Hats, he says, are “the ultimate twenty-first-century personal expression.” (He’s also recently called them “a cheaper form of cosmetic surgery.”) “Every hat I make is particular to every customer, to the way they look, their personality, so you really get to know that person well. They are giving you their heads and I have to give them something they will be comfortable with, even if I push things a little.” Push or not, the world is banging at his door. “One day it will be Pamela Anderson, the next a queen,” Treacy says of his London atelier. “My assistant says it’s like stepping into Alice in Wonderland.” The Mad Hatter jokes make themselves.
Spring is usually the season for long white dresses. So why all the ivory gowns on the Fall runways? We’re chalking it up to royal wedding fever. It’s just over two weeks until Kate Middleton walks down the aisle, and while it isn’t likely that Prince William’s betrothed will do it in any of these dresses (she seems poised to follow in time-honored royal footsteps and choose something more conservative), there are other high-profile, fashion-loving brides tying the knot later this year. Kate Moss and Lily Aldridge are marrying their musician boyfriends Jamie Hince and Caleb Followill, respectively, and we could see those catwalkers rocking one of these frocks. You? Click for a slideshow and let us know.
The U.K. edition of Gentlemen’s Quarterly—a magazine that ought to know about such things—published its list of the 50 most stylish men in Britain online today. (The print edition, which will also include the ten worst-dressed men, not only in Britain but worldwide, arrives on Thursday.) The inclusion of young Romeo Beckham (#26, ten spots behind his father) has caused the most commotion. But there are plenty of other reasons to check it out.
For one, the Beckhams aren’t the only family pair included. Princes William (#27) and Harry (#5) both made the list, with a 22-place differential that ought to make for a bit of sibling rivalry. A few gentlemen included (Alasdhair Willis, #42; David Walliams, #11) may have had a little help from their fashionable wives (that’d be Stella McCartney and Lara Stone, respectively). One married pair even had both partners on the list: Sir Elton John (#21) and husband David Furnish (#6). (We personally look forward to the day when all three members of the family show up: the Rocket Man, his mate, and their new baby son, Zachary Furnish-John.)
Several unimpeachable icons of Brit style (David Hockney, #47; Bryan Ferry, #36) as well as a few designers (Christopher Bailey, left, #33; and the not-quite-British Tom Ford, #7) made the cut. Ford’s protégé of sorts, Nicholas Hoult, star of A Single Man and of Ford’s recent campaigns, clocks in at #3. And at #1? Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson, more familiar to American tabloid audiences than movie audiences: The 20-year-old proposed to director Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, shortly after wrapping the Lennon biopic.
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