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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.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Happy Birthday, Dear Joseph

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Joseph Window

There are only a handful of shops worldwide as iconic as the Joseph on 77 Fulham Road, or known in the fashion world simply as 77. With a prized position in the heart of South Kensington, Joseph is flanked on both sides by some other icons: Daphne’s, Princess Diana’s favorite restaurant; Boujis, her son Harry’s current nightclub of choice; and, of course, Bibendum in the Michelin House, where loyal customers have been enjoying oysters and champagne for generations. That was where yours truly first met the late, great Joseph Ettedgui in 2003, sipping his espresso and puffing a cigar, those eyes squinting behind his trademark round glasses in the glorious October sun, as he put his paper down to fill me in on details of the project at that moment in his life—the renovation of his home. During our many conversations, a constant stream of people was always stopping to say hello. Joseph Ettedgui was the most popular guy in the hood, his charms and charisma irresistible.

September 14 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of 77, and celebrations are afoot for the man who brought Kenzo, Castelbajac, Alaïa, and Yamamoto to the world and who basically created the mold for concept stores like Colette and Dover Street Market. Celebrations start by revealing twenty-five quotes from Joseph’s nearest and dearest, like Naomi Campbell, Katie Grand, and Alexandra Shulman, and they’ll live on the Joseph Web site during London fashion week.

There will also be a window during LFW designed by Vanity Fair‘s Michael Roberts, a great friend and confidante of Joseph’s who, back in the day, worked as a stylist and was all but Joseph’s “right-hand man.” The window is inspired by one of Joseph’s only fashion shows, held around twenty-five years ago, styled by Roberts, where body mapping was somewhat of a thing. Louise Trotter, Joseph’s creative director, has also created a Haring jacquard jumper, inspired by the same fashion show, which will hit the shops September 14. On the eve of the anniversary, Style.com sat down with Roberts to discuss Mr. Ettedgui, who died from cancer in 2010, at age 74.

What are your fondest memories of both Josephs—the man and the brand?
I would see Joseph with a cigar and a coffee, listening attentively, and then motivating you to just “do it.” He was a doer, making sure that things got done. There would be one central meeting, then he would spring into action. Once you had done what it was you set out to do, he would become almost childlike, exclaiming and jumping up and down in celebration and excitement. Continue Reading “Happy Birthday, Dear Joseph” »

Fit for a Queen

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 Princess Margaret's kaftan and turban

Fashion Rules—a new exhibition at London’s Kensington Palace showcasing twenty-one gowns once worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana—provides a peek at the royals’ wardrobes. “These three women were perhaps the most high-profile dressers of their time,” offered the show’s curator, Cassie Davies-Strodder. “Whatever they wore was photographed by international press and seen worldwide. The influence they had on fashion was bar none, and from a historical perspective, we felt it was critical to highlight that.” Now open to the public, the show comes before the much-anticipated September release of Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana biopic, in which Naomi Watts stars as the People’s Princess.

Sponsored by Estée Lauder, the exhibition’s opening party was held on Thursday evening at the Palace (once home to Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, and now the Duchess of Cambridge and Wills). And while the historic home’s new renovations—including a majestic stone hall with a thoroughly modern blue light sculpture by Loop.pH, quirky wallpaper boasting illustrations of Diana by artist Julie Verhoeven, and brick walls adorned with Mario Testino-lensed portraits of Princess Di—nearly overshadowed the dresses, several stood out. Key pieces include a gold caftan and turban worn by the party-loving Princess Margaret for a fete in Mustique (above), five gowns worn by the Queen in the fifties (below), and several Bruce Oldfield looks for Princess Diana. Oldfield himself was in attendance, joined by Poppy Delevingne, Tali Lennox, Minnie Driver, and Mr. Selfridge‘s Jeremy Piven. Designers Manolo Blahnik, Erdem Moralioglu, Richard Nicoll, Henry Holland, and Marios Schwab also stopped by to survey the scene. Continue Reading “Fit for a Queen” »

In London, An Exhibition Double Whammy

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Today, it was revealed that a pair of decidedly dichotomous fashion exhibitions will bow in London this summer. On July 4, Kensington Palace—which served as Princess Di’s home from 1981 until her death—will open Fashion Rules: Dress From the Collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales. (July is also the month Kate Middleton is due). The show’s curators promise that the royal wares will offer a fresh take on the tale of the twentieth-century monarchy. Meanwhile, London’s Jewish Museum will remember a very different kind of icon: In honor of what would have been the late Amy Winehouse’s thirtieth birthday, the institution will launch a July show celebrating the musician’s talent and retro, vampy style. Her guitar, unseen photographs, record collection, and, of course, wardrobe will all be on view.

Photo: Samir Hussein/ Getty Images

A Different Royal in the Headlines

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Photos of a college-aged Ms. Middleton may be plastered all over the Internet, but the late Princess Diana’s pre-royal life was oft kept from prying eyes. Until today, that is, as it’s been announced that an unseen image of the princess at age 18 or 19 (with the words “not to be published” scribbled across the photo) is being put up for auction by RR Auction in New Hampshire. Showing Princess Di on a bed with an unnamed boy and a bottle of Johnnie Walker on a nearby window ledge, the photo is described as a “salacious teenage image of the future princess,” which is really a bit of a stretch. But we do think it’s an alluring peek into vintage Britannia.

Photo:Courtesy of RR Auction