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April 20 2014

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7 posts tagged "Queen Elizabeth II"

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” »

The Most Powerful of Them All

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The Costume Institute at the Met earlier this year celebrated two of fashion’s female greats: Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. It was indeed a great triumph for powerful ladies in all fields. The annual Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, out today, honors Prada and a few other stylish women with the attention they so deserve. No surprise here, but CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg came in at number 33, above one of fashion’s other most powerful ladies, Anna Wintour (#51). Joining them are fashion favorites like Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Gisele Bündchen, Queen Elizabeth II, Beyoncé, and J. Lo. Click here to see the full list. Honorable mention goes to power women in the making including Kate Middleton (you can’t win everything; sorry, Kate), Girls‘ Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence, and Spanx creator Sarah Blakely. Maybe next year, ladies.

Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

In Honor Of The Diamond Jubilee, We Pick Fashion’s Most Royal Frocks

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What Queen Elizabeth II will wear to her Diamond Jubilee remains TBD. All we can say for sure is it’ll likely be made by a Brit—she stuck with Sir Hardy Amies for the first half century of her 60-year reign. But if she decides to break with tradition, there were plenty of regal pieces on the recent runways. The key lime skirtsuit from Oscar de la Renta‘s Resort show has “Her Royal Highness” written all over it. And to accompany the two-piecer, we suggest Valentino‘s dainty ankle-strap pumps with the very doable low heels. QEII has no shortage of crowns, so perhaps Dolce & Gabbana’s floral headpiece is best for her granddaughter Kate.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of more royal runway looks.

Photo: Filippo Fior / GoRunway.com

Hedi In Hiding? Designer’s First Men’s And Resort Collections To Be Shown To Buyers Only, And More Of The Day’s Top Stories

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Good things come to those who wait, right? Hedi Slimane must think so. The French designer, who recently took over Stefano Pilati’s post at Yves Saint Laurent, has decided to present his debut collections for the house, women’s Cruise and Spring menswear, only to buyers. The rest of the world will see his debut during Paris women’s fashion week in September. [WWD]

Just on the heels of the New York City Ballet’s spring gala, which debuted ballets with costumes by Rodarte and J. Mendel, Valentino Garavani has announced he’s getting on his toes. Or, at least, he’s designing for those that do: He’s created all of the costumes for NYCB’s fall opening. [Valentino.com]

Queen Elizabeth II’s crown is getting a makeover. Luxury labels Bulgari, Mulberry, Valentino, and more have taken a stab at reinterpreting the iconic crown in celebration of her upcoming Diamond Jubilee, 31 of which are on display at Harrods department store in London. [NY Daily News]

Since Adam Yauch’s death on May 4, fans have paid countless tributes to the late Beastie Boy. But now, Brooklyn residents arelooking to pay a different kind of homage with something permanent. Residents of Brooklyn Heights have petitioned to rename Squibb Park, which is currently undergoing renovations to become a skateboarding facility, in honor of Yauch. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 

 

 

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Met Ball Masseur Saves Liv’s Givenchy Jacket, And More Of Today’s Top Stories…

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Liv Tyler (pictured) reportedly flew into a panic when she thought she had lost her one-of-a-kind Givenchy jacket at an after-party for the Met ball, but Lino Pastrana, a masseur who apparently works wonders on Donna Karan, Donatella Versace, and Riccardo Tisci, crawled under a table and retrieved it. Healing hands indeed. [Page Six]

Net-a-Porter’s magic hour? “It’s that kick-back moment at 9 p.m. when we notice a big surge in sales,” reveals Alison Loehnis, the site’s new managing director. “That and lunch time.” [Telegraph]

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee is being celebrated this year, and diamond giant De Beers is joining the brigade of Brit labels that have signed on to toast the monarch. The company has created a Talisman crown with over 600 rare raw diamonds and precious stones, with a 73-carat diamond at the top. It will go on show at Harrods on May 15. [Vogue.fr]

Adorkable’s going country. New Girl star Zooey Deschanel tweeted last night that she’s agreed to play country legend Loretta Lynn in a Broadway adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lynn’s life story. Sissy Spacek famously won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lynn in the 1980 film version. [Paper]

 

 

 

Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images