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April 20 2014

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4 posts tagged "Royal Baby"

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.

Photo: Getty Images

The British Are Coming To Banana Republic

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Issa x Banana Republic

“Retail kismet” was how creative director Simon Kneen described the timing of the Banana Republic Issa London Collection, which debuted yesterday with an event at the retailer’s Soho flagship. The launch comes just two weeks after the world’s royal fever was reignited with the birth of Prince George. Kate Middleton put Issa on the map in 2010, when she announced her engagement to Prince William while wearing a teal wrap dress by the London label. Her frock, of course, sold out straight away. A similar style is featured in the collaborative capsule, and Kneen was happy to report that the BR version, too, sold out almost immediately. (Compared to Kate’s original, which went for over $500, the BR version will only set customers back $130.) That look wasn’t the only highlight in the new lineup, which included a range of easy day dresses in playful prints and bright colors, as well as statement-making costume jewelry, envelope clutches, and T-strap sandals. “The thing that drew us to Issa is its iconic silhouette, which works so beautifully on so many different body types. It’s clingy in all the right places and soft where you want it to be,” said Kneen, who pointed out other favorites, like an intarsia-knit shift and a kimono-sleeve number with an allover pop-art zebra pattern. “I call it ‘human camouflage,’” he said. The red telephone box and classically clad Beefeaters stationed outside of the store got shoppers in the U.K. spirit.

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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.

Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images