Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Hats of the Royal Wedding

I've always wanted to go to a British wedding so that I could have a reason to wear a fabulous hat, preferably by Philip Treacy. I have an amazing black feather fascinator, but there is really nowhere to wear it in Calgary. The royal wedding only solidified my desire to attend a wedding in jolly old England. While none of the guests came close to looking as good as the bride, some of them did have pretty fierce hats.

Zara Phillips in a Philip Treacy hat.

THE SPENCERS   photo  Royal Wedding
Three blondes in three whimsical fascinators - William's cousins on his mother's side.

Princess Michael of Kent - faboosh.

Lady Sophie Windsor in a Philip Treacy hat and Armani suit.

Prince Harry's girlfriend Chelsy Davy looking like a hot mess. As usual.

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall in a Philip Treacy hat. This bitch knows how to wear a hat.

Victoria Beckham in a dress of her own design, a Philip Treacy hat, and the highest Christian Louboutins currently in production. There is something I find a little weird about this hat; it looks like a giant beetle. She has the best accessory of any of the guests, however: David Beckham.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in a Philip Treacy hat. The British socialite, who was once a nanny for Prince William and Prince Harry, was supposedly trying to detract from her coke-ravaged nose which has caved in. Apparently, she is now clean and has had fillers put in her nose in an attempt to counteract the damage from her previous 400 pound (about $700) a day habit.

Oh no. Princess Eugenie in blue Vivienne Westwood and a Philip Treacy hat and Princess Beatrice in Valentino and a Philip Treacy hat. So far the best reviews I've heard of these two are "They look straight out of Alice in Wonderland" and, my favorite "They look like the Ugly Stepsisters." Ouch.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge Chooses McQueen for the Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton, now Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, chose to wear a dress by Sarah Burton from the house of Alexander McQueen for the most important day of her life. The dress will go down in history as classic, elegant, and beautiful. Similar to the wedding dress worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, it featured long lace sleeves, a full skirt, and a two metre train. Prince William was clearly impressed by the gown as we could see him saying "You look beautiful," as his bride arrived at the altar.
Choosing McQueen is a perfect tribute to the designer, who was often inspired by the royal family in his designs. The dress worn by the maid of honour and sister of the bride, Pippa Middleton, was also McQueen.
The tiara worn by Kate was her "something borrowed" from Queen Elizabeth, who was given it by her mother on her eighteenth birthday. Her earrings were a gift from her parents and featured a diamond oak leaf with a tiny diamond acorn, to represent the new Middleton family coat of arms.
It was certainly a day for the history for the history books! Up next: The Hats of the Royal Wedding.

The bride and her sister.

SKIRT photo  Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton
The train, featuring hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace.

Waving to the crowds.

EARRINGS photo  Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton
Her diamond earrings.

Pippa Middleton, also looking gorgeous. Prince Harry really needs to get with her!

STATE LANDAU CARRIAGE  photo  Kate Middleton, Prince William
The carriage ride from Westminister Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

TIARA photo  Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton
The radiant bride.

HAIR AND MAKEUP photo  Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton
The kiss that will go down in history.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fashion in the Movies

Fashion on film can be a huge style influence. Because it is referencing real life, often the clothing we see in the movies can be much more wearable than what we see going down the runways. The first film to have a sartorial impact on me would have to be Clueless. In grade four I actually
wore a kilt with knee socks and chunky heels to school. Totally inappropriate for a nine year old, I know. I blame Cher.

Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, shopping on Rodeo Drive.

Cher and Dionne rocking the plaid. This is the look I tried to emulate.

Unfortunately, I was also inspired by Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. Fortunately, it only went as far as a lime green pleather jacket, and I managed to avoid the marabou-trimmed PVC dress.


Another unfortunate film I took inspiration from was Spiceworld. I suppose I was a fan of the giant foam platforms worn by the girls before the film came out, but in the movie I got to watch them all prance around in them for a full 90 minutes! I couldn't resist, and I bought a huge foam black and white pair.

Now that I have shared some of the poor fashion choices from my past, it's time to talk about the films that one should take some fashion cues from.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

A classic choice, Ms. Audrey Hepburn as the ultimate girl about town - the original Carrie Bradshaw - shows us that great style will always endure. Every girl needs a perfect little black dress (obviously), pearls, oversize black sunglasses, and a trenchcoat.

Stay chic, rain or shine.

La Belle de Jour

I must admit I have never actually seen this film (it's on my list), but it stars the French actress Catherine Deneuve and it came out in the 1960s. She plays a hooker, which is not genrerally someone I would advise emulating, but this is the classiest hooker I have ever seen. and she gets the cat-eye makeup down perfectly. She wears lots of perfect trenchcoats (not sure that there is anything underneath, though), and all her shoes are designed by Roger Viver.

To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly come together to show us how to do glamour properly. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and set on the French Riviera, Grant plays a retired cat burgalar and Kelly is the woman who catches his eye. The famous costume designer Edith Head brought the glamour of the 1950s to life on-screen (she even won an oscar for it).

This really makes me want to get away to St. Tropez and put on all my most glam outfits.

The Devil Wears Prada
Although this movie is basically just a parade of one designer after another, there are ways to make it work without the Vogue closet. Just please, please don't scrimp on the shoes! Never run out for the subway without the perfect bag and coat combo. Say yes to tailored jackets and skirts. And always accessorize!

Anne Hathaway discovering the importance of designer shoes.

Head to toe Chanel...if only...

Wherever you get if from, be sure to always some inspiration in your fashion choices!