It took not less than two years to have Her Majesty The Queen’s outfit ready for the central celebrations. The white outfit worn by Her Majesty for the Thames River Pageant on 3 June was inspired by the jewelled, white costumes favoured by Elizabeth 1 and was designed to stand out against the deep reds of the Royal Barge, Spirit of Chartwell.
For the Jubilee Concert on 4 June, The Queen’s shimmering golden dress echoed the colour of the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, around which the concert took place. Angela Kelly explains that the fabric itself made reference to The Queen’s long reign, as it was bought overseas in 1961.
On the day itself, The Queen’s outfit is prepared with a choice of brooches, a handbag, gloves, headscarf and shoes. A precise record of the outfit worn to each engagement is kept in the Dressers’ wardrobe diaries.
Angela Kelly, Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Queen Elizabeth II and now author of Dressing The Queen: The Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe also tells the story of her team’s involvement in the behind-the-scenes planning of the James Bond sequence in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 27 July, including the creation of two identical dresses.
Angela Kelly takes the reader through the entire design process, from initial sketches and fabric swatches to the choice of accessories to complement the finished outfit. The author explains how, once fabrics and design sketches are approved, a technical drawing is created from which the pattern is made. A prototype or toile is often used to work out the detail of a difficult design, before a fitting with Her Majesty takes place. Fittings, which may last half a day, involve work on four or five outfits, complete with hats. The next time The Queen will see the finished garments is a day or so before an engagement, when she tries them on.
Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mena Suvari, Kanye West, Helena Christensen, Selma Blair, Alan Cumming and Chase Crawford were among the guests at a party last night in New York to celebrate H&M’s collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela. The unique event was held across many floors of 5 Beekman Street, a historical building in the city’s financial district. Guests were able to discover the collection in dance performances by noted choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and through specially commissioned art installations, before DJ’s kept the party going into the early hours. The Maison Martin Margiela with H&M collection will be launched on November 15th in around 230 H&M stores worldwide.
“We are happy to present the Maison Martin Margiela with H&M collection in New York with this event. Maison Martin Margiela believes in showing its work outside of the traditional context. This mix of installation and performance captures the spirit of the house, and allowed the artists to interpret the collaboration collection in ways they saw fit.” Maison Martin Margiela.
“Tonight’s party has been such an exciting evening, full of surprises. In every room, on every floor, you never knew what you were going to find. The installations showed the Maison Martin Margiela collection with H&M in the most amazing and original way and we believe our customers will really appreciate this collection”, says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.
The derelict and raw nine-story building, housed around a glass-roofed atrium, was the perfect setting for the celebration of Maison Martin Margiela with H&M, decorated in the label’s signature white-painted style. The famed choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker created a unique and beautiful performance in squares of sand, which ran throughout the evening on different floors. Anne Teresa and her dancers removed garments from the collection while performing, thus creating live and spontaneous art installations.
The collection with H&M, a series of re-editions of Maison Martin Margiela garments and accessories from various seasons, was further revealed in special art installations on various floors: artists Daniel Arsham, Frederique Chauveaux and Noemie Goudal, created sculptures, projections and photographs exclusively for the event
“It’s an amazing collaboration! Margiela is a beautiful brand – arty, iconoclastic and always edgy. And the quality is always amazing with H&M. Fashion is great because it’s an expression of who you are”, says Julianne Moore.
“It’s incredible, so exciting to celebrate one of my favourite designers. They are mysterious and compelling and I’ve been a great fan of Margiela for many years. H&M, well, look at the lines of men and women lined up! It’s a great opportunity for people to have access to great designers. It makes luxury available to everyone. It’s very democratic and I’m all for it”, says Sarah Jessica Parker.
“I’m a huge fan of Margiela and I love H&M – it’s a great collaboration. I never get surprised by H&M’s choices, every designer they pick I’m interested in. I’m always standing in the queue with my mother in the early mornings. I’ve been a fan of Margiela since the start”, says Helena Christensen.
“I’m here to see the lovely Margiela collection. I love the way H&M is doing collaborations with other designers. It’s a great thing, to make clothes stylish and affordable. The collaborations are a great idea, they are really amazing!” says Alan Cumming.
I am pretty sure that with Christmas around the corner, everyone would be more than happy to have another excuse not only to indulge on yourselves but to feel as a savvy shopper for your beloved ones pressies!!
FRENCH CONNECTION SAMPLE SALE
Friday 25th November 9.30am to 7pm
Saturday 26th November 10am to 6pm
Sunday 27th November 10am to 4pm
New stock arriving daily with knitwear and dresses from £20, trousers and shorts from £20, shirts and blouses from £15, kidswear from £5, accessories and swimwear from £5.
Where? Centro One 39 Camden Street, London, NW1 0DX, (Entrance on Mandela Street). No parking on site. £1 Entrance fee goes to Faces of Cancer (Breast Cancer Awareness). No cheques or Amex accepted
Hampstead Town Hall Centre, 213 Haverstock Hill
The London Designer Sale (formally the London Accessory Sale) has launched in Hampstead, bringing you the very best of hi-end designer men‘s and women‘s clothing and accessories. All at up to 80% off the RRP with brands including Aquascutum, Belstaff, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coccinelle, Carniani, Chloe, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ed Hardy, Gucci, Harry‘s of London, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Moschino, Patrick Cox, Prada, Religion, Sergio Rossi, Thomas Pink, Tods, Vivienne Westwood, Wishlist & YSL…
Friday 25th: 12pm to 8pm & Saturday 26th: 11am to 6pm November 2011
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are accepted apart from American Express. There is a £1 charge on credit cards.
Sir Paul Smith will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s British Fashion Awards. This special award celebrates the achievement of a designer whose work has had an exceptional impact on global fashion.
Four times previous British Fashion Awards winner, Paul Smith has been the recipient of Menswear Designer (1997/1999), Classic Designer (2001) and Contemporary Designer (2003).
The British Fashion Awards take place next Monday 28th November at the Savoy Theatre, recognising the most influential people in fashion today and celebrating the reputation and development of British fashion.
To raise donations for Save The Children, the official charity of the British Fashion Awards 2011, the BFC are encouraging voters to make a donation through Save the Children’s official JustGiving webpage. Members of the public can also donate straight from their mobile through JustTextGiving by Vodafone, by texting BFAS99 and the donation amount to 70070 e.g. text BFAS99 £5 to 70070.
Is Dior considering taking back Galliano?
It is the question on everyone’s lips associated with the fashion house. Now that talks with Marc Jacobs have been put on hold and other designers, including Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisco, have stated they are happy at their current houses Celine and Givenchy respectively, the options are numbered. And fashion designers have ego’s, nobody wants to be the 3rd, 4th or even 5th choice for fill Galliano’s shoes.
So who does that leave in the running? Perhaps American designers Jason Wu and Alexander Wang, but can we really see these young designers take the help of such an iconic French House. And could they execute couture?
According to Vogue.co.uk, increasing fashion opinion is that the return of a rehabbed, repentant and rejuvenated Galliano is the only answer. Manolo Blahnik and Franca Sozzani have already added their names to the list of those who would love to see him return, and Arnault said earlier this year that he couldn’t see anyone but Galliano in the job.
“I could have asked many other talented designers to do Dior, but it would not have been the same,” Arnault said in January. “Take Marc Jacobs, he has been a fantastic success at Vuitton and he has a proximity to the Vuitton spirit, but I don’t think it would have been a success with Jacobs at Dior and the other way around, if I had asked John Galliano to do Vuitton, it would not have worked. An essential ingredient in the success of the brand today is the real proximity of Galliano to the talent of Christian Dior.”
At this time of year many of us wish to remember and honour the brave troops who have fought for us in wars both modern and historic by wearing a red poppy pin. The Poppy Campaign is run by the Royal British Legion and, as well as raising awareness, raises much-needed money to help those who have been affected by fighting in conflicts.
You will be familiar with the paper poppies that can be bought on the High Street, but the Royal British Legion also have a range of beautiful red poppy jewellery to let you remember in style.
You can buy beautiful encrusted metal poppy brooches from £15, metal poppy pins and metal poppy charms that are compatible with Pandora-style charm bracelets.
In 2009, the Royal British Legion spent over £1 million each week carrying out their work among the serving and ex-Service community.
Whatever you give will help them carry on with our work.
Pandora-style Poppy Charm – £10
Last night, Uma Thurman, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson and Selma Blair were among the guests who joined Donatella Versace and H&M to celebrate the launch of Versace for H&M in New York. In a specially designed building on the Hudson River, Versace’s collection for H&M was shown on the catwalk, alongside some special iconic pieces created just for this exclusive runway show. These iconic Versace looks were worn on the catwalk by top models such as Abbey Lee, Daphne G, Natasha Poly, Sean O’pry and Lindsay Wixson. The show was followed by an after party which featured exclusive performances by Donatella Versace’s special guests, Prince and Nicki Minaj.The venue was decorated in true Versace style, with guests entering the world of Versace from the moment they set foot on the red carpet. The catwalk was paved with gold, the perfect environment in which to preview the Versace for H&M collection, which goes on sale at around 300 stores worldwide and online on November 17.
- “It was the perfect evening, so glamorous and special. I loved celebrating the launch of Versace for H&M here in New York, an iconic city in which to showcase this iconic collection. Now I cannot wait for it to finally reach stores and be available to the world”, says Donatella Versace.
- “Donatella Versace has taken us at H&M on an incredible journey since she began designing the collection for us earlier this year, and last night’s fashion event was the perfect culmination. She has given us the essence of the Versace brand, and last night that came to life with a magical catwalk show that we’ll never forget”, says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.
- Outfits showcased on the catwalk were from the iconic Versace for H&M collection, which brings together different styles from the Versace archive. The long-awaited collection for H&M features such iconic pieces for women as draped metal mesh dresses, silk-crêpe dresses with gold buttons, multi-coloured panel print dresses and the classic Versace studded leather jacket, while for men there are sharp suits, printed sweaters and print shirts, and studded leather jackets and trousers.
- The exclusive show also included unique creations that Versace designed especially for the evening.
- “I think it is so exciting for Versace to made available to everyone. The collection is cool, colourful, young and very hip. I can’t wait to see the show,” said Uma Thurman.
- “I am such a fan of Versace. The fits for a woman’s body are incredible. I’m also a huge fan of H&M. To have Versace at H&M is the best,” said Blake Lively
- “Versace is so incredible and so glamorous. For kids to be able to buy it is wonderful. Donatella is an amazing woman,” said Selma Blair.
It’s boot season and we are here to help you get it right. Meet the boots that work hard at making you look great. Oh and we’ve teamed them with some of our favourite dresses just for the sake of it.
ISSUE 1: CANKLES
Even the slimmest of legs can end in a cankle. If you don’t know what that is then you have skipped this little body quirk where your calf and ankle are simply one entity. Lucky you. But if your calf and ankle are a little too well acquainted then you and your legs must rejoice in the end of summer and her obsession with cankle-accentuating strappy sandals. The knee-high boot is your friend. Enjoy drawing attention to your feet in these on-trend fringed knee-highs. By no means buy a pair of cropped ankle boots.
ISSUE 2: LEAN LEGS
People may scoff when you complain about your too-skinny legs but they just don’t know how tricky it can be to find a boot that doesn’t gape then drape when it shouldn’t or make your Legs Eleven look the wrong side of slim. Don’t try to bulk up your pins in puffed up fur-lined knee-highs but embrace their very leanness in a pair of ankle boots and invest in thick tights.
ISSUE 3: WIDE CALVES
Boots can be mean to you. You see them sitting there looking all perfect and then you try them on but, no matter how you press and pull, that side zip just won’t budge above the top of your ankle. Don’t force your legs in as the visual result is a very displeasing calf muffin top. Happily footwear designers are acknowledging the fact that not all women are Elle MacPherson and some have a little more calf than, say, supermodels. So enjoy boots like these with a wider-leg fit. Phew.
All these gorgeous boots plus more, more, more to inspire you to a stylish winter are online now so check them out.
Nicola Wood Editor, MyRedoute Magazine