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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.


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.

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.

2011 Metal Poppy Pin Badge2011 Metal Poppy Pin Badge – £3.05

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.

Pandora-style Metal Poppy CharmBut for every person they reach, there are many more who are still struggling alone. The demand for their support continues as Service men and women, young and old, call on them for emotional, financial and practical help.

Whatever you give will help them carry on with our work.

 Pandora-style Poppy Charm – £10

Block this date in your agenda: 17/11/11 as it would be your perfect excuse to soak in all Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar‘s glamour by the time you indulge yourself in a highly luxurious shopping experience…and all for a good cause!!

Don’t forget to claim your cumplimentary tickets here


an evening of high-octane luxury

For all of you around London this weekend and looking not just only for another lazy Sunday in town,I leave you with the opportunity to take part in a fashion mag-style photoshoot and see your face at the National Theatre.

Fashion photographers Clive Arrowsmith (Oct 8 & 9) and Jillian Edelstein (Oct 10 & 11) host fashion magazine-style photoshoots.Up to 100 people each day will have the opportunity to be photographed, receive a copy of their portrait and see it projected on to the Lyttleton Flytower as part of insurance group Aviva’s ad campaign.

Sounds cool? Read more here.


British designer Cath Kidston is coming to Selfridges London on 6 October to sign copies of her new book Patch! from 6 – 7pm.

Located in the newly extended Cath Kidston concession department on the Lower Ground Floor, customers will be given the opportunity not only to meet Cath, but also to purchase the book ahead of it’s launch on 7 November.

Patch! will be the sixth book Cath has published and the fourth in it’s series, presenting a new and innovative take on traditional patchwork. The book contains 30 simple patchwork-inspired projects, suitable for beginners and more experienced crafters alike.

Best known for its witty, vintage-inspired printed accessories and home decor, Cath Kidston has become one of the most influential design companies in the UK in recent years.

Find here all the events and activities, open to students from the 6 Art Colleges in London

Walter Van Beirendonck is one of fashion’s true mavericks. Graduating from Belgium’s Royal Arts Academy in 1980, he was one of the illustrious ‘Antwerp Six’ – alongside Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee and Dirk Van Saene (his partner of 30 years) – who together disseminated a radical new aesthetic and placed Antwerp firmly on the fashion map.

Now the Antwerp Fashion Museum (MoMu) is celebrating the 54-year-old designer’s three decades at the cutting edge with the first ever large-scale retrospective of his work, entitled ‘Dream the World Awake’.

Find more about the last fashion maverick in the last Issue of Wallpaper Magazine



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Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp – MoMu
Nationalestraat 28
2000 Antwerp

Mid way between The Hills, Gossip Girl and The City, the last chapter of What Should I Wear by Mango show you the perfect attire for a number of occasions: girls night out, job interview, meeting with your client, homecoming dinner or just flirty drinks with that colleague that you particularly fancy…

Enjoy it!


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