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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.

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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.

http://www.poppy.org.uk/

http://www.poppyshop.org.uk/

 Pandora-style Poppy Charm – £10

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

This coming Autumn promises to be a good review of the old good classics. Be ready to fly free and plunge into Swing new era. Take a walk at Carnaby Street for some inspiration, rescue your over knee high boots (preferably those with squared wooden heels)and team them up with flirty skater skirts and minis in acid colors. Keep your colored jeans out and give them a new twist with turtle neck sweaters in neutrals as beige, black or navy blue. Two pieces ensembles are a must, just pick the pair that suits you best, from twin-sets to structured mini-dresses and minimalist matching coats.

Think Seventies and look to Sixties style icons Mary Quant, Twiggy and Julie Christie. Make the most of your summer sales and grab a good pair of silky Palazzo trousers (as these by Zara: they are a good investment as also tick the bold color box, trend that arrived last Spring to stay) and chunky samdals, to be recycled by pairing them with thick knee high school shocks. Broad wing hats, fringed bags and earthy colours as mustard, orange and sand are the basics to spoe up your September wardrobe.

If you crave for every ad campaign by Polo Ralph Lauren, you´ll be thrilled with this year´s take on the posh school outfits. This checked blazer by La Redoute is a definite must to add to your basics collection.

If want to connect with your mosr glamorous inner trend setter, look back to the Forties. Vogue UK reports how Gucci, Miuccia Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier and Donna Karan have ushered in a season of sheer Forties glamour, complete with furs, pearls, gloves and shrugs – all revolving around the pencil skirt.

 


With a long weekend loop on its way, what better to update your off-duty wardrobe hand in hand with GQ´s stylists?

This time Lady on a Vespa is taking a ride into men´s style issues, do you fancy coming?

Enjoy it guys!

Be at the chance to win an exclusive pampering party and £200 worth of luxury beauty products for you and your girlfriends, courtesy of Bare Escentuals on Neal Street in Seven Dials.

You and your five favourite friends will be pampered at Bare Escentuals intimate Covent Garden Boutique. Begin your treat by indulging in sweet treats and champagne, before each of you experience a stunning Bare Escentuals make-under.

The Bare Escentuals range is designed to highlight your natural beauty, featuring light-weight and soft, natural beauty products that are perfect for sensitive skin, and giving a luminous glow. Perfect for creating a natural radiant look this season.

Having had the opportunity to discover the beautiful Bare Escentuals range for yourself, each member of the party will receive a gorgeous selection of natural beauty products, so you can recreate the understated Bare Escentuals look at home. Included in the £200 goody bag will be two ‘Get Started Kits’ which contain all the tools to make sure your skin glows every day.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive pampering prize to share with friends.Simply fill out your details here to enter the competition now.

If always dreamed of going to LA, witnessing the sunset in the Gran Canyon or taking a trip to Alcatraz with the hope of escaping through the Route 66, TrekAmerica and New Look are offering you the chance to make your dream come true.

The only thing you have to do to enter this competition is filling this questionaire and crossing your fingers to be entitled to a glamping trip and tour around the USA’s West Coast!

Vivienne Westwood and Stephen Jones have teamed up with photo-illustrative photographer Simon Procter on the launch image for Royal Ascot 2011.

The image consists of a racing scene overlaid with fashion photography, as models pose in two bespoke couture pieces and one demi-couture piece from Westwood’s Gold Label collection, against a background of Ascot dating from 1818. Westwood’s dresses pay homage to the past; the black and white frock is inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s dress from the racing scene in My Fair Lady, while the ombre silk dress in the centre reflects early Victorian-era fashions, constructed with a special taffeta fabric which features 300 different, individually colour-dyed hues.

Meanwhile, Jones’ hats similarly recreate historic style moments, from the ombre silk period bonnet from the first century of Ascot (centre hat) to the Edwardian fascinator (left), which riffs on Cecil Beaton’s designs for My Fair Lady. Finally, a signature top hat – made of lacquered straw – is seen at right, complementing Westwood’s lipstick red suit.

Remaining true to production formats in the late 1800’s, the bespoke couture has been specially constructed from a select taffeta, named Quality Viola, using 300 different colours, with each and every thread individually colour dyed.

Vivienne Westwood comments on her involvement: “Royal Ascot is a British institution for showing off clothes and I like to take advantage of any opportunity to do that.”

Royal Ascot will take place from 14 June to 18 June, and fashion fans should look out for the daily fashion show featuring designers like Westwood and Jones, plus Amanda Wakeley and House of Hardy Amies. Tickets are now on sale.

French home shopping best kept secret, La Redoute, wants you to celebrate Woman’s Day in style and on budget. Only thing you have to do to benefit from an extra 20 euros discount of your total purchase is registering at http://www.laredoute.co.uk and nake the most of the femenine exaltation, available until this Wednesday, 9th of March.

If you also fancy an extra discount up to 20% off don´t forget to type this promo code: 8298

There such juicy jewels as this coral orange collarless trench coat, an embroidered Gypsy skirt featuring a lacy style that’s so in vogue this summer or a this dusky pink version of the always welcomed skinny jean, unashamedly feminine!

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