Kate Middleton has made her first official appearance of 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and it seems that the Queen’s “subtle but regal makeover” is already in full effect.
If you’re not across the Queen’s style memo, she advised the Duchess to adopt “lower hemlines” and “statement jewelry and gemstones from the Queen’s personal collection.”
She was also “encouraged to wear the tiaras favored by the Queen and Queen Mother.”
Last night’s appearance was (disappointingly) void of a tiara, but the Duchess was wearing an evening gown and a diamond necklace from the Queen’s collection. Vanity Fair identifies it as the Nizam of Hyderabad diamond necklace.
Middleton has worn the navy silk Jenny Packham dress previously at the 100 Women of Hedge Funds gala dinner in October, but we’re keen to see how the Queen’s personal dresser, Angela Kelly, will influence Kate’s style in her upcoming trip to Australia.
We will wait with bated breath and peeled eyes.
Sass & Bide show at New York Fashion Week.
After 15 together and a decade on from their first ever runway show at New York Fashion Week, Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke have just debuted their latest Fall ’14 collection, entitled “Novateur” (meaning innovator) in New York.
The inspiration for the range came from Ernst Haeckel, a 19th-century German biologist and artist, and Middleton describes the whimsical collection as “A spirited voyage that takes you back in time where free thinking, curiosity and independent thought are celebrated.”
Influential Times fashion critic Suzy Menkes described it as a “bit of sunshine,” in an article that referred mostly to the models not wearing pants and the trans-seasonal nature of the collection.
“A lot of the clothes, even in black chiffon with gilded decoration or the graphic black-and-white check prints, seemed designed for sunny climes.”
What’s trending at New York Fashion Week? Diversity. (Finally.)
In one giant leap for inclusion, Danielle Sheypuk, Ms. Wheelchair New York 2012, is the first person to “walk” the New York Fashion Week runway in a wheelchair.
Sheypuk modelled for designer Carrie Hammer, who wanted to feature “role models not runway models” in her collection.
“It is so important to me that women have positive body image and are empowered in work and their life. My line makes dresses to fit women. We don’t make dresses that women need to fit into,” Hammer said in an email interview with the Huffington Post.
Of the experience Sheypuk said: “I was just another model in a show, and that’s exactly what I wanted.”
“People with disabilities need to see it. It’s a confidence booster. It’s like, ‘if she’s doing it, I can do it. Who cares about my wheelchair?'”
Behold: the Booty Bra.
Remember that episode of Seinfeld when Kramer invents the man bra the “Bro”? Well, pioneering shapewear brand Spanx has done a similar thing, but with your buttocks in mind.