Buckingham Palace opened its doors to sustainable fashion. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton hosted the event together with the Countess of Wessex, Sophie. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange was created by Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Livia Firth who is the founder of eco-philanthropy Eco-Age. The new creative initiative has a goal to “showcase the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links, and highlight sustainability.” The organization hopes to encourage partnerships between emerging and established talents from the member countries. The exhibition includes design from across 53 countries in the Commonwealth, most of which are former British territories.
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange celebrates innovative sustainable ways of production and development of ethical supply chains across the fashion industry. Kate and Sophie hosted the cocktail reception at the Buckingham Palace in honor of the exhibition. The new exhibition will showcase the most beautiful fashion designs that were created as a result of these exchanges. There are 52 exclusive garments among which Stella McCartney and Burberry representing the U.K. Each look is eco-friendly and sustainable. The designers who created the looks had to follow strict sustainability guidelines. Famous partners of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange include Woolmark, Swarovski, Matches Fashion and NEST.
When royals host an event you can expect many high-profile guests. The event happened during London Fashion Week, so many editors, designers, and models were able to make an appearance. Among the attendees at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange cocktail party were Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful and Hamish Bowles, Caroline Rush, Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney, Adwoa Aboah and more. The seven-month pregnant Catherine wore another dreamy Erdem dress. The Duchess is often spotted wearing Erdem Moralioglu’s gorgeous gowns. This time she opted for midnight blue patterned lace number. The Countess of Wessex, Sophie went for a Burberry striped dress. The A-list guests didn’t miss the chance to flaunt their most stylish ensembles as well. The 47-year old Naomi Campbell stunned in a vintage Pierre Cardin satin green dress with glamorous sleeves. Adwoa Aboah stayed true to her edgy aesthetic even though she was attending an event hosted by royals. The model looked sharp in a tie-dyed suit by Alex Mullins.
The public exhibition will take place at Australia House in London. All the designs displayed at the Buckingham Palace will move to this location, where the everyone can get a closer look. The exhibition will be open from February 22 to March 6.
It was a bold fashion year strongly influenced by celebrities. But one celebrity had more influence than anybody else. According to Lyst’s 2017 ‘Year in Fashion’ report, Rihanna was leading the fashion game in 2017. We can’t say that we are surprised because Rihanna had some of the fiercest style choices not only this year but in general.
From her 2017 Met Gala look to that ultra-bold voluminous tulle Molly Goddard gown and sneakers combo, Riri made our heart skip a beat multiple times this year.
Wearing designers such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Dior, Giambattista Valli and more, is no wonder that Rihanna has the biggest influence on our style. But the main reason why she scored the top place is the way she wears all these pieces. Namely, Rihanna doesn’t care about fashion critics and rules – she wears whatever she wants and how she wants. On the top of that, she has her fashion brand Fenty by Puma where you can get a piece of Rihanna’s style.
Believe it or not, Rihanna managed to leave Kate Middleton behind with her style influence. The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her sophisticated play-it-safe style, but it seems that people were willing to experiment more in 2017. Rihanna was the one who rose the revenues of the fashion brands the most. In fact, Kate Middleton took only the 5th place this year, being behind Meghan Markle. Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, the future royal was probably one of the most searched people on the internet. Her fashion choices drove huge sales back to the brands she wore. Almost all the pieces she wore immediately sold out.
Selena Gomez was just a step behind Rihanna. She is the most followed individual on Instagram, but even that fact didn’t help Gomez beat Rihanna when it comes to fashion influence. According to Lyst, the most searched terms followed up with Rihanna’s name were Puma, Molly Goddard, Off-White, Gucci and Raen. The global fashion search platform got the results by analyzing inquiries from the past year including 100 million searches and 80 million shoppers from 120 countries. Lyst has statistics on the most searched brands, trends, products, and celebrity worn pieces.
Rihanna was in a tough competition, but nobody could steal her first place on the list when it comes to fashion influence. The star expanded into beauty with her Fenty Beauty cosmetic brand that immediately won everyone’s heart because of the diverse products and campaigns. After conquering the world of fashion, Rihanna is on a mission to rule the beauty industry too.
Royal weddings are a real spectacle for people from all over the world. When the Brits are planning a wedding for one of their family members, the whole media attention is turned on them. And this is not just any regular celebration. It is an opulent ceremony with centuries of tradition. If you thought that the bride and the groom make all the decisions regarding the event, that is far from the truth. The royal couple has to follow many rules that have been a part of the British heritage for ages.
Now that Prince Harry proposed the American actress Meghan Markle everyone is going crazy over the wedding. People want to know what kind of dress she’s going to wear, who’s going to be invited and who will get into the role of bridesmaid. This is spectacle followed by millions of people from everywhere. The process of becoming a princess or prince is not as easy as it sounds. The future royals have to compromise in many spheres in their lives. For example, the Brits don’t accept Roman Catholics in their family.
Ever since 1772, according to the Royal Marriages Act, every royal descendant has to get approval from the ruling monarch before proposing. Prince Harry didn’t have any problems with the Queen before popping the question. According to rumors, Queen Elizabeth was thrilled to see her nephew so happy and in love.
Most of these ceremonies in the past were performed in the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace. Today the most popular royal wedding location is the Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles were wed there, as well as Kate Middleton and Prince William. The Kensington Palace confirmed that is the location for the upcoming ceremony of Harry and Meghan. Another fun fact to know is the type of transportation. Usually, the bride has to arrive in a horse-drawn carriage. Kate escaped from the traditional pattern and arrived in the Queen’s Rolls Royce Phantom together with her father.
The bride is accompanied by her bridesmaids on the way down the aisle. They have to be between the age of 3 and 17. Here Kate managed to make another exception and include her sister Pippa as her maid of honor. Back in 1840, Queen Victoria had a myrtle in her bouquet and now every bride has to have one too. It’s considered to be the herb of love.
We can’t wait to see all the extravaganza related to the upcoming wedding on May 19, 2018. We expect guest list packed with celebrities, royals, and influencers.
Emilia Wickstead initially started as a Made-to Measure-Atelier and the designer seems to keep this in mind in the making of the ready-to-wear collections. When designing for a particular person, designers develop a clear idea of the final result. In the same manner, Emilia Wickstead has a precise vision for everything she does from custom-made to ready-to-wear. The Pre-Fall 2018 collection carried the designer’s signature style. To avoid monotony Emilia Wickstead kept the color range vibrant and energetic.
As Kate Middleton-approved designer, Emilia Wickstead has to stay true to her aesthetic. The designer offers pieces that met the high standards of the royals many times in the past. The Duchess of Cambridge has most certainly influenced the revenues of the brand with her style choices. Now Prince Harry’s future wife Meghan Markle will need to stock on royal-approved pieces she can take to protocols. Knowing her affinities for relaxed and casual clothing, she might even end up shopping at Emilia Wickstead’s. Markle is the next style icon in the making and people are already keeping their eyes wide open for the brands she decides to wear. Without a doubt, Emilia Wickstead would love to have Meghan Markle as a customer.
Emilia Wickstead is a bit play-it-safe and a bit unexpected. The Pre-Fall 2018 collection is based on classy silhouettes with ’70s hints, but the prints and the colors are what make the pieces stand out.
You’ll see separates paired with bright orange pieces. Furthermore, there is this snakeskin print in neutral colors that appears all over the collection. Emilia Wickstead also relied on mixing prints to bring the “wow factor” to the collection. You can’t say that Wickstead’s customers are bold, but you can’t say they are unadventurous either. Let’s say they like to have fun when it comes to fashion.
The designer couldn’t resist the sheer trend that ruled the runway in the past seasons. Although her designs don’t usually show that much skin, she decided to free the nipple in the Pre-Fall 2018 collection. Emilia offered a hot red see-through blouse for those who aren’t afraid to show off their assets in such a direct way. This was a contrasting moment in the collection since most of the dresses feature conservative necklines.
Meghan Markle-approved or not the Emilia Wickstead Pre-Fall 2018 collection will most certainly win the hearts of women who are tired of millennial look-alike collections. Emilia Wickstead might be on the formal side, but she keeps things interesting.
Photo Credit: Emilia Wickstead
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged. There were many rumors circulating for several months about a possible new wedding. Yesterday the Clarence House confirmed the happy news. The “Suits” star and the Prince have been dating for a little bit over a year. Now everyone is going crazy over the upcoming royal wedding.
Yesterday the happy couple stepped out for a photocall at the Kensington Palace to announce their engagement. Both of them beamed with happiness. Meghan stunned in an elegant ensemble. The actress wore a gorgeous emerald dress and a classy white coat from the famous Canadian brand named Line the Label. This is a fashion house that offers affordable clothing and Markle is a huge fan of their designs. Fans from all around the world are going crazy over the stylish coat. Line’s website couldn’t handle all the traffic and crashed at some point. Meghan finished off with a pair of nude Aquazzura pumps and simple earrings by the Canadian jeweler Birks.
Prince Harry looked dapper in a blue suit and black tie. We officially have another super-fashionable royal couple. Meghan is on a good path to becoming a big style icon. Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, the actress has a sophisticated and elegant style that is worth all of your attention. The actress often wears affordable brands that will most certainly become very popular thanks to Merkle’s millions of followers.
Unlike his brother, who borrowed Princess Diana’s ring, Harry chose a custom made version. For the proposal, he decided to create an engagement ring that featured several diamonds from Diana’s jewelry collection. Harry’s creation carries a sentimental value for several reasons. The central stone comes from Botswana, which is a special place for the couple. This is the destination where they celebrated Meghan’s birthday last summer. Also, it is one of Harry’s favorite places to visit in the world. The other two diamonds that surround the big stone belong to Princess Diana’s legendary collection. All of the stones are placed on a gold band. The stunning ring was made by Clive and Company, Queen Elizabeth’s favorite jeweler.
“The little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”- Harry explained.
According to the official release from Kensington Palace, the wedding will take place at the St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. This is a strategically chosen date, so that the wedding happens after the birth of Kate and William’s third child.