Kate Middleton

Blinging In The Rain

In England, it seems the rain never stops. In some countries, this may lead to numerous fashion faux pas. But in typical British style, the English accept the rain with the famous stiff upper lip, keep calm carry on attitude. As a result, they wear the quintessential English Wellington boots fondly known as the “Wellie” with pride. Only in England could they pull this off!

The Wellie has evolved through the years from the standard green Farmers’ version to a fashion statement onto itself. As they say – necessity is the mother of invention. Makers like Hunter have taken on board top designers to revamp the traditional Wellie to create an edgy fashionable look that makes them both practical and stylish.

Following the launch of its flagship showrooms on Carnaby St. in London and 7th Ave New York in 2009, Hunter announced a collaboration to produce a limited edition black Wellington boot with Jimmy Choo featuring his signature embossed crocodile pattern including gold rivets and a leopard print lining.  Another limited edition boot was launched in 2011. With a price tag of £255 pounds this may seem a lot for a Wellie boot but keep in mind some things never go out of style. This item will be a timeless capsule piece must have for any wardrobe.

 Hunter Wellies are of such high quality, they have been given the coveted “by appointment to the Royal Family” meaning the Royals love these Wellies. And with its new Fashion range Hunter has come up with some fab designs to take you from festival to rainy city streets. Check out the Carnaby Snake design on trend animal print or the glamorous Original Tall Gloss in colours ranging from traditional green to flashing hot pink. Wear these fashionable boots with a skirt or dress in this seasons A/W florals for a look that is fab or as the English would say “blooming brilliant” and practical at the same time.  This is a country classic look to revamp your outer wear wardrobe following this season’s countryside chic trend following in the footsteps of The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton along with the Queen herself and Prince Charles!

And don’t forget, the Wellie socks and cuffs --also available from Hunter-- to complete the look and give it even more vamp! Go for faux animal prints, bold stripes or chunky cable knit for added texture and glam. So British and so over the top! Get into those puddles, splash around and go blinging in the rain!

~Kate de Lacy @fashionedgy

Kate de Lacy is a writer currently residing in Bath, London. She has many passions and wears many fashionable hats  including those of  fashion blogger, journalist, illustrator, art historian and traveler. Kate is currently looking for an opportunity to move to the United States.

Image Source: Kate de Lacy, All Illustrations are copyright and sole property of Kate de Lacy and may not be used without her permission.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Raoul at the Queenstown Cultural Event

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge opted for an eye-catching, printed Raoul ensemble, featuring a pleated skirt and billowy top for the cultural event that she and Prince William attended in Queenstown, Singapore.

The Duchess paired her ladylike look with nude L.K. Bennett pumps and kept her hair and make-up the same from her earlier look at the Gardens by the Bay visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This version Kate is wearing differs slightly from the runway version. Which style do you prefer?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio, Vogue

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen at the Gardens by the Bay Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a chic, white, broderie anglaise belted skirt suit by Alexander McQueen while visiting the Gardens by the Bay. 

Catherine accessorized her elegant look with a suede navy clutch and her 'go to' navy Stuart Weitzman wedges.

If the Duchess keeps this up, we will surely be in for some elegant and surprising looks on this nine day Diamond Jubilee tour that she and Prince William are on in the Far East.

What do you think of Catherine's Diamond Jubilee Style?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Vanity Fair's 2012 Style Issue Gets Two Cover Stars

Vanity Fair gave us a preview of its 73rd International Best-Dressed list today with the top spot going to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge again for the second year in a row. The Duchess has gained worldwide recognition for recycling fashions and wearing accessible brands. Catherine also knows how to make a glamorous entrance wearing stunning, figure flattering gowns to charity galas and red carpet events, and she does it all effortlessly.

The Duchess will appear on the cover of the magazine's September issue available at newsstands, but it's Oscar nominee, Jessica Chastain's cover that will be delivered to subscribers' mailboxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica made the list for reasons none other than her elegance and striking red-carpet looks including wearing breathtaking designs from Zac Posen, Gucci and Elie Saab.

Other style stars on this year's list include fashion designers, models and a bevy of royals: Stella McCartney, Diane Kruger, Alice + Olivia designer, Stacey Bendet, Erika  Bearman aka Oscar PR Girl, Jay Z, Matt Lauer and Prince Harry.

Which cover do you prefer? Who would you have liked to see make the list?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Vanity Fair, Zimbio, People

Look of the Day~ Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Stella McCartney

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition in London wearing this elegant, blue Stella McCartney crepe sheath.

She added black Prada pumps and a bold Olympic-themed gold pendant to complete her look.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: People

A Little Bit Country: Classic Tweed or Seedy in the City?

Growing up, my grandmother was my own personal stylist. According to gran any sort of tweedy ensemble − no matter how posh in the countryside − was simply not acceptable walking the streets of London on a weekend afternoon.

Traditionally in the days of shooting parties and fox hunts tweed and country style was considered for the elite − uniforms of country pursuits that signified a posh elegance and notification of class.

But then these elites started to trickle into the city. Too busy to change from hedgerow to Saville Row and a metamorphosis was created. The “Sloan Rangers” arrived − think the heyday of Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson.

What happened next? A lot of these Rover driving rangers didn’t want to hunt around in vintage shops to replace their beloved tweedy jacket. Neither could they be bothered to go to the nearest country shop for the coveted Barbour. The word got out to savvy designers everywhere. Burberry, quintessentially cool brand known for the trench started to design using more tweeds and checks. Ralph Lauren the beloved of every Hamptons preppy, went all out and brought us country beach chic full stop.

There is new inspiration on the catwalks but has tweed ever been away or has it just worked its charming self back into acceptance? Have we just become less judgmental and more tolerant of fab plaid and the Prince of Wales cheeky check?

Designers have come around with creations to remind us that urban edge meets country cool − a quality and eccentric look that defines British style. They say necessity is the mother of invention. Some of the world’s best designers, the availability of top quality wool and the all pervasive stiff upper lip approach to practicality has led to a sophisticated blend of a unique country style and sensibility that is synonymous with British fashion.

But remember to go for chic country casual. Leave the farmers’ wellies at home − wearing your favourite hunting coat complete with shooting cartridges in the poachers pocket and a deer stocker cap is not a good look for anyone.

Instead combine a tweed skirt with a pair of great leather boots with a heel or flip it around and wear some dressy wellies − Aigle makes some really nice ones in navy blue. Add a plain wool skirt and a sophisticated navy blazer with an on-trend ruffled blouse for a classic Kate Middleton equestrian feel. The key to this style is mixing textures to create a look that says cool casual chic.

Fine tweeds and a good quality cut will look classy on anyone, even if you have never stepped foot in the country. Tweeds add easy elegance with a touch of British eccentricity. Who can pass that up?

~Kate de Lacy @fashionedgy

Kate de Lacy is a writer currently residing in Bath, London. She has many passions and wears many fashionable hats  including those of  fashion blogger, journalist, illustrator, art historian and traveler. Kate is currently looking for an opportunity to move to the United States.

Image Source: Kate de Lacy, All Illustrations are copyright and sole property of Kate de Lacy and may not be used without her permission.

Ten Best Looks of The Week~

Get the wrap up on the ten best looks of the week.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore this breathtaking, jewel-toned, Jenny Packham floor-sweeping gown to the Our Greatest Team Rises – BOA Olympic Concert. Kate completed her look with a bespoke satin clutch and Jimmy Choo heels. Kate Middleton wore a beautiful, long-sleeved, ivory, Roland Mouret gown featuring a sexy slit for the 30 Club event in London. She added Jimmy Choo heels and clutch to complete her regal look.

 

Actress Nina Dobrev wore a sensational, black and gold, backless, Donna Karan Atelier custom gown featuring a breathtaking train to the 2012 Met Gala. The Vampire Diaries star added H. Stern jewels to complete her dramatic look. Channeling 1920s glamor, actress Camilla Belle turned heads on the Met Gala red carpet in this stunning, ivory, Ralph Lauren beaded gown. She added sparkling Ralph Lauren Vintage gems and champagne colored heels, also by Ralph Lauren, to complete her flawless look.

 

Actress Emily VanCamp attended the Lucky Magazine and Essie event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood wearing this sophisticated, black, lace, Alice + Olivia peplum dress. The Revenge star added silver jewels, black peep-toes and a platinum clutch to complete her look. Zoe Saldana attended the Cosmopolitan for Latinas event in New York City in this beautiful, dove gray, Elie Saab Couture tiered, lace dress. The fashion-forward actress added silver Irit Design jewels, a Bottega Veneta clutch and silver Brian Atwood pumps featuring an embellished heel.

 

Actress Hailee Steinfeld walked the red carpet at the Met Gala in this beautiful, blush, strapless Miu Miu embellished organza gown. She complemented her look with Miu Miu heels and gold jewels. Actress January Jones wore a sleek, strapless, lemon yellow, Atelier Versace column gown with peplum details to the Met Gala. The Mad Men actress teamed her sexy look with a Cartier diamond and turquoise necklace and gold Versace heels.

 

Actress Diane Kruger attended the Conversation Launch Series Celebration event at the DVF studio in NYC wearing this flirty, polka-dot Diane von Furstenberg shift dress. She added a black and white, striped Prada clutch, minimal jewels and black, crisscross Christian Louboutin peep-toes to complete her look. Actress Malin Akerman attended the Hollywood premiere of Battleship wearing this stunning, black, lace, Cushnie et Ochs curve-hugging dress. 

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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First Look: Butter London's New Color Inspired by The Queen

Butter London has created a limited edition nail polish color to honor the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which celebrates her 60 years on the throne. The shimmering silver color is called Lillibet's Jubilee, a fitting and cheeky nickname honoring her majesty.

This is not the first royal lacquer created by the brand, they also released No More Waity Katie (still available for purchase at Nordstrom; $14), shortly after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement.

 

 

 

The nail polish retails for $14.00 and will be available in June at Butter London.com.  What do you think of the color?

~Christy Patore @christypastore

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London Fashion Week RTW: Erdem

Erdem has become quite the household name thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge. The brand known for its signature lace designs and ultra feminine silhouettes pushed the envelope for Fall 2012 with the use of fascinating colors and textures. The collection was a little edgier, a little darker and completely alluring.

Bright splashes of vibrant floral prints dominated the collection. Making florals work for autumn is a challenge in itself, but Erdem succeed beautifully.

 

 

 

 

 

Tweed, lazer-cut leather (rubber leather at that) and plenty of black lace splashed on looks like inkblots combined for mysteriously beautiful designs.

 

 

 

 

Strict silhouettes and the Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem pumps and printed ankle boots gave the collection a slight 1960s feel.

 

 

 

 

 

Without a doubt this is a collection of pure ladylike elegance that will show up for many red carpet premieres.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Style.com

London Fashion Week RTW: Issa

Issa delivered a bold collection filled with rich details for Fall 2012. "Russian doll meets James Bond," designer Daniella Issa Helayel said of her collection, which was inspired by the folksy fashions of a traditional Moscow and the ornate features of fashion from the far East. There seemed to be something for everyone in this collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ensembles in head to toe graphic prints in navy, orange and green in ladylike silhouettes paraded down the catwalk. 

Dresses layered over coordinating colorful leggings paired with printed headscarves added a mix of feminine whimsy to the collection.


Love all things retro-inspired in your wardrobe? There were glamorous, printed caftans with billowy kimono sleeves and sexy, sheer tulle flapper dresses.

 


 


 




The combination of figure-flattering A-line dresses with lace and fur details and floor-sweeping gowns definitely screamed "I am worthy" of Duchess Catherine's elegant ladylike wardrobe.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Style.com

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