It seems like the Middleton sisters love the fact that they can influence the nation’s fashion choices and consequently cause a surge in sales for their favourite fashion retailers just by wearing a few current items. Plus, if we’re being honest, the British public equally loves the fact that it’s so easy to go out and purchase garments that make us look like our favourite fashionable royals!
So, this week, we’re guessing that many of their fans were just a tad disappointed in seeing both of the girls out and about in items from last season. Yes, we know that when the sisters aren’t playing princesses in Alexander McQueen ball gowns that they’re sometimes prone to a bit of wardrobe recycling (which warms our little hearts knowing that they are a bit more like you and me), but come on, we’re getting ready to buy our winter wardrobes and we still want to emulate their styles, so, seeing them in last season’s buys just isn’t very helpful right now. Here’s hoping that they pull out a few newbies over the coming weeks, but until then, all we can do is be inspired by their last season gems.
Duchess Kate in Reiss
Earlier this week, Kate visited the Football Association’s National Football Centre with Prince William wearing last season’s long khaki green coat by Reiss for the occasion. This coat is the perfect piece for following the military trend, and although the coat in question is obviously no longer available to buy, Reiss is currently selling an updated version for £325 (below left), which we dare to say would make us more on-trend than the Duchess herself.
Pippa in Catherine Deane
Since being photographed at her friend’s wedding in one of the Hong Kong-based designer’s orange dresses, it seems that Pippa has begun a real love affair with the growing designer’s pieces. This week, she was papped again in a Catherine Deane dress, which we must say, did look a lot like that famous orange dress. Now, all of these items are (unluckily for us) sold out, but thankfully, her new A/W collection is now available to buy at Harvey Nichols and My Wardrobe online. We think that this orange ruched silk dress (below right) has Pippa written all over it, so snap it up before she does!
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Taylor Swift has — what's the word for it? created? lent her name to? — gotten involved with Keds, and will be getting a Ked of her own when she launches her upcoming album "Red" later this month.
The Swift-branded Ked will be Red (congrats to whoever first noticed that complex rhyme and decided to build an entire marketing initiative around it) both in name and in hue, and it'll go on sale exclusively online the day of the album release (October 22) on keds.com, taylorswift.com, nordstrom.com, and journeys.com.
It's easy to roll your eyes: what kind of idiot buys their footwear on a pop star's suggestion? Well, apparently an idiot like me. Taylor Swift's pitch buried its little feet in my heart and led me to long for Red Keds:
“I’ve been a fan of Keds for years, because they have two of my favorite elements of great style — they’re classic and effortless. I remember wearing Keds as a little kid, while riding my bike around the farm. When I got older, I started wearing them again. There’s something cool about shoes that you can grow up with. I think they add something casual and cool to your look, and the new colors and patterns are so eclectic. I love pairing them with vintage looks.”
I hope whoever did her media training gets royalties.
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We’ll have to wait until November 15 for Maison Martin Margiela’s capsule collection for H&M to hit stores, but now that we're getting teased with ad campaign images, November 15 seem to be an eternity away. The ad campaign was photographed by the talented Sam Taylor-Wood in Paris in July, with creative direction by Markus Kiersztan, and styling by Sabina Schreder.
“I'm really happy to see Taylor-Wood shooting this, it's gentle and sensitive and it feels totally serene,” iclawhands commented.
Justaguy agreed: “This is a fantastic campaign, especially for H&M! STW really did an amazing job shooting this with her avant-garde touch.”
Seeing the clothes, TianCouture posted, “Wow, hands down the best, and most interesting, H&M collection to date…”
Scott, a fan of Maison Martin Margiela under Margiela himself, had a lot to say. “I like that long patchwork silk dress (interpreted from one of my favorite collections, Spring 1992, in which he recycled silk head scarves from various periods) and one of Margiela's signature men's pieces, that waistcoat made of belts… Who is going to buy this?” he wondered. “It seems a little more niche and esoteric in spirit than the typical garb people gravitate toward at H&M. I mean, for the devoted original Margiela fans who never got to experience the earliest of his work, this will give a piece of that, if just in spirit. But I'll be curious if it ultimately creates the same kind of frenzy Comme des Garcons and the like have. But this kind of ticks me off though,” he continued. “This is NOTHING like what we're getting in any of the mainlines and it just questions if they can utilize the old spirit of Margiela in this context, why the flipping hell can they not bring a bit of that back into the primary maison??”
Why indeed? At least we have H&M to help resurrect that spirit for the moment.
Campaign images: vogue.co.uk
Laura and Kate Mulleavy have announced their latest collaboration, and it sure is surprising: Rodarte's doing a limited-edition holiday line for Starbucks. The designers have opted for a palate of gray, white, silver, and puke-green because 'tis the season to be disgusted and also the holidays are gauche.
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Starbucks tells the AP that they expect the Rodarte collaboration to put them "on the map as a true inspirational gifting destination." The Mulleavy sisters have created a range of products which include gift cards, tote bags, cup sleeves, and mugs. Inspired yet? I'm halfway there, but think that the green-accented checkerboard pattern is missing just one thing: A little personality.
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It's been nearly two years since Carine Roitfeld resigned (or as some claim, was fired) from her position as Editor-In-Chief of Vogue Paris, and even though she's done her fair share of guest-editing and styling gigs — she even started her own biannual fashion journal, CR Fashion Book — she's only now been snapped up by one of the major (non-Condé) glossies.
Earlier this morning, Harper's Bazaar released a statement announcing that Roitfeld would be joining the publication as Global Fashion Director, which is quite the imposing title. All it means, though, is that she'll be popping into the Bazaar offices "several" times a year to collaborate on stories and covers with Creative Director Stephen Gan, who also serves as Roitfeld's Fashion Book Design Director and "best friend." So she'll be like a fashion fairy godmother.
This isn't the first time the French editor's name has been tied to Hearst's premier fashion title: in 2006, it was rumored that Roitfeld would leave Paris Vogue to replace Glenda Bailey as Editor-In-Chief of Bazaar, which obviously never happened. But if there's any truth to the rumor, Roitfeld and Bailey can probably look forward to an interesting working relationship.
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Lindsay Lohan called the cops on her mother because rites of passage, etc. [INeedMyFix]
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are legally obligated to press tour because this is America! [AmyGrindhouse]
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