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Here is a fantastically creative project that I've just received from my adorable 2 1/2 year old twin god-children, Paige & Ollie, who have been entering into the regal spirit by making these fabulous crowns, with Paige even dressing up in a Disney Princess dress to set off her crown. Thank you to mummy Helen for helping with cutting and sticking!
See, any age can get involved and have fun...so why not give it a go?!
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Take a look at the rest of the great collection - makes a change from most of the other recession affected collections.
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During LFW, Caroline and Claire briefly touched on our visit to the Maiden Britain show. Well, I was equipped that day with a video camera, and I've finally managed to produce a short movie with footage from the collection as well as a quick interview with designer Ziad Ghanem about his use of royal symbols in the designs, specifically the union jack. The union jack is something that is recurrent in the Maiden Britain collections (maybe because they're about Britishness...ha!), and Ziad makes some really great comments about this theme, my favourite being his personal image of British women painted head to toe in union jacks and Burberry.
But be sure to check out the S/S 08 Masturbazar collection especially.
And as a personal plug--check out Ziad's couture collection as well (I do some modeling for it! hehe) http://www.ziadghanem.co.uk
9 March 2009
Glossies scrutinize celebrity dress in the same way that Court journals of the past criticized the dress of aristocrats at Court. Diaries and letters between Court ladies reveal the pressure and judgement placed on dress. During the reign of Charles II in the 1660's, the Duchess of Newcastle was notorious for her bizarre fashion choices, and was the author of Poems and Fancies. Dorothy Osbourne unsympathetically wrote of her in a correspondence, "First let me ask you if you have seen a book newly come out made by my Lady Newcastle; For God's sake if you meet with it, send it to me; they say 'tis ten times more extravagant than her dress." This is almost the same level of bitchiness found in Vice and Glamour's do's and don't's these days.
These sorts of criticisms have remained unchanged as this copy of Heat magazine confirms. Like Heat claims of these celebrities, Samuel Pepys' wrote in his infamous diary in the 17th century when his cousin began wearing rouge on her cheeks, "Still very pretty, but paints red on her face, which makes me hate her."
Anna dello Russo is spotted in this exquisite military attire with exaggerated froggings at the Emanuel Ungaro show.
7 March 2009
On Location: An interview with Stephen Jones from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.
6 March 2009
Esquire reveal that the Prince gets his double breasted suits custom made by Anderson and Sheppard of Savile Row and goes to Turnbull and Asser on Jermyn Street for his shirts.
What do you think of Charles' classic English gent style? And would he be King of your list?
Michael Jackson declared his return to the world stage with a typically eccentric performance as he announced a series of ten shows at the O2 Arena in East London that could net him £50 million.
5 March 2009
And their interest in the Royal Family is only an added bonus.
4 March 2009
So, unable to pass up the opportunity to force country music upon people, here they are (And it can't be that bad--this was the first country song to top Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart):
And even better yet, she’s recently been to London and made a bit of a video blog about it, which includes her and one of her label executives dressing up as they imagine the English—a royal guard and the Queen!