prérogative particulière utilisée par les reines, princesses et duchesses catholiques lors des audiences avec le pape, au cours desquelles elles son autorisées à porter vêtements et mantilles blancs, habituellement réservés au souverain pontife.
(The privilege of the white is a special prerogative used by Catholic queens, princesses and duchesses during audiences with the Pope, during which they are authorized to wear white clothes and mantles, usually reserved for the sovereign pontiff.)
Actuellement, les dames catholiques éligibles à ce privilège sont les suivantes:
Ce privilège n’est pas utilisé par les reines à chaque rencontre avec le pape, mais davantage pour les occasions les plus solennelles. Ainsi, Marina, « princesse de Naples » a utilisé le privilège du blanc lors d’une messe en 2003 célébrant l’anniversaire de Jean-Paul II.
(Currently, the Catholic royal women eligible for this privilege are the following:
This privilege is not used by the queens at each audience with the pope, but for the most solemn occasions. Thus, Marina, Princess of Naples used the privilege of white during a mass in 2003 celebrating the birthday of John Paul II.
Le 12 janvier 2013, la princesse Charlène de Monaco a été exceptionnellement autorisée à utiliser ce privilège lors d’une audience avec le pape Benoît XVI.
(On 1 January 2013, the princess Charlene of Monaco has been exceptionally allowed to use this privilège for her audience with His holiness Pope Benedict XVI).
Le bureau de presse du Vatican a, par la suite, indiqué que « conformément au protocole prescrit par le Vatican concernant les souverains catholiques, la princesse [Charlène de Monaco] a été autorisée à s’habiller en blanc »
(The Vatican Office states that “in accordance with prescribed ceremonial of the Vatican for Catholic sovereigns, the princess was allowed to dress in white…”)
For her audience, the Princess of Monaco wore a chic crepe jacket and white driving gloves with her white mantilla and nude heels, looking regal, elegant and sublime.
Apart from the 7 Catholic royal women who enjoy “le privilège du blanc”, all other female are required to wear black while meeting with the Pope, including other royal women and the First Ladies.
When you buy a Hermès silk scarf, a Max Mara silk dress, a Gucci silk blouse or a Valentino silk gown, You will only be told it is made of 100% silk. But what type of silk? Why are they look so different?
Silk is like a mysterious woman with many faces, it comes in many textures, weight, hand feel and drapes, and thus bear different names, such as silk twill, silk charmeuse, silk crêpe de Chine, silk georgette, silk chiffon, silk dupioni, etc.
Twill, one of red basic textiles weaves, produced with a diagonal rib, ridge, or wale. In regular twill the diagonal line is repeated regularly, usually running upward left to right at 45 degree.
The weave can be varied in many ways, for example, by changing the direction of the twill line or its angle.
Silk twill is lightweight, but strong. The most obvious example of silk twill is a silk scarf of Hermès.
Since Hermès produced its first square shaped silk scarf in 1937 designed by Robert Dumas, it has become the symbol of luxury silk scarf, and silk twill has become the standard material for almost all luxury scarf brands, always finished with hand-rolled edges.
Charmeuse is a lightweight fabric woven with a satin weave, in which the threads cross over four or more of the backing (weft) threads. These float threads give the front of the fabric a smooth, reflective finish, whereas the back has a dull finish.
Charmeuse differs from plain satin in that charmeuse has a different ratio of float (face) threads.
Luster and delicate hand make charmeuse suited for scarves, lingerie, flowing evening gowns, and draped blouses. Bridal gowns sometimes use charmeuse; however, the fabric does not hold shape well, so it is not used for full, flared skirts; the charmeuse tends to cling and hang against the body. It is best suited to more fluid, slinky bias cut, and drapes well.
Its uses in menswear includes the lining of jackets and slacks, handkerchiefs, ties, and underwear such as charmeuse boxer shorts.
Silk crepe de chine
Silk crepe de chine literally means crepe (fabric) of China, it is a lightweight plain-weave fabric, with twisted fibres which give crêpe its distinctive ‘pebbly’ look and feel, it comes in many different varieties – crêpe de Chine, Moroccan crêpe and crêpe georgette and can be used for scarves, dresses, suits and evening wear.
Sometimes known as dupion or douppioni,is a plain weave crisp silk fabric which is created with the threads of two different silk worms. When two worms spin their cocoons together, the fingers get tangled up; these naturally tangled fivers are then used together to make the silk thread. The thread is rougher than regular silk, and contains bumps and irregularities where the divers from the two cocoons are combined. It also creates a tightly-woven yardage with a highly lustrous surface.
It is similar to shantung, but slightly thicker, heavier, and with a greater slub (That runs horizontally across the fabric) count, which is part of Dupioni’s character, not defects.
Dupioni tends to resist wrinkles compared with other types of silk, and it also takes creases very well to give the dress made with Dupioni crisp and formal appearance. Besides, it is usually reversible so it is possible to use it making a coat or dress to be worn on both sides,
Dupioni can be woven into plaid and striped patterns; floral or other intrinsic. Dupioni may be also embroidered in any manner desired.
Along with shantung, dupioni is popular in bridal and other formal wear, it is also perfect for dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts as well as handbags.
Varanasi, India is one of the major manufacturers of Dupion. Weavers of nearby villagers, mainly of the Ansari community, have been producing fabrics for generations. The major demands of the Indian wedding industry are met by this city.
Silk Georgette (from crêpe Georgette) is a sheer, lightweight, dull-finished crêpe fabricnamed after the early 20th century French dress maker and milliner Georgette de la Plante.
Georgette is made with highly twisted yarns. Its characteristic crinkly surface is created by alternating S- and Z-twist yarns in both warp and weft. It is springier and less lustrous than the closely related chiffon, which is also sheer and flowing.
Georgette is made in solid colors and prints and is used for bridal gowns, blouses, dresses, evening gowns, saris, sacrves, as well as jackets and shirts, usually for women.
Unlike finer silks such as crepe de chine or chiffon, Georgette is unusually strong and holds up well to varied wear. So it is strong enough embroidering and beading.
"You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry out the heavy burden of responsibility and discharge my duty as King as I would wish to do, without the support of the woman I love"
Thus said former King Edward VIII now Prince of Wales on 11 Dec. 1936 through radio, hours after he gave his throne to his younger brother George VII, ending his reign as the King of England publicly, but started another reign as king of style, which still continues, 83 year after he gave his famous abdication speech.
Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born on 23 June 1894, and he called himself David, the last of his long seven names.
When he was still Prince of Wales, David already showed the sign of a rebel. He was not on time for meetings, even if it was meetings with his father King George V; he wanted to fight as a soldier when the First World War broke; he was the first royal to ever learn flying; he was always involved with married women and hated the idea of being married; he liked to dress as he saw fit instead of following the Royal protocol.
Decades later, in his memoir, Duke of Windsor described how one morning, still Prince of Wales, walked into the breakfast-room, late as usual, wearing a pair of turned up trousers, his father the King looked at him with disgust, and asked: "Is it raining outside?"
And then Prince Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, a married American woman who was once divorced.
Even when he became king, Edward VIII continued being a free spirit. He wanted to be exposed to and close to his subjects, including the humble mine workers; he wanted his left profile on the coinage instead of the right one (According to the royal protocol, the succeeding King's profile should be opposite to that of the previous King).
And he wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, now twice divorced, with both husbands alive.
Thus the "Constitutional Crisis", because the government did not want a divorcee and commoner with suspicious and unflattering past to be Queen of England, never. But King Edward VIII wanted to marry Wallis Simpson at any price.
After all attempted persuasions and negotiations between the two parts failed, King Edward VIII made the decision that shocked the world and history: He would gave up his throne to marry the woman he love, and abdicate, ending his 325 days of reign, the shortest in British history.
Within hours after his abdication speech, the former king and emperior, now just Prince of Wales again, was requested to leave his native land, once his kingdom, and was never allowed to go back, except for his mother Queen Mary’s funeral.
In March 1937, Prince Edward was officially titled His Royal Highness Duke Of Windsor, and 3 month later, the Duke finally married Wallis Simpson, now Your Grace Duchess of Windsor.
And for the rest of life, Duke of Windsor lived in permanent exile with his wife in France, apart from 5 year in Panama when he was appointed Governor there.
Some historians call his life empty, frivolous and meaningless, but for fashion history and fashionistas, it could be a blessing in the curse. As Duke of Windsor, he became a style icon, or perhaps the style icon of 20th century for men.
Hollywood actor and dancer Fred Astaire(1899-1987), who was born just a few years later than Duke of Windsor and shared the Duke's physique copied the latter's style enthusiastically and publicly, and became a style icon in his own sake.
Then for Ralph Lauren, the man who created a fashion empire by recreating his own version of New England, Duke of Windsor was his ultimate inspiration for his menswear. Even Giorgio Armani, the Italian who created the "Power Suit" for women with extremely wide shoulder, did something completely different for man's jackets: he made them unstructured and even unlined, just like Duke of Windsor did decades ago with his own jackets.
Even today, the best suit brands in the world, like the ultimate Neapolitan suit maker Kiton, almost always has some Windsor like soft suit in their collection.
The world at large was fascinated by Duke of Windsor and his story, a man who had everything but gave up all for love.
In October 1969, three year before his death, Duke of Windsor agreed to give an interview together with Duchess of Windsor conducted by Kenneth Harris for BBC, and when the interview was broadcasted in 1970, it was watched by 12 million people.
And the theatrical world has never stop fantasizing and dramatizing the life of Duke of Windsor on both small and big screen. Time and again, some creative minds would go back to him, telling his story with a new perception and new cast, so this extraordinary man, born and raised as Prince, reigned as King, and died a Duke, will stay forever in our collective consciousness.
But even without all these creative endeavors, Duke of Windsor has become part of our cultural heritage, at least in the world of fashion. The Prince of Wales Checks and Duke of Windsor Knot(which has nothing to do with him), the soft-collared shirt and soft-shouldered jacket, the disappearance of top hat and persistence of turned-up trousers, all remind us the existence of a man who loves and understands style.
In the same 1970 BBC interview, Kenneth Harris asked Duchess of Windsor what she thought about Duke of Windsor, she said: "He is ahead of his time."
Duke of Windsor died on 28 May 1972 at his home in Paris France of throat cancer.
And so much has changed after his death.
On 9 April 2005, when another Prince of Wales, Duke of Windsor's great nephew Prince Charles married Camilla the divorcee, the Archbishop of Canterbury endorsed the marriage, and Queen Elizabeth II, mother of Prince Charles and niece of Duke of Windsor, blessed the reunion of "My son" and " the woman he loves."
And on 19 May 2018, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, an American commoner and divorcee, just like Wallis Simpson had been more than eight decades ago.
And yet, something has never changed.
In 1997, when Princess Diana was chased to death by the crazy French paparazzi in a Paris tunnel, it was like a replay of another group of French paparazzi hounding down Wallis Simpson in south France when she was trying to escape the British press, 50 years earlier.
And Duke of Windsor's hat maker The Lock & Co. is now making hats for other Dukes of his family: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall, as well as the newer generation like Prince Williams, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
What will change and what will not from now on?
Let's just wish the legend and style influence of Duke of Windsor, an extraordinary man who knows what he wants and has the courage to pursue it regardless what others would think, will live on as long as The Lock & Co. , the oldest hat maker in the world, continues to make hats.
On 22 May 2004, Letizia Ortiz, a famous news anchor of Spanish Television, married Felipe, Prince of Asturias, thus becoming Princess of Asturias, and ten years later, in 2014, When her husband became Felipe VI, King of Spain, Letizia became queen of Spain. In the fifteen years after she became royal, Letizia has been crowned as one of the style queen in Europe, here we share with you some of her most elegant outfits over the years.
Since becoming Duchess of Cambridge on 2011, Kate Middleton has appeared in public in outlets outfits, sometimes beautiful, sometimes cheerful, not always elegant, but almost always well coordinated. We believe the following are some of her most elegant outfits over the years as Duchess of Cambridge.
Coat and coat dress
Red is the color of Spain, and also the favourite color of Spanish Queen Letizia who has worn red in different hues over the years, from coat, to dress to ensembles, and here we've selected some of her best looks in red which can inspire your Christmas wardrobe.
Red evening coat
The Christmas is coming, a time for celebration and updating your wardrobe with a little bit red. Be it a coat, a day dress, an evening gown, or some casual separates, you can perhaps get a little bit inspiration from some of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge's best red outfits over the years.
Red evening gowns
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton royal wardrobe in 9 outfits for her official tour of Pakistan 2019 with Prince Williams, Duke of Cambridge
On October 2019, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a royal to Pakistan, the first time of the British royal family’s official visit to the country since Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall and his wife Camila Duchess of Cornwall last did in 2006.
In the 5 day tour to this South Asian country of warm climates packed with public engagements, The Duchess of Cambridge once again showed her sense of style, diplomatic understanding and cultural respect of her host country with her royal wardrobe, wearing evening gown in the colour of Pakista’s National flag, to casual burka embroidered with Pakistan’s national flower Jasmine.
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Elizabeth Taylor is impossible to define. She played the most beautiful queens on screen, but off screen she would appear in some of the most garish and vulgar outfits, even she herself admitted she was one of the worst dressed women in the country; She publicly said her mother had taken advantage of her since she became the bread maker of her family as a teenager, but fiercely defended her mother Sara when the latter was insulted by a Hollywood producer; she dares to love, stop loving and love again, and marry men oof her own choices from Producer to Politician to truck driver, yet she made the terrible mistake of marrying the abusive Conrad Hilton Jr., the hotel chain heir against her own will when she was only 18. She was frivolous and extravagant, owning the most expensive jewellery in the world, but meanwhile she was generous and tireless in supporting noble causes against AIDS and breast cancer.
But one thing is certain, Elizabeth Taylor has been one of the real stars of her time as well as ours, and a headscarf is one of her most useful weapons to be and stay one, more than all of her fur coats and diamonds.
While describing Sophia Loren, some use the word "elegant", but most use "sexy". But perhaps the best word to describe a woman like Sophia Loren, is "Grand": She looks like an Italian volcano alive, with everything grand: grand eyes, grand nose, grand mouth, and of course, a grand figure: Grand, but feminine.
What is grander than her figure, is perhaps her personality: when one of the worlds' most handsome and stylish men Cary Grant wanted to marry her, Sophia Loren chose a married Italian man shorter and more than 20 year older than her, Carlo Ponti, and never left him; At the peak of her movie career, she stopped working for months and months to stay in bed, so she can be a mother, twice; She Calle her mother every single day wherever she is and however busy she is.
On screen, Sophia Loren can play duchess, but off screen and in her heart, she is a Neapolitan, knowing what she wants and fights for it, loyal to her family and close to the earth, like all those peasant women she played with De Sica.
But when Sophia Loren wears a scarf over her head, she is a star, even in a peasant girls' costume.
Hermes as a brand started as a harness and bridle workshop for horses in Paris in 1837. Thierry Hermes catered to the elite of Europe, and eventually the company expanded into other leather goods (handbags, clothing, etc.). Over the decades, it became a global powerhouse in the fashion world. But the most iconic items of Hermès, are its Kelly bag named after Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, Birkin bag designed for British actress Jane Birkin, and the silk twill scarves called Carrés with equestrian themes.
The Hermès carré, made of silk twill in Lyon France, has become the most elegant accessories in a woman’s wardrobe, thanks to its connections with some of the most iconic or elegant women who wear it in all different ways: Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, and Queen Elizabeth II who has perhaps the largest Hermès carré collection in the world.
In her Hollywood years, Grace Kelly had made only 11 films, then left her movie career to become the Princess of Monaco, at the age of 26. But her career as a style icon, had just started.
There are not many women who can inspire the floral print of scarves of one Italian fashion brand Gucci and made a handbag of another French couture house eternal like Grace Kelly.
On screen in Hollywood or off screen in Monaco, Grace Kelly almost always looks elegant, sophisticated and graceful, and one of her secrets is to carry a scarf with her, big or small, patterned or in solid color, and wear as a headscarf.
Audrey Hepburn as a timeless style icon, has created countless classic look both on screen and off screen, with only a few basic items like black dress, ballet flat, Capri pant, together with accessories like earrings, scarves and sunglasses. She loves to use scarves as headscarves, not only in films like Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, Love in the afternoon, but also in her own life, whether walking on the street, riding a bicycle, at the airport or in the airplane, even on her wedding day when she married the Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.
Silk is one of the most elegant and versatile fabrics, which can be used for making dresses, blouses, skirt, pants, as well as accessories like scarves, shawls. But it also is famous for being difficult to handle. Here are some of its chacteristics.
In her White House years, Jackie Kennedy remained forever in the collective consciousness of American an elegant and dignified a young, elegant and dignified First Lady, with her sleeveless shift dresses， boxy cropped jackets, white gloves and pillbox hats. As the wife of the richest Greek tycoon, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s style changes dramatically to that of the jet set with Capri pants, fitting t-shirt, over sized sunglasses.
But one thing never changes in her style: the permanent silk scarf she uses as headscarf, worn with dresses, suits, trench coats as well as sportive t-shirts.
Audrey Hepburn is a British actress of Belgian origin and the most well known style icon around the world.
Marella Agnelli is an Italian aristocrat of Neapolitan origin, socialite and wife of Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli.
Both women are extremely beautiful and elegant, and share a lot in common. Here are 12 similarities we would like to share with you.
Amal Clooney is a British barrister in international law and human rights and wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, Charlène, Princess of Monaco is a former South African Olympic swimmer and wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Both are famed for their beauty and inborn elegance, and share much more similarities than people may have realized.
1. Born in the same year, under the same zodiac sign of Aquarius
Both Amal Clooney and Charlène, Princess of Monaco were born in 1978, Amal on 3 February, and Charlène on 25 January.
2. Born in city of B: Amal was born in Beirut Lebanon, and Charlène was born in Bulawayo Africa.
3. Both left their home country with their family while young for a better life. Amal's family took her to England while 2 year old, Charlene went to South Africa as a teenager with her family.
4. Both acquired British nationality after their emigration.
5. They were both born with statuesque model figure.
6. Both were high achievers as a single woman. Amal is a prominent barrister, and Charlene an Olympic swimmer.
7. Both had a high profile marriage, one with one of the most famous Hollywood actors and another with Prince of Monaco.
8. Both are much younger than their husband.
9. Both have connection with British royalty are invited to one royal wedding of the British princes.
10: Both had their audience with the Pope and Charlene is one of the few who have the privilege to wear white.
11. They shared similar style in more than one occation.
12. Both were pregnant after they married for close to 3 years.
13. Both recovered quickly their figure.
14. And both became mother of twins, and both twins are one boy and one girl!
15. Both can be tiger mother handling their two children one hand only when necessary
16. Both women are involved in philanthropy work after their marriage, contributing to education, health and human rights.
The film In the mood for love is a cinematic masterpiece created and directed by Hongkog director Wong Kar-Wai. It tells the story of two neighbours living in the same building in HongKong, a Mrs Chan(played by Maggie Cheung) and a Mr. Chou(Tony Leung) met and became friends as their spouses seemed on business trips all the time, until one day, they found the spouses Mr. Chan and Mrs. Chou were actually betraying them with each other. In the process of handling the anger and hurt with the betrayal, Mrs. Chan and Mr. Chou started to spend more time together, and their own feeling changed, but they decided not to behave like their spouses.
The story itself is not unusual, even a little ordinary, that can happen in any place, any city. But with the music of Shigeru Umebayashi and costumes designed by William Chang Suk-ping, in particular the outfits he designed for Maggie Chueng as Mrs. Chan, the story acquires a very poetic aura.
Mrs.Chan wears 21 outfits in the movie, all cheongsam, a traditional Chinese dress(qingpao or mandarin gown, 旗袍) originating in early 20th centuries with fitting shape, side closure and splits(usually quite high).
The Cheongsams are almost all designed in patterns, sometimes florals, sometimes stripes or spirals, sometimes geometric prints. They are meant to reflect Mrs. Chan's moods as the story develops.
The Cheongsams Maggie Cheung wear as Mrs. Chan are similar in style as the women around her, but different in small details, in particular the closures: Where the traditional cheongsams are usually closed with buttons of same fabric as a distinctive and sometimes important design detail, most of Mrs. Chan's cheongsams are closed subtly, sometimes with invisible snap buttons, to look more smooth, simple and elegant, and better frame her face as her moods and feeling change.
This scarlet red cheongsam is the most unique one Maggie Cheung wears in the movie. It is designed with very rose patterns so it looks almost solid red from far away, perhaps to hint at pure passion, the roses could be read as symbols of love, and the upper part of the bodice is made of flimsy chiffon, mirroring her longing for him. It is designed as a dress of passion and love and desire, but in the final movie only showed once and from back (all the pictures with details can only be found from the director's cut.). It seems Wong wanted to keep the poetry of the protagonists' feelings, and showing their awkward intent in consummating their romance would destroy that.
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William Chang is a frequent collaborator of auteur director Wong Kar-Wai, as art director, costume designer as well as editor. In this film, he was also production manager and was in charge of the settings, and it seemed he sometimes deliberately matched the costumes of Maggie Cheung (As Mrs. Chan) with the environment she was in, or the objects she was using, to create a visual harmony and give the audience a pure aesthetic experience.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark) was born on 10 June 1921, and today is his 98th birthday.
He was born on the island of Corfu in Greece of Greek and Danish royal blood, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 when he was 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with distinction in the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets.
After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents.
He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was formally made a British prince in 1957.
A keen sports enthusiast, Philip helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He is a patron, president or member of over 780 organisations and serves as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for people aged 14 to 24. He is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest ever male member of the British royal family.
Philip retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, at the age of 96, having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
For more than 70 years of his life as a Royal consort, Prince Philip has been living under the public eye. With his tall slim and athletic physique and his natural way of carrying himself, plus the help of Savile Row tailors, Prince Philip has almost always managed to look impeccable yet restraint, mastering the art of English Gentleman.
The following slideshow and video demonstrate how Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is really a silent style icon.
Karl Lagerfeld had a very particular drinking habit: he did not drink coffee or tea, and almost never drank water because it does not have taste, his favourite drink was as vulgar as that of a teenager living in Tokyo or Paris: Pepsi Diet Coke Max. But unlike the teenagers, he drank it in a crystal glass of Lalique, and his favourite glass model Langeais cost about 250 euros, which could buy more items Han 300 cans of Pepsi Max.
And when the soda was not poured for him in Lalique, the can would be carried carefully by one of his assistants on a silver platter.
Even the most elegant people could have some vulgar taste, but with some personal touch, it can be transformed into something much more elegant.
It is easy to say “I want to travel around the world”, particularly in our time when it has never been easier to travel from one place to another. But between two destinations, not everything is as amicable as traveling itself, the long waiting line, the bad traffic and loud noises, the omnipresent fluorescent lamps, but most annoying or even humiliating aspect of traveling, is the security control. It is necessary for everyone’s security including yours, but never pleasant.
Most of people just accept it as part of traveling experience, but not Karl Lagerfeld. He had stopped flying commercial airlines for almost 20 years, so he would never need to take off his belt, his gloves or his sun glasses, which must have made him feel being nude in public.
In one of the interviews, Karl Lagerfeld confessed he had not talked to his family members, in particular his sisters for more than 40 years.
« Ma famille, c’était mes parents. Mêmes mes sœurs, je ne les voyais jamais. Ce n’est pas que je ne les aimais pas, mais on ne se correspondait pas. » (my family, was my parents. Even my sisters, I never saw the,. It is not that I did not like them, but we do not correspond with each other.”)
People may think it was cold of him, but for someone who was so sensitive about beauty, culture, art and quality of life, why did he want to communicate with someone who does not share his taste and interest just because they were of the same parents?
Blood is not necessarily thicker than water. Well done, Mr. Lagerfeld!
We can not choose our birth, or the family in which we were born, but we can choose how to relate to them. Or better yet, look for and build our own family, just like we do with love.
For more than one time, Karl Lagerfeld had played the ancient game of “I am as old as I tell you”, sometimes he was born in 1935, sometimes 1938, or neither. Coco Chanel had played the same game before him, and many more people before them. Time can change, but “vanity” will never get old.
If the historians were annoyed because it hurt the integrity of their records, it is understandable, but other than them, nobody has the right to feel cheated, after all, his birth date, like his hair and his outfit, belongs only to him, and nobody else.
White shirt, black sunglasses, and fingerless gloves had been the symbolic outfit of Karl Lagerfeld for decades, they became part of him and his personality.
Audrey Hepburn once said she felt protected in the clothes designed for her by Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld must have felt that way as well: from his dark sunglasses, he could see everything and everyone without being watched; with his starched high collar, he not only achieved a kind of baroque elegance and authority, but also made himself mysterious, inaccessible; and the countless leather fingerless gloves, while serving as the final touch of his unique outfit, also had the practical purpose of protecting his hands.
Karl had stated that he had stopped using sunscreen for more than 40 years because he did not expose himself to sun at all, not even his hands.
As a public figure who dedicated his life to beauty, he knew very well that he did not want to age under the public eyes.
For most of his adult life, Karl Lagerfeld lived in solitude. Even when he was with Jacques de Bascher, Karl lived separately.
Th chosen solitude allowed him achieve something nobody in the fashion history had ever done before him: directing multiple couture houses both in France and Italy, created more than 10 collections every year for his most important patron Chanel alone, designed everything from haute couture to ready-to-wear to accessories to perfumes, designed, illustrated and published books, took photographers and direct shore movies.....and it allowed him to live just as he wanted: to sleep at least 9 hours a night, eat the food he wanted at exactly the same time he wanted, at home.
When Thierry Demaizière, one of the directors of the 2008 documentary named the film: Un Roi Seul, Karl Lagerfeld did not like it, because he did not feel lonely.
He had chosen to be “seul” (alone), but he did not feel “seul” (lonely).
On 19 February 2019, Karl Lagerfeld was dead of pancreatic cancer in a hospital in Paris.
Shocking may not be the right word to describe the sudden death of Karl Lagerfeld.
When someone existed in the world of fashion, a world of change for so long and his appearance so consistent, it started to give one the impression that it will be forever. Until it's not, reminding us that death is real, is there, always there waiting, and once he decides to pay you visit, you can not say No.
Not even Kaiser.
Since 1983, Karl Lagerfeld's name was connected with Maison Coco Chanel, the most famous haute couture house in the world which by then had remained but legend and memories.
Karl saved Chanel, like he did with Chloé and Fendi, and transfered Chanel into the most successful haute couture house.
"My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done," had been the formula of Karl Lagerfeld. If Coco Chanel would have been alive, she may not have agreed at all, at least most of the times. For someone so passionately and obsessively searching for simplicity and intentional poverty, Karl Lagerfeld's interpretation was too baroquely flamboyant.
He made Chanel modern, yes; he made Chanel relevant, yes; he made Chanel desirable, yes, to the satisfaction of Bernard Arnault, the owner of LVMH who owns Coco Chanel and Fendi, as well as the famous and infamous buyers around the world from Hollywood Mansions to Russian yachts to Arabian Palaces to Chinese Clubs.
Chanel became so successful that Karl Lagerfeld had no choice but became enormously successful as the man behind Chanel, and unusually, he was satisfied, satisfied being recognised in the name of a woman, satisfied living in the shadow of a legend. Like he himself stated more than one time, he is a mercenary at heart, he does not care about marketing, public relations and all other monetary matters concerning a brand, he only wants to design. It doesn't matter if it is Chloé, or Fendi, or even Chanel, as long as he is paid, and paid well, he will do his job, and he will do it well.
Is Karl Lagerfel elegant?
In his own manners, with his French Baroque powered white pony tail, his high collars, his wide cravate, his fancy fans, his dark sunglasses and fingerless gloves, his countless iPad and iPhones all organised with musics of different moods, together with a white Birman cat with an exotic name of Choupette, who lived with him, modelled for him, inspired him, Karl Lagerfeld has perfected the art of eccentric elegance, the art of mannerism.
And he hates flip flops, bikinis, tatoos and jogging pants, some of the most vulgar phenomenon in fashion.
So yes, Karl Lagerfeld is elegant.
According to his will, Karl Lagerfeld's body will be cremated today as he doesn't like burial, and his ashes will be scattered close to those of his mother and his great love Jacques de Bascher.
For a man who dedicates his life to beauty, fire would be a much more elegant choice than earth, a cold cage with the inevitable invasion of insects.
The fire will take his body away: "je veux juste disparaître comme les animaux de la foret vierge." (I just want to disappear like the animals of the green forest.).
But his soul, invisible, insouciant, will be somewhere, intact, immortal.
"Je n'aime pas les enterrements. Je veux garder l'image de la dernière fois que j'ai vu les gens. J'ai rempli des papiers où je dis que je veux que personne ne me voie mort. Pour moi, pas d'enterrement"
Karl Lagerfeld was deeply mourned by his cat Choupette through her Instagram account:
Thank you everyone for your words of condolence. 😿 With a once cold but now simply broken heart, I am going into mourning. I pray that your kind words and well-wishes will help me to put my best paw forward in my future without Daddy @KarlLagerfeld & as my own woman.
«Merci à tous pour vos mots de condoléances. C'est avec un coeur froid et brisé que je vais faire mon deuil. Je prie pour que vos gentils mots et vos voeux m'aident à aller de l'avant sans Papa Karl Lagerfeld»
"Gracias a todos por sus condolencias. Con el corazón roto, voy a llorar. Espero que sus amables palabras y buenos deseos me ayuden a poner mi mejor pata en mi futuro sin papá."
"Danke an euch alle für eure Beileidsbekundungen. Mit einem einst kalten doch nun gebrochenen Herzen, trete ich in die Trauerphase ein. Ich bete darum, dass eure netten Worte und guten Wünsche mir dabei helfen werden, meine beste Pfote in Richtung Zukunft auszustrecken
Karl Lagerfeld fashion chronicle
1954: won womenswear design competition held in Paris in the category of coat
1963: freelance for Chloé
1965: consultant director of Fendi
1974: full time at Chloé
1977-2019: creative director of Fendi
1983-2019: art director of Coco Chanel
1991: art director of Chloé
Color red, chocolate, roses of various colors, and sometimes surprises like engagement rings...... In order to celebrate the coming St. Valentine, we'd like to take a look together some of the most elegant wedding dresses.
On 12 September 1953, Jacqueline Bouvier marrried John F. Kennedy in a wedding gown designed by African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe, who never received credit for it during her lifetime.
The bridal gown, of ivory-colored silk taffeta, featured a portrait neckline and huge round skirt. The skirt featured interwoven tucking bands and tiny wax flowers. Jacqueline's lace veil had belonged to her grandmother; a lace-and-orange-blossom tiara tied the veil to her hair. Her bridal bouquet was made of white and pink gardenias and orchids.
Jacqueline wore little jewelry with the dress, but what she did wear had personal significance. The single-strand pearl necklace was a family heirloom; she also wore a diamond pin from her parents and diamond bracelet from her groom, John F.
1956: Grace Kelly
On 18 April 1956, Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony held in the Baroque Throne Room of the Royal Palace. Grace wore a two piece Alençon lace ensemble designed by Helen Rose, a costume designer of MGM.
Then on the following day, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco were married in the religious ceremony, and she wore a peau de soie satin and Valenciennes lace gown which was also designed by Helen Rose.
1996: Carolyn Bessette
On September 21, 1996, Carolyn Bessette married John F. KennedyJr. in an intimate ceremony on a secluded island Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. Only 35 guests were invited and only two photos were taken of the wedding and wedding dress of Carolyn, both by photographer Denis Reggie.
The simple slip style wedding dress was designed by Narciso Rodriguez.
2004: Mary Donaldson
On 14 May 2004, Mary Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederik of Copenhagen in Cathedral of Denmark. Her wedding gown was designed by Danish designer Uffe Frank, which was made of ivory duchesse satin featuring deep scoop neckline with flared sleeve and flowing skirt lined with 31 meters of tulle.
2004: Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
On 22 May 2004, Letizia Ortiz was married to Prince Felipe VI of Asturias in Almudena Cathedral in Madrid.
Letizia wore an ivory silk satin wedding gown designed by Manuel Pertegaz. It featured fitted bodice with upturned high collar and long flared sleeve, and A line skirt with round shaped train.
2018: Megan Markle
On 19 May 2018, Megan Markle was married to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel in a Givenchy gown designed by its current creative director Clare Waight Keller, which featured bateau neckline and bracelet sleeves in A line silhouette.
On the same day, she also wore a second wedding dress for the evening of white silk crepe with halter neck designed by Stella McCartney.
Red is the color of Christmas, the color of celebration and joy. Let`s celebrate with some of the elegant outfits in red.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
A: audrey hepburn in red
B: Balanciaga and his red
C: Christian Dior and his red
D: Dovima in red
E: Elizabeth Taylor in red
G: Grace Kelly in red
J: Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Jean Pachette in red
K: Kate Middleton
M: Madame Gres and Princess Mary of Denmark
Q: Letizia, Queen of Spain in red
P: Princess Diana in red
R: Rania, Queen of Jordan in red
They were born in the same year: 1929
They have demanding mothers
They study ballet and love dancing
They are polyglots: both Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy speak 5 languages, and they speak beautiful French
They are both horse riders
They have the gamine look when they are young
They wear Givenchy dresses
They love reading and solitude
She is Kitty Spencer, oldest daughter of Charles Spencer, brother of late Princess Diana, a socialite and model growing up in Cape Town, South Africa.
Although many media insisted that she look just like Princess Diana, like they loved to insist that Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn´s grand daughters look just like them respectively.
We all share this faible sentiment of hoping for a possible reincarnation of a style icon, particularly among their own descendants, but to say Lady Kitty Spencer looks like her late Aunt, is like saying she looks like Marilyn Monrone, who also had blone hair and blue eyes.
There is no doubt Kitty is beautiful, but from her social media photos, it is obvious that she does not look like Princess Diana, not in bone structure, not in feature, not in looks. their similarity stop at the colors of their hairs and eyes, or at most extends to their love of hats.
But on the day of May 19, 2018, something extraordinary happened, Kitty Spencer looked as if she were another person completely, in that forest green Dolce & Gabana floral dress and matching Philip Treacy fascinator.
She looked perfect from head to toe, with every single detail coordinated. The focal point was the dress, the design was impecable, wide square neckline to give space for her neclace but not expose too much, the slightly flare shaped skirt to accentuate her waistline and alllow the flowers to flow with her while she moved. The mid sleeve and long skirt design made it very appropriate for the occation and elongate her silouette.
The accessories are also in harmony with one another as well: the orange clutch and orange sandals matched the orange of the floral pattern on her skirt, the headpiece dainty with a little bit drama, the Bvlgari yellow and white gold and diamond braided necklace simple framing her beautfiul neck, the diamond studs a right termination for the half veil stopping just above her earlobes. She looked slimmer, her skin fairer, and walked with such a poise, as if walking out of a Botticelli painting.
In fact, she looked so perfect, her family she came with faded into background: Her mother too thin and wilted, her young sister Lady Eliza looked older than her, and matronly in the navy blue blazer dress set, even her brother Louis,
She still does not look like Lady Diana physically in any way, but for the first time, one can see that she could perhaps look like her in demeanor, and for those who still have the illusion of looking for Princess Diana 2.0, then Kitty Spencer definitely should be candidate No. 1, not Meghan Markle.