Back in August when I was in London for the Olympics, my friends and I were treated to a special tour of the Victoria & Albert’s collection of British evening gowns,worn by Queen Elizabeth to Princess Diana and beyond. The museum just announced their latest fashion-y exhibition, titled Club to Catwalk, which will explore the explosive fashion of the ’80s. The show promises to include everything from original club kid Leigh Bowery’s singular creations to the work of designers like John Galliano (whose suit from the collection is pictured), Vivienne Westwood and Katherine Hamnett. Curator Claire Wilcox is also hoping to include a collection of one-off custom denim jackets that were originally created as part of a V&A collaboration in the ’80s. They’ve already found several of the original jackets, including ones created by Zandra Rhodes, Paul Smith, Jasper Conran, Betty Jackson and Jean Muir, but are still looking for others from group.
Oasis Clothing is synonymous with refined British style, and is one of our favorite imports from across the pond. Oasis’s style is classic and pretty, but never stuffy. We’ve picked ten awesome items from their latest collection, so you can dress like a classic British lass.
Jack Wills has been a staple brand for British coeds for years. But it’s just been in the last three that the company has made the jump over the pond and established roots stateside. We wanted to give you a look, and found 10 perfectly lovely English-inflected shirts, shorts and dresses — all for under a hundred bucks! Keep reading »
British ladies have a reputation for being so much more refined and classy than their American counterparts. Well, let me just dispel that rumor right now. Brits are no more classy and elegant than we are — if these pictures from the Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day are proof. For some reason, there is a subset of British women who seem to think that dressing up means modeling yourself after a taffeta-swathed toy princess or cartoon character. Ladies, it’s not a good look. After the jump, a slew of tarted up gals from the Ladies’ Day festivities.
Last night, the British celebrated their own particular brand of style with the British Fashion Awards, honoring the best in designing and fashion talent from around England. Women swept the awards, winning top honors for best fashion and accessories designers — Victoria Beckham and Charlotte Dellal, respectively — while Alexander McQueen head Sarah Burton took home the award for fashion designer of the year. Alexa Chung was crowned most stylish (what is this, high school?) for the second year in a row, beating out both Kates — Middleton and Moss — and Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and Kim Jones took home additional awards.
But what you really want to know is: what did they wear? After the jump, some of the best and worst to grace the fashion red carpet.
When it comes to fashion, some people are so obsessed, they’re like bad painters. They just. Keep. Adding. So, seriously, is it that imperative that your toe nail clippers be embellished with Swarovski crystals or your key chain be from Gucci?
Now for the little Miss Fancy Pants who wants to get noticed at the pool, there are these special swimming caps by British label PPQ. They’re actually part of a new campaign to encourage swimming. (Um, random. But if you think crazy bathing caps are going to get people off the couch and into the pool, be our guest.) There are four caps that will go up for auction on eBay to support a swimming organization. Each calls upon a different style era. There’s a punk version featuring spikes and tough dog-collar details, as well as rockabilly and ’50s themes. Pictured above, “Royal Britain,” a gold crown-adorned number with some ample strands of fake pearls, which looks like they’d weigh you down were you not a strong swimmer. Another look after the jump… [MyFashionLife.com] Keep reading »