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.
In this vintage video from the 1970s, a bunch of average Brits were asked for their take on the burgeoning platform shoe trend that was sweeping the streets of London. Unwearable? Impossibly chic? Oh, they’ll definitely tell you what they think. What I wouldn’t do for some of these vintage pairs. [Pathe]
Love Brit High Street stores — like South Savoir and Love Label — but hate paying for stupid overseas shipping? Us, too. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that Very.com has hit American shores, and is offering the best in British brands stateside. The site offers everything you might need in sizes ranging from petite to tall to plus-size, and has hilarious little Anglo idiosyncrasies. Dresses are split up into maxi, day, going out, occasion and “smart” categories. It’s definitely worth a look. [Very]
Between the BP oil spill and the U.S. and U.K. facing off during the World Cup, the “special relationship” across the pond has gotten seriously strained in the past few weeks. This is unfortunate considering that—as I learned from spending a decade in London—creating any relationship with a Brit is not an easy task. As a 32-year-old comic in England, I suffered for years from “cultural autism,” not understanding the bulk of people’s actions and words. Or at least what they meant in “English.” I was lost in a morass of professional, social and romantic rules, constantly making shameful mistakes. But I eventually decoded the etiquette of the glorious Brits by researching their anthropology and, uh, marrying one. Here are my hard-culled tips to U.S. travelers who set off to the U.K., a land where not everyone is an American-loving Hugh Grant or Hugh Laurie. (Although everyone is called Hugh).
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Dame Helen Mirren is speaking out on behalf of disgruntled British actors. In a recent interview, she urged Hollywood to stop typecasting Brits as villains. I’d never thought about it before, but Dame Helen may have a point. No one does dastardly quite like the Brits. After the jump, some English villains who made us cower in fear … or at least laugh. This one’s for you, Helen! [Celebitchy] Keep reading »