As official bloggers for ‘Fashion Royale,’ Splash’s A/W 2012 fashion show, we’re gearing up for the big night on 21st September. So here few of my favorite royal fashion icons of all time, who will influence my decision to pick my own outfit for the fashion show. Help me choose and pick one yourself, as you could be among the lucky few readers to win passes to one of the biggest fashion events of the year!
Diana, Princess of Wales:
Known as a style icon and a woman of true grit and substance, Lady Diana always had this effortless charm about her. Her fondness for gemstones and off-shoulder dresses have etched an everlasting impression on us… today, and even generations later, her puff bob, her collection of choker necklaces and stunning gowns will be remembered and loved by girls all over world.
I know I sound cheesy as I say this but I’m a huge fan and will always think of that beautiful, magnetic personality as one of the biggest style influencers in history.
Her signature modern day princess look is not too tough to pull off either- pick a sweeping neckline or an off shoulder dress. The dress could be full length or knee length but make sure it has some oomph factor, just like Lady Di’s glamorous avatar. Don’t forget to don a statement choker necklace to complete the look.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge:
I simply love her contemporary take on conservative royal family attire. Although a lot of so-called “fashion gurus” have criticized her for repeating outfits and wearing high street brands to events, I personally think she carries herself very well, notwithstanding the modest labels on her outfits. Not one to be outlandish, striking or bold, she doesn’t exactly make a huge fashion statement everytime she steps out, but her sleek and chic outfits have always caught my attention.
Hers is a contemporary, no-frills and understated version of royal fashion and I love it! Take a look at her hats and fascinators- they give that ‘aristocratic’ touch to her not-so-fancy, but lovely outfits.
This is a very easy look to pull off- just get hold of a sleek knee length or full length dress, top it ooff with a chic hat or fascinator and wear minimal makeup- I know this might come off as a bit boring for a Royal themed fashion show but then again, if you’re not feeling up to decking out bigtime, this could be your top pick.
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt:
This ultra glam queen, who came into power in her early twenties, is known to have been extremely beautiful and equally vain. I love Elizabeth Taylor’s portrayal of the queen in the self titled movie in 1965 but conflicting accounts say she was actually quite plain and looked nothing like people imagine her to be.
Historians claim she was a mistress of disguise and costume and often indulged in excesses such as bathing in milk and taking half a day just to apply make up! However, other historians say that her real sex appeal did not come from her ordinary looks, but it was her dynamic and intelligent personality, that made her appealing. How intriguing!
She was also ruthlessly ambitious but popular among her people. Although she was ethnically Greek, she learnt the Egyptian language and accessorized her outfits heavily with Egyptian jewelry.
To me, she’ll always be a mystery and I love reading up on her glamorous life and times. I’ll be watching the Elizabeth Taylor movie again his week for more on Cleopatra style!
Marie Antoinette, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of France and Navarre
Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France and Navarre by her marriage to Louis the Sixteenth of France but the French public generally disliked her for being extremely arrogant, frivolous and superficial. In fact, during the French revolution, she was convicted for treason and executed publically!
I love filmmaker Sofia Coppola’s adaptation of Marie Antoinette as an extremely stylish, glamorous, pampered and irreverent aristocrat in her 2006 movie. The ladies in the movie are styled beautifully and her adaptation brings out the beauty in dressing in that bee –like silhouette, complete with corset’s, clinched waists and voluminous skirts. The film won an Oscar for the best costume design and is a must watch for anyone who loves fashion history.
This is obviously a tough look to emulate today but promises to be a ton of fun!