Thursday, April 28, 2011

In Which Crown Will Kate Walk Down? (the aisle)

As much speculation has focused on Kate's wedding dress, we have further guessing to do. Now we're all aware that Kate clearly loves fabulous headwear, which makes this next question even MORE relevant: Will Kate wear a tiara? And, if so, which tiara will she choose?

She has plenty of stunning options available to her. Diana wore the Spencer tiara for her 1981 wedding, a piece that has existed in her family since 1919.

Diana also wore the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, a piece commissioned by Queen Mary 1913. It was designed to replicate a tiara her grandmother once owned. When Queen Mary passed away in 1953, she willed the piece to Queen Elizabeth, her granddaughter. Queen Elizabeth subsequently gave it to Princess Diana as a wedding gift in 1981. After Charles and Diana divorced, though, Diana returned the jewel to Elizabeth.

Kate's commoner status means that her family doesn't possess any crowns or tiaras for her to use as her "something borrowed." A commoner as well, Sarah Ferguson famously entered her wedding to Prince Andrew with a wreath of flowers as her headpiece. However, when she exited the ceremony, she emerged wearing a tiara, signifying her passage from ordinary citizen to royalty. Perhaps Kate will do the same?

Despite my speculations about these various crown options, reports from multiple media outlets claim that Kate will actually borrow Queen Elizabeth's Russian Fringe tiara. Queen Mary inherited it from King George and Queen Victoria when she became the Queen Consort in 1910. She gave the tiara to her daughter-in-law Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The Queen Mother loaned this tiara to both of her daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Anne, when they got married as their "something borrowed." Perhaps Queen Elizabeth will carry on the tradition her mother began and allow Kate to wear it tomorrow?

The Queen Mother in the Russian Fringe Tiara

Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day

Princess Anne wearing the same tiara on her wedding day

There's no doubt that Kate will be stunning no matter what she chooses to wear. Only a few more hours now until we find out if who guessed it right and who got it wrong!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vogue's Style Profile: Sylvana Ward Durrett

Sylvana Ward Durrett wears a yellow Derek Lam short suit. (And I LOVE IT!)

On May 2, style-ites and socialites alike will attend the Costume Institute Gala at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Conducting all of the work behind the scenes in preparation for the big night is none other than Vogue's Director of Special Events Sylvana Ward Durrett. recently profiled her week of style leading up to the big night, which will honor the works of Alexander McQueen, on their website feature "Five Days, Five Looks, One Girl." Here are a few shots from that feature for you to peruse.

Nude patent leather, color-blocked heels from Nina Ricci

Peter Pilotto skirt and top, Gryphon trench, Proenza Schouler belt and Altuzarra booties

GORGEOUS turquoise Givenchy handbag

Derek Lam wide leg pants and silk blouse

Andrew Marc brown leather jacket and Valentino clutch

H&M trench dress, Rag & Bone blouse and Isabel Marant pumps

Once again, I absolutely love this feature. It prompted me to check out Peter Pilotto's items on Net-A-Porter. His pieces, though out of my own price range, prove to be ablaze with bright patterns cut in beautiful silhouettes. Also, I adore Isabel Marant but had never seen her fabulous cuffed pumped before today. And, of course, I can't forget to profess my adoration for every single Derek Lam piece, ESPECIALLY that adorable short suit. What a youthful twist on prim skirt suits from days of old!

For more information about Sylvana Ward Durrett's week of style, visit

All images via

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Say Yes to the Dress


The countdown is officially winding down. In just three short days, Kate Middleton will become Princess Catherine and wife to dreamboat Prince William of Wales. It seems that there are two camps out there when it comes to Royal Wedding fever: those who will rise and shine at 4 a.m. for the live wedding coverage and those who will continue on with their usual plans and never bat an eye. Somehow, I lie somewhere in between these two but am a rare breed.

Personally, my main concern Friday, besides it being my own birthday:

What will Kate wear???

Associated Press

Like many royals before them, Kate and William will marry in London's palatial Westminster Abbey. This enormous gothic church provides a dramatic backdrop for the couple's nuptials. For this reason, Kate's dress has got to be able to hold its own amongst this vast, spindly space.

Designers of her Royal Wedding gown might as well be standing right next to Kate during the ceremony as this dress is certain to be scrutinized and photographed endlessly. Rumors abound as to who the secret designer might be. Certainly we all expect an English designer but I have a few guesses you might bet on...

First Possible Designer: Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton certainly has the talent and skills to design a dramatic couture gown for Kate- just look at Plum Sykes and her cathedral train above! Should I be the one processing down the Abbey's aisle on Friday, Burton would undoubtedly be my choice. These dresses stand on their own as artful masterpieces and would be just as breathtaking centuries from now when Princess Catherine's fans parade through museums to see her gown through plated glass.

BUT is the McQueen head designer too edgy for Kate? Perhaps she'll go a more understated route?

Second Possible Designer: Stella McCartney

Obviously Stella McCartney's designs have been a favorite of A-list celebrities here in the US. And there's no secret as to who her knightly father is. But will the Queen really allow the future King's wife to marry in the same design as Madonna? It's Princess Diana all over again...

Third Possible Designer: Philippa Lepley

Lepley has been called London's premier couture designer. While this American knows only a minimal amount of information about this designer, one could certainly say these gowns are a classic, traditional choice. The fabrics and cuts reflect what you'd expect to see on a bride. But will the princess's dress pack the right about of punch for her big day? These dresses may be a tad predictable.

Fourth Possible Designer: Sophie Cranston of Libelula

Sophie Cranston's designs invoke a vintage style that would certainly stand the test of time. Also, Kate's dress must have sleeves in Westminster Abbey and these designs appear to be easily modified for those types of specifications without harming the integrity of the design. Of course, we'll expect to see a massive train added to these dresses but I could definitely see Cranston enveloping Kate's polished and effortless style.

Final Possible Designer: Alice Temperley of Temperley London

Okay, so since I'm NOT the princess-to-be and can't choose Sarah Burton for myself, I am going to officially choose Alice Temperley for Kate Middleton. Temperley's aesthetic might just be the perfect combination of fashion, grandeur and tradition. She's certainly never afraid to push the envelope but creates some simply stunning pieces with immaculate details. With these dresses, you can really envision the train, the cathedral length veil, the sleeves and the Royal Wedding.

So who do you think the lucky designer will be? And keep in mind that Kate may even have THREE wardrobe changes. This event goes on ALL DAY LONG. So rest up, those of you who plan to wake at 4!! There's lots to behold on April 29...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Get Shorty


If you're already a shorty, then shorts may not be your favorite type of attire. Normally, I'm an anti-shorts kind of girl, always opting for a skirt or pants over this all-too-casual garment option as they tend to make some girls (me) look EVEN shorter or accentuate (my) athletic thighs.

However, perhaps due to the imminence of Coachella or my own rock concert attendance recently, I have been loving the look of shorts! And such wonderful options abound! Interesting patterns, unexpected textures and varying lengths have peaked my interest and apparently the interest of a few stylish ladies we know.

So I give you fun options for this spring and summer but I encourage you to add a little polish in the way of a blouse or blazer, unless you're headed for a day at the beach or on the playground.

Kelly Connor via

A dressy, evening look from Thread Social via Net-A-Porter

Polished, ladylike look from Emma Cook via Net-A-Porter

Friend of Mine via Shopbop

Hanneli Mustaparta via

Madison Marcus via Shopbop

Hudson via Shopbop

Blu Moon romper via Shopbop

Sass & Bide via Shopbop

To do: Lunges and Squats