THE ROYAL WEDDING
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been proclaimed husband and wife after pledging their love to one another at a fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle. After a service watched by an estimated global TV audience of 1.9billion, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerged from the historic church set in the grounds of St George’s Chapel, beaming with delight.
Having walked his now daughter-in-law down the aisle, Prince Charles reduced guests to tears at the afternoon reception with a speech about his ‘darling old Harry’.They later left for the evening reception in ultimate style – taking a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and has since been converted to electric power to Frogmore House in Windsor.
The car’s number plate bore the date of the wedding – E190518 – and Prince Harry proved he was the perfect gentleman as he opened the door of a vintage car to let his bride step in, as he drove her to their private evening reception in a scene akin to a James Bond film.
Earlier, at the top of the vast West Steps, where the West Door was decorated with hundreds of cream and white flowers and green foliage, Harry and his bride stopped and kissed to the delight of cheering onlookers. An estimated more than 100,000 well-wishers lined the streets of Windsor to cheer the newlyweds as they started their married life with a tour in an open-topped Ascot Landau carriage.
The Queen’s grandson and the American former actress, who is now an HRH and a member of the British royal family, said their vows in front of 600 guests including the monarch and more than 30 members of the Royal family. Ms Markle wore a stunning elegant white gown – with a white veil and boat neck – was created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy. Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge are both wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.
As they met at the altar, Prince Harry told his bride “you look amazing”, to which Meghan replied “thank you”. The couple tenderly held hands and exchanged smiles during the wedding ceremony.
Ms Markle’s delicate veil was five metres (16ft) long and made from silk tulle, with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads, with two of her page boys carrying the ends as she made her way up the steps. Her hair was styled in an up do and she wore the glittering Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen. The pair set off on an open-top carriage ride through the streets of Windsor where an estimated more than 100,000 well-wishers had descended on the town for the royal nuptials.
As they paused on the steps, a smiling Ms Markle looked up at her new husband and asked: “Do we kiss?” Harry replied with a discreet: “Yeah.” The new Duke and Duchess travelled in the Ascot Landau waving to the thousands of royal fans lining the streets and up the Long Walk, with Ms Markle exclaiming “wow” at their rapturous welcome.As the horse-drawn carriage returned to Windsor Castle ready for a lunchtime reception in the magnificent St George’s Hall, Prince Harry quipped: “I’m ready for a drink now.”
Ahost of stars were invited to join the happy couple in the chapel including US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba. Prince Harry and Ms Markle gazed into each other’s eyes as they exchanged vows. The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as best man, stepped forward to deliver the rings, with the couple smiling as they placed the bands on each other’s hands.
Unlike his brother, Prince Harry has chosen to wear a wedding ring.
Loud cheers could be heard from outside St George’s Chapel as the Archbishop of Canterbury proclaimed the couple husband and wife. Prince George and Princess Charlotte did not follow directly behind Harry and Meghan as they made their way back up the aisle, like the other bridesmaids and page boys.
Instead, the youngsters held the hand of their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they made their way out of the chapel. Ms Markle has become the first mixed race person in modern history to marry a British senior royal. She found fame in the US legal drama Suits playing the character Rachel Zane, and a number of her former co-stars, including Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht, were there for her big day.
MET Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination , on the intertwining of fashion and Catholicism
The theme of this edition, inspired by the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination , on the intertwining of fashion and Catholicism, and most of the guests – with the Hollywood gothic almost complete – took it literally. Competition of daring between Rihanna , in the paprika version, Katy Perry decorated by an angel and Sarah Jessica Parker , complete with a tabernacle on her head. The singer (pictured), who this year was chosen by Anna Wintour as one of the organizers of the Met Gala , did not make any compromises, along with John Galliano and the style office of Maison Margiela he decided to present himself with an ecclesiastical outfit, provocative in the lengths (with corset and minidress half-covered by a long skirt), sumptuous in decorations, with precious stones and jewels, and a real papal tiara, the headgear used by the Popes starting from Middle Ages until the 20th century. The flashes of the photographers were however able to indulge also with the clerical outfits of Madonna (in the black gothic style dress of Jean Paul Gaultier with a crown just from Madonna), Sarah Jessica Parker (with baroque dress and long train of Dolce & Gabbana and a votive tabernacle worn on long hair), Cardi B , squeezed into a long Moschino dress with a celestial crown, and Katy Perry, theatrical in her Versace minidress with spectacular feathered wings. The singer Ariana Grande has even reproduced on the Vera Wang signed the Last Judgment of Michelangelo , while the trio Alessandro Michele , Lana del Rey and Jared Leto opted for three white and blue Gucci looks with decorations that recalled liturgical vestments. Filed the worldly red carpet hangover, now the eyes are on the show, which will open to the public on May 10: edited by Andrew Bolton, required years of preparation, even for long negotiations with the Vatican, which has lent some works. The main sponsors are the spouses Schwarzman of New York ( Stephen Allen Schwarzman is the co-founder and CEO of Blackstone) , very devoted to Pope Francis .
Sara Dal Monte
Princess dresses, extraordinary volumes and precious embroideries: those seen in Paris are dreamy looks. Which we will see wearing the stars in the next red carpet.
The week of Haute Couture in Paris closes, like any self-respecting Fashion Week, dictates the trends of the next season: those of luxury squared, and that, surely, we will see worn by the stars on the next Oscar night. The Haute Couture Spring Summer 2018 fashion shows have made us dream with princess dresses, extraordinary volumes and waterfalls of rhinestones. But there are several common thread that the choices of the couturier have in common.
Starting from the feathers, an inevitable detail in any collection. Totalizing by Elie Saab who uses them from head to toe, they are spectacular on Valentino’s impalpable hats. Maxi and colored, they make the effect of gaudy clouds that follow the models step by step.
Even the frills conquer the designers and from Giambattista Valli is a real triumph of rouches. Pastel tulle, layered endlessly, cover drafts, bodices and puffed sleeves to catapult us into a real fairy tale.
Maxi volumes by Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille and Stephane Rolland, whose satin cloaks resemble those of the Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino paintings.
Sara Dal Monte
Heat the engines. 20 – 26 February 2018. The Milan Fashion Week Fall Winter 2018 2019 is about to begin and is announced to say the least rumbling, full of events, events and news not to be missed, not only for insiders, press, buyers and fashion people in I come from all over the world, but also for those who live in Milan every day.
With over 64 fashion shows, 92 presentations and 18 events on the calendar the February 2018 fashion week will be more lively than ever. To confirm the strength and strength of our fashion system there are the extremely comforting data of the Italian National Chamber of Fashion: the turnover of the Italian fashion industry in 2017 recorded a + 2.5% compared to 2016 and an increase in exports 4.3%, thus tracing growth. In short, the economic trends open the way for a certainly positive 2018 and a February in style. And this edition will demonstrate it with its many novelties.
Of course, among the guest stars on the front row of the Milan fashion shows there will be no Chiara Ferragni (who from her IG stories announced her decision to stay in Los Angeles to prepare for almost imminent birth) and we will probably no longer see “human walls” of street style photographers willing to block the city and tilt the traffic while photographing it (see above as it happened in September 2017 before the Fendi Spring Summer 2018 fashion show) but the show must go on. And do not worry! Do not miss it girl, model, celeb, new faces and influencers (true or aspiring) ready to contend for flash, photographic objectives and hashtag top trending: social side now inalienable for a week that will have its fulcrum and sacred focus in fashion Made in Italy.
Yes, this year more than ever, it will be our fashion to be the true protagonist of Milan Fashion Week: among the most important events of this Milan fashion week designed for the whole public (and not only for insiders) in fact, there is the ITALIANA exhibition. Italy seen in fashion from 1971-2001 with which the Italian National Chamber of Fashion, on the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary, celebrates the importance and value of Italian fashion. But not only! There are many new entries for the first time on the calendar: starting with Moncler, which is entrusted with the official opening of MMD on February 20 (find out more in the gallery), up to Tommy Hilfiger, who chose Milan as fourth stage of his #TOMMYNOW, passing the Italian Francesca Liberatore who after years on the runways of the New York Fashion Week “back” at home. Together with her, supported by CNMI, Christian Pellizzari, Lucio Vanotti and Angel Chen just to name a few to witness the attention of Camera Moda towards young talents. And then the fashion hub market dedicated to emerging designers including Giannico and the duo revealing Archivio, to keep an eye on, or the inclusive fashion show (scheduled for February 27th and open to the public) and much more. Like the highly anticipated event by Anna Dello Russo of 24 February on the occasion of the publication of the book published by Phaidon AdR Book: Beyond Fashion: an evening in which Christie’s will auction 30 total looks from Anna’s personal archive followed by a dinner hosted by Swarovski and a party that promises to be the most exuberant and sparkling ever!
Do you want to know every news of this Milan Fashion Week and be updated on what will happen from 20 to 26 February 2018? Everything you need to know in this gallery, to experience the fashion week as a real fashion insider. Are you ready?
Sara Dal Monte
The mystery designer has been identified.
Tom Ford will take the final spot on the men’s portion of the New York Fashion Week calendar next month with a runway show on Feb. 6. The show will be held at 8 p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory, immediately following Joseph Abboud at 7 p.m.
Although Ford has shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His most recent New York show was in September of 2017 when he kicked off New York Fashion Week with a women’s show at the Armory. His spring 2018 men’s line was shown in Milan.
Last month, the Council of Fashion Designers of America said that it had pushed back the dates of New York Fashion Week: Men’s slightly to Feb. 5 through Feb. 7, immediately preceding the women’s shows that start on Feb. 8 — and creating one big 10-day dual-gender event. At the time, Mark Beckham, vice president of marketing for CFDA, hinted that another “big-name designer” was about to jump onto the men’s calendar, but it took until Monday for Ford to be identified as that designer.
Ford’s addition to the calendar will give a boost to the men’s portion of the week, which has been filled mainly with emerging brands. The big names that will be participating this time around will be Raf Simons, who will close the men’s portion of the calendar on Wednesday night Feb. 7, along with Abboud, Perry Ellis — which is returning to the calendar this season — and Hugo Boss.
Sara Dal Monte
THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
Kering Foundation launches the White Ribbon Campaign 2017 online to raise awareness of the new generations of violence against women. With the white ribbon Christopher Kane, Joseph Altuzarra, Stella McCartney, Salma Hayek, Alessandro Michele and Dennis Chan.
The campaign, which started yesterday (20 November) and ends on 25 – when it will resort to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – wants to capture the attention of the Z generation to provoke a profound and sustainable cultural change on the theme globally.
The #ICouldHaveBeen campaign and the dedicated site icouldhavebeen.org want to reflect on the fact that women of all ages are exposed to a high risk of violence, simply to be born of a female gender.
The public is invited to imagine her life as “her”: the woman on three who is in the world a victim of violence, though no one, as the creators point to, can really understand what she is doing without having really suffered a violence.
Among the official ambassadors of the initiative are Christopher Kane, Joseph Altuzarra, Alessandro Michele and Dennis Chan, who have been photographed with the name that their parents could choose in the hypothesis that they were female females.
Fashion designer Stella McCartney and actress Salma Hayek (wife of François-Henri Pinault, owner of the Kering group), who are part of the board of the foundation, appear in the campaign with the generic “her” (pictured).
About Z-Generation, as reported by the Kering Foundation, every two seconds in the world a girl under the age of 18 is forced to marry.
A teenager over three, between 13 and 15, is bullied regularly. 15 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 claim to have experienced non-consensual sexual relations in their lives. Over the past 12 months, 9 million girls have been subjected to sexual assault.
Sara Dal Monte
Furs never miss the appeal of fashion shows, so I’m not an absolute novelty to see on the catwalk for the fall winter 2017 2018. The talk of a true return to fashion seems almost controversy as they rule sovereigns among the trends of cold season after year. Once again Fendi is an absolute champion, capable of decimating fur in a thousand variants. But beside him there is also Gareth Pugh who plays Gothic, for Gucci is total white. Whether ecological or natural fur (see mink fur), the imperative is to represent it with the innate class of those who want to bring forth primitive female instinctuality. A gentle, soft instinct, warm as a hug.