We think it’s safe to assume Kate Middleton had a pretty good year. She gave birth to her first child, the beautiful baby George, who also happens to be a direct royal heir to the British crown. And she was back to her beautiful shape in mere weeks. Today is her 32nd birthday, so to celebrate the pretty princess, we’re featuring the lovely outfit she wore to Prince George’s christening this past year. Middleton sported a cream-colored, ruffled two-piece suit by her favorite designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (who outfitted her during another historic moment you may remember in 2011…) Kate’s sister, Pippa, and her mother-in-law, Camilla, also donned ivory to match the baby’s baptism gown. Kate’s accessories revealed she’s loyal to other labels, too: her shoes were her trusty L.K. Bennett nude Sledge pumps, and her pale silk fascinator is by another favorite of the Duchess, Jane Taylor, who revealed the gorgeous hat is available for sale (for a whopping £755!) The beret’s name? “Georgie,” of course. Happy Birthday Kate!
While we’ve featured different school uniforms from TV and film for “Back-to-School Week,” Hogwarts is probably the most exciting and magical (obviously) of the private schools we’d like to go to! Here is Emma Watson as beloved literary character, Hermione Granger, in her Hogwarts gear. She and her two best friends, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, attend the wizard academy from the ages 11 to 18. Since all three are members of the Gryffindor House, their gray uniforms tend to be punched up by their house’s colors – crimson and gold. Over the years, Hermione goes from an adorable, frizzy-haired bookworm to a stunning, smart wizard, all while wearing various gray skirts (usually accordion), gray pullovers and cardigans piped with red and gold, white button-down blouses, Gryffindor-crested black cloaks, and red & gold ties and scarves that top off every outfit (that we were dying to buy as preteens). Costume designer Judianna Makovsky was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, while fellow Oscar-winning designer Lindy Hemming costumed the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The following six other Harry Potter films were outfitted by Jany Temime. You can see Hermione’s complete transformation on In Style‘s website. We love the curly-haired heroine so much, we actually wish the books had featured her as the star of the whole series! 😉
It’s a boy! Princess Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, have welcomed their first child today. We were really hoping for a girl here at theSkinnyStiletto, because she would have been the firstborn princess to inherit the throne, since the British government changed their sexist succession laws in 2011. (Also, she probably would have been the best-dressed baby on Earth, if her mother’s style was passed down – much to Suri’s dismay…) Nevertheless, we’re celebrating the new prince by choosing a baby blue dress his mother wore earlier this year. This is supposedly the first maternity frock that Kate wore publicly, while making an appearance at the National Portrait Gallery, and, shocker, it’s adorable. The iridescent, powder blue dress was custom-made by a Middleton favorite, Emilia Wickstead. Congrats to the Royal Couple & their baby son! <3
Today’s is Mother’s Day, so we’re celebrating our favorite maternal look of this year. No surprise, it’s Kate Middleton in her black and white polka-dotted dress from Topshop she wore last month while visiting Universal Studios with her husband and brother-in-law, Princes William and Harry. Paired with a black Ralph Lauren blazer and Episode “Angel” pumps, she looked incredibly sweet and chic! The dress wasn’t even maternity wear, and sold out in mere hours in-stores and online, after she was photographed wearing it. Supposedly, she was spotted wearing it again this weekend, while attending the wedding of her and William’s friends in South Oxfordshire. God, we hope she has a girl, so she can dress her as well as she does herself! (Although, Suri won’t be too happy about it…) Happy Mother’s Day! <3
Check out our favorite Downton Abbey beauty tips from our friends at Daily Glow: The Crawleys may have old-fashioned manners, but their skin and hair are modern marvels. Here are the best beauty tips from the third season of the Masterpiece broadcast on PBS.
This “Tuesday Twosome” is actually a trio of lovely “ladies” – Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil Crawley, to be exact. The British beauties play upper crust Edwardian sisters of the internationally acclaimed television show, Downton Abbey. Here they are in the very first episode of the series, after learning the Titanic has sunk, and as a result, they have lost two cousins in the disaster. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) sits front and center in a high-waisted, long grey skirt, a cropped lilac blouse, a white lace camisole with a string of long pearls. Her youngest sister Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) certainly looks her match in a white-collared lavender dress with similar long, brunette locks swept back, just like her big sis. Middle sister, and usually the outsider, Edith (Laura Carmichael) stands alone in a high-waisted black skirt, a dark silk floral top with her strawberry blonde hair worn short. One of the editors at Damn, That’s Some Fine Tailoring noted that Edith is also the one mourning the death of their cousin the most (since she had romantic feelings for him), after attending a talk with the show’s costume designer, Susannah Buxton, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. For Crawley beauty tips, check out this post by Daily Glow!
“It was time the government ought to show their tremendous appreciation for everything the fashion industry does. It employs 300,000, it does 1 billion exports and I have felt for quite a long time that we don’t give them enough government moral support for the tremendous work they’re doing.” – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. RIP.
Yesterday, the world lost Britain’s “Iron Lady,” and today we’re featuring the next generation of United Kingdom icons for our “Tuesday Twosome.” The first day of spring falls in March, but it usually doesn’t feel like it until April. Today, it definitely felt like spring had definitely sprung – since it was 80 degrees here in New York! What better outfit to feature for rebirth than Kate Middleton in this stunning floral number by Jenny Packham? Here the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending a charity polo match in the summer of 2011 outside of Los Angeles. Kate is sporting a silverish lavender De Gournay hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress with taupe L.K. Bennett heels. Prince William looks like a sophisticated prep in a navy blazer, crisp button-down and white trousers.
For this Valentine’s Day post, we’re featuring our favorite outfit from the British romantic comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hugh Grant and a group of friends experience life in death in this clever 1994 film by Mike Newell. Grant’s character falls for a fashionable American girl named Carrie, played by Andie MacDowell. She makes her grand appearance at one of the weddings featured in the film, donning a cream-colored suit, a dark camisole and the perfect accessory for attending British nuptials – one hell of a big black hat! She certainly makes an impression, because Grant ends up completely falling for the raven-haired beauty. The costumes were created by Lindy Hemming, who did an excellent job capturing the look of the mid-1990s in England. We hope you find love like these two this Valentine’s Day! <3