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Meghan Markle style file: the fashion history of Prince Harry’s girlfriend

Having begun her career with small roles in CSI: NY and 90210 – as well as a small stint as a ‘briefcase girl’ on Deal or no DealMeghan Markle shot to fame in 2011 when she was cast as paralegal Rachel Zane in Suits.

Not her only reason for being in the spotlight, however, Markle has also been dating Prince Harry for the last nine months.

Confirming their relationship last November, Harry made an emotional appeal for the couple to be left in peace.

Instructing Kensington Palace to issue a statement on his behalf, Harry called Markle his “girlfriend” and noted that she had been the “subject to a wave of abuse and harassment” including a torrent of racist and sexist slurs by “social media trolls”.


Previously relatively quiet on the celebrity circuit, Markle met Prince Harry in Toronto in May 2016 during his promotional visit for the Invictus Games. Soon after she was photographed taking her seat in the royal box at Wimbledon.

While she is an ambassador for World Vision Canada as well as an advocate for United Nations Women, Markle’s father is a Hollywood lighting director and her mother a yoga instructor.

And while you may think balancing a role in a hot legal drama alongside humanitarian work would keep the young star busy enough, the star has also shown a keen interest in fashion.

Sitting front row during a number of shows at New York Fashion Week, Markle has shown her support to designers such as Tory Burch, Wes Gordon, Marchesa, Herve Leger and Tracy Reese.




A Museum Show Asks: How Modern Are Your Spanx?

Most famous of the quips attributed to the Austrian-born American designer Rudi Gernreich — now best remembered for his unisex creations and the topless bathing suit — was the dictum that “Fashion will go out of fashion.” As early as the 1960s, Gernreich foresaw a gradual winding down of the engine that had long propelled it: a pursuit of novelty and “modernity.”

Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” the first show the Museum of Modern Art has devoted to the subject since Bernard Rudofsky’s seminal exhibition “Are Clothes Modern?” in 1944, takes up the multiplicity of questions provoked by a design field that, despite playing an integral part in all of our lives, continues to defy easy comprehension.

Never mind whether fashion is “modern.” What precisely is fashion in the first place? Is it just garments? Or is it a complex system, or an art form, or a cluster of random typologies? Those, among other hefty issues, will be taken up by the ambitious (and welcome) MoMA show, curated by Paola Antonelli, senior curator of the department of architecture and design at the museum — and a seasoned design world gadfly. The show will open in October.

To trace the history of fashion through objects and their ancient archetypes, the show’s organizers dipped into the material slipstream and fished out 350 objects representing 111 “typologies.” Just how deliriously diverse those typologies are was made clear by the museum on Wednesday with the release of a list itemizing the things to be displayed. And what a list it is, from kaffiyehs to kilts, flip-flops to guayaberas, pencil skirts to moon boots, Speedos to Spanx.

There is, of course, the classic little black dress, though rendered variously by designers and labels as disparate as Arnold Scaasi, Versace, Rick Owens, Dior and Chanel. There are platform shoes from Delman, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, as well as some anonymous designers whose imaginations outstripped considerations as pedestrian as locomotion. There is, among the welter of things to be shown, a Rolex Datejust watch, some Lululemon Boogie pants and a pair of Olaf Daughters clogs no stereotypical Woody Allen character would once have been without. From someplace else on the spectrum of stereotyped wealth and consumption, there is a Birkin bag.

Hoodies and door-knocker earrings represent hip-hop style, or a variant of it. More conservative and demure forms of fashion expression take the shape of Thea Porter caftans, a pearl necklace, a button-down shirt and a bottle of Chanel No. 5. Another cause for eager anticipation is “Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” a publication bolstering the curators’ efforts to examine the profound effects that accessories and clothes have had on the culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Perhaps as tantalizing as the learned essays and the weighty fashion discourse, there will also be a pop-up shop.


Shine on: how to make your skin glow

here are many sad things about coming back from holidays. For one, it’s the beginning of the end for that glowy skin you only get after about a week away from your desk and in the fresh air. But with a little prep and a bit of shimmer, you can fake that dewy look all year. Here is how I do it.

Step one

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Step one: exfoliate and cleanse. Photograph: Hani Sidow

Prepping your skin is the most essential part of this process. I use exfoliators and pore-cleansing masks as part of my regular routine, which helps other products sink into my skin easily. My favourite is NSPA’s glow mud mask (Asda, £7). I also use a combination smoothing lightweight emulsion moisturiser (Bare minerals, £30), which adds loads of dewiness but has a lightweight texture that feels comfortable on the skin.

Step two

Hani Sidow - InstaglamStep two: apply a liquid illuminator.

Apply a liquid illuminator all over your face as a base. I like the Buxom Cosmetics liquid highlighter in Divine Goddess (Debenhams, £21) for a really subtle “wet skin” glow.

Step three

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Step three: blend in the foundation. Photograph: Hani Sidow

I use a Real Techniques sponge (Superdrug, £3.99) to blend my foundation properly without leaving too much excess on my face. My favourite for a natural dewy look is the Bare Minerals bare skin foundation in the colour Walnut (Bare Minerals, £28).

Step four

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Step four: apply concealer. Photograph: Hani Sidow

I use concealer under my eyes, down my nose, and on the centre of my chin, which brightens the places the sunlight naturally hits my face. Decide where to put your concealer depending on your face shape. I use Too Faced born this way concealer in Medium tan (Debenhams, £20), which stays dewy even when it has been set with powder. I use pressed transluscent powder, rather than loose, such as Inglot Cosmetics HD pressed powder in shade 404 (Inglot, £12).

Step five

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Step five: add a light contour to cheeks. Photograph: Hani Sidow

For extra glow I add a light contour to my cheeks using the Buxom Cosmetics hot escapes bronzer in the shade Maldives (Debenhams, £21). To bring back warmth to my skin, I add a touch of blusher, then complete by dusting a shimmery golden highlight on the highest point of my cheekbone, and the tip of my nose. Focus this shimmery highlight on the areas you want to enhance and bring forward. I love to use the Nip+Fab travel palette in Medium/Dark 2 (Superdrug, £9.95) which has the contour, blush and highlight in one.

Step six

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Step six: add lip gloss. Photograph: Hani Sidow

Finally, add a little bit of a shimmery lip gloss to compliment your dewy skin. I am using the Buxom cosmetics lip polish in Sugar (Debenhams, £15) on top of my Nip+Fab lip liner in Espresso (Superdrug, £5.95).


Blogger Creates Plus-Size Calendar To Celebrate Women Who Feel ‘Isolated From Fashion’

A woman has decided to challenge stereotypical fashion calendars, which she says typically exclude plus-size models, and create her own version with 18 women from across America.

Brianna McDonnell, who is a plus-size fashion blogger at The B Word, aims to “empower body confidence in women through fashion and fashion imagery” after her own childhood experiences left her feeling excluded.

The Los Angeles-based model told HuffPost UK: “As a young girl I was obsessed with the fantasy of fashion editorial magazines, but felt isolated from fashion because of my size.”


Starting her own blogging platform in 2015, it wasn’t long before McDonnell decided to start her ‘Be In Your Skin’ movement, which encourages a more body-positive attitude in young females.

This movement then gave way to the idea of a calendar.


McDonnell said: “[It was] not only to honour the legacy of editorial fashion calendars but to create a space where plus-size women could be seen in an editorial, artful, sexy and represented way.”

She has been working on the 2018 edition of the calendar for six months with her favourite plus-size bloggers, models and influencers.

“The #BEinyourskin Plus Size Editorial Wall Calendar is a celebration, it’s a daily reminder that plus-size, fat, curvy, thick, chunky bodies are good bodies and can be seen in an artful, editorial, fashion way,” said McDonnell.




London Fashion Week 2017: Dates, fashion show schedule and top events you don’t want to miss

For avid fashion fans across the UK, one of the biggest dates in the calendar is the bi-annualLondon Fashion week.

Despite many of us never getting anywhere near the celebrity adorned front rows of designer shows, the event provides some insight about what we will be wearing next season – and more importantly what to invest in now.

The British Fashion Council (BFC), who organise the event, announced a shake up of events, moving the official show space of LFW and London Collections (the men’s equivalent) to its new home at The Store Studios, in central London.

The London Fashion Week Festival, formerly London Fashion Weekend, has also changed and will give the public an opportunity to celebrate fashion.

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Hikari Yokoyama, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Rebecca Hall and Sharleen Spiteri attend the Christopher Kane AW17 show (Image: WireImage)

The city-wide events will allow shoppers direct access to designers, industry insiders and influencers.

The main focus of the festival is a ticketed event, hosted at The Store Studios, 180 Strand, in central London, where designers and their teams host curated pop-up shops, from over 150 international and British brands.

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Topshop Unique’s celebrity filled front row last season (Image: Getty)

The shake up marks a change in tides in recent years, with more high-end designers and high street retailers offering innovative ways to get shoppers more involved.

Brands like Topshop, Marks & Spencer and Burberry have all adopted the runway to retail approach, introducing ‘buy now’ business models to their collections.


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For those hoping to sort out tickets to LFW shows and events or blag their way into an after party or two, we’ve got your definitive guide to all this fashion week related below.

Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof attend the House of Holland show
Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof on the FROW at the House of Holland show (Image: Rex)

When is this London Fashion Week?

The next fashion week in London takes place from 14th – 19th September 2017, showcasing designers’ Spring Summer 2018 (SS18) collections. The British Fashion Council (BFC) presides over all the organisation of the week-long shows and events.

Where will it be hosted?

The main hub of actions on the official schedule will take place at these venues in central London:

  • BFC SHOW SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
  • BFC PRESENTATION SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

Show schedule

Here is our run down of the key shows worth looking out for.

Friday 15th September

  • 3:30pm – Shrimps – The fun faux fur label we can’t get enough of.

Saturday 16th September

Burberry Prorsum AW16 (Image: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty)
  • 11am – JW Anderson – the Northern Irish designer recently teamed up with Uniqlo for a collection.
  • 12pm – Molly Goddard – The Central St Martins graduate won the British Emerging Talent award at the 2016 Fashion Awards and is a 2017 LVMH Prize finalist.
  • 5pm – House of Holland – Expect the likes of Alexa Chung and Lottie Moss on the FROW, Henry Holland’s slogan tees are always quirky and eye-catching.
  • 7pm – Burberry – the show that attracts all the A-listers to the FROW.

Sunday 17th September

Lily Donaldson opened Topshop’s AW17 show with a slogan sweatshirt emblazoned with “HAPPY WKNDR FOREVER” (Image: Rex)
  • 9am – Mary Katrantzou – a favourite of former First Lady Michelle Obama, the Greek designer has taken the fashion world by storm since launching her brand in 2008.
  • 10am – Anya Hindmarch – as the the queen of bags, Hindmarch’s shows are unashamedly playful and full of creative panache.
  • 3pm – Temperley London – Renowned for her feminine and ethereal designs, it’s guaranteed to be a breathtaking show.
  • 4pm – Topshop – a good one for a bit of celeb spotting, expect big name models strutting their stuff and you’ll even be able to shop items from the collection online too.

Monday 18th September

Erdem AW17
Erdem AW17 (Image: Rex Features)
  • 11am – ERDEM – this designer has been worn by the likes of Kate Middleton, Sienna Miller and even Ms Vogue herself, Anna Wintour. His first high street collaboration with H&M also launches in November
  • 3pm – Christopher Kane – he brought us embellished crocs for SS17, so will he get everyone talking again?
  • 5pm – Emilia Wickstead – the Kiwi-born designer has celebrity fans such as Olivia Palermo, Poppy Delevingne and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Tuesday 19th September

Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger
Gigi on the catwalk with designer Tommy Hilfiger at New York Fashion Week (Image: Getty)
  • 7pm – Tommy Hilfiger – Look out for Gigi Hadid and the chance to see it, buy it now.

You can check the full show schedule for London Fashion Week here.

What events can I go to?

From 21st to 24th September, the BFC will host The London Fashion Week Festival – a series of Fashion Week events open to the public.

Along with giant screens to catch all the shows, there will also be a variety of talks (including Q&As and panel discussions with industry experts) designer and trend-led catwalk shows and a chance to shop from some must-have British brands.

Can I get tickets?

Yes you can. Book tickets to selected events here from Ticketmaster or via the official website. The tiered tickets are priced from £20 to £200 depending on how much you want to see and do.

For full details visit The London Fashion Week Festival.

Which designers will be showing?

Big British labels like Burberry will be there, as will Mary Katrantzou, Erdem and Christopher Kane.

Versace’s sister label Versus and MM6 Maison Margiela will once again join the schedule this season too.

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Fashion insiders like Anna Wintour will be doing the rounds at the hottest shows (Image: Getty)

Rising fashion stars featured in the BFC NEWGEN line up include Molly Goddard, Richard Malone, Marta Jakubowski and Sadie Williams.

Lily Donaldson, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner at the LOVE and Burberry London Fashion Week Party in February (Image: Getty Images Europe)

The NEWGEN platform offers support and guidance to new designers, helping them put on shows each season. Former NEWGEN alumni include Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Roksanda Ilincic.

High street favourites Topshop will also be showing their premium Unique line.

How can I watch the shows at home?

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You don’t have to miss out on the fashion week action (Image: Getty)

You can watch all the latest fashion action tucked up in bed if you really want to. The BFC website will be live streaming selected shows throughout the week-long event.

Golf’s fashion Masters

1. Payne Stewart
If you are going to dress like a modern fashion maverick on the course, you better have the game to back it up. Fortunately for the plus fours-wearing, Argyle-sock sporting, flat cap-crowned Stewart, he did…

2. Ben Hogan
Golfing great Hogan won nine major championships, but he scores a perfect ten in the style stakes. Always dapper and impeccably tailored, he never hit the links without his signature hat and ubiquitous cigarette.

3. Ted Rhodes
African-American golfer Rhodes had the game, he had the look – a unique hipster jazz fashion sense – and he was super cool. Hell, he had it all. Quite simply he was the Tiger Woods of his era.


4. Seve Ballesteros
“I don’t want people to watch the way I dress,” Ballesteros once said of the interest generated by his classically simple Seventies style. “I want people to watch the way I play.” Well, sorry, Seve… but we did both.

5. Walter Hagen
Not just a well-dressed for a golfer, Hagen was well-dressed, full stop. His eye-catching style, handmade outfits and tailored knitwear helped transform the image of golf in the Twenties and Thirties.

6. Arnold Palmer
Known in the golf world as the king of cool (even before Steve McQueen copyrighted the title), Palmer dressed on the course like he should have been in the Rat Pack. A Fifties vision in flat-fronted trousers, fitted shirts, black-and-white brogues… and a cardigan.


7. Rikard Karlberg
Sweden’s Karlberg is a modern master with a unique taste in fashion. Mixing flat caps and a hipster beard, with the sharp lines and slim fit of Hugo Boss Green, he embodies the golf look of 2017.

8. Gary Player
The Johnny Cash of the golf course, South African Player is known for his adherence to a single stylistic principle: always wear black. His father suggested he have a golfing gimmick and the “Black Knight” chose to wear one colour throughout his career. It worked.

9. Jack Nicklaus
The Golden Bear wasn’t the best dresser in the game when he was at the height of his powers, but he makes this list because of his green jackets. As a six-time winner of the Masters, we think that is about the best fashion statement any golfer can ever make.

10. Jesper Parnevik
Thanks to bands like The Beastie Boys, the Nineties was the decade where golf became cool again. And the golfer that embodied that resurgence in style was Jesper Parnevik, replacing pastels with a slim-fitting mod look, finished off with a flip-billed hat.


And five of the worst…

1. John Daly
The man, the myth, the trouser mistakes.

2. Woody Austin
Dressed in shirts that looked like he was trying to win a bet.

3. 1999 US Ryder Cup Team
No. Just… no.

4. Ian Poulter
When he gets it right, he’s great. But when he gets it wrong…

5. Donald Trump
The Donald sports a look that is pure coffee.

Short, sweet and budget-friendly first time round to coats and cover-ups for number two: From High Street to designer, the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy fashion

Pity the poor mothers at Thomas’s Battersea, where Prince George starts school on Thursday — all those months spent building a paparazzi-worthy wardrobe ready for the Big Day.

But now the news of Kate’s third pregnancy has put a right royal spanner in the works. Will the Duchess, who suffers from severe morning sickness, even turn up at the chic London day school?

But the Thomas’s mothers need not worry. Their carefully chosen and hugely expensive ‘posh mummy’ designer loot will not go to waste.

Short, sweet and budget-friendly first time round

Dec 2012: No bump and a neat Diane von Furstenberg coat

Jan 2013: A flowing Whistles dress hides any tell-tale signs

The Duchess opts for a Max Mara wrap dress

No bump and a neat Diane von Furstenberg coat, left, a flowing Whistles dress hides any tell-tale signs in January 2013, centre and the Duchess opts for a Max Mara wrap dress

March: An Emilia Wickstead coat for St Patrick’s Day

Looking peachy in a short Tara Jarmon outfit in April

March: An Emilia Wickstead coat for St Patrick’s Day, left, while she looked peachy in a short Tara Jarmon outfit in April

Emilia Wickstead again for an elegant April reception

May: Short Topshop dress proves a wedding bloomer

Emilia Wickstead coat for a spring royal garden party

Emilia Wickstead again for an elegant April reception, left, a short Topshop dress proves a wedding bloomer and another Emilia Wickstead coat for a spring royal garden party

June: In the pink and elegant for Trooping the Colour

July 23: New mum Kate leaves hospital in Jenny Packham

June: In the pink and elegant for Trooping the Colour while new mum Kate leaves hospital in Jenny Packham

In fact, judging by the Duchess’s new love of top-end fashion, they’ll need every swanky label they can get their hands on.

Take her most recent public appearance before her happy news was announced. While she was happy to wear an ‘austerity’ mix of High Street and affordable designer labels for her first two pregnancies, this time Kate stepped out in £1,420 worth of silk poppy-print Prada.

One can only imagine the panic that outfit caused at the school gate.

Since her first pregnancy in 2012/13, the Duchess has worn an increasingly sophisticated maternity wardrobe.

As a first-time mother, she made the classic mistake of assuming that standard clothes, which looked fine in the first trimester, could cope with a burgeoning bump. Take that unfortunate £38 polka dot Topshop dress and a £17.50 ASOS wrap dress: both rode up too high, revealing more leg than was decorous.

By her second pregnancy in 2014/15, the Duchess had learned her lesson — binning the cheap, off-the-peg frocks and upgrading to purpose-made maternity dresses from the affordable UK label Seraphine.

Coats and sophisticated cover-ups for number two

Oct 2014: Striking in mint Jenny Packham gown

Autumn, and a tailored Katherine Hooker dress

Striking in mint Jenny Packham gown while later in Autmn she opted for a tailored Katherine Hooker dress

Jan 2015: A softly styled coat by Seraphine

Well wrapped for winter in Max Mara

March: Pink Alexander McQueen coat (again)

Jan 2015: A softly styled coat by Seraphine, left while Kate was well wrapped for winter in Max Mara, centre. She went for her Pink Alexander McQueen coat again in March

Stand-out Hobbs coat for spring art exhibition

Elegant bump in dark Beulah London coat

A stand-out Hobbs coat for a spring art exhibition while her bump looks elegant in a dark Beulah London coat

Catherine Walker coat for St Patrick’s Day

Statement fuchsia coat by Mulberry at eight months

Charlotte is born: Going home in Jenny Packham

A Catherine Walker coat for St Patrick’s Day, left,a statement fuchsia coat by Mulberry at eight months, centre and going home in Jenny Packham after Charlotte is born

It also helped that in much of the later stages of her second pregnancy, Kate was dressing for winter and could turn to cashmere and wool frock coats from Hobbs, Mulberry and another fashionable label, Goat — tailored enough to give her shape yet voluminous enough to cover her bump. For evening, she discovered the joys of an empire-line dress — in particular an ink-blue silk gown from Jenny Packham, which skimmed over her bump.

So what will the Duchess be wearing third time around? Her favourite designer, Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, has no doubt been beavering away on bespoke maternity pieces.

Ever since she designed the Duchess’s wedding dress, the pair have been as thick as thieves, creating an elegant wardrobe for many of Kate’s biggest events. It helps that last year Sarah gave birth to twins, so she intimately understands the sartorial issues that come with pregnancy.

We can also expect to see the Duchess recycling some of her more successful pregnancy pieces, from the fuchsia Mulberry coat to her pale pink Alexander McQueen. Expect also to see a flash of Emilia Wickstead, the Tatler crowd’s designer of choice, and British designer Erdem.

But judging from the Duchess’s recent appearance in Prada — one of the most expensive, high-fashion labels in Milan — we could also expect to see a smattering of international bombshell frocks.

And that will certainly be enough to make the ground shake in Battersea.