Last month’s Met Gala red carpet was wonderfully camp, thanks in no small part to Lady Gaga’s gazillion different outfits: she started off in a hot pink Brandon Maxwell dress and finished in her underwear.
Another dress that stood out was the one model and influencer Sofia Sanchez de Betak wore. The strapless gown featured multiple tiers, all in a delightful ombre shade which went from burnt orange to green.
She wore it with a cute peach-shaped clutch, statement earrings and suede pumps in the same burnt orange as the gown.
Looks expensive, right? Well that’s where you’re wrong, it only costs £79. It’s actually a limited edition creation by high street brand Mango, and it has now been re-stocked online.
The version you can buy is slightly different, as it’s a sleeker, more A line shape than the tiered version Sofia wore, and thus more wearable. it also features barely-there straps around the neckline.
It has only been re-issued in a limited number of sizes, so do be quick if you want to buy this beauty, which will be great for summer occasions, worn with strappy sandals.
There is a name on everyone’s lips at the moment: Bernadette. But don’t be fooled, she isn’t a hot new celeb, but instead a hot new dress brand and everyone wants a piece of it, from Net-A-Porter to Browns.
Of course editors and fashion influencers have also create some serious buzz around it, wearing the designs before they even launched in the UK (it’s based in Antwerp) – thus making them even more desirable.
Bernadette is the brainchild of Charlotte and Bernadette, a mother and daughter duo, who only started working together a year and a half ago.
Founders and mother and daughter duo, Charlotte and Bernadette
‘Besides our mom-daughter bond, we also share a passion for creativity and fashion. After graduating with a master’s I moved to London to work for a fashion brand, but I quickly realised I missed challenging my own aesthetics and using drawing as one of my main assets.’ Charlotte says.
Bernadette adds, ‘My daughter called me one day while she was in London: ‘let’s start a brand together!’ Which of course I was up for from the very first second. This felt like the biggest dream for a mother. We have always shared similar interests like hunting for antiques and vintage together.’
The result is a line of easy-to-wear pieces (the slip dress is my favourite), in vintage prints with a fresh twist, all made to be layered, with colours and patterns clashing beautifully.
In other words, ultra-feminine, which is the whole ethos of the brand. ‘We believe our strongest asset is that we are both women designing for women. We aim to design timeless pieces, that can be worn by mums and daughters. We get inspired by the different ways these generations style the pieces differently. We love seeing old photos from iconic movie stars like Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Elisabeth Taylor. Their beauty remains in such a timeless manner, and this is what we strive to be and put forward in our designs,’ the duo say.
But that’s not to say you should take the clothes too seriously, as per Bernadette’s sartorial rules, ‘I would wear furry pink Miu Miu slippers with one of our ivory satin dresses with red flowers and big vintage earrings. I love some clash and challenge.’
For Charlotte on the other end, it’s all about gender fluidity, ‘I feel like my aesthetic can be more minimal where I have days that I want a Carolyn Bessette moment, wearing an oversized mens coat with a white t-shirt and one of our satin skirts. I think it’s very sexy to wear a lingerie inspired piece with masculine tailoring. ‘
Their other strength is their social media following, but it’s more about building a rapport with followers than likes or numbers: ‘Instagram gives us the opportunity to follow amazing women with their own unique styles, but also gives us the opportunity to show a more personal, in-house image of the brand.’
You’re about to see a lot more of Bernadette, as the brand is launching into Selrfridges this week, a bit moment for Bernadette, who says, ‘My mother used to live in the UK in her twenties and Selfridges used to be her favourite store. When we told her they were going to launch our collection, she was overwhelmed by happiness and pride.’
Now royal experts have said that the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex both decided to hark back to their respective wedding days with their outfits.
Kate wore a sunny yellow dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, who also designed her famous lace wedding dress.
Meanwhile, Meghan opted for a navy and cream set that came with a cape, by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, the woman behind her classically beautiful wedding dress.
It might or might not be a coincidence of course, but either way it’s a nice little nod to their big days.
Meghan came out of maternity leave for the Queen’s birthday, and naturally left baby Archie at home as he’s still too little for big events like this, though she is expected to make the most of her time at home until officially reprising her royal duties.
Saturday saw the royal family get together to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, for the Trooping the Colour celebrations. And as with previous years, when it came to the balcony shot, the kids stole the show.
Another cute detail royal fans noticed was that he was wearing something that once belonged to his uncle, Prince Harry.
The white shirt with blue embroidery was actually first seen at the same event, just 33 years prior. At the time, Harry was almost two years old, just a little bit older then Prince Louis now – he celebrated his first birthday in April.
But before that, the shirt was actually worn by non other Prince William. He wore it in 1984 on a summer holiday trip with his parents.
This isn’t the first time Kate has chosen to recycle baby clothes, as Prince George has also previously worn outfits that belonged to his father.
We can’t wait to see baby Archie wearing these cute heirlooms too.
On 8th June, the world will celebrate World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to the preservation of our oceans and their natural habitat. Because in case you didn’t know, it’s not looking good. In fact research shows that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, if we don’t change the way we’re living, fast.
Plastic and waste are killing our oceans, and it’s our responsibility to promote sustainable and eco-friendly living as much as we can. Which is why many brands are rallying to raise awareness. Here are five fashion pieces I’ve got on my radar, that are either made with recycled plastic and ocean rubbish, or have proceeds which will go to campaigns such as Save The Sea.
This is a great way to start, but remember there is so much more you can do at home to be more sustainable.
The Environmental Justice Foundation has asked Rêve En Vert, the sustainable luxury online e-tailer, to design a t-shirt for their campaign Save The Sea. Co-Founder Cora Hilt chose to focus on the plastic pollution problem within our oceans. Made in a zero waste factory on the Isle of Wight that uses solar energy and organic material. 100% of the proceeds of the t-shirt sold will go to the Save The Sea campaign to help the regeneration and protection of our oceans, aiming to raise awareness of conserving marine biodiversity and combatting human rights abuses at sea.
On Friday 7th May, Reformation is dropping a swimwear collection on FARFETCH and on its own site. Made from ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon fibre developed by global textile manufacturer, Aquafil, and made out of things like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring, and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans all over the world. That waste is sorted, cleaned, and recycled back to nylon fibre through a regeneration and purification process. It has the potential to be recycled infinitely, which helps create a more circular fashion system.
Riley Studio, uses durable, quality fabrics made from recycled materials such as Q-NOVA® by Fulgar, ECONYL® yarn, Recover Yarn and rPET. Across two collections to date, Riley Studio has managed to up-cycle an estimated 2,000 plastic bottles from oceans and landfills across the world and by using recycled materials have saved approximately 3,219 litres of oil, which are important steps towards their goal of being a part of the circular economy.
After attending the State Dinner hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, it was President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s turn to host a dinner at Winfield House, where the Ambassador for the United States resides in London. Their guests included Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
For the occasion, the FLOTUS wore one of Meghan Markle’s favourite designers: Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, who of course designed the Duchess of Sussex’s very famous royal wedding dress.
This particular creation was a red floor-length gown with embroidery along the neckline, and a cape draped over the shoulders. Melania is clearly a fab of minimal designs, as her white Dior gown from the previous gown was equally sleek.
She also wore a white and navy suit on the first day of their tour, which might or might not have been a nod to Princess Diana.
Meghan wasn’t present at either dinner, as she is currently on maternity leave, but it’s believed she would’ve avoided going after Trump called her nasty, though he recently denied ever making those comments.
The presidential couple’s tour of the UK continues, and they’re expected to visit the Republic of Ireland for a further three days.