This is the one colour that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle refuse to wear

This is the one colour that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle refuse to wear

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are not just members of the royal family – they’re fashion icons. Everything that the Duchesses wear will sell out almost immediately (hello, Kate Middleton effect and Meghan Markle effect) and become front page news.

However, they don’t always get to pick what they want to wear. Apparently Meghan doesn’t have a stylist so she’s more likely to choose something herself, but she caused outrage by daring to wear black nail varnish (sigh) and has reportedly been banned from wearing this when she visits Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral this summer.

And while Kate and Meghan have very different styles, there’s one thing they have in common – they’re not afraid to think outside of the sartorial box and wear a hue or style that stands out from the crowd.

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But there is one colour that the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex have never worn, and once you know what it is you’ll let out an, ‘Ahhhh!’

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Harpers Bazaar Australia researched every outfit that Kate and Meghan have ever worn, and found that neither royal has ever been spotted wearing orange.

However, it is not believed to be a royal rule to banish the hue from their (enviable) wardrobes. According to The Express, it’s because the colour doesn’t photograph well and many of those in the spotlight, celebs and royals alike, opt out of wearing it.

The Queen, however – always a rule breaker – has stepped out in orange several times before.

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She wore a bright coat and hat during a visit to the Science Museum in March earlier this year.

And so much for not photographing well, because we think it looks wonderful on the monarch.

Let’s see if the Duchesses are ever convinced…

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Barack Obama apparently wants this unlikely accessory

Barack Obama apparently wants this unlikely accessory

When he’s not busy reviewing wife Michelle Obama’s memoir or dancing at Beyonce’s concert (and doing many more important things I’m sure), Barack Obama’s busy adding to his fashion collection it seems.

According to the New York Times, he’s in fact after a particularly unlikely accessory: Aretha Franklin’s hat. But not just any hat, the silver bow hat she wore to perform at his inauguration as US President in 2009.

The legendary singer passed away last year, it seemed without a will, meaning her estate would be distributed equally amongst her four sons.

However some handwritten wills have recently been found in her home which could put that into question. This sadly means that her family are now in the midst of a bitter court battle in Michigan, as according to Michigan Law, a handwritten will can be accepted even without witnesses, as long as it’s signed.

So her assets might not be distributed as equally as previously thought, as the judge is now also looking at giving out keepsakes to non-family members who have requested it, such as Barack.

Time will tell whether he gets his hat or not.

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People are zoning in on Meghan Markle's boyfriend shirt

People are zoning in on Meghan Markle's boyfriend shirt

The Duchess of Sussex took us behind the scenes of her Smart Works fashion line on Instagram Stories the other day, and while we didn’t get a glimpse of the actual collection, people were very taken with the shirt she was wearing.

In the videos, Meghan was seen laughing as she waited to surprise women arriving to presumably model and shoot the clothes, though they could’ve been charity workers too.

The Duchess wore a pair of jeans with her favourite suede Aquazzura heels, and a boyfriend shirt everyone on the internet fell in love with.

It’s actually by a British brand called With Nothing Underneath, by ex jewellery editor Pip Durell, who started her own business after she couldn’t find the perfect boyfriend-style shirt.

Shop now: LINEN: Sky Blue & White stripe for £85 from WNU

The £85 shirt is made of 100% cotton and was made as a sustainable wardrobe essential that will stand the test of time’, a concept that will resonate with Meghan as she has been championing sustainable fashion.

Naturally, it has been flying off the shelves, though you can pre-order yours now.

The brand wrote on Instagram, ‘So incredibly honoured that The Duchess of Sussex chose to wear her WNU linen yesterday in London for a day with the incredible @smartworkscharity . Endlessly effortless and elegant, we are blown away.’

The Duchess, who is the patron of Smart Works, has teamed up with several high street brands to create a line of workwear that will help women in need enter the work force again. It is due to launch in the autumn.

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These are the most influential TV characters in fashion

These are the most influential TV characters in fashion

Before we defaulted to Instagram for sartorial inspiration, there were the icons of our favourite TV shows. Who didn’t want Rachel’s polished Ralph Lauren wardrobe? Or Carrie’s Manolo Blahnik collection? And it turns out we’re still very much influencers my on-screen characters, according to research by Lyst and Pinterest.

They compiled a list of the eleven most influential TV characters in fashion right now, analysing 306 million monthly users around the world from January. You won’t be surprised to know that Killing Eve‘s Villanelle tops the list, no doubt thanks to THAT amazing Molly Goddard dress which spurned a thousand Halloween costumes. Also featuring is Stranger Things’ Eleven and her epic 80s wardrobe, as well as the legendary Tan France.

Scroll down to see the full list and get some serious style inspo.

  1. Villanelle from Killing Eve

    Villanelle’s to-die-for looks have taken Pinterest by storm, sparking a 1,060% increase in searches YoY. Meanwhile, Lyst data highlights the popularity of the outfits worn in the second series: between April and May, searches for Rosie Assoulin were up 49%; meanwhile, demand for Chloé suits was up 32%, searches for Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuits grew by 29%, and leather skirts saw a 48% rise in page views. Following the first episode of the second series there have been over 3,000 searches for ‘Killing Eve pyjamas’.

  2. Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Sabrina Spellman’s preppy looks have become an especially big source of fashion inspiration as AW approaches, with searches up 7,450% on Pinterest. Demand for ribbed sweaters grew 49% on Lyst in April following the release of the show’s second season; page views of Fair Isle sweaters also grew by 30% in the same period. Meanwhile, searches for Sabrina-inspired plaid skirts were up 35% on Lyst YoY in April, another unusually high number for that time of year.

  3. Renata Klein from Big Little Lies

    From her always perfectly tailored trousers to her never ending collection of designer handbags, Renata’s wardrobe is grand and expensive, and it’s piquing customers’ interest: Pinterest saves for Big Little Lies outfits have jumped 490% YoY. Meanwhile searches for Roland Mouret’s ruby red Zodiac gown spiked 87% on Lyst after it was featured in the first episode of the second season.

  4. Jane Villanueva from Jane the Virgin

    Pinterest data highlights an 85% increase in searches YoY for Jane, while Lyst shows that the Zimmermann Heathers mini dress she wore was viewed more than 7,000 times in the week following the release of the episode. There have also been increases for Katy Perry sandals and floral wrap dresses which are continually worn on the show.

  5. Tan France from Queer Eye

    Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye introduced the world to a brand new Fab Five, and after four popular seasons, their influence is undeniable. Known for his love of patterned and striped shirts, fashion expert Tan France’s style is behind some of this year’s biggest spikes in demand on Lyst. Following the release of the show’s fourth season in March, searches for men’s “ striped shirt ” increased by 39% month on month. Searches of patterned polo shirts on Pinterest are up 58% YoY, which isn’t surprising: there were over 10,000 searches on Lyst for patterned polo shirts in the first two weeks of March, with over 300 customers specifically searching for a “Tan shirt.”

  6. Veronica Lodge from Riverdale

    As Riverdale’s resident It girl, Veronica Lodge’s feminine style is driving fashion searches on Lyst. Worn in the show’s third season, a Topshop checked coat sold out within 7 days after appearing on screen. Searches for Ba&sh dresses increased 55% in May, and Alice + Olivia’s Tanner dress saw a 60% increase in views 48 hours after being worn in an episode. Meanwhile, Pinterest data shows a 29% increase in searches for pleated dresses , a must-have in Veronica’s wardrobe.

  7. Fleabag from Fleabag

    The black backless jumpsuit worn in the season two premiere sparked a 460% increase in searches on Pinterest in June, with more than 500 people specifically searching for “Fleabag jumpsuit” on Lyst. Along with a 4,757% increase in searches for Fleabag on Pinterest, Lyst data shows a strong interest in the character’s fashion choices – demand for black trench coats and red Reformation dresses significantly increased in April.

  8. Eric Effiong from Sex Education

    Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa has received strong praise for his scene-stealing portrayal of Eric Effiong, and his character’s style has also been inspiring customers — sneakerheads included — since the show’s debut. Searches for Nike’s PG 2 sneakers grew by 14% between January and March after Eric wore a bright purple pair in an episode. In the same period, demand for matching tracksuits increased by 22%. Meanwhile, his tiger-print sweatshirt sparked a 40% search increase on Lyst, as well as a 44% increase on Pinterest.

  9. Zoey Johnson from Grown-ish

    Searches for Zoey’s outfits went up 28% on Pinterest after season two. On Lyst, the character’s Lilo Striped Cat jumper by Zadig & Voltaire became the most wanted animal jumper in June, while views of the Diane von Furstenberg leopard-print shirt spiked 15% after being worn on the show. Meanwhile, her Topshop spot overalls became the most wanted dungarees on Lyst in July, quickly selling out.

  10. Ava Jalali from Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

    In just 10 episodes, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists has become one of the most stylish TV shows of the year. Fashion student Ava Jalali has driven a 9,160% rise in searches on Pinterest thanks to her trend-led yet studious looks. Ava sealed her fashion influencer status when searches for her Ruffled Velvet dress increased 37% the week it aired, while her Kelly cape by L’Agence sparked a 44% YoY increase in demand for capes in April — a particularly high number considering the time of year.

  11. Eleven from Stranger Things

    The third season of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things paints Eleven as the ultimate ‘80s kid thanks to her newfound love for bright bowling shirts, busy prints, dungarees, and scrunchies. On Pinterest, saves for images of the character have increased by 28%. On Lyst, searches for rompers were up 57% in the first 2 weeks of July after El wore a particularly colorful iteration of the trend and over 1,000 shoppers specifically searched for “Eleven shirt” in the same month.

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The quirky reason Princess Diana wore a Philadelphia Eagles jacket

The quirky reason Princess Diana wore a Philadelphia Eagles jacket

There was often a story behind Princess Diana’s outfits, even the more casual ones, like the Virgin sweatshirt she wore at the gym.

And in 1991 and 1994, she was spotted wearing a Philadelphia Eagles bomber jacket, which was a pretty random choice for the Princess of Wales I think you’ll agree, given that they’re an American football team.

There was actually a quirky reason behind it, and it all starts with Princess Grace of Monaco, who sadly died in 1982. Diana went to the funeral to represent the Crown, where she met Jack Edelstein, who was the statistician for the Eagles and a friend’s of Grace Kelly.

The pair got to chatting about lots of things from politics to football, according to Edelstein, who recounted the story to the Philadelphia Daily after her death.

He said, ‘She thought football was like soccer. She asked, “What are your colours?” I said, “Green and silver.” She said, “Those are my favorite colors.”‘

So when he got back to the States, he immediately got a bunch of merchandise made just to send to her.

‘We also sent her a beautiful Eagles jacket, made for her. It was Leonard Tose’s idea. He never went second-class,’ Edelstein said of the team owner. ‘She sent me a very nice note, how she’d been wearing them around.’

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This jewellery collab proves crystals are the next big thing

This jewellery collab proves crystals are the next big thing

Unless you live in a cave, you’ll have noticed that crystals have becoming a huge trend, even if they’ve been around for centuries. Crystal infused beauty is the latest treatment to improve body and soul, and now the gemstones are making their way into our attire, courtesy of a stunning new jewellery collaboration.

Monica Vinader has teamed up with fashion influencer Caroline Issa to create a collection celebrating the colourful and natural state of stones, launching on 9th September (with pre-order from 23rd August).

The result? Candy-coloured gemstones in raw finishes and organic forms, complemented by 18ct rose and yellow gold vermeil. There are statement earrings, delicate necklaces and charm bracelets.

Here Caroline tells me how to style the collection and have a bit of fun with your wardrobe for autumn/winter.

What are your top style tips for the season? 

Indulge in colour, new shapes and silhouettes and just have fun with fashion!

Has your experience as a fashion director helped with the collection?

I think my experience as a fashion director of both Tank and allows me to have a really privileged view across the landscape as to what exists and what people are doing – and what is therefore missing! It also always inspires me to see how creatives approach new collections and what they think is vital to authentic product classics. So when I approach any collaboration, I’m able to take all the knowledge and memory of this input and make sure I do something that means I’m creating something of value, of substance, of timelessness.

What’s the inspiration behind the collection?

We really got inspired by the natural beauty, the colours and the shapes of the gemstones in their pure, raw states – from there, we curated the stones together to sit magically together, whether on the cocktail earrings or the necklace and what felt the most magical and vibrant.

How would you style the pieces?

I’d go super simple – white shirt, blue jeans, great cocktail earrings, or I’d really go for it with use of colour – a pink dress with necklace and maximalist earrings. Leverage the drench and saturation of the colours of the stones alongside joyful, colourful clothes! They are pretty versatile.

What one piece should we invest in?

The cocktail earrings – because you can keep them in your bag and whip them out anytime for a bit more drama to an outfit – great for desk-to-dinner outfit changes when you are too lazy or have no time to change your clothes! Add some statement earrings and you are ready.

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Queen Elizabeth I’s only surviving dress is going on display

Queen Elizabeth I’s only surviving dress is going on display

Before Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton broke all the style rules, before even the Queen and her brightly coloured co-ords, there was the OG trendsetter, Queen Elizabeth I.

Now while most of her wardrobe hasn’t survived the centuries, you will now be able to see the one dress that made it, well part of it at least.

A 16th century piece of her court dress, called the Bacton Altar Cloth, has been lovingly restored for two years, to be put on display at Hampton Court Palace in October, in an exhibition titled The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I.

Historic Royal Palaces curator Eleri Lynn told the Telegraph, ‘When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special. As I examined it, I felt as though I had found the Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of fashion. None of Elizabeth I’s dresses are known to have survived, but everything we have learnt since then points to it being worn by Elizabeth.’

The piece features an ornate floral motif made real gold and silver thread, and was apparently once part of a skirt, which may well be the one she is seen wearing in the Rainbow Portrait, a painting also part of the exhibition.

Further research into the fabric found traces of Mexico-sourced red and indigo dyes, which was only used in clothes worn by nobles in Tudor times.

As to why it’s called the ‘Bacton Altar Cloth’, it was because it ended up being used as an altar cloth. In the days before fast fashion, you didn’t just get rid of clothes, and it’s believed the Virgin Queen gave the skirt to her lady in waiting, Blanche Perry, who was part of the Parish of the Church of St Faith, in Bacton. She must’ve then donated it to the church after the Queen’s passing.

The exhibit is set to open on October 12, 2019 and finish on 23 February, 2020.

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The Queen apparently wanted Princess Diana to wear this on her wedding day

The Queen apparently wanted Princess Diana to wear this on her wedding day

We imagine one of the best parts of wedding planning as a royal bride is choosing your wedding day tiara. Meghan Markle confirmed that picking her Cartier crown was a very special moment.

She said, ‘Every girl’s dream is to be able to try on a tiara and, funnily enough, it was the one that suited the best, the one that looked the best on you without question. I shouldn’t have really been there, but an incredible loan by my grandmother, it was very sweet.’

However it seems like Princess Diana didn’t necessarily share her sentiment, as she wore her own family’s heirloom, the Spencer tiara, apparently going against the Queen’s wishes.

Deborah Papas of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn told that HRH Queen Elizabeth II hoped Diana would wear the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara for the big day.

She said, ‘The piece was made by Garrards in 1914 for Queen Mary who designed it and left it in her Will to her Majesty, The Queen. It was loaned it to Diana for her wedding, but she did not wear it on the big day.’

However, Diana went in another direction for a practical reason rather than consciously snubbing the Queen.

Papas said, ‘It was probably as she reported it to give her headaches as it is very heavy, however, she did love the piece and it was one of her favourites.’

That makes sense, as the tiara is bigger than the Spencer one and features large dangling pearls.

However Diana did wear it loads after her wedding, and it’s also a favourite of Kate Middleton’s.

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Missoma is bringing out the ultimate advent calendar

Missoma is bringing out the ultimate advent calendar

Stop everything you’re doing, because Missoma is bringing you the advent calendar to end all advent calendars. It goes on sale on the 7th October so make sure you add that to your diaries or at least hit very heavily to your beloveds.

The calendar contains 12 of the jewellery brand’s best-selling pieces, including a trinket tray, notebook set and earrings, a necklace and bracelets all in 18ct Gold Vermeil on Sterling Silver.

You’ll also get a gorgeous limited edition cosmic hair slide you can’t buy separately. The calendar will be on sale for £395, which isn’t cheap, however I’ve worked out that it’s worth £641 once you add all the jewellery (minus the hair slide), so it’s pretty worth it.

Here’s a list of everything you’re getting in the calendar.

1. Gold star bracelet, £59

2. Gold mini molten necklace, £79

3. Gold pace huggie pair, £70

4. Gold mini claw charm hoops, £65

5. Malachite gold mini shield hinged hoops, £69

6. Limited edition hair slide

7. Cosmic graffiti notebook set of 3, £20

8. Cosmic graffiti starry eyed trinket purse, £49

9. Gold moon star stud pair, £50

10. Cosmic graffiti starry eyed trinket tray, £22

11. Gold double chain bracelet, £69

12. Gold leaf choker, £89

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Meghan Markle apparently dresses herself

Meghan Markle apparently dresses herself

How royals choose their clothes is a fascinating subject. They have so many functions to attend, not to mention many etiquette rules they have to follow, that you would assume they have stylists to do the hard work for them.

However, while the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge both have assistants, seamstresses and stylists, the Duchess of Sussex apparently does not.

That’s perhaps no as surprising as you’d think, given that Meghan has walked many red carpets during her time as an actress in Hollywood, so has got her style down to a T.

Her friend and make-up artist Dianel Martin told CBS, ‘‘She doesn’t have a stylist. Everything she wears she picks herself. It’s pretty incredible that she can manage all of this.’

In fact, it seems like she does pretty much everything herself, according to a confidante.

A source told People, ‘There’s a false assumption that she lives in some gilded palace with staff and ladies-in-waiting and all these royal perks. It’s simply not true.’

She added that she was at Frogmore Cottage a few months ago, while Meghan and Harry were getting ready for an event.

‘I was with her last month, and she was going on a public engagement. Harry and I were sitting with the dogs, and we were all chatty, and she’s painting her nails. Except for her wedding, she does all her own makeup. Dresses herself, styles herself.’

She added, ‘I said, “People think when you come out of the car that you went through some metaphorical reverse car wash. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, and everyone’s doing all this stuff to you.” They’re not picturing you sitting by the space heater doing your own hair and nails. She’s very self-service.’

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