Absolutely outrageous! Can you believe Kate Middleton copied our frock from yesterday’s post? When she stepped out in the brightest of red dresses, I had to double take. Had she really checked in on Barbie of the Day and stolen our look? Queenie had already told us she would be wearing white so she would be easy to spot as she passed us on the river, but Kate? Well she was practically invisible in that sea of red on the boat. We were much more visible on our balcony waving our flags. I swear as she passed by, Kate looked up and saw Barbie in the exact same dress and shuddered.
Well now you know where she gets all her style inspiration, I’m sure you will all look forward to seeing her at the concert tonight at Buckingham Palace wrapped up in a replica of this fabulous leopard coat.
Fingers crossed this will keep her a little warmer. We’ve gone for red again underneath but this time with a little more sparkle, and a patriotic clutch…
Inspired by our surroundings of not so ancient Egypt, today’s BOTD is dedicated to a true style icon. Cleopatra continues to be a source of inspiration in the world of fashion. The high octane glamour cemented in our imaginations by the late great Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 movie is probably a far cry from the earth tone sacks Cleo actually wore but I’ll take Liz’s emerald silks and violet chiffons over a brown bag any day. Batwing eyes, cinched waists and chunky jewelry are all part of the BOTD aesthetic and have influenced designers like Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen and most memorably back in 2007 (shhh whisper it quietly) John Galliano.
When Carter discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, the world went gaga for Egyptian jewelry. Art deco pyramids, pharaoh heads and scarabs were suddenly everywhere teamed with Cleo-style sharp bobs. With the 1920s inspired collections for Spring/Summer 2012, Cleo carries on (see what I did there?) influencing our style choices. With a new biopic starring Angelina Jolie in the pipeline and (I tried to avoid mentioning her) Kim Kardashian channeling Cleopatra in her new fragrance campaign, the queen of the Nile continues to inspire us.
A little birthday treat for the fabulous Philip Treacy today. We are huge fans of Mr Treacy’s work, here at BOTD Towers so it seemed only fitting to share a couple of our favourite hats with you all, including our latest and most dangerous hat to date…
At last! The big day has arrived. So big in fact that it requires more than one dress! It was a transparent dress that bagged Miss Middleton her prince in the first place so when she first contacted BOTD we knew exactly what she was after. A stunning micro mini in ivory lace seemed the perfect option and was teamed with a pair of ruched leather thigh boots. Following several meetings and a number of phone calls from the palace we opted for a second, more traditional dress, in bright white lace with feather skirt. We were incredibly lucky to work with the photographer Annabelle Moller to capture these precious moments and wish you all a very happy royal wedding.
Another super short dress today which is weird considering that spring has not exactly sprung here. Indeed the weather is so shocking today that this outfit can only possibly be worn inside around BOTD Towers for doing the vacuuming and maybe a spot of low dusting. Somewhere between French maid and mint humbug with a bit of McQueen’s optical print thrown in for good measure.
Yesterday saw a really beautiful collection by Sarah Burton for McQueen full of beautiful icy white gowns. Feathers and cracked ceramics showed a beautiful hard versus soft aesthetic and of course all that white made everyone think of bride to be, Miss Middleton. I’m apparently not allowed to say whether or not I’ve been asked to design the wedding gown of the future princess nor am I allowed to comment on her opinions of being given a pearl necklace by her future father in law. So I guess I will keep quiet and show you a bit of BOTD bridal couture. I’m saying nothing. Nope. Zip!
Nothing like a walk in the hills to blow those Beaujolais clouds away. Even when walking the BOTD puppy we think it is essential to make the effort which is why today’s BOTD has thrown on a heap of couture. You never know who you might meet! This look is a bit like the amazing Daphne Guinness getting dressed in the dark. Some McQueen, a touch of Chanel, oops hair’s a mess, a quick Cher Lloyd should fix that. Wearing an enormous billowing skirt with a little denim waistcoat to keep warm, who says BOTD isn’t practical?
Tonight marks the first live X Factor show and everybody seems to have an opinion on the contestants. We have already chosen our favourite and before you all say “Oh how predictable, BOTD!” here are a few reasons we are supporting Cher Lloyd.
1. She is called Cher and is therefore instantly amazing.
2. She has ridiculously large hair.
3. She looks like a doll and could probably fit into most of BOTD’s wardrobe.
4. Did we mention she’s called Cher?!
Today is a very special day in fashionland. Sarah Burton is taking the reins at Alexander McQueen and showing her first collection for the label today as part of Paris Fashion Week. Having worked together for many years it is thought that she will keep the McQueen aesthetic but itwill surely be impossible to bring the McQueen theatricality to the show. With all fashionistas’ and fans’ eyes on her it will be exciting to see what she brings to the table. In the meantime here are a couple of ladies inspired by Lee’s final couture collection shown at the start of the year.
Yesterday was the memorial for Alexander McQueen, the man Anna Wintour described as a ‘complex and gifted young man.’ Add to that, inspirational as he continues to inspire so many designers including BOTD, as today and yesterday’s posts show.