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Ahoy There! Sailor Style Is Back On The Horizon For 2024

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Fashion girlies, ahoy; sailor style has been spotted on the horizon and it’s coming right at us.

In truth, nautical influences have never been that far in the distance. Popularised since the World Wars, made famous by the royals in the 1980s (now, Princess Diana knew how to rock a sailor collar), and re-imagined on the catwalks for decades, maritime themes have been favoured by designers, specifically iconoclasts such as Chanel, Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier, for almost a century.

But, just when you might have argued that navy-inspired sartorial had become all too familiar, Couture Fashion Week saw Simone Rocha make her couture debut as guest designer at Jean Paul Gaultier – with titanic effect. The 36-look show stunned with typically Rocha-esque takes on Gaultier codes and silhouettes; adorned corsetry with delicate flowers, rippling tulle skirts exploding from beneath exaggerated sleeves, and sailor hats – oh the sailor hats, accessorised with bows, crystals and sheer panelling.

While sailor hats have long been a staple of Jean Paul Gaultier’s visual story-telling, Rocha’s ultra-feminine take has come perfectly timed. At the height of fashion’s obsession with girlhood, nostalgic symbols like bows, ribbons and sugary colour palettes feel very now – which was exactly what she wanted. Speaking previously, the designer made it clear her aim was to re-imagine Jean Paul Gaultier signatures ‘how they feel today’ using her own style; a style which has been dubbed one of the most prominent voices in the haute-girl aesthetic.

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With a sense of playfulness and nostalgia, sailor hats snuggle up well next to the Peter Pan collars, puff sleeves and Mary Jane shoes we’ve all been seeking out. Look to other cult brands associated with

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  • February 11, 2024

Hailey Bieber on Her Connection to Princess Diana’s Fearless Fashion

Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images

Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris – Getty Images

Hailey Bieber isn’t alone in her fascination with Princess Diana’s sporty-preppy style, but the way she pulls it off has become iconic in itself.

In an interview for Harper’s BAZAAR‘s September cover story, the supermodel discusses how she sources inspiration from the late royal, not only from her style, but also the way she carried herself in the world.

“I was really inspired by the fact that she was the most-looked-at woman in the world at that time, of all time, and she did what she wanted with her style,” Bieber says of Lady Di. “She really expressed herself through her style despite being in the position she was in.”

It’s a position Bieber—as one of the world’s most famous models and young street style icons, the niece of Hollywood legend Alec Baldwin, the founder of skincare label Rhode, and the wife of pop star Justin Bieber—can relate to.

She admits to BAZAAR that though getting dressed is one of her favorite things to do, it sometimes makes her feel anxious because she thinks about how people will react to it. “I get photographed so much that I feel like sometimes I put pressure on myself,” she says, adding that it’s also part of her own perfectionism. “Even if I’m just throwing on jeans and a T-shirt, I want it to be a dope pair of jeans and a great T-shirt!”

Photo credit: John Edmonds

Photo credit: John Edmonds

Bieber can just as easily look fabulous in a colorful bucket hat and parachute pants as she can in an oversized men’s button-up or ethereal red-carpet gown. And though bieber-oversized-blazer-leather-platform-sandals-saint-laurent/” data-ylk=”slk:her looks are always hyper-contemporary” class=”link “her looks are always hyper-contemporary, she regularly goes back to old-school classics, and her

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  • September 22, 2022

Want to Get Married Next to a Dramatic Replica of Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress?

The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding, 29th July 1981

The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul’s Cathedral after their wedding, 29th July 1981

Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Forget Elvis — the marriage capital of the world is adding a royal wedding experience to its roster.

Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition is set to open inside The Shops at Crystals adjacent to ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas next month. The attraction features 12 curated rooms including “Wedding of Century,” where couples can actually tie the knot among thoughtfully chosen artifacts from Princess Diana and Prince Charles‘ 1981 nuptials including a dramatic recreation of Diana’s bridal gown.

“Over 120,000 weddings are performed in Las Vegas each year, it has become the marriage capital of the world,” curator of Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition, David Corelli, tells PEOPLE. “So, here we have the ultimate room showcasing artifacts and mementos from the most famous wedding of all time. And we thought, why not create something uniquely special for people to celebrate their love that you can only get here in Vegas?”

The wedding package features a ceremony and private dinner inside the room.

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Princess Diana Exhibit Las Vegas

Princess Diana Exhibit Las Vegas

Courtesy Princess Diana A Tribute Exhibition Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition

All visitors to the exhibit will get the chance to see the life-size replica of the iconic wedding dress made out of paper by Belgian artist and sculptor Isabelle de Borchgrave.

In a unique twist, guests can also walk on top of the gown’s 25-foot train, which is encased in a glass floor.

The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony

The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after

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  • September 20, 2022

15 of the most iconic little black dresses of all time

Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and Rihanna in black dresses

Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and Rihanna all made major statements in little black dresses.Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images; Jayne Fincher/Getty Images; Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

  • The little black dress is considered a fashion staple for its simplicity and versatility.

  • Stars have been rocking variations of the little black dress since it was popularized in the 1930s.

  • From Princess Diana’s “Revenge Dress” to Rihanna’s maternity gown, see the best LBDs of all time.

Fashion historians credit Coco Chanel with popularizing the “little black dress” as haute couture in the 1920s.

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Coco Chanel’s “little black dress” was shown at the auction. It sold for 1,500 pounds, which equates to $3,000, at Christie’s.Bettmann/Getty Images

According to The Atlantic, an October 1926 issue of Vogue featured a sketch of a black, long-sleeved sheath dress made by Coco Chanel. The magazine’s editors predicted the dress would “become sort of a uniform for all women of taste.”

The outlet notes that little black dresses were already linked to the working class and those in mourning, but as it found its way into magazines and showrooms, the dress became popular for upper-class women as well.

Vogue’s prediction proved to be true. The style took off and can now be found in a wide array of silhouettes, lengths, and sizes. The little black dress, commonly abbreviated as the “LBD,” has long been considered an iconic classic and a closet staple for many people — including celebrities.

 

The off-the-shoulder black dress Princess Diana wore is so famous it has its own nickname: “The Revenge Dress.”

Princess Diana wears the "revenge dress" and stretches her hand out to greet someone

Princess Diana at London’s Serpentine Gallery in June 1994.Jayne Fincher/Getty Images

In 1994, Princess Diana donned a velvet, off-the-shoulder minidress for an event at the Serpentine Gallery in London, England.

The dress, designed by Christina Stambolian, made headlines for its daring silhouette

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  • September 19, 2022