Fashion news of the month. Since starting Dress The Part I've been interested in putting across my own opinions on all things fashion. Therefore I'm launching this monthly post on the fashion news of the past month . I going to share what I find interesting and you can agree , disagree, write comments, or contact me . Let's enjoy this new forum where we can share ideas.
AN ALMOST ROYAL WEDDING
MAY 22 2017
Fashion news was big this last weekend as Pippa Middleton the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot. The bride looked lovely in a conservative lace gown by Giles Deacon .While you all might be interested in what Pippa wore , I was like a dog with a bone to see the Duchess.
In fact Kate , seemed like a child minder. Since watching after her own two children wasn't enough, there were several more toddlers .Actually the Duchess appeared at one point to be herding cats.
The Duchess was the fashion news in a blush dress by Alexander Mcqueen . Kate's wedding dress was also by the Mcqueen . While this is one of her favorite labels it did not serve that well.. Personally my darlings as smitten as I am with Kate I found the dress matronly and dull. Actually it reminded me of the powder blue dress that the Duchess of Windsor wore to her wedding to the Duke of Windsor. Designer for Mcqueen ,Sarah Burton has tamed this brand considerably. Furthermore I'm sure that If Alexander was alive today he would not be dressing The Duchess of Cambridge for mock royal weddings. Arguably the Duchess may have been deliberately down playing her look. Since Kate would not want to over shine her sister.
SHOW US YOUR CANNES
MAY 17 - MAY 28
Fashion news from the south of France . While the Cannes Film Festival is on the screen the cans are on the red carpet . Since Cannes is a major international film festival it draws the stars from all of the galaxy. My Idea of a red carpet is exactly what happens at Cannes over the week stars come out and strut their stuff in all the latest designer duds .
Therefore Red carpets darlings , are the best place to gather fashion news. See who's wearing who and what the overall feel for the season is.No doubt the stars shone in Cannes.
CANNES FASHION NEWS
I love red carpet fashion and even more when it is done right. First and foremost the strongest trend that came across for me was the romantic floral look . In fact Elle Fanning in this gorgeous Dior dress is the epitome of this look. This dress is a floral bouquet ,on this grey blue background the delicate embroidered flowers like a field possibly in Cannes. At the same time Jourdan Dunn is stunning in a floral embellished Elli Saab gown.
In my opinion the fashion news story out of Cannes is that this is the year of delicate and feminine fashion . Therefore girlie girls should be delighted that this spring /summer season is for them.
MELANIA TRUMP- FASHION NEWS FROM A BROADThis is the best kept secret , there is a first Lady. Who knew? The worlds most famous trophy wife is being dragged behind her husband from Saudi Arabia to Europe. The first lady is being paraded out for her first international trip, In my opinion Melania Trump is perfect for this presidency , a gorgeous ex-fashion model being mostly seen and not heard. Hence as her erratic husband flounders in his role Melania is defining hers . This first lady is unlikely to make great steps in any direction of importance but her style is definitely her strong suit. Her often blank expression may reflect her time as a fashion model it may also reflect her apparent disdain for her new-found role. To be fair Ms. Trump may be jet lagged or missing her wee Baron.While she strutted towards the helicopter to start this epic tour , fashion news would be front and foremost. The nine-day tour is the longest and most comprehensive view of Melania since her husbands inauguration .
FASHION NEWS"Melania did not wear a veil in Saudi Arabia"." She did wear one to meet the Pope." " Melania changes her clothes on the plane!" Who cares ? Well the truth is we all do. What Melania wears will become part of the official record of this first international trip. Since the inauguration ,Melania has hidden herself away like a cloistered nun. The Trump tower or as I call it the witches castle has become a fortress to guard the first lady from the "fake news".She has now surfaced to be mainly seen and not heard and we all wager on for how long. In my opinion she may never take hold in the East wing and may continue as an elusive figure. Therefore darlings I will join the others to record and critic the first lady as we have never seen her. Hence with a wardrobe consisting of mainly black and white the tour of five countries , and more than a dozen outfits has concluded.While past first ladies may have employed stylists Mrs. Trump relied on her past expertise as a model and her admittedly countless hours reading fashion mags to put together her own wardrobe.
FASHION NEWS; MELANIA HITS THE ROADSince this blog is named "Dress The Part " , it might be interesting in how Melania did just that .In the first place the role of first lady is defined by who's playing the part. Therefore if we agree with the casting director or not this role is played by Melania Trump. All things considered Melania did a fine job . Moreover she managed to stay true to her public image. She appeared strong, aloof and dispassionate. No doubt the world may have craved a different Melania, but we get what he paid for. While the role of first lady is to soften and humanize the president , Melania rejected this tradition much like she rejected holding her husband's hand. She appeared hard and cool.Her wardrobe overall was hard , streamlined and crisp. Furthermore she parted ways with the fashion diplomacy of the past. Therefore she did not actively promote American designers and only partly paid respect to designers from the host country.
FASHION NEWS; THE OUTFITS AND THE DESIGNERSIn Saudi Arabia, she chose a black Stella McCartney jumpsuit that resembled traditional clothes of women in this region . While for her visit in Israel she donned a suit by Michael Kors in white , which symbolizes innocence and peace in the Jewish culture. In Brussels the First Lady wore clothes made by a Belgian designer Maison Ullens and by Michael Kors for her visit with the Belgian king and queen, while in Italy (both Rome and Sicily) she opted for Dolce & Gabbana. For her meeting with Pope Francis, Mrs Trump decided to respect the traditional custom of wearing a conservative black dress and a black lace veil both by Dolce & Gabbana. Dolce & Gabbana were the big winners in dressing the first Lady . In Sicily Melania raised a controversy by wearing a $51,000 Dolce & Gabanna coat. All in a days work.This tour was not too successful for the President , upon his return his critics paint a bleak picture of his diplomatic abilities. However one clear winner has been awarded the first ladies fashion award. Melania may not be the friendliest fashionista but she does strut her stuff.
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MAY FASHION NEWS ; DOLCE & GABBANA WINS BIG
No doubt there was other fashion news in May. I've chosen to cover three stories and have concentrated on the foreign travels of Melania Trump.
First and foremost I would like to make it clear that in no way is this an endorsement of anything Trumpian. I hold nothing against any designers who choose or are chosen to dress the first lady. Therefore I don't criticize Dolce & Gabbana for dressing Melania Trump on this tour.
While Michael Kors is favorite of Ms. Trump ,Dolce & Gabbana take the prize . Incidentally this is not the first time Melania has chosen my favorite label .For example last New Years eve she wore a beautiful sleek dress by Dolce & Gabbana . You can exude the same vibe and look by following some of the looks I have chosen,
FASHION NEWS; MELANIA & DOLCE & GABBANA
Melania Trump wore this beautiful black lace dress to meet Pope.Francis.
This lovely sequined dress was worn by Mrs. Trump in Sicily for an evening concert. The dress is perfect for an evening event.
On the final day in Italy, Melania wore this floral , full length dress. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce used this opportunity to promote their wear Italia brand.
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FASHION NEWS IN CONCLUSION
May was a big month for fashion this year, ironically no big fashion events are held in May. The wedding of Pippa Middleton, the Cannes film festival, and most note worthy the fashion travels of Melania Trump.
Therefore we manage some how to put politics aside and look to fashion as a guide. Fashion can reflect politics when the first lady insensitively wears a garment worth $50,ooo dollars it may raise some political eyebrows.
Enjoy this post and reflect on fashions place and value on the world stage .Arguably fashion is a reflection of the world we live in like all art . Ciao for now Jandrew