Written By: Charles Fratto
This past week saw the United Kingdom and in fact the world coming together in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. This historic Platinum Jubilee was a week-long celebration encompassing various venues, parades, concerts and yes, even tea time with Paddington Bear. All fashion eyes were on the Royals and British elites and what they would be wearing to all the many planned outings.
Though the Queen was only present for two major occasions, she did not disappoint with her iconic and colorful style. Her first appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace saw Her Majesty in a pale blue tailored coat embroidered with pearls. Her concluding look on the balcony was a jewel-toned, green ensemble as she stood surrounded by her family, waving to the crowd in gratitude.
The name of the fashion game for the rest of the royal British who’s who was a simple formula but styled to perfection- classic, beautiful tailoring. There are many, many things that the British are known for but in the fashion world, the image that instantly resonates with the style conscious is British tailoring. One could argue that there is nothing quite as beautiful in this world as that of an impeccably tailored garment from the workrooms of Savile Row, and rightly so. With such a reputation as this, it is no wonder that each successive look we saw was a confirmation of this with gusto. Shoulder padded lines, fitted sleeves, accentuated waistlines and subtly draped A-line silhouettes. And because this is a British affair, one must accompany most outings with an equally impeccable hat which is of course a delight to all. The color scheme saw most looks staying in the realm of solid color styling in various shades from soft and subtle to loud and commanding.
There was much anticipation as to what this never-before-experienced Platinum Jubilee would bring and we were not disappointed. There was pageantry, style and beauty but above all there was love. A country’s love for its longest reigning monarch, the matriarch to her people, their Queen.