Happy Anniversary William and Kate

A year ago I was sitting in a caravan in Wales ignoring the sunshine outside, with my eyes glued to a telly screen. I wasn’t alone. Millions, if not billions of people around the World were sitting in apprehension, waiting for the moment when Kate Middleton would step from her car and reveal her wedding dress to the waiting world.

That moment, when it was revealed that the dress was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, made the fashion world gasp in delight. The dress was everything we dreamed it would be and more, which are words that could be ascribed to Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, herself.

Of course, the wedding was a retailers dream, with merchandise of every variety emblazoning everything from Poundland to Liberty. With the 1st anniversary, we are facing the first special occasion in what promises to be a very special Royal year. New items related to Kate and William have, of course, been released. Here are just a few of the gifts and collectors items for lovers of William and Kate.

BARBIE Collector Royal wedding dolls £99.99

Cath Kidston Royal Stan Pocket Oil Cloth Across Body Bag, Red

Fulton Union Jack Garden Print Umbrella

Jonathon Aston Crown Tartan Print Stockings

Jon Richard Kate Engagement Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madonna launches her first perfume

It’s taken Madonna a long time to come up with her first perfume. After a career that has seen music, film,video, books, clothing for her own line and collaborations with H&M amongst others, it is hard to believe that 2012 has seen the very first fragrance from the Material girl.

Hard to believe, but true. But the Queen of Pop has finally dipped her multi talented feet into the fragrance pond with the launch of Truth or Dare, her first perfume, which is currently available exclusively at Selfridges. Like the recent Stella McCartney fragrance L.I.L.Y, Truth or Dare was inspired by the singer’s mother, who tragically died when Madonna was just six, and whose perfume she carries with her everywhere. “My oldest memory of my mother is her perfume.’ Madonna says. ‘She always smelled like Gardenias and Tuberose’. Madonna wanted to recreate this scent saying that smell “connects us to memory, nostalgia and the ability to dream and fantasize.”

MADONNA Truth or Dare eau de parfum from £25.00

So what is the perfume like? I was lucky enough to be sent some samples and I have to say it is a really lovely, and long-lasting fragrance. It reminds me of the sort of fragrances that were popular during Madonna’s early 1990s heyday – Tendre Poison and Paco Rabanne’s Ultra Violet – both of which are big favourites of mine.  The smell is very musky and the elements of tuberose and gardenia come through very strong, making this a distinctive, pretty floral fragrance. It is also very long-lasting, being eau de parfum it retains a strong scent without needing to be reapplied.

I love the ad campaign,which shows Madonna looking much as she did at the time of the original Truth or Dare documentary/Blonde Ambition tour. I also think Madonna has taken care to make sure you can’t miss the pretty bottle in Store. Rather than glass, Madonna has opted for a  luxuriously classic bottle and box designed in collaboration with Fabien Baron . The whole packaging has to represent the concept of  Truth or Dare by balancing purity with provocation – the white bottle and logo represent truth and spirituality whilst the unexpected beading detail gives the bottle a raw edginess.

The Eau de Parfum starts at £25 for a 30ml bottle, going to £32 for a 50ml and £42 for a 75ml. I think this is really reasonable for eau de parfum. You can also get a shower gel for £14 for an all over scent. All fragrances are available exclusively at Selfridges.

MADONNA Truth or Dare shower gel

 

 

Kate – Two more looks from The Duchess of Style

It was another busy day for the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday, as Kate carried out three engagements with Prince William. This meant two outfits for Kate watchers to devour, and, in the case of her first outfit, cause yet another online stampede and sell out.

Kate and William were at Goldsmith Hall for their first engagement of the day. Kate wore a tweed effect mid blue suit from Rebecca Taylor for this event. The suit had a touch of Chanel about it with the frayed edge and tweed wool styling. The outfit seemed more suited to an Autumn/Winter engagement, which of course meant it was perfect for the current rotten weather and low climate.

This suit has a Jackie Kennedy kind of styling to it, and showed once again that the Duchess never seems as comfortable as she is when she wears blue. A small box clutch from Anya Hindmarch accessorised perfectly with the suit in a contrasting blue. The Rebecca Taylor jacket was still available online as the Duchess made her entrance at Goldsmiths Hall, but sold out within 30 minutes as Kate spotters rushed to get the look.

Get the look –  boxy tweed jackets

Paul & Joe Sister Blue Perceval Tweed Jacket £192.00 

Kate’s second look of the day had a familiarity to it. At the Imperial War Museum, Kate wore an elegant, dark grey, long-sleeved shift style dress from Amanda Wakeley which she cinched in with an Alexander McQueen belt. The dress looked familiar because Kate wore an Oatmeal version of this dress when she visited the Royal Marsden hospital.

 Get the Look

Hampstead Shift Dress £199 

 

CARVELA Axel platform courts 

Black metal bar waist belt Price: £7.00