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Queen Elizabeth II’s Iconic Fashion Moments

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What will we do without Queen Elizabeth II? I am deeply saddened by her passing but I know she lived a ripe full life well into her 90s and was very blessed. I wish I could jet over there now. Her work in communities and around the world is highly notable. She even challenged me to fight like a queen and break out of very dangerous, negative situations. Just like a warm, loving grandmother. But, today, I wanted to touch on the fact that she wore beautiful fashion pieces. 

Above you can see her on her Coronotion Day in January 1953, dress by Sir Norman Hartnell.

According to Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council, many of her outfits will be on display at Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s long-term personal stylist Angela Kelly explained why the Queen often opted for bold color schemes in her 2019 memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser and the Wardrobe. “The Queen is conscious that she must be easily visible to as many people as possible when she is out and about, so I choose mainly striking colors that will be easily seen,” Kelly wrote.

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Queen Elizabeth II was the first monarch to visit Australia in 1954 and she wore this beautiful emerald green dress. She also wore a bright green suit (seen below) along with Meghan Duchess of Sussex to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in 2018.

And, lastly, Her Majesty wore a gorgeous wedding gown back in 1947 designed by Sir Norman Hartnell. The dress incorporated 10,000 seed pearls and crystals in an iconographic scheme of national and Commonwealth floral emblems. Her train was 15 feet long and she looked as happy as could be. I’m sure that she is with her husband now Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Let’s keep the Queen’s memory alive, God Bless the Queen. 

 

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles

The Fashion at Inauguration Day 2021

So I just had to take another look at all of the beautiful fashion on display at Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day ceremony. Michelle Obama looks absolutely amazing in Sergio Hudson, a Black designer from South Carolina. Dr. Jill Biden wore an ocean-blue wool tweed coat over a dress by American designer Alexandra O’Neill of the Markarian label. And, Vice President Kamala Harris wore a purple outfit by a young black designer Christopher John Rogers.

Jennifer Lopez sang in a Chanel number and Lady Gaga stunned in a gorgeous Schiaparelli design. Lastly, a young poet laureate Amanda Gorman wore a yellow Prada coat. It was a moment that will go down in history. Congratulations to Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden!

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

High-Fashion Durag

So Rihanna is gracing the cover of British Vogue in a durag. And, well, durags have been making their appearance on the red carpet too. Guapdad reportedly wore an 11 foot durag “train” and Solange Knowles wore a durag to the Met Gala in 2018. I find the trend to be really cool but I feel like you have to have some guts to wear a durag on the red carpet.

What do you think of the trend?

 

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

Meghan Markle in Givenchy for Royal Wedding

So it’s official ladies and gentleman! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have gotten married y’all! And it was a royal wedding with a Black American twist all the way from Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir to Michael Curry to Sheku Kanneh-Mason! It was definitely not lost on us that Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex, is African-American. In any case, Meghan Markle wore Givenchy for her big day along with the Order of Splendor tiara loaned by the Queen. I have to say I was a little bit underwhelmed by her choice of dress but I guess she had to keep it conservative. I must say though the cut on the dress was perfection. It fit Meghan’s frame perfectly. Here’s to the new couple!

Photo Credit: REX/Shutterstock 

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

Did You Watch the Debate Last Night?

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Did you watch the debate last night? Hillary Clinton wore a fire-red pant suit as per her usual and threw jabs with Trump last night. Her pant suits are a little boring but work well for her political persona. Pant suits can be very comfortable, I hardly ever see Hillary in a dress.

Anyway, are you registered to vote? It’s National Voter Registration Day. Make sure you’re ready for November 8th, a big day in America. Register here if you aren’t already registered.

To shop suits similar to Hillary’s, click here.

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

Blue Clove Romper at the Beverly Johnson NYFW Book Release Party

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Last week, Beverly Johnson hosted a New York Fashion Week Book Release Party at the Museum of the City of New York after a talk with Andre Leon Talley the night beforehand. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but they say it’s very interesting! As we all know, she’s a trailblazer as the first African-American model to cover Vogue Magazine in August 1974. In any case, I had a great time! I wore a blue layered romper from Clove exclusively at Nordstrom and vintage blue Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

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Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles

Lady Gaga’s Flying Dress, ARTPOP, and Art on the Runway

artpopSo Lady Gaga’s new album ARTPOP recently came out and I’m curious to know why she named her album ARTPOP. In any case, I’m loving the references to traditional artwork and her recent fashion (or shall I say costumes?).Anyway, Gaga has always pushed the boundaries and with the world’s first flying dress, she has now made history

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From her meat dress to futuristic costumes, Gaga is shifting the paradigm on what we think is wearable. And it seems like either Marc Jacobs and the Gaga team had a chat before the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Show or Louis Vuitton simply took some inspiration from Gaga’s surreal approach to fashion. Do you think one day we’ll all be wearing clothing that can take flight? It’s possible. Or now that see-through has become the norm (at least on the runway), how about if we all just started wearing body paint or at least tried to get into one of these Louis Vuitton costumes or shall I say jumpsuits

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Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda Knowles