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Equestrian style is all the rage lately – just look at the rise of Berlin DJ horsegiirL. But it’s worth noting that horses have a longstanding fashion connection, with top models, like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, frequently expressing their preference for spending time with their equine companions over anyone else. Dakota Johnson’s latest look demonstrates a luxurious spin on the horse-girl look.
Spotted: Dakota looking chic at a glamorous luncheon in The Plaza hotel on New York’s prestigious Fifth Avenue. Her attire read: stylish horse enthusiast, perhaps with a substantial net worth. The ensemble featured Gucci separates, including a white button-up shirt elegantly tucked into black high-waisted leather trousers, a brown single-breasted wool jacket and a black leather Horsebit chain shoulder bag – currently the It-bag of the moment. Dakota completed her look with black leather Christian Louboutin ankle boots, as well as gold jewellery pieces from Monica Vinader and Tiffany & Co.
The actor served as a Gucci ambassador under Alessandro Michele’s leadership, often wearing custom-made looks on the red carpet. Now, with Sabato De Sarno at the helm, it’s clear that Dakota’s affinity for Gucci remains strong.
Similarly, Kate evoked the late royal in 2021, when she donned a similar version to of one of Diana’s blue skirt suits, exchanging the 1992 pencil skirt for a pleated version.
Known for its beautiful deep blue colour, sapphire has often been a favoured precious gemstone by both women.
In fact, Kate now has several items of jewellery which originally belonged to Princess Diana in her impressive jewellery collection.
Back in 2021, Express.co.uk spoke to Zack Stone, leading diamond expert and managing director at Steven Stone jewellers about Diana’s original pieces which are now in Kate’s collection.
Among these invaluable pieces, is a Ceylon sapphire from Sri Lanka, which according to the expert, has recently become popularised due to Netflix’s The Crown’s portrayal of the Royal Family.
Zack said: “Kate’s ring, which was formerly Princess Diana’s, features a 12 carat Ceylon sapphire, originating from Sri Lanka.
“The sapphire is a deep, royal blue, of AAAA quality, making it amongst the most valuable of its kind.
“Globally, the sale of blue sapphires increased by around 300 percent at the time, and even now, thanks to Netflix show The Crown, sales of sapphires continue to surge, with vintage style halo designs being extremely popular,” he continued.
Mary nurses her wounds in prayer and, like Hunham, in drink. Curtis was a casualty of Vietnam, and of more besides. “Barton boys don’t go to Vietnam,” Hunham says. “Except for Curtis Lamb,” Angus observes. “Except for Curtis Lamb,” Hunham concurs, trying to get Angus to read between the lines, to notice how the deck is stacked. Hunham lectures about the ancient world but is more guarded with his own history; he parrots Latin maxims and institutional creeds but has grown weary of the “glazed, uncomprehending expressions” of his well-heeled students. He is a man quietly enduring life but scarcely living it.
In Payne’s work, such endurance can seem akin to circling a drain. Dissolves add a somnambulant dimension to a montage of Angus wandering through Barton’s dim passages at night. Sights dreamily commingle: gulps of sacramental wine, plumes of smoke, a photo of Curtis. Just outside is the repose of the snow-blanketed campus. But too much repose can wear us down. One dissolve slips away from Angus while he sits with his confused father. The next shot returns to him some time later, his expression forlorn — another dissolve that is less about a chronological leap than a fine emotional increment, and Angus’s sense of the past as an anchor pulling him into an abyss.
Hunham nudges him toward another conception of time, one that echoes the hold-and-relinquish duality of the dissolve. We must study the past, he says, but we need not be ensnared by it. “You can do this,” he tells his protégé, tearfully shaking his hand. In a climactic scene, Mary, too, invites Angus’s hand into hers, making literal a connection that was previously entrusted to form: a dissolve from Angus, shaving in front of a mirror, to Mary, standing alone before her own reflection.
The promotional poster for “A Biltmore Christmas” isn’t quite what one might expect from a Hallmark Channel holiday film. With nary a swatch of red or green in sight, the featured art showcases actors Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha in authentic, 1947-era formalwear, promising viewers a straight-to-streaming Christmas movie that, well, looks anything but. Such is Keith Nielsen’s plan, at least.
So far, Nielsen has overseen the costumes for seven Hallmark holiday movies, four of which will premiere this year. And though his costuming may not involve the genre’s now-notorious signatures of misshapen turtlenecks and well-worn peacoats, he’s still committed to capturing, and elevating, the essence of the season.
“I’m really proud of the fact that my movies aren’t so cookie-cutter,” he says. “I love that I’m still able to convey warmth and coziness, but just in a different way.”
Having cut his teeth in the costume departments for shows like “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Quantico,” Nielsen broke into the Christmas category with “My Adventures With Santa,” a 2019 TV movie starring Denise Richards. His first Hallmark project, a 2011-set time-traveling story called “Next Stop, Christmas,” aired in 2021, and he hasn’t slowed down since.
Though several of his films, like “A Biltmore Christmas” and “Next Stop, Christmas,” were at least partially set in years’ or decades’ past, Nielsen is keenly aware of the fact that these projects will air again and again as reruns for years (and holiday seasons) to come. If only from this perspective, his work is cut out for him: How can one present costumes that, against all odds, don’t age?
“Honestly, the one thing that’s really ebbed and flowed for me, trend-wise, is the fit of jeans,” he says. “We were into skinny jeans, and now
Warren Cochrane is the founder of Bloomfield.Works, a clothing brand that puts a modern twist on classic outfits for those who value community-building and the reverence of Black impact.
Cochrane spoke with rolling out about the brand and why he thinks Black designers are important.
Tell us about Bloomfield.Works.
Our brand is an expression of Black reverence. It takes a lot of Caribbean influences in the way of music, and we position that and create a lot of graphic design, graphic tees and a little bit of embroidery. It’s more about just expressing Black impact over anything else. We started the brand three years ago around the pandemic, and it was just a way for us to make our design and talent more actionable. We usually donate a lot of the proceeds to different foundations like the Black Arts Future Fund and the Breonna Taylor Fund. We try to continue that sort of sentiment in everything that we do.
— Bloomfield.Works® (@BLOOMFIELDWRKS) November 10, 2023
What do you think separates your brand from others?
There’s so much austerity in a lot of other brands. And I think that, for us, we just want to sort of pinpoint more on prosperity. It’s a little bit more joy in the work, and we don’t want to capitalize on trauma. There are so many great things that Black artists and poets from anybody from Octavia Butler to Marcus Garvey — you can name a bunch of different people and how they impacted everything that we do. We just want to key in on that, and that’s what we’ve been doing.
Why are Black designers important?
There are so many stories to tell. We hear so many stories.
Featured story by: Rachel Smith
If you’ve ever been on the hunt for quality jewellery that you can actually wear in the water without fear of it tarnishing or fading, I’m sure you know the struggle is real. Enter Pearlory, a jewellery brand making waves with its affordable-yet-quality pieces that redefine the idea of everyday jewellery. I decided to put the brand’s waterproof collection to the test and bought four of its most popular items. Read on for my thoughts.
Shipping was very fast; the pieces were at my doorstep within four days. Kudos for the eco-friendly packaging; I loved that there was hardly any waste—even the shipping bag was biodegradable!
Pearlory’s tarnish-free Braid Hoop Earrings offer a classy twist on timeless style. Plated in 18-karat gold, these hoops have become my ultimate accessory, gracefully transitioning from sun-soaked beach afternoons to sophisticated dinner evenings. They retained their shine even after multiple swimming and sunbathing sessions. This one is a can’t-miss classic.
The Nautical Knot Necklace, another gem from Pearlory’s collection, exudes understated luxury. With a simple and delicate design, this gold-plated necklace is not only sweatproof and waterproof but also hypoallergenic, making it a perfect choice for those with sensitive skin. I wear this piece a lot, and even with my daily showers, it’s still looking great.
A nostalgic nod to bygone eras, Pearlory’s Vintage Pearl Necklace captures the spirit of vintage fashion. I use this as a layering piece with my other necklaces, and it seamlessly blends with my outfits. I wore it through multiple days of a recent vacation, and the gold plating held up admirably against salt water and sunscreen.
I then decided to shake things up with Pearlory’s Emerald Green Ring. Inspired by
Police investigating the disappearance of a man in south London say they have found a body in the boot of a car.
Justin Henry, 34, was wearing distinctive jewellery – including a Rolex watch, three Cartier bracelets and a diamond ring – when he went missing on 15 October, shortly after leaving a McDonald’s drive-thru in Croydon, south London, in his Mercedes.
Officers informed Henry’s family of their discovery earlier this week after conducting a forensic search of a red Nissan in Purley, near Croydon, although the body in the boot has yet to be formally identified.
Two men, aged 29 and 28, have been charged with murder and a 27-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, has been bailed, pending further inquiries.
The Met said the Nissan was being treated as a crime scene to preserve evidence, and that a postmortem examination had been carried out but no cause of death has yet been established.
DCI Matt Webb, of the Met’s specialist crime command, said: “On Tuesday, we confirmed that a body was in the car and we spoke to Justin’s family later that day. We are waiting to formally confirm the identity of the body.”
He appealed for members of the public to come forward with information: “While we have charged two people with Justin’s murder, we would still like anyone who has any information of the red Nissan’s movements in the days following Justin’s disappearance to call police – we still need and ask for the public’s help.”
Henry was last seen in person at his partner’s address in Brixton on 15 October and was reported missing a day later.
Detectives believe that, after leaving the McDonald’s at about 9.50pm, he drove to nearby Waddon New Road where his silver Mercedes E Class remained
Luxury and fashion categories boomed this Singles’ Day. Some luxury brands on JD.com and Tmall provided consumers with 24-month interest-free payment installments and discounted items.
Besides attractive deals, the platforms focused on bringing the luxury consumer experience online. For instance, Gucci and Prada offered gift customization services. Valentino, Canada Goose, and Coach created animated posters using AI technology. More than 20 brands engaged with consumers in private one-on-one livestreaming sessions.
From luxury and fashion to beauty, major players have obtained outstanding results during this Singles’ Day. Are Chinese consumers actually tired of the annual shopping festivity?
Fashion and luxury
For the first time, Kering’s flagship label Gucci joined Tmall’s Double 11 festivities, alongside more than 200 luxury brands. Luxury behemoths — LVMH, Richemont, Kering, Hermès, and Chanel — have released 100,000 new products altogether, including limited edition items, co-branded models, and out-of-stock blue-chip pieces.
In the first hour of Singles’ Day, sales of Gucci, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren exceeded that of the whole Double 11 day last year. On JD.com, Dior, Tiffany and Co., and Bottega Veneta’s turnover increased by more than four times year on year (YoY).
But the big winner on the platform was Italian label Valentino, whose sales expanded more than six times during the festival compared with last year. On October 24, the maison launched a dedicated campaign for Double 11, featuring celebrity and brand ambassador Guan Xiaotong sporting a selection of Rockstud handbags and footwear from Valentino’s Black Tie Fall/Winter 2023 collection.
Beauty dynamics change
In the beauty and skincare category, domestic skincare label Proya shone brightly, growing more than 120 percent in sales on JD.com. Alongside Proya, L’Oréal, Lancôme,
But while this form of packaging can be measured in the tens and hundreds of dollars, when it comes to the luxury market, the packaging can make a difference of thousands.
Andrew Shapiro, managing director of Shapiro Auctioneers in Sydney, sees packaging as being integral to the luxury design market. Whether it takes the form of watches, designer bags and even shoes, the original packaging reigns supreme.
“You can be looking at a price difference of 20 per cent or more if a luxury item is in its original box and dust bag, referred to as the whole ‘set’,” says Shapiro. “An original box is literally worth its weight in gold,” he adds.
For a Hermes ‘Kelly Bag’, with a price tag of $10,000, having the original box and dust bag will add, according to Shapiro, “at least an extra $1,000”, with the original box for a Rolex watch “adding between 10 and 20 per cent.”
A Cartier bracelet purchased in its distinctive red leather box with its gold detailing also brings up to 20 per cent more on the sales figure. But when it comes to say a diamond ring, Shapiro says, “It’s the quality of the stone and its certificate that is the value, and not the original box.”
One of the most coveted packages is the distinctive floral-printed box for Dior, described by Shapiro as literally “floral bouquets” and the highly identifiable orange Hermes box with its brown logo.
Indigo Keane, luxury specialist for Leonard Joel Auctioneers, certainly sees the serious (monetary) side of packaging. As with Shapiro, she describes the luxury items sold, be they shoes, bags or accessories by Louis Vuitton, Channel, Hermes, Fendi or Dior, as having considerable more value with the original packaging.