11 February 2015

Royal Outfit of the Day: February 11

Photo: HRH The Duke of York
To celebrate the joint 50th birthdays of the Earl and Countess of Wessex (his was last March, hers in January), the Queen held a reception at Buckingham Palace last night for representatives from the couple's many patronages and affiliations. The Duke of York was present too, and he shared the family photo above on his Facebook page. Cute, right?
If you're part of the reason the event is being thrown, you might as well turn up looking fab-u-lous, and Sophie was all over it in a chic black dress from Victoria Beckham's label. (The Queen wore one of her favorite evening suits, which she paired as usual with her favorite Aquamarine Clip Brooches from Boucheron.) (Edward wore a suit.)
The dress is a simple LBD, ripe for a little jeweled embellishment, and Beckham has very kindly taken care of that by adding a "hand-embroidered wave shaped detail that includes crystals, metallic beads and metal mesh, all sewn onto a silk organza panel and inset into the left shoulder." It wraps over the top of the shoulder, adding a little interest to the back as well.
Victoria Beckham
I'm not always a fan of built-in jewels, but this is perfect. The Countess kept the rest of her accessories to a minimum, also a good choice. The dress was previously worn on the red carpet by model Arizona Muse, who added a necklace which was a little unneeded:
I've been wondering when we'd start seeing more of the Victoria Beckham collections on our British ladies. We've seen a bit on other royal ladies, such as Crown Princess Victoria:
This Victoria Beckham shirt was worn during a meeting with John Mullins last month, and during Victoria and Daniel's San Francisco visit.
Photo: Kungahuset.se, My Theresa
But I like that Sophie's taking the dive. A lot of VB's stuff has a sleek and modern line to it, not unlike Roland Mouret, which is already a favorite label for certain Windsors. I'm ready for more.