Meghan Markle put her best foot forward at this year’s Invictus Games — particularly when it came to her outfits.The Duchess of Sussex accompanied Prince Harry for the fifth annual international sporting event held at The Hague in the Netherlands, wearing the likes of Valentino, Celine, Khaite, Brandon Maxwell and more to attend events.
The opening ceremony kicked off on April 16, and the games will conclude on April 22. Though they were originally scheduled to be held in May 2020, the games were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then they were postponed again to the spring of 2022.
Markle started off strong, wearing an all-white power suit by Valentino at the welcome reception on Friday. She topped off the look with a white stud bag also by the Italian luxury fashion house and white pumps from Aquazzura to match.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games venue in The Hague, Netherlands.
On Saturday, during the Land Rover challenge, the duchess and duke had a matching moment in black, with Markle wearing a chasseur jacket in black tweed and black bag by Celine over a plain white top, Moussy denim jeans and two-toned beige and black flats by Chanel. She wore sunglasses by Linda Farrow and styled her hair in a ponytail.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry wore a black polo with the Invictus Games logo and navy blue slacks.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2020 Invictus Games in The Netherlands.
During the opening ceremony later that evening, Markle dazzled in a black and white outfit by Khaite that featured a white ruched off-the-shoulder top and black flared trousers, with heels by Manolo Blahnik. She had her hair in an updo with two strands framing her face and wore earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.
Markle spoke on stage and thanked the Netherlands for hosting the games before going on to address solidarity with Ukraine and thanking the athletes for their efforts.
Meghan Markle at the 2020 Invictus Games opening ceremony in The Netherlands.
“For each team, my husband and I both recognize it’s been a lot to get here, both physically and emotionally, not least of which for the Ukraine team, whom we are all standing with,” she said. “One thing I know for sure is that every single moment it has taken to get here will be worth it, because it is here, at the Invictus Games, that we honor your years of active duty on the field and your continued service to your country, to your family and your community off the field.”
On Easter Sunday, Markle wore a white jacket by Brandon Maxwell over a pair of dark wash denim jeans and pumps by Manolo Blahnik.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2020 Invictus Games in The Netherlands.
Later that day, she wore a white floral long-sleeve minidress by Valentino, a brown handbag by Khaite and sunglasses also by the Italian label.
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And just like that, “Sex and the City” is again having a huge influence on today’s fashion trends.The beloved HBO series debuted its reboot, “And Just Like That,” on Thursday, with characters Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York coming back together to navigate their loves lives and friendships. With just two episodes out, the show has already had an impact on fashion and shopping searches.
According to Love the Sales, a fashion e-commerce aggregator, searches for several fashion brands and items skyrocketed after being featured in the show’s first episode. After the episode’s opening scene, searches for Dries van Noten increased by 1,150 percent in relation to the floral-print jacket that Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, wears. Bradshaw wore the jacket over a vintage Claude Montana linen jumpsuit, which caused searches for linen jumpsuits to increase by 500 percent.
Hobbes, who is played by Cynthia Nixon, also made an impact on searches, specifically with the Loewe balloon bag that she wears in the episode’s opening scene, which caused searches for the design house to jump by 168 percent.
Played by Kristin Davis, York also made an impression on viewers for her Go Silk pink rose-detailed blouse and Alexander McQueen white midi skirt. Searches for pink blouses increased by 223 percent and searches for white skirts increased by 294 percent.
One of the first episode’s biggest nods to the fashion of the original series and movies, Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik “wedding shoes” caused searches for the footwear brand to jump 391 percent.
Aside from fashion, “And Just Like That” had an impact on Peloton, which saw its stock prices plunge following the premiere where the character Mr. Big, played by Chris Noth, has a heart attack and dies after completing his 1,000th at-home ride on the Peloton bike.
Love the Sales’ data did not include searches for Peloton, however, according to Google, “Mr. Big Peloton” was a breakout search following the episode.
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Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte are back as if they’ve never left.Since the “Sex and the City” reboot, called “And Just Like That…,” has commenced filming, most of its cast members have been seen sprinkled throughout various locations in Manhattan. Eager fans have seen some of their favorite characters in neighborhoods like the East Village, Upper East Side, Meatpacking District and SoHo, to name a few.
And while it has been more than 17 years since the original show wrapped and over a decade since fans have seen the whole crew, including Samantha Jones, together in the franchise’s second movie, it looks like the show’s essence of individual style remains alive.
From classic Manolo Blahnik pumps to iconic WNYC tote bags, the outfits worn by Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda Hobbes and Kristin Davis’ Charlotte York are still uniquely true to their characters. (While Nixon is photographed carrying a Bernie Sanders canvas tote, the Fendi baguette bag also makes its triumphant comeback on Parker.)
Though Patricia Field, the show’s original designer, isn’t involved this time around, her longtime codesigner Molly Rogers is. There is currently an Instagram account called @justlikethatcloset dedicated to all the outfit details to the upcoming reboot. The profile has already accrued over 100,000 followers since its creation. Additionally, the satirical Instagram account @everyoutfitonsatc, run by Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni, has also been updating many fans on the filming BTS and fashion. The popular account has more than 700,000 followers and counting.
When HBO Max announced a reboot in January, it was revealed that Parker, Nixon and Davis would all be returning to reprise their roles in the 10-episode revival. Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson and Evan Handler will also reprise their roles as John James “Mr. Big” Preston, Anthony Marentino, Steve Brady, Stanford Blatch and Harry Goldenblatt, respectively.
In September, Garson passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer while the reboot was still filming.
However, Kim Cattrall, who played fan-favorite Samantha Jones, will not be returning for the project. Though her absence will be addressed, according to HBO executive Casey Bloys.
“Just as in real life, people come into your life and people leave,” Bloys told TV Line. “Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages — the actual stages of life.”
The reboot will also show that Carrie’s social circle will actually grow as half a dozen new characters are introduced. Included in the lineup are Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, and Karen Pittman, who will play Seema Patel, Lisa Todd Wexley and Dr. Nya Wallace, respectively. Bridget Moynahan, who played Big’s ex-wife Natasha Naginsky, has also been seen on set.
Earlier this month, Parker and Noth were seen filming in Paris, which made fans eager to know what’s to come for the couple.
In October, HBO Max announced that “And Just Like That…” will premiere sometime in December.
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Congratulations are in order for Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker, who are now engaged.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, the Poosh founder uploaded two photos of herself and Barker embracing on the beach surrounded by endless roses and candles with the caption “forever,” tagging her now-fiancé’s account. The drummer reportedly popped the question at a beachside hotel in Montecito, Calif.
The couple started dating in January this year after being friends for years, according to People.
However, the two kept their relationship mostly under wraps in the beginning. Kardashian confirmed the romance when she uploaded a belated Valentine’s Day post of an up-close shot of her holding Barker’s hand.
In April, Barker posted the first photo of them kissing on Instagram for Kardashian’s 42nd birthday. “I F–KING LOVE YOU! 🖤 YOU’RE A BLESSING TO THIS WORLD,” his caption read. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”
From there, the couple no longer became camera shy when it came to posting photos of their affection for each other.
Similar to Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, Kardashian and Barker found ways to complement each other’s styles and personalities well.
The two finally made their red carpet debut at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, where both appeared in all-black ensembles and snapped photos touching tongues alongside Fox and Machine Gun Kelly.
Kardashian wore an Olivier Theyskens leather bustier dress from his spring 2021 collection paired with a vintage Prada bag and heels by Manolo Blahnik. Barker went shirtless under a Thom Browne suit that featured spikes embellished on the knees and shoulders.
This marks Kardashian’s first engagement, though she shares three children, Mason, Penelope and Reign, with former partner Scott Disick. Barker was previously married to Melissa Kennedy from 2001 to 2002 and Shanna Moakler from 2004 to 2008. He shares a son, Landon, and daughter, Alabama, with the latter, and still remains close to his stepdaughter Atiana, who is Moakler’s child with Oscar De La Hoya.
Click through the gallery above to see photos of Kardashian and Barker’s style throughout their relationship.
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LONDON — As the circular economy gains more relevance, the repairs market — estimated to be worth 100 billion pounds — is proving to be a vital link in the chain of sustainable consumption.London-based luxury repairs service The Restory — which has built a name among insiders as a top destination for damaged handbags and shoes — has recognized the opportunity and expanded its business beyond leather goods to the clothing category with services that include cleaning, maintenance repairs, replacements, as well as bespoke tailoring.
Now, it has begun forging relationships with specific brands — starting with Manolo Blahnik.
“Circular fashion can’t happen without aftercare,” said Vanessa Jacobs, The Restory’s founder and chief executive officer. “We are already more than three times larger than we were this time last year and our business development pipeline is stronger than it’s ever been. We are laying the foundations for global scale in everything from operations to technology, internationalization, technical solutions and more.”
Manolo Blahnik x The Restory
Courtesy of Manolo Blahnik
She noted that providing services for a brand — proactively at scale, not reluctantly and on occasion — is an entirely different way of doing business to traditional linear models.
“But we’ve now made our solutions available for brands to use in a way that suits their current objectives, situation and territory. Brands can now fully embrace the aftercare opportunity. They can retain control over the customer experience, gather data and reap the benefits of sustainability, loyalty and engagement.”
As part of its partnership with Manolo Blahnik, customers will now be able to access post-purchase repair services — everything from re-soleing to re-heeling, restoration and dyeing — directly through the Manolo website.
It was a no-brainer as far as Jacobs was concerned, given the timeless aesthetic of the brand’s shoes — and people’s desire to take care of them and keep them for as long as possible.
“In our view, acquiring a pair of Manolos is an investment in a timeless piece. We have always helped our clients and community with aftercare as it’s a vital step in looking after treasured pieces in your wardrobe,” said Kristina Blahnik, chief executive officer at Manolo Blahnik.
“Our partnership with The Restory takes that a step further and gives our community a solid, clear guide to aftercare with a renowned company that have ateliers and craftsmen akin to our own skilled employees in our shoe ateliers and factories. I am incredibly passionate about this project as it will also help to encourage clients to renew and refresh their much-loved Manolos and help with one of our shared house goals that of responsible ownership,” she added.
Iconic American television series Sex and the City is set to return with a brand-new season later this year and with it, so will the stylish ensembles, bold humor, and scenes of bustling Manhattan. Exploring the lives of four dynamic New York-based women, the two-decade-year-old show is responsible for fashion legacies aplenty, introducing raging sartorial trends that defined the aughts: From iconic tube tops, tutus, and plush fur coats to cowboy hats and oversized sunglasses. With Carrie Bradshaw delivering chic New Yorker style, Miranda Hobbes sleek pant looks, and Charlotte York-Goldenblatt elegant day dresses, fans of the show are waiting to see how their favorite characters will dress in the 2021 reboot named And Just Like That…
There are some glimpses of star cast Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis, who have been filming the HBO Max series around New York City over the past few months. Parker, in particular, has been spotted recycling her character Carrie Bradshaw’s signature staples, like the sequined Fendi baguette that has now achieved cult status, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and the giant blossom on her lapel from the third season of the show. But before all of these, Bradshaw’s wide, studded black leather belt by Streets Ahead made among the first few comebacks, last seen with a few outfits on Bradshaw in the 2008 Sex and The City movie.
Additionally, when Parker stepped out in a Dries Van Noten floral blazer, her feathered cap was reminiscent of the giant feather headpiece Carrie wore while tying the knot with Big in the same movie. Back then, the original costume designer, Patricia Field, paired the blue feather number with a Vivienne Westwood wedding gown for the memorable scene. Interestingly, since January this year, faux feathers have become a major addition in fashion, with celebrities like Harry Styles and Lady Gaga donning the look, and designers like Bottega Veneta and Valentino assimilating the ornament in their collections. In 2021, a time calling for an end to fast fashion, the reappearing pieces – styled by the reboot’s costume designer Molly Rogers – are not only easter eggs for fans and a part of the character’s personality, but also send a message of sustainability.
Parker in the alleged Forever 21 dress. Photo: Getty
However, this can’t be said for all looks emerging from the show so far, as one in particular sent style sleuths investigating the origins of a dress that appeared to have been from Forever 21. Worn by Bradshaw, the paisley maxi dress allegedly from a mall brand made fans question its adoption by a designer label-loving character, and the way it had been styled over a blue oxford shirt didn’t seem to help either. While the ensemble can pass as a more realistic high-low mix since it also included the Gucci x Balenciaga Hourglass bag and Terry DeHavilland platform sandals, it is the possibility of a fast fashion brand appearing on-screen that upset fans and critics. Forever 21 or not, the divisive nature of the looks overall has also led to a general consensus that the outfits leave something to be desired. But almost 20 years later, is it too much to expect the show to still have the sartorial influence it did?
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What will the future of physical retail look like? This question and more (inspired by a pandemic-induced overhaul of how we shop, no doubt), has led to the emergence of forward-thinking initiatives such as the Middle East’s new mobile luxury boutique, The Runway On Wheels (TROW). The concept is simple: a giant coach, decked out in high-spec branded fixtures and furnishings and, of course, the latest collections by its current collaborator, drives to your door to offer a direct-to-consumer shopping experience. No commute, no queues, no fuss.
For its launch, TROW has joined forces with Manolo Blahnik, transforming the interior of the trailer into a visual ode to one of the designer’s statement boutiques, complete with handcrafted German leather and Blahnik’s infamous sketches.
TROW interiors feature Blahnik’s infamous sketches
“Adapting to the post-Covid retail landscape takes a lot of experimentation,” says Samara Punjabi, CEO of Times Square, Manolo Blahnik Middle East. “I feel like this collaboration will be a game changer. The Runway On Wheels concept will upgrade and elevate the customer experience to a whole new level of bespoke service and it may well entice other luxury brands to transform their own retail experiences. We have a lot of clients who live in other parts of the UAE who would be delighted to be able to shop their favorite luxury brands from literally, outside their homes.”
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Regular sanitization of the bus occurs after each home visit and there’s a limit to five shoppers at a time, ensuring all safety measures are in place and the personal experience remains, well, personal. “This collaboration is unique and will change the shopping landscape to a whole new individualized experience,” says Punjabi. “TROW concept is creative and we at Manolo Blahnik are thrilled to be the first brand to collaborate with them.”
The Runway On Wheels launches on March 20 for a seasonal collaboration with Manolo Blahnik. To pre-book, simply head to their Instagram @therunwayonwheels
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