The Royal Wedding was a modest affair… apart from the fashion chaos, writes ROY STRONG

  • Writer Roy Strong is publishing a full collection of his diaries from 2006 to 2015
  • He details his attendance at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011
  • He names Sally Bercow as the ‘most inappropriately dressed woman’ on the day
  • The book also tells stories of dinner with The Queen, remarking ‘she must have done her own make-up,’ when they met in 2007

Establishment favourite Sir Roy Strong’s waspish diaries are wonderfully indiscreet. 

On Saturday, he offered telling insights into Prince Charles, Camilla, Sophie Wessex — and Michael Portillio. 

In today’s exclusive extract, he’s invited to William and Kate’s wedding and says the Middletons were the class act…

November 30, 2006

Dinner with Antonia Fraser at the Garrick Club. Tears came on both sides. 

That she dreads losing Harold [her husband, playwright Harold Pinter] was the subtext. 

She asked me how I saw the afterlife.

I said that I didn’t, beyond a feeling and a hope that it would somehow be a perpetual awareness of the presence of God and, equally, of [my late wife] Julia. 

Antonia was very funny about her mother, who believed that her husband Frank [Earl of Longford] would be waiting for her with a cup of tea in his hands.

May 16, 2007

A droll day in Bath. Much to my amusement, the Fashion Museum [to which Strong had donated most of his extensive wardrobe] is planning an exhibition of my shirts. 

It was so astonishing to see the stuff all carefully folded away, wrapped in tissue paper. My task was to choose the right ties for the right shirts.

Art historian Roy Strong has shared his diaries from 2006 to 2015, detailing extravagant dinners with the Queen, and detailing the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

What is so striking is that they’re already history: the huge collars and very narrow shirts of the late 1960s with ‘kipper’ ties, the narrow-collared mid-1970s shirts with thin ties, and the expansion of the 1980s.

Also the changes in colour and pattern: the art nouveau revival of the late Sixties and the early art deco one in the mid-Seventies.

I told them that there was a lot more to collect: my clothes from the late 1980s to 2000 ought to go.

May 17

Much to my surprise, I was asked to a dinner at Lambeth Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury to which the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were coming. I can’t think why.

There were 16 of us, with quite a contingent from the [Royal] Household. What was odd was to find two glasses on the table already filled with red and white wine and the food just put before you on a plate.

But I warmed to the fact that this was how things were done here on a slender budget. And, in any case, I don’t think that the Queen notices food very much.

She was dressed in a pale emerald green frock with a lot of bead embroidery. 

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Cara Delevingne and Ashley Graham are transformed into iconic Disney characters in new collab with accessories brand Chaos

CHAOS x The Disney Classics launch customisable phone cases using iconic Disney characters and fashion stars – shop the collection here

The world of fashion and the world of Disney have had their happily ever after, as they come together to collaborate and bring to life some of Disney’s most iconic characters – and we’re super excited!

London based accessories and lifestyle brand Chaos, has launched a range of customisable phone cases featuring our iconic classic Disney characters, such as Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and many more teamed with some our fashion favourites, Cara Delavigne, Ashley Graham and Winnie Harlow.

Founders of the brand Charlotte and Katie have a shared a lifelong love for Disney, so when they were given access to Walt Disney’s archive of sketches they thought a CHAOS x The Disney Classics collection would be a perfect fit, to remind us of some of our favourite and forgotten Disney characters.

All you have to do is choose a character and add initials to create a truly unique accessory, shop the collection here…

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Fendi X Chaos Tech Accessories Are Here

High fashion just got a high tech upgrade thanks to the latest collaboration between Fendi and the British accessories brand Chaos.

It all started last February — which, yes, feels like a literal lifetime ago — when the Italian fashion house unveiled its first iteration of “fashion tech accessories” at its FW20 show in Milan. Among them were super sleek gold AirPod and smartphone cases that will instantly upgrade your devices from fully functional to super stylish.

The inspiration, according to the brand, is a mutual love of vintage cigarette cases, gold lighters, and evening clutches. The debut Fendi x Chaos designs are undoubtedly luxurious, with perforated and engraved metal shapes intertwining with refined leather craftsmanship. Touches of satin and Fendi’s iconic logo hardware transform your smartphone, smart watch, and earbuds into pieces of jewelry in their own right.

As an added bonus, each of the tailor-made cases are designed as an interconnected system, meaning you can effortlessly clip them onto Fendi’s waist belts, zipper chain lanyards, and handbags. In non-pandemic circumstances, this would allow for a seamless transition from your home office to the airport lounge, but for now it can at least take you from your apartment to the grocery store in an ultra chic manner.

In case these accessories weren’t enough fodder for your holiday wish list, there’s more. The Fendi x Chaos collab also includes a gold and silver scribble pen that works on both paper and tablets alike (it was even worn as an earring in the Fendi FW20 catwalk looks), as well as a four-piece metal shot glass set suspended from a leather keyring. Who said luxury is impractical?

The exclusive prelaunch on FENDI.com starts Saturday, Oct. 17, with the worldwide launch in boutiques on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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