The rock star of retail: how Topshop changed the face of fashion | Life and style

“What’s this I’m reading in the paper? It’s a load of absolute shit, that’s what it is. What’s the matter with you? Are you stupid or what? I’ve never read so much rubbish in my life.”

It was February 2010, and I was at my desk in the Guardian office. Philip Green didn’t need to introduce himself. His habit of bellowing down the phone was unmistakable, and I had just written an article about how I was falling out of love with Topshop after a decade being in thrall to its shop floor. Green never did take kindly to criticism of the golden child of his Arcadia empire.

Of the thousands of businesses that have been brought to their knees by the pandemic, Topshop is the most high-profile scalp; Arcadia Group collapsed into administration on Monday. In its prime, it was the most glamorous store the British high street has ever had. From late 1990 until a few years ago, it was the rock star of retail. Its dresses regularly featured on the pages of Vogue. Every Saturday, the 90,000 sq feet of its flagship store on Oxford Circus were packed with shoppers high on catwalk-adjacent clothes at accessible prices. When Beyoncé flew into London, the store opened an hour early so that she and her team could shop privately on their way to rehearsals. At London Fashion Week, where the brand staged a bi-annual show from 2005 until 2018, the Topshop front row regularly outshone designer labels with the glossiest celebrities, the sharpest new trends, the most copious champagne. At those catwalk shows, Green would position himself in the place of honour, with Anna Wintour on one side and Kate Moss on the other. He was the uncontested king of the high street.

The story of Topshop’s glory years – and of its fall – is closely tied to Green, but the story of its rise belongs to someone else. Topshop’s ascendancy was a phenomenon under the stewardship of Jane Shepherdson, several years before Green arrived. As brand director, Shepherdson created at Topshop the kind of brand that had never before existed. Until then, high street fashion had tended to fall into two generational camps. There were sensible skirts-and-blouses for grownups, and then there was “youth” fashion – basic denim, brightly coloured T-shirts, generically skimpy party dresses, cheap rip-offs of catwalk silhouettes. Topshop changed this, thanks to Shepherdson’s unerring taste and her eye for the best fashion school graduate talent with which to fill the design studio. Topshop offered high-fashion sophistication at a high street price. In 2006, Paolo Roversi shot a Topshop advertising campaign between shooting covers for Italian Vogue.

Jane Shepherdson.
Jane Shepherdson. Photograph: Sophia Evans/The Observer

Fashion is never just about clothes, and Topshop on a Saturday in the noughties was a playground. The democratisation of style that it represented felt like a progressive and cheering development, and the loud music and video screens lent the stores a festival mood. There were on-floor stylists and walk-up nail bars.

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At Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, Students Show Off Their Personal Style

Describe your look.

My dress is from Perverze, tights are Chanel, fluffy jacket from Tsumori Chisato, and cowboy boots.

What do you love about Bunka Fashion College?

The people here are cool and interesting. It’s been great meeting and getting to know them.

How does it feel to physically be back at university?

It’s not 100%  normal, but it’s quite calm. I’m happy to be back, but I still miss the exciting vibes from crowds of students.

What song sums up your 2020?

Sakamoto Shinnosuke’s Stay Home.

Haruka Miura, 22, BA fashion global business, year four

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Describe your look.

I’m wearing straight-leg, light-blue Levi’s with black Dr Martens six-eye boots, but the black Prada puffer jacket is the main attraction, of course.

What do you love about Bunka Fashion College?

The inspiring people you meet from all kinds of backgrounds. It’s also interesting to learn what their tastes are like through fashion and music.

How does it feel to physically be back at university?

I rarely met people during the self-isolation period, so I was happy to see my teacher and classmates for the first time in a while. It’s much easier to engage in class in person.

What song sums up your 2020?

Chloe X Halle’s Do it.

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Holiday Food & Wine Gift Guide With Shop With Style

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When it comes to holiday gift-giving, food and wine always seem to be just the right fit – especially for people who are difficult to shop for. If you’re looking for gift ideas to suit any taste, Lifestyle Expert Amy Sewell worked with several companies to put together some ideas.

First, Omaha Steaks always has fabulous gift packages for the holidays – and this year is no exception! Their Tasteful Gift assortment has four each of their bacon-wrapped filet mignons, top sirloins, boneless pork chops, boneless chicken breasts, Omaha Steaks, burgers, and jumbo franks. You even get individual scalloped potatoes for sides and these scrumptious caramel apple tartlets for dessert! This entire package is $179.99, and while you still have plenty of time to order for holiday delivery, go-ahead place your order now so you can take advantage of standard shipping and check it off your list. You can order this at www.omahasteaks.com – and if you are anywhere near their stores, you can pick up the same item there as well!

Winter may almost be here, but it’s still the perfect time to enjoy that delicious year-round favorite…ICE CREAM! eCreamery has the perfect gifts for those with a sweet tooth. Their Santa’s Sweet Treat Collection includes four pints of their hand-churned holiday ice cream flavors such as Chocolate Cake with BrownieBites & Fudge Swirls, Sea Salt Caramel Brownie, Vanilla with Toffee Crunch, and my personal favorite, White Chocolate Peppermint with Chocolate Flakes. It comes with a dozen freshly-baked cookies that are individually-wrapped with these cute holiday stickers. In addition to their holiday collections,eCreamery lets you customize your own ice cream flavors and labels for those cartons! All of their pints are packed and shipped in dry ice, so they arrive in great condition and ready to enjoy. The Santa’s Sweet Treat Collection is$74.99 plus shipping, and you can find more information at www.ecreamery.com.

Next, personalized gifts are always popular, and PersonalizationMall.com is Amy’s go-to place for that. They are a leading eCommerce provider of personalized products and offer thousands of items with a broad range of innovative options. For the holidays, Amy loves these gorgeous Christmas Plaid Wine Glasses. These come in three different sizes, such as a stemless glass, along with both red and white wine glasses. They also have beautiful colors – you can also choose from red, green, or a mixed plaid. They are festive for Christmas – but they are not specific to the holiday, so you can enjoy using them anytime! These glasses start at $11.99 each, and you can find them at www.personalizationmall.com.

Finally, if you give wine glasses, you might want to give a little something to pour into them as well! White wine lovers will enjoy this Louis Jadot Chardonnay. It is a medium-bodied wine that pairs well with everything from fish and poultry to grilled vegetables. A versatile red wine for holiday gift-giving

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So Many Thoughts On Royal Style” Author Exclusive

We can’t get enough of the royals’ fashion. And we’re in luck because now there’s a book that has detailed all the significant looks from Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Sussex—including engagement announcement outfits and wedding gowns.

Veteran fashion journalist Elizabeth Holmes (@eholmes) created an Instagram Story series called “So Many Thoughts,” where she details the legendary fashion choices of these royal ladies. However, the segments quickly gained popularity and Instagram was just not enough for Holmes to express all of her thoughts on the royal’s fashion choices. So, she decided to turn it into a book: HRH: So Many Thoughts On Royal Style.

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“As a reporter, I was eager for an opportunity to do a deeper dive into the royal family’s sartorial approach,” Holmes told Brides exclusively. “Learning more about the ways in which the Queen and Diana, Princess of Wales have used their fashion adds history and context to the royal fashion we see today.”

The book depicts how each woman’s style impacted the royal family member—and history for that matter. And it all began with their engagement outfits—the look that for some marks their official entrance into the royal family. “They are the beginning of the very public life these women live as wives of princes,” Holmes says. “Their engagement outfits set the tone of what we are likely to see from their style.”

And these engagement outfits have truly been a memorable part of the royals’ history. Princess Diana has impacted the royals in so many ways, and her engagement outfit is not excluded. Her iconic electric blue skirt suit is still so remembered today. In fact, the hit Netflix show The Crown just recreated the look—to a tee. This fashion moment was so pivotal for Diana, a then 19-year-old making her royal family debut. 

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“Diana was just 19 years old when Charles proposed and she wasn’t terribly fashionable,” Holmes explains. “With the help of some editors at British Vogue, she transformed rather quickly into the style icon we remember today. But for that engagement photocall, she was still very much figuring it out. She went shopping by herself and picked out the off-the-rack suit at Harrods that matched her ring (and her eyes). It was indicative of her early royal style, in that it was brightly colored but very modest. It made her look older and more mature, the part of a working royal.”

Although Diana didn’t start out with the most fashion experience, she went on to become an important figure in fashion that is still talked about today. She even set precedents with her bold choices that strayed from some of the typical royal fashion choices—something we see reflected today in the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s choices. In Meghan’s two years as a member of the royal family, she has made a splash with her fashion choices (as well as her decision to step down as

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Angashion Color-Blocked Sweater Is Your Ticket to Cozy Fall Style

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Fact: Our sweater collections are getting bigger by the day. What can we say? We’re suckers for cozy knits and can somehow always find space in our closets for more. We’re not scooping up just any random sweater though. They have to be comfortable, classy and relatively affordable!

Now, in case you weren’t aware, Amazon is the perfect place to shop for budget-friendly fashion, and their sweater game is next level! Just look at this color-blocked knit from popular brand Angashion, for example. Shoppers are loving everything about it — especially the price tag!

Angashion Women's Oversized Chunky Knit Color Block Sweater
Angashion Women’s Oversized Chunky Knit Color Block Sweater Amazon

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Get the Angashion Women’s Oversized Chunky Knit Color Block Sweater for prices starting at just $16, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 19, 2020, but are subject to change.

Let’s get down to business. This is an oversized knit sweater that’s the ideal length to wear with skinny jeans. Occasionally, loose sweaters have a longer hem — but this one hits right at the hips for a flattering silhouette. Plus, the color-blocked design is nothing short of timeless. We adore the neutral color combinations, as they’re so fitting for the fall!

This knit’s design also features a mock-neck neckline, which is all the rage right now. The sleeves are just as breezy as the bodice, but you can quickly cuff them if they’re interfering with your day-to-day activities. Can’t you tell that this sweater is such a steal?

Angashion Women's Oversized Chunky Knit Color Block Sweater
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Proud owners are raving about the quality of this sweater! In fact, we can easily see a similar sweater selling at stores like Zara or Anthropologie for three times the price of this one, which is how you know this is a great find. Even if you’re already stacked in the sweater department, this option is hard to resist. When we think of fall fashion, this is exactly what we’re talking about!

See it: Get the Angashion Women’s Oversized Chunky Knit Color Block Sweater for prices starting at just $16, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 19, 2020, but are subject to change.

Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from Angashion and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!

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In fashion: No. 8 BYU interested in wins, not style points

BYU wide receiver Neil Pau'u pushes across the goal line defended by Boise State safety Tyreque Jones (21) to score for the Cougars in the third quarter Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

BYU wide receiver Neil Pau’u pushes across the goal line defended by Boise State safety Tyreque Jones (21) to score for the Cougars in the third quarter Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

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Kalani Sitake teased that his sense of style includes clothing given to him for free and that has some form of “BYU” branded on it.

The Cougars coach just isn’t into fashion or statements.

That’s why any assertion that No. 8 BYU needs to beat North Alabama, a 47 1/2-point underdog, with “style points” on Saturday at home to impress voters wasn’t exactly an in vogue notion for him.

“We want to be at our best and whatever the scoreboard shows, I think if we’re at our best, we can live with the results,” Sitake said. “Whatever happens and how everybody evaluates it, they can see it however they want.”

With another strong showing, the Cougars (8-0) can make a compelling case for a high ranking by the selection committee, which will release the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season on Tuesday.

After that, it’s the waiting game.

At the moment, the Cougars aren’t scheduled to take the field again until Dec. 12 against San Diego State.

That’s a long layoff and another reason to leave the decision-makers with a lasting impression this weekend.

Not that BYU is paying too much attention to its rise. The Cougars are focused on the task at hand as a win puts them in elite company. They’re trying to join the 2001, ’84 and ’79 teams as the only ones in school history to begin 9-0.

“As far as expectations and all those things, that’s just background noise,” senior defensive lineman Zac Dawe said. “We understand what we need to do. Every single game is special. So it doesn’t matter who we play, doesn’t matter what time or the circumstances, we need to play every game at our best.”

The Lions (0-3), who are in their third season of a four-year transition to Division I and the Football Championship Subdivision, will be facing a ranked FBS opponent for the first time in program history. North Alabama did play at Liberty on Oct. 3 — falling 28-7 — but the Flames weren’t ranked at the time.

“This will be the best football team that any UNA team has faced in the history of the program, hands down,” North Alabama coach Chris Willis said on the school’s website. “This will be a tremendous challenge for our guys in all phases of the game. They have some of the best skill players in the country. They have tremendous size and speed on the defensive front and their offensive line is powerful.”

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Only the families of players and coaches will be permitted into LaVell Edwards Stadium in accordance with the state of Utah’s increased measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“Just to play in front of our loved ones and our family, it’s special,”

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Camilla Parker-Bowles Is a Style Icon for 2020

Camilla Parker-Bowles has often been portrayed as always second best to Princess Diana in the public eye. But in reality, the story is quite different. The now-Duchess of Cornwall met and captured Prince Charles’s heart years before Diana, but their relationship was thwarted by intense family politics. And while Diana dressed for the cameras, embracing her role in the spotlight, Camilla dressed for herself, not the royal family. “She’s the only person who didn’t want it and wasn’t impressed by it,” Emerald Fennell, the actress who portrays Parker-Bowles on The Crown, told T&C. The show not only offers a more nuanced perspective into the infamous Camilla, but also highlights the ways in which her life was supremely unfair as well. “Even if people behave badly,” Fennell told T&C, “you understand why they have.”

That is why when you take a closer look, Camilla emerges not as the ugly evil temptress, but perhaps as the romantic underdog and definitely as a style icon in her own right. Her signature looks revolve around Chanel pumps, custom-suits, bold prints, loads of pearls—and don’t forget those hats, bespoke and perfectly coordinated to her outfits (Eugenie and Beatrice, eat your hearts out). It’s the good, classic stuff with brilliant accessories that we all covet.

Her simple ensembles from the 1970s and 80s still hold up, whether it is a crisp dress and trench or a houndstooth cape (the pudding-bowl haircut, we admit, does not age so well). Her timeless style makes sense when you consider that Camilla worked at the decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler in Mayfair and loves to paint and garden: she has a natural eye for color and composition. Even in her 70s, her style reigns—yes, pun intended—in 2018, she topped Tatler’s best dressed list in particular for “giving millinery a good name.”

Particularly when 2020 has us living in leggings, the fact that the Duchess prefers a walkable slingback to a stiletto heel or dons a waxed jacket and muck boots while out on a stroll just seems like good sense. And that is the magic we now appreciate about Camilla, sartorially or otherwise: she lives and dresses for the real world like the rest of us. The royal fantasy bit? She might enjoy that too…but never without a wink and a really great hat.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Credited Second-Hand Clothing for Helping Her Find Her Style

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It’s official: Tracee Ellis Ross is a modern fashion icon. The Black-ish star took home the Fashion Icon Award at Sunday’s 2020 People’s Choice Awards, where she shared that “style” is not synonymous with “tons of cash.”

“Secondhand clothing helped me understand that style has nothing to do with money,” she said in her acceptance speech. “It’s the way you put things together. Style is the how, not the what.”

Ross’s understanding of “style on a budget” developed early. She revealed that as a teenager, she said she begged her mom, Diana Ross, “for a seasonal clothing budget—spoiler alert—I did not get it.” As Ross got older, she said, she truly learned the value of a secondhand score.

“When I started paying my own bills, I did not have enough money to buy the clothes that matched the taste level I was accustomed to stealing from my mom’s closet—the best fashion playground of all time,” the actress said. “My love of vintage clothing sustained me on a budget. Thank you, Salvation Army and the Rose Bowl Flea Market.”

Of course, growing up with Diana Ross as her mother helped the star cultivate her own sense of style, as well as the power of repurposed clothing.

“Obviously, I have to thank the icon herself, my mom,” Ross said, “for her example, her sense of style, her epic closet and her glamour that introduced me to the power of fashion.”

She continued, “After she would finish a show and the curtain would fall, I would go onstage as a little girl and I would collect all of the beads that had fallen off her sparkly dresses, so that I could have pieces of the magic; seeds of the fashion dreams that I was cultivating for myself.”

But like a true style icon, Ross recognizes that fashion is not merely an aesthetic pursuit; it’s unapologetically personal, and deeply political. “I wear my insides on the outside,” she said.

“If featuring Black designers at the American Music Awards helps somehow see the power of Black artistry, or if joining the call to wear black at the Golden Globes led to solidarity with women saying time’s up on sexual harassment, then you heard me loud and clear,” Ross continued, calling others to wield their clothes with intention.

“Use fashion as an entrance,” she said. “Let your clothes be your superhero cape, allowing you to be the best you you can be. Activate the clothes through your joy and commitment to the world that you want to see.”

Ross concluded, “It doesn’t matter if you wear black tie or a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, but suit up and show up, because our action creates our destiny, our joy creates space for our freedom.”

Excuse us while we head to our nearest thrift shop.

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Princess Diana: Emulate The Crown style – exact fashion matches for the Princess of Wales

Princess Diana, like many royal women before and after her, used fashion as a mode of communication in a era when female members of the Royal Family were more likely to be seen than heard. Her style journey was watched closely as she evolved from the stereotypical Sloane Ranger, to a grown-up princess in an LDB to a divorcee and humanitarian force for good.

Her story and its impact on the Royal Family has forever changed the ancient institution, paving the way for her sons to marry for love, Prince William his university girlfriend Kate Middleton, and Harry former-actress and American divorcee Meghan Markle.

But her positive influence extends far beyond the Royal Family and the borders of the United Kingdom.

The Princess of Wales changed attitudes internationally towards HIV and AIDs at a time when fear of the illness was causing devastation to the lives of those who caught it due to widespread a misunderstanding about how the disease was spread.

Diana shook the hand of a man with the illness in front of the media, challenging taboos about the illness.

She bravely walked through a live minefield in Angola, calling for an international ban on landmines, which leave innocent civilians in war torn countries maimed and dead to this day.

READ MORE: The Crown star Emma Corrin recreates Princess Diana’s fun family life in upcoming series

Diana’s statement midi dress – Ghost Luna Floral Print Dress £169

Rich said: “Colourful coats then became dresses and tailored suits, as she grew in confidence and took ownership of how she represented herself. Catherine Walker (of whom the Duchess of Cambridge is also a fan) dressed her for most occasions, from banquets to royal tours.

“Her bold choices and her departure from her usual ‘safe’ style was marked when she danced with John Travolta in a blue Edelstein dress. Her off-the-shoulder style inspired a generation, crimsons and pinks were a staple, and polka dots were aplenty.

“Perhaps Diana is the reason polka dots are so everlasting: in fact, several brands we carry at Stitch Fix, whether it’s Mint Velvet or Samsoe & Samsoe, feature a polka almost every season.”

Diana’s “revenge dress” – Gina Bacconi Dania Feather Trim Dress, Black £125.00

Rich said: “Her choice of a black mini dress by Christina Stambolian, which coincided with the airing of a documentary in which Charles admitted to being unfaithful, became an infamous ensemble.

“Oh, the power of an LBD. If you want to make a statement with an LBD, Diana-style, AllSaints comes to mind from our brand selection.”

Diana’s blazer to board Concord at Heathrow in 1997 – Topshop Camel Single Breasted Suit Blazer, £59.00

Rich said: “As the people’s princess became more and more independent, her style only became more iconic. Her shoes became Jimmy Choos, her dresses Dior, and her suits Chanel and Versace. Shapes became slinkier, hemlines more daring, and necklines more revealing.

“It’s a look that Stitch Fix customers are always asking me for help with – how

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16 Princess Diana photos that show her style evolution

During her years in the spotlight, Princess Diana evolved from a bashful teenager in posh pastels to a worldwide style icon whose image regularly graced the covers of glossy magazines. More than two decades after her untimely death, Diana’s distinct combination of high glamor and casual chic continues to influence contemporary style and set the standard for a new generation of royals. Here’s a look at her dramatic style transformation over the years, inspired by Season 4 of Netflix’s “The Crown.”

September 1980: Lady Diana Spencer dressed in the unremarkable style of the stereotypical Sloane Ranger.

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September 1980: Early in her romance with Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer sports the unremarkable style of the stereotypical Sloane Ranger.

 February 1981: Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer before the wedding. She wears a conservative blue jacket.

(Ron Bell / Associated Press)

February 1981: Diana bought this royal blue suit by Cojana — a look suited for a woman twice her age — off the rack at Harrods, the London department store.

May 1981: Prince Charles and fiancee Lady Diana Spencer at Balmoral. She wears a colorful Peruvian sweater and Wellingtons.

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May 1981: At Balmoral shortly before her wedding, Diana wears a bright, playful Peruvian sweater with velvet trousers and a pair of Wellington boots.

July 1981: Lady Diana Spencer in yellow overalls weeks before her wedding

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July 1981: At a polo match weeks before her wedding, Diana exudes youthfulness in a pair of yellow overalls and a floral blouse.

September 1981: Newlywed Princess Diana wears fashionable plaid to the Braemar Gathering.

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September 1981: Newlywed Diana sports a plaid ensemble at the Braemar Gathering in Scotland.

March 1983: Princess Diana with Prince of Wales. A shimmery blue dress by Bruce Oldfield reflects her growing fashion sense.

(Anwar Hussein / WireImage)

March 1983: While touring Australia, Diana wears a fluttery blue and silver dress by British designer Bruce Oldfield, a look re-created in “The Crown.”

 November 1985: Diana wears a couture black gown by Victor Edelstein to a White House dinner and dances with John Travolta.

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November 1985: At a White House dinner, Diana dances with John Travolta while wearing a midnight blue velvet gown by Victor Edelstein, a British couturier.

May 1988: At a polo match, Diana displays a carefully constructed casual style in a blazer, sweat shirt and baseball cap.

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May 1988: Trailed by photographers wherever she went, Diana also became known for her distinct off-duty style, like this combination of blazer, sweat shirt, baseball cap and boots worn to a polo match.

November 1988: Diana wears one-bare-shouldered red and black gown by Catherine Walker.

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November 1988: One of Diana’s favorite designers, Catherine Walker created this asymmetrical red and black evening dress worn by the princess to a dinner at the British Embassy in Paris.

March 1989: Visiting Dubai, Diana Princess of Wales wears a color-blocked pink and red dress by Catherine Walker.

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March 1989: During a trip to Dubai, Diana looks glamorous in a color-blocked pink and red dress by Catherine Walker.

November 1989: Diana wears a beaded white gown and bolero she called her “Elvis dress.” It's by Catherine Walker.

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November 1989: Diana referred to this lavish beaded white gown and bolero, by Catherine Walker, as her “Elvis dress.”

June 1994: Princess Diana wears an off-the-shoulder, short black dress by Christina Stambolian, known as the Revenge Dress.

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June 1994: This provocative number by Christina Stambolian was dubbed the Revenge Dress because Diana wore it the night Prince Charles, in a TV special, confessed to cheating on her.

December 1996: Newly divorced Diana attends the Met Gala in a slinky navy blue slip dress by Christian Dior.

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December 1996: Freshly divorced Diana attends the Met Gala in a slinky navy blue slip dress by Christian Dior.

January 1997: Princess Diana, wearing a bombproof visor, visits a minefield in Huambo, Angola.

January 1997: Diana wears a flak vest, chinos and a simple button-down while walking through minefields in Angola.

April 1997: Diana wears a crisp, clean-lined Versace suit. Post-Charles, she tried simpler silhouettes.

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