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Royally Played: Wills and Kate (in Hobbs) Take Canada, Day Four, Part Two


This is sincerely a “Part Two,” in that we didn’t really get a full wardrobe change from events earlier – as far as we know. As far as WE can tell, everyone just put a coat on (it was 42 degrees Farenheit at this event, which is, to my Los Angeleno mind, COLD). I mean, is Kate possibly wearing sequined hot pats and a coconut bra under there? Yes, indeed. Regardless: allow me to regale you with a lovely and familiar coat tonight, as well as some primo gazing and a few entertaining bits and bobs left over from earlier today that didn’t make it into our first post.

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Royally Played: Wills and Kate (in Dolce & Gabbana) Take Canada, Day Four, Part One


You guys! I had one brief shining moment where I thought that Kate’s shoes were metallic. It was a mere trick of the light, sadly — we have returned to the land of the Beige Shoe. Regardless, we also have volleyball and wine, which are a consistently winning pairing in my book, and this dress is both very pretty and feels vaguely like it wouldn’t be out of place in a remake of Anne of Green Gables. Which is a compliment in my book.

Also, gee, what terrible weather for wine-tasting:

MISERABLE! We haven’t gotten any wine-tasting photos in yet, but I’ll either update this post when we do, or add them to the next one, which will probably pop up here later tonight. So come on by — and if you’ve missed any of this particular tour, all our posts live here. Read early, read often.

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Fug or Fab: Kristen Wiig in Marc Jacobs


On one hand, the magpie in me loves this. It’s whimsical, and she’s whimsical. It’s not boring or staid; no one who wears this can be accused of “phoning it in” or “underplaying her hand.” On the other hand, it’s also BONKERS:

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If Jessica Fletcher ever had to go undercover in a Palm Beach nightclub to solve a crime on Murder She Wrote, that nightclub would look just like this dress. Whether that is a positive or a negative depends very much on your tolerance for the following: giant glass bricks, neon, Harvey Wallbangers, checkered linoleum tile, the movie Cocktail, cocktails in general, parrots, Birds of Paradise, Hollywood Montrose, whimsical mosaics, and bad-ass seventy-year-old bitches who are just not here for your shit. Personally, for me that’s a huge net positive.

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Well Played, Ella Purnell in Dior at the premiere of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


Ella Purnell is the star of the new adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and this is her first real major role (she did play Teen Jolie in Maleficient, and you can see why, facially, certainly). And what a debut:

"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" New York Premiere

This is what we call, in the business, a home run.

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GFY Interview: Madeline Fontaine, Costume Designer for Versailles


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Europe’s most expensive costume drama ever, Versailles, is premiering in the United States on October 1st on Ovation (last week, we gave you a sneak peek at its costumes and trailer). We were delighted to get a chance to quiz its costume designer, Madeline Fontaine, via e-mail, about her experience recreating the sumptuous and complex world of the the Sun King. Fontaine’s resume is highly impressive — in addition to Versailles, she was the costume designer for Amelie, Yves St. Laurent, and the upcoming Natalie Portman flick Jackie,  and has won two César Awards. In short: She knows her stuff.

GFY: Let’s jump in with the lovely Versailles. How did you get involved with this particular project?

Madeline Fontaine: I was invited to collaborate by the set designer Katia Wyszkop. How I did I immerse myself in the period and in the project? Like any other subject, it needs a time of “feeding” — made of visuals (paintings, for these days) and readings, to feel what we can find to re-create the atmosphere of the period, and learn about all we can use to realize it. We collect the information and find the right crew for such a long project. Then we make sure all this information is recorded so it can be refined later.

GFY: When did you first join the team, compared with when they actually started shooting, and when you wrapped? How long an undertaking was this?

MF: For season one, it’s been a nearly full time investment for about a year. For season two, a lot of things were already settled and we had the experience of the first season. I was mainly involved in the beginning (how to use what we did already, jumping ten years, creating new silhouettes) and choosing the design and fabrics of the new pieces for the main actors, and the new ones.

GFY: A project like this obviously involves a great deal of research; the pressure for historical accuracy must be intense. How do you balance the desire to be accurate with the desire to create something that will be appealing to a modern viewer — or the desire to put your own stamp on something?

MF: I don’t think we had the mission to be historically perfect.  I think we have to take both actors and public into a respectful feeling of a period, to make it believable and true, to use the reality of the body’s constraints which determined a language, adapting it to current physical ways of communicating and habits. The “stamp” is totally dependent of a sensibility, and cultural references, I think it cannot be hidden.

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Royally Played: Wills and Kate (in Preen) Take Canada, Day Three, Part Two


Well, well, well. Wonders will never cease. First, Kate wears red shoes; here, Kate actually (mostly) nails cocktail wear for once in her life, wearing red shoes again. Different red shoes, no less. Kate: What other non-beige shoes have you got hiding in your closet? Do you secretly have a whole section of your walk-in devoted to shoes of all color of the rainbow? BRING THEM OUT, LADY.

Anyway, color me stunned — no pun intended. I think I need to take to my bed. (Sincerely, I actually literally need to take to my bed. It’s nearly 10:30 p.m.) Kate is so much more interesting when she isn’t at home. I wonder why that is? That’s not a rhetorical question. I literally do wonder why that is.

(PS: If you’re looking for coverage of Wills & Kate’s event earlier today, it’s here! It was markedly more casual.)

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Royally Played: Wills and Kate Take Canada, Day Three, Part One


So, the weather DID NOT cooperate for this portion of events. Apparently, it was gorgeous in Victoria today, but it was BUCKETING rain here in Bella Bella. I suspect these two were always going to be casual for this outing — they were slated to visit the Great Bear rain forest, and were supposed to have an aerial tour AND a boat tour of the area and you probably don’t want to do those things in, like, a tutu or whatever.  Regardless, I think the weather scuttled those bits, which is a shame; Bella Bella is reportedly quite beautiful (supposedly Wills politely noted that the rain made the rain forest feel more authentic, anyway). Luckily, a First Nations welcome and “cultural sharing ceremony” were still on the docket, as well as an all important Unveiling of Plaques and Giving of Speeches.  (As ever, I’m indebted to What Kate Wore for knowing where everyone is going to be at all times; I would not be able to do my job without her calendar pages.) Please join me in eyeballing Kate’s Holland and Holland jacket and Zara jeans and TopShop shirt. Today, I guess she is just like us, at least in terms of outfit — my own calendar had much less interesting things in store.

Also: Informative Caption was not that Informative today, but Maclean’s had a piece about Bella Bella that is really interesting and well worth your time. (As always, should more good photos come in from this event, I’ll add them to a later post.)

And, PS: These two have an “evening reception” tonight back in Victoria, so come on by later and we can either applaud or bemoan whatever Cocktail Dress Choices Kate makes. Also, given that tonight is the first American presidential debate, I might be deeply into the wine when the time comes to write that post, so….consider yourself warned.

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