The new British invasion has arrived. From our flat screens to our closets, our friends from across the pond are influencing Western culture and fashion today. Our style editor, Tori Johnson of http://www.thesTORIbook.comis embracing the modern-day Anglophile with favorites that abound with aristocratic references. Watch out – she even provides us a bit of a stylish English history lesson. Cheerio!
THE NEW THRONE
The revival of the tufted sofa from the Victorian era is having a major interior décor moment. Known as the “Chesterfield Sofa,” it remains a classic piece decade after decade. Pricing available upon request. Availability and photo courtesy of Stowers Furniture.
GAME OF STONES
In many cultures the ruby is the gem reserved for the highest class. This ruby pendant necklace is chicly simple yet alluring with its halo of diamonds. $1,900. Availability and photo courtesy of Duncan & Boyd Jewelers.
CINDERELLA’S NEW SLIPPER
Considered elegant wearable art, this Rene Caovilla jeweled lace and snakeskin sling back will have you waltzing with your prince in style. $1,125. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
MIRROR, MIRROR IN MY HAND…
Designed in England, the Charles Mallory personal compact is a timeless collector’s item. The William Morris collection exhibits the work of Britain’s most renowned Victorian textile designer. Pricing available upon request. Availability and photo courtesy of Julian Gold.
British couturier Alexander McQueen was famous for his opulent designs and this bag continues his heritage with its wealth of skull and crystal embellishments. $3,695. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
The signature style of Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is exuded in this florally feminine blouse. Dress with power and style with this Dolce & Gabbana blouse with an all-over rose motif. $995. Availability and photo courtesy of Net-A-Porter.
AMONG THE CLOISTERS
Gucci Resort 2017 showcased the first ever runway show in Westminster Abbey with attendees sitting on needlepoint cushions and receiving virtual reality headsets with snake graphics as invitations. The collection featured a spin on tartans, lace, ruffles and Brit Wit sprinkled throughout. Price available upon request. Photo courtesy of Vogue.
HOW WONDERFULLY WINDSOR
For those having withdrawals from Downton Abbey and The Crown, PBS Masterpiece Classic has released its highly anticipated 8-part drama series, Victoria, showcasing the spirited monarch and filled with scandal, corruption and political intrigue. Photo courtesy of PBS.
Burberry, the most notably British fashion brand, is known for its iconic plaid, luxurious cashmere scarves, and trench coats that outfitted soldiers during WWI. Today the company has expanded to stunning handbags such as this velvet shoulder bag featuring water snake, python, ostrich-leg, and calfskin trim. $2,795. Availability and pricing courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
POINTED & PUCKERED
While French Christian Louboutin is known for his coveted mile high stilettos with shiny, red-lacquered soles, the designer recently entered the beauty realm with a highly-pigmented lipstick. $90. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
Queen Elizabeth I believed her lace collars were a must and so do fashion influencers today. Belgian-American designer Diane von Furstenberg has created a ladylike pencil skirt featuring a lovely floral lace in the color of the year. $328. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
Kate Middleton walked down the aisle carrying a bouquet primarily made up of local British flowering plant, Lily of the Valley (which happens be poisonous if ingested.) You can add a piece of an English country garden to your home with a handcrafted Tommy Mitchell sculpture. $1,212.50. Availability and photo courtesy of Baker Tatum.
The tartan trend has been going strong for a while now and isn’t letting up anytime soon. If you can’t have your own Scottish Highlander the next best thing is these Gucci horse bit loafers with their hand-embroidered appliques. $760. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS
A standard in every woman’s jewelry box, these hoop earrings have a fun, modern twist with their bamboo rings. $68. Availability and photo courtesy of Elaine Turner.
SCENT OF A WOMAN
Guerlain has released a limited-edition collection of precious perfumes inspired by the four seasons. The fragrances are bottled in Baccarat “quadrilobe” flacons designed by textile designer Janaïna Milheiro. $15,000 each. Availability and photo by Guerlain.
Rose, No Thorns
This stunning Rolex is the rose of all watches with its diamond dial and bezel. $38,100. Availability and photo courtesy of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.
SWEET ON YOU
It’s no secret the British love their chocolate. This elegant gift box from Marks & Spencer is filled with pure, assorted deliciousness that’s perfect for any sweet tooth. $40. Availability and photo courtesy of Marks & Spencer