Is Queen Elizabeth II a trendsetter? -- Designers like Alexander McQueen update the monarch's look
Queen Elizabeth II, trendsetter? Hail, yes — especially when she’s not wearing her classic-yet-stodgy suits and gowns. In her off-time, Her Majesty reportedly dresses delightfully down (think head scarves, sweater sets, and tweed à la Helen Mirren in THE QUEEN), and designers, like fellow Brit Alexander McQueen, are taking note. EW shows you how to get your tartan on.
If you’re an avid dog lover like the Queen (her favorite breed is the corgi), let your precious pet sleep on a Todd Oldham by La-Z-Boy ”Paint by Numbers” pillow — the animal-friendly designer left hunters out of the print.
SENSIBLE, YET SEXY
The Queen protects her feet with Wellies (short for the Wellington rubber boot popularized by the first Duke of Wellington in the early 19th century). Tretorn’s stylish version has a wedge heel.
QUILT AND KILT
Brave the weather in the Liddesdale quilted coat by Barbour — a favored brand of the monarch — and pair it with McQueen’s McQ wool miniskirt.
Most are familiar with the grand dame’s public attire. But few have seen her wardrobe for Balmoral — her sprawling Scottish estate. ”She wears a lot of tweed, fine knits, tartans, and waxed jackets,” says Consolata Boyle, the movie’s costume designer. For a hip take on all things plaid, check out this look from McQueen’s chic fall collection.
COAT OF ARMS
According to Boyle, the Queen even wears her pearls at Balmoral to maintain an ”air of slight formality.” Adorn yourself with this regal bracelet by Erickson Beamon for Anna Sui.