A sea change is taking place on some of the world's fashion catwalks. Instead of models draped in designs that hover on the edge of impossible to wear, they are now strutting the stuff that real people can actually afford and use. A great place to enjoy the new democratization of style is Montreal's Mode et Design festival.
Helen Skelton might not have been on your radar until now, but the former Blue Peter presenter has been wowing us with her outfits, as she hosts the BBC swimming coverage for the Rio 2016 Olympics, alongside Olympic champ Rebecca Adlingtonand retired swimmer Mark Foster.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s recent ensembles have been especially on point, as Kate continues to embrace looks with a slightly more modern, daring edge to them. (We use “daring” in relative terms here; Kate is not stepping out in anything even on the same continent as, like, the Bella Hadid red Cannes blue prom dresses uk anytime soon.)
But check out this Kate look, from tonight’s Natural History Museum event! Given that there was no black-tie dress code, it would have been reasonable to expect that Kate might re-wear a straightforward navy or black cocktail dress she’s worn before and call it a day. But no! Not 2016 Kate! She opted for this—shout it along with us now!—off-the-shoulder, mesh-paneled stretch-jersey black prom dresses, from designer Barbara Casasola, which retails for $1,105 (and should be sold out any second now).
The entire look is really top-notch. This neckline caused at least one of our co-workers to breathlessly exclaim, “!!!!!!!!,” in Gchat. Her blowout is looking especially resplendent. The heels seem to say, “Yes, we know.” She looks as if she is ready for the swankiest garden party, the most luxurious yacht ride, a cool after-party taking place on a cloud. O.K., we may be taking things a little far, but it is not every day she debuts a slam-dunk new outfit to a “regular” weeknight event.