KATE CHOOSES CATHERINE: The British royal family met for the first time this weekend since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.
King Charles led the Remembrance Sunday service for the first time as a monarch in the presence of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, along with other Members of Parliament and the Royal Household.
During the service, King Charles and Prince William laid wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, dressed in gray military uniforms with a matching double-breasted coat.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Camilla, Queen Consort, watched from the balcony in their head-to-toe black ensembles.
The princess wore a black brimmed hat with a thin structured coat by Catherine Walker with three poppies pinned above a diamond brooch.
Catherine Walker was part of Princess Diana’s circle of trusted fashion designers and they collaborated throughout her life.
Since Middleton’s new title as Princess of Wales, she has firmly saluted her late mother-in-law with her clothing choices.
The Princess often wears British designs to the service. She previously carried Catherine Walker to the socially distanced Remembrance Day service in 2020.
Remembrance Sunday is considered one of the most important dates in the royal calendar, when senior members of the royal family gather to pay their respects to members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
On Saturday evening, the Royal Household attended the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Middleton wore a new black crepe and pleated chiffon midi dress from Self-Portrait that resembled a white version she wore to the Platinum Jubilee Party last June.
She accessorized her look with the queen’s Japanese pearl choker, which consists of four strands connected by a diamond clasp. —HIKMAT MOHAMMED
ONE GIANT STEP: When Intuitive Machines sends the Nova-C lunar lander to the surface of the moon next year, Columbia Sportswear will also be there.
As a science partner of privately held Intuitive Machines, Columbia Sportswear provides Columbia Omni-Heat Infinity heat-reflective technology to help protect the spacecraft from the freezing temperatures of space. The long-awaited takeoff was a long time coming. It was in December 1972 that 11 astronauts dressed up and boarded Apollo 17 for what was now humanity’s final step on the moon.
Fast forward nearly five decades and the next IM-1 mission is part of NASA’s Artemis program lunar exploration efforts. The goal is to help pave the way for a lasting presence on the Moon. The team at altitude and on the ground will also seek to better understand the solar system. The launch was scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, but in April Intuitive Machines pushed that back to next year.
Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lunar lander will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket next year and will carry commercial payloads. It’s a long-term effort to gather information about the lunar surface before humans return to the moon as part of the space agency’s Artemis program.
The objective of the TO2-IM, or Intuitive Machines 1 (IM-1) mission is to place a lander, called Nova–C, in the Vallis Schroteri region of the moon.
Looking for sponsors, Intuitive Machines had contacted Columbia, according to a spokesperson for the Portland, Oregon-based brand.
Common goals in thermal protection and materials were immediately recognized and a partnership was born. Materials experts from Columbia and IM discussed a variety of options for incorporating Columbia Sportswear’s latest heat-reflecting technology, Omni-Heat Infinity, into the Nova-C Lander.
Fittingly, the brand’s Omni-Heat Infinity heat-reflective technology was inspired by NASA space blankets. Many consumers are already familiar with it, as it is used in more than 100 styles of outerwear, footwear and other Columbia products on its site and in stores. It incorporates gold metallic dots that reflect the body heat of the wearer and generate heat without affecting the breathability of the garment.
During the testing phase, IM thermal modeling showed that Omni-Heat Infinity’s thermal reflectance was beneficial when used as a panel overlay, according to Columbia. This is how the technology will be used on the Nova-C. With temperatures in space potentially ranging from minus-250 F to over 250 F, the Omni-Heat Infinity Panel should be durable enough to withstand such extreme temperatures. — ROMARINE FEITELBERG
THE LINKS THAT UNITE: Tiffany Trump opted for an Elie Saab wedding dress for her Saturday nuptials with Michael Boulos, and she wasn’t the only one sporting this designer brand.
Her billionaire husband wore a black designer tuxedo, a Trump spokesperson confirmed on Saturday. Elie Saab was also the designer of choice for Trump’s mother, Marla Maples, and half-sister, Ivanka Trump.
The 29-year-old bride wore an embellished ballet neck dress with a tapered waist and an extravagant train. She carried a small bouquet of lilies. Former President Donald Trump donned a tuxedo to walk his youngest daughter down the outdoor driveway at his 20-acre Mar-a-Lago estate. The wedding march began under an arch of pastel colored hydrangeas.
Representatives for Elie Saab did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
The one-shoulder trend got a serious boost from a few of the Trump women during the pre-wedding festivities and at the wedding. The former president’s second wife – Maples – wore a mint green one-shoulder pantsuit to Friday night’s rehearsal dinner, and his third and current wife, Melania, donned a one-shoulder Dolce & Gabbana backless dress in metallic gold with a bias suitable for the same event. The trio posed together for pictures. Maples, who was married to Donald Trump from 1993 to 1999, wore a lilac-colored fitted dress for the wedding with a strap on the right shoulder.
Ivanka Trump was also on board with the one-shoulder trend and opted for a powder blue strapless dress with a one-shoulder chiffon overlay for the wedding, a wiser choice than the pale pink jewel-encrusted skirt and tank top. that she opted for Friday evening. Not completely understated, Ivanka Trump, who served as her father’s special adviser during his administration, polished her look with four-inch silver platform sandals and a silver clutch. The bridesmaids also wore baby blue in different shades and silhouettes.
Two other members of Trump’s inner circle opted for more unexpected fashion choices. Lara Trump, who is married to the bride’s half-brother Eric, wore a dramatic, semi-sheer metallic dress, and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle chose a black dress with puff sleeves.
For the rehearsal dinner and pre-wedding rehearsal, Tiffany Trump wore a strapless white dress. Billionaire Boulos, 25, opted for a look closer to Palm Beach, Florida, a gray suit with a lavender tie. The former president was all about blue on Friday night, wearing a blue suit and royal blue tie.
Known for being more low-key and low-key than other Trump descendants, Tiffany graduated from Georgetown University Law School five years ago. Until she chose the internationally renowned Saab for her wedding dress, she generally did not favor global designer brands for special occasions. The first daughter wore Simin Couture for her father’s inauguration and has sported other brands such as Taoray Wang and Ted Baker in the past. — ROMARINE FEITELBERG
WINNING EXCELLENCE: The Accessories Council unveiled its fourth annual Design Excellence Awards on Wednesday. Held at the offices of Fashionphile, the awards recognize innovative new designs in numerous categories encompassing the wide range of the accessories industry.
Rewards are often divided by award tier and category. For example, Kimberly Pucci won for handbags over $1,000, while Hammitt won for designs under $1,000.
Franco Sarto and Mia Becar won in the footwear categories; Colette Malouf, Shahla Karimi and Anna Zuckerman in the jewelry categories; Monica Rich Kosann for technology and innovation; Gigi Burris in soft accessories; American Optical and Carolina Herrera in eyewear; R.Riveter for social impact and KHB Magnum for sustainability.
“This year we had hundreds of entries and over 10,000 people voted for their favorite brands. We were delighted to see the dynamic mix of winners this year – our group included companies large and small, new and established and from entry level to luxury. The purpose of the awards is to give finalists and winners the opportunity to showcase their designs at the start of the holiday shopping season. We congratulate all finalists and winners,” said Karen Giberson, Chair of the Accessories Council. — MIST WHITE SIDE