|"If you're tired of shopping, you are using the wrong shops"||The Duchess of Windsor|
I was bereft when it finished so went to my local library in search of something to heal the wound. I found it. Edward and Mrs Simpson
, a seven part drama from the late 70s/ early 80s that dramatises the events leading to the 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, who gave up his throne to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson. The series won the 1980 Emmy award for Outstanding Limited Series, and BAFTA Awards in 1979 for Best Actor, Best Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Series or Serial..and I found a new style icon.
The way the full-of-pep Simpson looked in London in the '30s — when she was secretly dating the Prince of Wales and future king — would be right on for Phoebe Philo's Céline vision in 2010. "As compact as a Vuitton traveling case," said society photographer Cecil Beaton, calling her "tidy, neat, immaculate." You would not have found this elegant, outgoing, married woman (thirtysomething when she met her prince) in provocative clothes, despite the raging affair that threatened to topple the British monarchy.
|A fraction of the Duchess's shoe collection!|
"I began with my own personal ideas about style and I've never again felt correct in anything but the severe look I developed then," Simpson told her friend Fleur Cowles, the magazine editor and society hostess, in an interview for Bazaar in 1966. That pared-down, urban elegance of her early days remained her style until her death in 1986.
|A rather wonderful montage from Net-a-Porter on we can achieve Wallis style|
|Her Madge-ness is apparently utterly obsessed with Wallis and frequently channels her style. There are even rumours that she is directing a film about her life..Watch this space!|
|Gillian Anderson as Wallis in the current Channel 4 drama, Any Human Heart.|
Lastly, I found this wonderful picture and had to include it..Have a wonderful weekend everyone X