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In the most exciting Royals news on this side of the Atlantic, Princess Eugenie (daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson) is moving to New York. Like so many 23-year-olds before her, she will chase her hopes and dreams in the Big Apple. And this isn’t a pleasure trip – Eugenie will be working at Paddle8, an online auction house that collaborates with non-profits.
Inspired by Stylite’s guide to Eugenie’s life in New York City, we’ve offered up some of our favorite handbags and accessories so that she can prove that royalty has no geographic boundaries.
THE BAG: Diplomacy comes in all forms – Eugnie has proven she isn’t afraid to make a statement with her handbag before, so here are some she might try toting around the city.
1. If the princess wants to represent her homeland abroad, she might opt for a Burberry Ashbury bag. It suits her youth by eschewing the expected nova check in favor of gold leather.
2. This is the time to try out an American designer! This Proenza Schouler XL PS1 will fit her work necessities while flaunting the favorite label of New York socialites. Plus, that color!
THE WATCH: Even princesses have to be punctual. We like the idea of Eugenie to rely on a traditional wristwatch instead of an iPhone.
1. You’re in America now, so what about the Cartier Tank Americaine? We like the bracelet feel of this white gold version.
2. This Rolex Cellini watch calls out elegance, but the feel of the leather strap makes it very day and work appropriate.
3. Since Brits are always off to Polo matches, Eugenie Piaget Polo quartz watch. Bonus: Princesses can always carry off diamonds.
THE JEWELRY: The crown jewels will presumably stay in England. (Won’t they?) But that doesn’t mean that Eugenie can’t accessorize.
1. A pair of classic diamond stud earrings that she can wear day and night will be perfect for balancing a work-socialite lifestyle.
2. Young and urban? The Hermès Collier de Chien (CDC) will give Eugenie a downtown edge when she feels rebellious, but not scandalous.
3. Eugenie seems to favor more delicate jewelry, so a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace will suit her just perfectly.
- Over the weekend, Jessica Simpson demonstrated a style tradition for pregnant women – conceal the bump with a Hermès bag. In this case, it's a classic orange Birkin. Click through for some history of this bag and belly tradition.
- Grace Kelly originally carried the classic Hermès bag to conceal her pregnancy. The bag was later dubbed the Kelly, in her honor.
- Kim Kardashian took her Birkin to the gym, but doesn't seem to be worried about hiding her bump.
- Beyonce carried a Kelly during her pregnancy. Love the shoulder strap and we think Grace Kelly would have too.
- Molly Sims flaunted her baby bump and her baby blue Birkin during her pregnancy. We should have guessed she was having a boy.
And the award for most popular Oscar clutch goes to …. the small box evening bag that you can easily carry with one hand.
We’re strong believers in the perfect evening bag is essential to looking your most glamorous. There’s no better inspiration than the red carpet. At the Oscars, the top handbag designers were split between Judith Leiber, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roger Vivier, Jimmy Choo and Alexander McQueen.
It just so happens that most of our favorite bags were carried by Jennifers.
First up, Jennifer Lawrence (above), best actress winner, paired her Dior gown with a Roger Vivier clutch.
See the rest of the Jens after the jump. Read more…
Born on Nov. 12, 1929 — Grace Kelly went from movie star to royalty.
As a style icon, her impeccable taste stands the test of time. When she was pregnant, she carried the Hermès sac à dépêches to cover her stomach. So associated with the princess, Hermès renamed the top-handle structured bag the “Kelly” in 1956.
We love this stunning tri-color box Kelly and we’re sure that Princess Grace would have too.
The Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City always has the best red carpet. Hands down. You might disagree, but we’re pretty sure that no other event features so many celebrities who are dressed by designers who want to make a statement. That translates into taking chances. So Rooney Mara made see-through Givenchy lace look demure, Kirsten Dunst pulled off a full-length Rodarte skirt suit with aplomb, Anna Wintour had a lobster sprawled on her gown and Sarah Jessica Parker sparkled in a full-coverage floral Little House on the Praire-esque Valentino gown.
Speaking of covered up, Rihanna is our pick for best dressed. Though Carey Mulligan’s mirrored Prada is a close second, Rihanna’s downright understated black crocodile dress from Tom Ford’s fall 2012 collection. Sleeves on the red carpet look add some drama. What you can’t see in this photo is the plunging back.
We would have paired it with this Nancy Gonzalez croc clutch. Not that she needs to change a thing, but just in case she wants somewhere to put her lipstick and phone.
Happy anniversary, William and Kate! It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole year since that epic wedding. We’re still recovering from staying up all night.
Just a year into the Duchess of Cambridge’s reign, she’s already a style icon and the world waits to see what she’ll wear next. She represents British designers well, including Burberry, Reiss, McQueen and Matthew Williamson.
Many of her handbags are British as well — just this week, Kate paired an Anya Hindmarch clutch with her Rebecca Taylor skirt suit. As you can see in this comprehensive look book, she seems to favor smallish clutches for events.
Her best day bag so far is probably this navy Mulberry (click on thumbnail photo to see the look). Such a stunning classic design and practical — even for a princess.
We have a suggestion for her after the jump.
Feeling a little bit dangerous and a lot fashionable? Time to slip a Hermès Collier de Chien onto you wrist.
Also known simply as CDC, the name translates to “dog collar,” but we assure you that the iconic bracelet with eight rounded spikes is for people.
The belt version has been around since 1927 and the bracelet was introduced in the 1940s. They’ve made a comeback in recent years thanks to a celebrity cult following. (Just Google Rachel Zoe and Collier de Chien.)
The classic piece is getting some fresh attention in New York Magazine’s Fall 2012 Street Style Olympics Closing Ceremony Awards (image, below). Love the gold medalist who mixed her Collier de Chien with bangles and a watch. Definitely, tough enough.