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Queen Elizabeth II: The Original Colorblocker

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In the face of this weekend's Diamond Jubilee kickoff, a New York Times article analyses Queen Elizabeth II's look for clues to what makes the monarch's style so unique. From the "generously cut" armholes to the weighted suits that help her avoid wardrobe malfunctions, here's what they came up with:

Like any star performer in an age dominated by the photographic image, the young queen needed an easily identifiable signature, something that instantly conjured the wearer: Elvis’s jumpsuit, Michael Jackson’s glove. The formula she arrived at, aided first by the dressmakers Mr. Hartnell and Hardy Amies and more recently by Angela Kelly, was of a series of simple shapes and color blocks. The pastel rectangle of her customary coat and the bright disk of a matching hat, the black oblong of her handbag and the generic low-heeled pumps are almost Warholian in their Pop simplicity.

The effect, according to a brand expert the Times spokes with, is that, “The way she looks is instantly recognizable. Even the kids know who she is. You could show just the suit and it would still be her. You almost don’t need the face.”

Her private look, however, is much more royal according to her biographer Hugo Vicker: “She dresses much better in private than public. She wears lots and lots of jewels and really dazzles. She sparkles away like mad.”
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