Kate Middleton returned to her royal duties today, and consequently, supplied us with some shape-enhancing styling cues worth following, pregnant or not. The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a gray-and-white printed Max Mara Studio wrap dress, which hugged — and highlighted — her growing baby bump, then accessorized with her go-to black pumps and an Asprey 167 Button Pendant necklace. She also took care to wear a gray slip underneath; whether it was shapewear or a more precautionary layer to make sure the dress is modest enough, it certainly provided a demure neckline.The figure-flattering sheath cut right at the top of her waist, drawing your eye to her bump, but it also manages to cinch (and emphasize) the slimmer parts of her silhouette, too. Translation: the wrap dress hugs in all the right places, creates feminine curves, and attracts attention to the most flattering parts of your body. For all intents and purposes, you really don't need to be expecting to incur a similar wrap-dress effect. It's sexy, sophisticated, and like Kate Middleton showed, it's perfect for a polished daytime look. And if we can guess anything by Kate's influence on retail sales, we foresee a serious spike in wrap-dress sales after her first post-babymoon appearance. The exact Max Mara Studio dress is sold out (she actually bought it on sale from Matches), but we think this classic graphic-print Diane von Furstenberg version is a great alternative.
The ‘Protector Collection’ features a serpent as Jolie is said to consider the reptile as an iconic guardian and protector of her family, inspired by a ring that was given to her as a gift while pregnant with the couple’s daughter Shiloh in 2006.
Proceeds from sales benefit Jolie's charity, the Education Partnership For Children of Conflict. The actors seem to be fiercely protective of their brood, do you like that their items express that sentiment?
The duo's jewelry line has been in the works for more than a year but will finally debut later this week at Asprey stores in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Tokyo and Dubai. A silver baby spoon with a serpent-shaped handle, retailing for $525, will benefit Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, co-founded by Angelina. Black diamond and emerald pavé rings, earrings, bracelets, men’s cuff links, and studs are also part of the line. This is one celebrity designer collaboration I didn't see coming. Did you?
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have designed a snake-themed capsule collection of jewlery and baby gifts for British brand Asprey. Titled "The Protector" because Jolie considers the serpent shape a protector of her family, the collection was designed and conceived entirely by Jolie and Pitt.
Pieces include silver baby gifts—a baby spoon, egg cup, tooth box, and picture frame—each with serpent details and reptile pendants, rings, and bracelets for adults made with gold and micropave diamonds. Jolie wore one of the pieces, an emerald and diamond bracelet, with Armani Prive to the BAFTA awards earlier this year.
According to WWD, Jolie and Pitt have been working on the collection for over a year. When available later this week in Asprey stores worldwide, prices will start at $525 (for the baby spoon) and all net proceeds will go to Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, a charity co-founded by Jolie in 2006.
Pitt's last foray into jewelry design—wedding bands for his 2000 marriage to Jennifer Aniston—resulted in a $50 million dollar lawsuit against jeweler Diamiani when the brand reportedly sold Brad and Jennifer knockoff rings. We hope his partnership with Asprey is a happier one and will wait with bated breath for the Angelina-fronted advertising campaign.
Click below for images of the collection.
Flowers, feathers, and florals - oh my! There is a lot going on with this Asprey outfit, maybe too much for me to swallow. The brocade on the coat reminds me of curtain fabric, and did it really need a feather lining? Not to mention the big rosette adorning the model's chest. Though this is only their second catwalk show, I think Asprey should stick to fine jewelry, and leave the clothing design for others.