Princess Anne was named a new fashion icon: she predicted trends 40 years in advance. Photo
When we talk about "royal style icons," Princess Diana, whose images are still emulated today, or Kate Middleton, whose sophisticated style inspires millions of women around the world, immediately come to mind. However, Silvia Venturini Fendi, creative director of the luxury Italian fashion house Fendi, is convinced that there is one underrated figure among the royal family members in terms of fashion - and that is Princess Anne.
"I fell in love with the style of Princess Anne, who I think is the most elegant woman in the world. When I saw Princess Anne's coronation last year in her uniform, I thought she looked just gorgeous. So I said: 'Let's take inspiration from her for the men's collection,'" said Fendi. Her words were quoted in the Daily Mail.
At Fendi's AW24 men's show in Milan late last week, models stormed the runway in wax jackets, high-waisted boots and tartan whips as a declaration of love for the country aesthetic that the daughter of the late Queen Elizabeth II has led since the '70s.
Over the past few years, Princess Anne's fan club has been slowly growing, and the Fendi show can be considered the culmination of this process. The style of the royal personality re-entered the public consciousness when in November 2019, episode 3 of The Crown was released, where young Anna was played by the popular actress Erin Doherty. It was as if the audience was reminded of what an interesting personality the princess was and how her clothes reflected her bold and bright character.
What makes Princess Anne's style so unrivaled?
Jackets from the Barbour brand, which professes the unique values of the British countryside, are one of Princess Anne's style trademarks. She likes to wear jeans and boots. But even such simple looks look sophisticated in her performance.
Although Anna, like Kate Middleton, is a fan of "literal" outfits - a breton on a yacht, a kilt in Scotland, a royal cape for state events - her looks never become predictable or clichéd. That's because even her seemingly "standard" outfits are spiced up with non-standard touches.
In the 80s, Anna combined jeans with sneakers similar to Adidas Sambas, which every influencer still queues up for. And don't forget that at that time, "royalty in sneakers" was a whole revolution.
If we analyze the images of Elizabeth II's daughter 40 years ago, we see that they are still relevant today. That is, the princess predicted trends almost half a century in advance. Today, the most fashionable celebrities can be found wearing sweaters or dresses that Anna wore decades ago.
Remember Princess Anne's wedding dress. Are you saying that these styles are irrelevant now? Not at all! They are at the top of the trend ratings.
The diplomatic approach to choosing clothes is a symptom of the same diplomatic way in which Anna has lived her life and career. Can you name at least one royal scandal involving her? No, I can't. She is widely known as one of the hardest working members of the royal family. In 1974, a man tried to kidnap her from her car when she was returning to Buckingham Palace after going to the movies. "That's bloody unlikely," she told him. To which he replied: "Quite."