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Elegant Letters, Issue #16 The Elegant Princess and The Little Black Dress

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The Elegant Princess and The Little Black Dress

With one black dress you are safe. With two, you have double-edged security” – The Straits Times, 18th April 1965

The Elegance of the Little Black Dress

I had a wonderful afternoon with a girlfriend attending the ‘Beauty in Black Exhibit‘.

Beauty in Black is an exhibition of 18 dresses from the 1950s to 2000s by leading fashion designers from the West including Azzedine Alaia, Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin and Karl Lagerfield.

I was smarter this time and went with Cara instead of Colin. Colin my husband was not so patient at the Valentino Iconic Dresses exhibit. He was bored after twenty minutes. I spent at least 2 hours studying the dresses.

Though this Beauty in Black exhibit is smaller, the dresses featured explore the iconic status of the colour black in today’s fashion and its appeal to both the wearer and fashion designers.

As French couturier, Christian Dior says “Black – the most popular and
the most convenient and the most elegant of all colour. You can wear black
at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it on all occasion.
I could write a book about black.”

Though I adore Christian Dior and have read his books on fashion and style and have quoted him many times, I still hold fast to my belief that black in the morning and early
afternoon is too much for most women. While black is wonderfully elegant and understated, it is too harsh for most women’s complexions especially under the bright morning and early afternoon sun. The exceptions to this are if you
work and it is part of your professional dress, or if black is a outer covering like a cropped jacket or a winter coat.

Little black dresses serve to be a girl’s bestfriend especially to those who cannot afford a large wardrobe. You can wear a little black dress, or LBD as the fashion industry has coined it, in many ways as long as you accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.

Of course who cannot forget Audrey Hepburn in her little black dresses at Breakfast At Tiffany’s
? Watch the movie again for new inspiration or view my pictorial archives of the Beauty in Black Exhibit.

Elegant Enough To Marry A Prince

A New Princess and Elegant Woman

I am looking forward to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on the 29th April. Most of all, I can’t wait to see the wedding gown. Though I don’t know to what
extent Kate has control over her own wedding design, I’m confident that she will be extremely elegant, judging from her evident impeccable taste from what I’ve seen so far.

Inevitably, there are some people who are jealous that a ‘commoner’ like her who are lucky enough to catch the eye of one of the most eligible bachelors of the world.

While luck is just one aspect, women like her don’t usually marry out of their class and circle if they are not ‘elevatable‘ and ‘exposed‘. And those two conditions the soon-to-be princess have fufilled.

What do I mean by that?

In short, people from the elite class like the royals often feel uncomfortable if they feel unmatched in terms of dressing, manners and outlook on life. If someone else from another culture
stood gasping and amazed at everything you wear, do or say, it will conjure uncomfortable feelings and occasional guilt. This is human nature, regardless of social status.

I believe Ms. Middleton is not free of ‘mistakes’, having grown up out of the limelight and any association with royalty, she has had a long courtship period with the Prince allowing her to get attuned with royal etiquette and culture.

Though to mostly her own credit and some to her parents, she already had a good foundation before she met the Prince.

She had a very good education.

She was accustomed to wealth. She was wealthy herself.

She was a high achiever and accomplished.

She excelled in sports in school, especially hockey and cross-country running. She was also proficient in sports including tennis, hockey, swimming, netball and rounders.

She loved art, as Prince William does, and graduated with a history of art degree.

In her middle school days, young Kate was a real golden girl – excelling at sport, drama and music. She also took part in plays, learned ballet and tap, and was a skilled flautist and singer.

She was impeccably dressed at all times and had impeccable taste.

She has a solid, squeaky clean image. She was well-behaved at all times.

She has integrity, even though they broke up in 2007, she did not become a sell-out.

She coped without complaining when she did not have access to royal protection since before her official status.

She was down to earth. Apart from her gentle demeanor always, she took public transport, bought high street brands, and wore things over and over again. How not to love her?

She understood the pressures and the cruelty of the limelight, yet she was unfazed. She treated Prince William as a person, and as a man, even helping with cooking when he came home from work.

She volunteered for charity. (great start to her royal duties as the new princess)

She took care of herself – it is evident that people don’t get a body like hers without working out and eating healthily! This is important because men, subconsciously
choose healthy and fit women as they have a greater chance of producing children.

She had almost all the layers of class.

I mean, I think the royals are lucky to have her! That’s what I mean when I said she was elevatable. She could fit into the royal social life and set. The royals feel comfortable with her and they can be themselves.

One other thing, she was positioned to meet the Prince or other eligible bachelors. She went to the same school where he did and maybe unknowingly put herself out there for organizing and taking part in a charity fashion show.

She is an inspiring tasteful and elegant woman! I’ll be rooting for her. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Shalom (which in hebrew means wishing you peace, wholeness, perfect health and well-being), Eunice

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