The Windsor Style: Wallis and the Lobster

Nearly 34 years after her death, the Duchess of Windsor continues to be celebrated for her sartorial style. Indeed, just this week British Vogue featured a catalogue of her most iconic looks. Wallis has become synonymous with haute couture and fashion houses such as Givenchy and Mainbocher still proudly cite her as a former client.Continue reading “The Windsor Style: Wallis and the Lobster”

The Windsor Archive: Life with the Duke

In 1945, the Windsors found themselves awaiting word from the British government that their time in the Bahamas had officially come to an end. The Duke had been appointed Governor of the Bahamas in 1940, the one and only time in his post-abdication life that his family sanctioned any kind of official post for him.Continue reading “The Windsor Archive: Life with the Duke”

Interview: Memories of the Duchess with Richard René Silvin

Of the many books written about the Duchess of Windsor, very few have been written by those who actually knew her. Richard René Silvin is an American historian, lecturer and author of (among other titles) Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor As I Knew Her. Not only is he an expert on the Duke andContinue reading “Interview: Memories of the Duchess with Richard René Silvin”

The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part Two

Today we conclude our two part series on six of the fabulous brooches owned the Duchess of Windsor. You can find Part One by clicking here. In the previous installment, we focused on three beautiful Cartier creations but Cartier wasn’t the only jeweler to provide Wallis with glitter. Her other favourite designer was of course,Continue reading “The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part Two”

The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part One

In 1957, LIFE magazine asked the Duchess of Windsor (by then renowned for her love of jewellery) what she felt were the most essential items a young lady should have in her collection. “You can never learn too early the magic of pins or brooches”, Wallis answered, “They’re so versatile. You can breathe new lifeContinue reading “The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part One”

The Windsor Collection: A Tale of Two Necklaces

When we think of the Duchess of Windsor and her extravagant collection of jewels, most of us are immediately drawn to her fabulous flamingo brooch with its ruby, emerald and sapphire feathers or her striking amethyst, diamond and turquoise bib. But among these elaborate and quirky pieces are more classic items which we usually associateContinue reading “The Windsor Collection: A Tale of Two Necklaces”

Wallis on Film: Royal Wives at War (2016)

Every pantomime needs a Prince, a villain and a fairy godmother. Nobody could ever suggest that the romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson was that of fairy tales but following the abdication crisis of 1936, the British establishment seized control of the narrative and decided that it was time for a little recasting.Continue reading “Wallis on Film: Royal Wives at War (2016)”

The Windsor Collection: Portrait of a Duchess

For many, the legacy of the Duchess of Windsor is her status as a style icon, a reputation earned predominantly through her love of French fashions and her exquisite taste in jewellery. But she was also renowned for her flair for interior design and those who visited the Windsors at their Parisian villa at 4Continue reading “The Windsor Collection: Portrait of a Duchess”

The Wallis Archive: Elsa vs Wallis, a Right Royal Feud

Some people collect coins. Others collect stamps or baseball cards. But one woman is legendary in American history for collecting people: Elsa Maxwell. Maxwell’s name will be familiar to fans of Irving Berlin who may remember her being namechecked in the song ‘The Hostess with the Mostess’ as performed by Ethel Merman in the 1953Continue reading “The Wallis Archive: Elsa vs Wallis, a Right Royal Feud”

Opinion: Two Very Different Duchesses

A Prince with strong opinions and a firm conviction to do things differently. An American divorcee with a naive understanding of the ruthlessness of the Firm. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? It was inevitable that when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to step down from royal duties last night, comparisons would beContinue reading “Opinion: Two Very Different Duchesses”