I’m a royalist! (Not least because of Prince Harry’s sexyness!) And the Diamond Jubilee is a very exciting year! (Again, not least of all because there’ll be more of Prince Harry in the news! (Yes, I realise there’s more to the British Royal Family than Mr Phwoar himself!) Point is, the jubilee is creating quite a bit of buzz and the major Department store in London ‘Harrods’ has begun a new window display.
To celebrate the wonderful Queen Lizzie herself, Harrods has asked Designers to re-imagine the crown jewels that the young Elizabeth wore on her coronation! When I first saw this story I thought ‘Excellent! This should be wonderful!’… and then I saw the pictures! So, in no particular order (Except I will talk about my fav last!) here they are!
Valentino seems to have taken a classy ‘bronze and diamonds’ look. Sure, it’s a little bit ‘old world’ but I think it’s a good job and quite aesthetically pleasing! Must be honest, a bit of something in the middle bit to fill it, maybe coloured material or velvet would make it really pop!
Tiffany & Co – the classic Tiffany blue with a few big diamonds. Must be honest, for Tiffany, I expected a bit more, don’t ask me what, I just thought maybe Tiffany wouldn’t just bring it with the blue but also with the classic Tiffany elegance!
De Beer played it safe I think, but sometimes playing safe pays off – I think it’s still rather elegant, if not overly creative!
One designer who got a wee bit creative was Paul Smith! The Q and E patches, the coins, the almost paper maché theme to it all – I love it! No, not to wear, and certainly not for Lizzie herself, but let’s be honest – he got creative! (Something not a lot of them did!) My personal favourite touch is the corgi at the top! Lizzie loves the Corgis and I think it’s great he included!
Boucheron’s adaptation is classic – very ice queen-esque almost. Something I can’t get past is the snake – your thoughts?
Keeping with the snake theme is Bulgari – I’m sorry did I miss something with the snake thing?
Mikimoto’s classic deep blue but I’m not too sure about the mermaid-esque character on the top! Again though – where’s something to fill in the space within the crown?
Robert Cavalli – Here we are – a bit of fill in! It looks a wee bit like a filigree forest with a mink skin in the middle! But as overly detailed it is – I don’t hate it!
Slavatore Ferragamo – Lots of red and autumn colours – me likies! I think the overly detailed design means that it doesn’t really need to be filled with material or anything. Although it’s not how I would have adapted it – It’s got something about it! It might very well blend into Hyde Park on an warm autumn day covered in leaves!
Theo Fennell – A coronation crown fit for a princess – that is, a 16 year old who loves hot pink and black themes in her room! For some reason, the stark difference in the colours makes it stand out! Of course the little patterned detail gets a bit lost, but the lack of detail on it actually works well!
Dear Mulberry – please give Willy Wonka back all his hundreds and thousands! I don’t know if it’s creative or just cool but it looks like one large freckle chocolate ready to snap off into bite size pieces to be shared at a party!
I like that Escada’s design is the basic frame with the material shapes stuck around it – it’s different and the only one that moved away from diamonds (and hundreds and thousands!) The bits that hang off the bottom of the fram are great too – I’d like to see how that would look on someone’s head – curious! The simplicity of it is great too!
The Escada one is second (in my line up) to this one by Jo Malone! I love love love Jo Malone’s perfume! (Another love I discovered in Ireland!) and I think this adaptation of the jewels is simply lovely! The fact that they reverted to the black and white and the way they’ve mixed the two!
I’ve seen the crown jewels in the Tower of London – they’re beautiful! Absolutely amazing actually! The way they shine and the fact that they are in fact simply beautiful – the classical purple velvet, diamonds, rubies and emeralds – they are a sight to behold!
These adaptations though – I can’t help but wonder if they moved beyond the ‘classic frame’ what could they have done?! I’m not saying change it completely but a few differences in they frame would have been wonderful!
My favourite however, has been and will continue to be (for some time I imagine – that is until I marry Prince Harry) will not so much be different adaptations, but rather the person the wearing them! My favourite of course is the beautiful Lizzie herself, but my second fav is this man here –
Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty in the BBC Sherlock Season 2 Series – I’m not offering the idea that this should ever happen – oh golly gee NO! But Andrew Scott is a rather fine specimen who I think, looks great!
If you have any ideas on how you would have adapted, like to have seen the crown (or other crown jewels) adapted, what your favourite adaptation is, who you’d like to see wearing them or any ideas on what you’d like to see adapted next – comment, email let us know!
Love Lep xx