|Kate and William who?|
For those of you who have asked: No, I will not be watching the royal wedding. In fact Mr V and I are actually fleeing the country tomorrow to spend the long weekend in the age old English enemy territory of France. We're heading to the deep South where we hope we will get some relative peace from the ridiculous media frenzy. For months there has been nothing but article after article about this in every form of printed press I happen to read and, as someone for whom royalty does not hold the slightest bit of interest, I for one am entirely sick of having it rammed down my throat.
Chant "off with her head" if you will, but my rather cynical view of the royal nuptials is that the royal couple have been forced into it on pain of death by the coalition government as a way of distracting the populous from the dire state of the economy; that since they have been in office the UK has still not recovered from the worst recession since the Great Depression; that the culprits in the financial sector responsible for the crisis have got away with it Scott free and that wide spread funding cuts to public services and further job losses in the public sector are still on the horizon. Party on people.
I can understand that lots of people are using the event tomorrow as an excuse to party. Me, I'm going to use it as an excuse to wear this never worn Union Jack jacket I bought from Topshop last year. I'm planning to wear it out to go for a steak frites lunch tomorrow in the Languedoc. I've been meaning to wear this jacket with a prom dress a la Moss in last year's Vogue...
|Source: Vogue UK|
...or with some floral pieces thrown in the mix.
I have a soft spot for the old Union Jack in clothing. It treads the fine line between Chav and iconic. This irony along with its symmetry of design lends it to being continually reinterpreted in clothing by the fashion industry. The flag has been hijacked for reworking by almost all the greatest British fashion designers, Westwood, McQueen and Galliano to name a few. And it has been the uniform of the British rock star since Pete Townsend from The Who donned a Union Jack blazer in the 60's. For a more modern example think David Bowie in a distressed frock coat by none other than the late Alexander McQueen.
|Alexander McQueen jacket for David Bowie. Source: Studio International|
Now if tomorrow isn't the perfect excuse to wear a Union Jacket blazer in whichever country in the world you happen to be then when will be? Have a wonderful long weekend all.