What is it about the rich & famous that so many of us find fascinating? Maybe it's the whole "the grass is greener" mentality? Or the notion of "If only I were rich..."
Featured in the September issue of VANITY FAIR is a beautiful layout on the upcoming film, W.E., by Madonna. In this latest adaptation of the life and love of the Duke and Duchess, Madonna has taken on W.E. as her second directorial endeavor with Alek Keshishian as co-writer. (Alek you may remember directed her in Truth or Dare back in the 90's.) The film features over 60 couture worthy wardrobe pieces by costume designer, Arianne Phillips in collaboration with Dunhill, Cartier and Dior. There is no denying that The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were a fascinating couple to many; definitely known for their sartorial splendor. It's even been said that the Duke is the gentleman responsible for bringing into fashion, cuffs on gentleman's trousers. (Apparently, when in the country, he'd turn up his pants to keep them from getting muddy.)
With actors, Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson and James D'Arcy in the role of King Edward VIII, the film, W.E. (coming December 9th) tells the story of not only the Duke and Duchess (twice-divorced American, Wallis, was not allowed use of the title Her Royal Highness), but also of current-day New Yorker, Wally (Abbie Cornish), who falls in love with a Sotheby's security guard, while trying to navigate a rather hapless marriage. What is most fascinating to me are the suits of the Duke in the editorial; particularly the black and white Glen Plaid suit and houndstooth tie below. Ah, to return to the days when one still dressed for dinner.