LONDON--The House of Windsor appears desperate toget it right this time. Prince Edward and his girlfriend, Sophie Rhys-Jones, could be heading for the altar this year, and the royals want to make sure the marriage lasts--especially since the Queen's other three children are either divorced or separated. So the family has taken Rhys-Jones into the fold like no previous royal significant other to enable her to adjust to Life With the Windsors. She spends most nights at Buckingham Palace, arising early each morning to avoid the paparazzi and returning to her apartment in west London. On weekends she rides in the royal Daimler with the Queen and Prince Philip to Sunday services at Windsor, or is invited for shoots at Sandringham. Rhys-Jones is also adopting a higher public profile, recently making the news for helping to organize a charity event for Mother and Baby Week. The Queen has even invited Rhys-Jones's parents, Christopher and Mary, to Sandringham. Rhys-Jones's father is a sales representative for a tire company, her mother a freelance typist. They live in a farmhouse in Brenchley, Kent, and have a son, David, who recently lost his job with a frozen-food import firm. According to one account in the British press, Rhys-Jones is generally seen by the royals as "easy, uncomplicated and intelligent." Their only concern is about her job, which is with the London public relations company MCM. To show her willingness to fit the royal mold, Rhys-Jones has cut her hours at MCM to four days from five and said she's willing to increase her work for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which Prince Edward now heads. Ironically, it was on her first big PR job--organizing a celebrity tennis tournament in August 1993--that Rhys-Jones met the Prince. So far, Rhys-Jones hasn't undergone a Royal Makeover as extensive as her predecessors Diana Spencer and Sarah Ferguson. But her cropped blonde hair, lopsided smile and Sloane Ranger style bear a remarkable resemblance to the young Princess of Wales. The royal hope is that the resemblance doesn't extend to temperament. The 31-year-old Prince Edward and Rhys-Jones, 30, are said to share similar interests in show business and outdoor sports, as well as a growing circle of friends--including television producer Alistair Bruce; Mary Montagu, daughter of Lord Montagu, and cricketer Jonathan Howell and his wife, Julie. It's been a long courtship in royal terms and the speculation is growing that the couple could become engaged early this summer with a quiet wedding in the fall. But Prince Edward is said to be painfully aware of the failures of his older siblings' marriages. He is reportedly in no rush.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)