Speed read: Wallis Simpson the style icon
Love affair: Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson in Madonna's film, W.E
Tomorrow sees the release of W.E., the film by Madonna about Thirties’ style icon Wallis Simpson.
Twice divorced before falling in love with Edward VIII, who gave up the throne to marry her — Wallis was avant garde with her sartorial choices.
Designer Roland Mouret says: ‘Love or hate her, the world is still obsessed by that woman.’ His new collection has a gold, silk maxi dress dedicated to the socialite, and the High Street has a legion of copycat Wallis pieces.
Never one to follow the crowd, Mrs
Simpson’s mantra was: ‘No matter what you look like, you can dress
better than anyone else.’
HOW TO WEAR
The number of costume changes Andrea Riseborough, who plays
Wallis, had to make in W.E. (including three wedding dresses).
Choose strongly tailored pieces, in flattering shapes that cling to the waist.
Don’t be afraid of bold prints. Simpson modelled for Vogue in 1937 in a lobster-print Salvador Dali dress.
Cover up. Elegance speaks volumes. Long, tapered sleeves and pencil skirts are often more attractive than showy cropped or backless pieces.
Classic starlet dress, 75, tarastarlet.com
Peplum top with contrast collar, 12, George at ASDA
Caroline jacket, 189, hobbs.co.uk
Peach clutch bag, 18, asos.com