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A ROYAl AFFAIR As the ice and snow begin to thaw, so does our social calendar, the forthcoming months shall be filled with a plethora of royally engaging events. The nation rejoiced in congratulations for the most fashionable royal couple to date upon the announcement of their engagement, and now we anticipate the celebrations of their big day. like William and Kate many of us will be attending a wedding this spring, whether as a guest or the guest of honour, and so Viva has taken it upon ourselves to prepare your wardrobe for the arrival of this spring’s newlyweds. let us also not forget one of the most anticipated events of the royal calendar, Royal Ascot, so pony up and get out those pearls as we party like royals.

Gucci, Bamboo purse in Mauve, £1190 @ Gucci

It is a fact universally acknowledged that the single most important item of apparel when attending a wedding is of course hair accessories; hat or fascinator one doesn’t discriminate as long as it’s there and clearly visible. Now should you be truly following in the footsteps of Her Majesty there is of course only one man suitable for the job, Mr Philip Treacy. Sought after by royal ladies old and young alike, Treacy’s designs inspire creativity and each bestows individual flair to its model, with prices ranging from £200 to £5,000. In today’s fashion market hats and fascinators are readily available in department stores See By Chloe, Bonded lace top £230 @ Harvey Nichols and on the high street from as little as £20, but we beg of you, please, embrace the spirit of the occasion and shun the sad and sparse sinamay base with the wispy feather sticking out aimlessly. Seek the advice of the professionals, bespoke items from independent and emerging designers do not cost the earth but are worth their weight in gold. It is certainly an imperative for being noticed at Royal Ascot, some may even be surprised to learn that it is not in fact a fashion event but they actually race horses there. Galloping on we turn to the body of your outfit, we must state that despite the progressive attitude towards fashion at Ascot, micro minis of the sixties come to mind, there are certain boundaries one must adhere to. Royal ladies respect the social norms expected of them and maintain a sensible knee length hem (or floating about there or so). Jonathan Saunders’ graphic floral print skirt would be more than suitable for a discerning regal, combined with the lace detailed blouse from Chloe ticks many of the right boxes for Spring 2011 trends. With crisp white contrasted with bold colours, a firm look at Prada and lace featuring heavily at the garden party inspired collection at Erdem. Alternatively our dress selection from Prada is figure defining whilst remaining suitably conservative, silk gives the air of luxury and the warmth of its coral tones ease your look into spring. And finally should you dare to bare, Preen offers a contemporary option for royals of the 21st century, keeping the detail in the cut of the dress the clean lines create an element of elegance and a sensible bias line.

Preen, Babydoll dress £1,020 @ Harvey Nichols

For an altogether regally respectable ensemble sharp tailoring is paramount, for the spring wedding a smart jacket can tie an outfit together. L.K Bennett’s approach is unassuming, elegant and offers an edge of femininity to the crisp tailoring. The removal of the collar eliminates the appearance of office wear and allows for any jewellery or decorated neckline to shine.

Prada faille silk dress £1385 @ Flannels

Keep accessories practical, classic and easy on the bling, feel free to add pearls but don’t feel compelled to stick to the traditional string around the neck. So here’s a toast to the future happy couples, and to a flawless spring wardrobe. Words by: Nadia Ismail

L.K Bennet, Marsi jacket, £225 @ L.K. Bennett

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Anna Tangra clutch £290 @ Harvey Nichols


KG by Kurt Geiger, Jitterbug peep toe £100 @ John Lewis

Jonathan Saunders, silk skirt, £695 @

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