Carine Roitfeld joined forces with Mario Testino to create “H.R.H. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” for The Face and she talks about the inspiration behind this editorial: “When I see this English girl, I thought ‘She looks like Princess Anne.’ It’s a bit sad, because when we did this story, Diana was still alive; now it’s a bit trickier but at the time, we were thinking ‘Diana, Fergie — now it’s Anne’s time!’” It is actually a bit spooky, or bizarrely prescient… This “heartfelt tribute to the Princess Royal” by Roitfeld and Testino was published in July 1997, as were Testino’s portraits of Diana for Vanity Fair, widely considered the turning point of his career. Princess Diana passed away on 31 August 1997. Eery, I know. I love the stylist’s choices for the shoot, the clothing and accessories are brilliant, particularly the use of her own royal sash, vive Queen Carine.
- White hand-painted t-shirt by APC; black trousers by Vivienne Westwood; pearl necklace by Dary’s; crocodile handbag from Parisian flea market.
- Pink sleeveless chiffon blouse and check shirt by Martine Sitbon; diamond tiara, £2.5 million, by Real Jewelry By Gianni Versace; red sash stylist’s own.
- White chiffon shirt, black and white dogtooth trousers and beaded necklace by Christian Dior Haute Couture.
- White cotton shirt by Polo Sport; red check split skirt by Eric Bergere; pearl necklace by Dary’s.
- Dress and shoes by Helmut Lang; feather headdress by Philip Treacy for W< crocodile bag from Parisian flea market.
- Red shirt by Equipment; multicolored scarf by Yves Saint Laurent; riding hat by WH Gidden.
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