ROYALS | All About The Making Of Kate Middleton’s Latest Little Black Dress

The chic retro-style black dress by Kate Middleton to a performance of Dear Evan Hansen was made-to-measure with very specific detailing.

When Kate Middleton wore a classic little black dress to the theater earlier this week, it had more than one hidden design element.

The 1950s-style black boucle dress, which featured a pleated skirt and sparkly buttons from the vintage-inspired British couture label Eponine London, featured a hidden floral lining and a discreet button swap.

‘The inside of that dress is just spectacular’, Jet Shenkman, founder and creative director of the brand, tells People Magazine. ‘I think a dress needs to be as luxurious inside as it is on the outside – and hers featured a lovely cow parsley print, just in bloom’.

Attending a special performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre alongside Prince Williams on Tuesday, the royal mom added a touch of sparkle to the chic understated dress with glittery Jimmy Choo heels and a matching clutch.

‘It was very pretty and it was to see her in black , I thought that was a nice change’, reveals the former stylist, who is based in Kate’s London neighborhood of Kensington.

Originally part of the designer’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, the dress, which featured a subtle sparkle, coincidently had a royal theme long before Kate had ever set eyes on it, with crown motif silver buttons.

‘We decided to change the buttons and use something a little more sparkly’, Shenkman confirms, adding that the original crown buttons ‘would not have been entirely suitable’.

Founded in 2021, Epoine London (named after her family’s favorite Les Miserable character) has been by Kate several times since she discovered the small brand in 2016,  wearing a retro-inspired red and white gingham skirt suit by the label. ‘It literally changed our business overnight’, recalls Shenkman. ‘We never, ever take it for granted – it really is just the biggest compliment for us and we feel so grateful’.

While the designer remains tight-lipped on how involved Kate is in the design process, she does say that most of her couture customers come to see her several times – for an initial consultation, a toile fitting and at least one proper fitting, sometimes two.

‘I would rather remain discreet about the specifics, but I can say that she is incredible nice, very warm and very kind, really just how she comes across in public’, she shares.


ROYALS | Meghan Markle Narrating Elephant Documentary On Diseny+

The Duchess of Sussex has narrated an upcoming documentary about elephants, titled ‘Elephant’,  for Disney’s streaming service, Disney +, and it becomes available watch on April 3. ‘Disneynature’s Elephant, an Original Movie narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, starts streaming April 3, only #DisneyPlus’, the medica company announced on Thursday. Her job corner just … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle Narrating Elephant Documentary On Diseny+

BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT | These Are Our Favorite Apps For Exercising At Home If You Can’t Get To A Gym

As coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread, many of us are finding ourselves indoors and with limited or no access to local gyms. But, we still need to workout to stay healthy. There are plenty of apps available that can help you do that, either for free or through subscriptions. That means you don’t have to … Continue reading BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT | These Are Our Favorite Apps For Exercising At Home If You Can’t Get To A Gym

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Postponed Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

France’s renowned Canned Film Festival has been postponed. Organizers of cinema’s largest annual gathering, scheduled to take place May 12-23, said Thursday that they are considering moving the festical to the end of June or the beginning of July. ‘As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Postponed Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Is Launching An Art Residency Programme For Emerging Artists

Jeddah Historical District will soon be home  to Art Residency Albalad, a six-week-long programme for which seven participants have been sought out, marking the pilot of a five-cycle-long initiative announced by the Saudi Ministry of Culture. The final shortlist of applicants will be carved down to five artists, one writer and one curator. The pilor … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Is Launching An Art Residency Programme For Emerging Artists

ROYALS | Princess Beatrice has cancelled her wedding reception

Princess Beatrice and fiancé Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi are taking measures to adjust their summer wedding plans to accommodate growing Coronavirus concerns. The couple, who are scheduled to tie the knot on May 29, had initially planned for a royal wedding ceremony at St.James’Palace following by an extravagant reception at Buckingham Palace. As of now, it … Continue reading ROYALS | Princess Beatrice has cancelled her wedding reception

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Cancels ‘Jeddah Season’ Festival Over Coronavirus

Saudi Arabia canceled ‘Jeddah Season’, a weeks-long entertainment and cultural festival in the Red Sea port city, as part of measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak, state television reported on Thursday. The event, which had been scheduled for June and July, was first run last year under efforts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Cancels ‘Jeddah Season’ Festival Over Coronavirus

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Halep Says Donating Equipment To Help Coronavirus Fight

BUCHAREST – Wimbledon champion and world number two Simona Halp said she was donating money for medical equipment in Romania as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic. In a message posted on her Facebook page, the 28-year-old said she hoped to help hospital in Bucharest and Constanta and encouraged people to follow self-isolation guidelines. … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Halep Says Donating Equipment To Help Coronavirus Fight

HEALTH | Coronavirus Can Persist In Air For Hours And On Surfaces For Days: Study

The highly contagious novel coronavirus that has exploded into a global pandemic can remain viable and infectious in droplets in the air for hours and on surfaces up to days, according to a new study that should offer guidance to help people avoid contracting the respiratory illness called COVID-19. Scientists from the National Institute of … Continue reading HEALTH | Coronavirus Can Persist In Air For Hours And On Surfaces For Days: Study

FASHION | Anna Wintour Criticizes Trump For Coronavirus Handling, Reveals Met Gala Is Postponed

Anna Wintour revealed that the Met Gala has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in a statement on Vogue’s website on Monday. Wintour, who is the magazine’s editor-in-chief and host of the Met Gala, dropped the news about one of fashion’s biggest nights into the bottom of a post she wrote endorsing Joe Biden … Continue reading FASHION | Anna Wintour Criticizes Trump For Coronavirus Handling, Reveals Met Gala Is Postponed

BODY & MIND | How To Lose Water Weight And Lead A Healthier Lifestyle

The human body is 50% to 60%  water depending on gender and age. Any extra water in the body is referred to as ‘water weight’. If you’re feeling bloated, it could be a sign that you’re carrying around extra water. While severe water retention can be a symptom of a more chronic condition, mild bloating … Continue reading BODY & MIND | How To Lose Water Weight And Lead A Healthier Lifestyle

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RIYAHD – LVMH Moet Hennessy, the French company behind major brands like Louis Vuitton, Fenty Beauty, and Benefit Cosmetics, announced Sunday its factories that normally manufacture perfume will shift to manufacturing hand sanitizer gel. ‘LVMH will use tor production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands…to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gel from Monday’, the … Continue reading GET INVOLVED | Louis Vuitton Parent Company Will Use Cosmetics And Perfume Manufacturing Facilities To Make Free Alcohol-Based Sanitizer Amid Global Shortage

WELLBEING | 7 Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System

Your immune system is a complex matrix of cells and systems that works cohesively to protect against illness. Whether you succumb to viruses often comes down to the state of your body – with stress, tiredness and nutrition all playing a part. The body’s natural defence system against pathogens (bacteria, viruses and microorganisms that causes … Continue reading WELLBEING | 7 Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System

CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

Model Kaia Gerber said in a new interview with Vogue that members of her generation are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to politics. ‘With all the information that’s out there, we can’t claim ignorance anymore’, Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, said. ‘My generation sees it as their duty to … Continue reading CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

SUPERMODEL | Heidi Klum Unable To Get Coronavirus Test, Says She’s Sick At Home Feeling ‘Feverish’

RIYADH – The supermodel opened up about her absence from ‘America’s Got Talent’ this week, just days after news broke that she showed up at the set on Tuesday only to return home after falling ill. Klum 46, filmed herself lying down in bed in an Instagram Story to her more than 7 million followers … Continue reading SUPERMODEL | Heidi Klum Unable To Get Coronavirus Test, Says She’s Sick At Home Feeling ‘Feverish’

FASHION | Mulan Star Liu Yifei Stuns In A Show-Stopping Elie Saab Gown

With every live-action remake of a Disney classic, the world gets another real-life princess. After Lily James and Noami Scott, this time is was Liu Yifei, the star of Disney’s upcoming Mulan, that dazzled on the red carpet with her fashion choices. Wearing a magnificent dress from Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2019 haute couture collection, the … Continue reading FASHION | Mulan Star Liu Yifei Stuns In A Show-Stopping Elie Saab Gown

TRAVEL BAN | Saudi Arabia Bans Travel To EU And 12 More Countries As Coronavirus Total In Kingdom More Than Doubles To 45

Saudi Arabia on Thursday temporarily stooped all travel to almost of Europe and 12 more countries in Asia and Africa as the number of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom jumper to 45. The ministry of Health on Wednesday said the latest cases include a man and a women who were tested and placed in quarantine … Continue reading TRAVEL BAN | Saudi Arabia Bans Travel To EU And 12 More Countries As Coronavirus Total In Kingdom More Than Doubles To 45

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | Passports Calls On Visitors With Visit Visa To Adhere To Regulations

RIYADH – The General Directorate of Passports affirmed the importance of all visitors with a visit visa to adhere to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s regulation and instructions, and to abide to extend the visit visa before its expiry date, stressing that who is not abiding to extend the visa, he/she shall be exposed to … Continue reading TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | Passports Calls On Visitors With Visit Visa To Adhere To Regulations

BREAKING NEWS | World Health Organization Describes Coronavirus Outbreak As Pandemic

GENEVA – The World Health Organization sees the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. ‘We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of infection. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | World Health Organization Describes Coronavirus Outbreak As Pandemic

ROYALS | Kate Middleton Glitters In Blue Jenny Packham Dress At Buckingham Palace

Kate Middleton was sparkling from head to toe for Monday night’s reception at Buckingham Palace. The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, hosted a gala dinner honoring children’s charity Place2BE’s 25th anniversary, dressed in a shimmering sapphire blue dress by Jenny Packham. If her gown look familiar, it’s likely because Middleton first wore the look back in … Continue reading ROYALS | Kate Middleton Glitters In Blue Jenny Packham Dress At Buckingham Palace

BABY TALK | Babies With Severe Sleep Problems May Have More Childhood Anxiety, Research Suggests

Many babies struggle to fall asleep without a parent at their side, or wake frequently during the night – a phase that’s exhausting for new parents but usually passes quickly. However, infants with very disturbed sleep patterns could be at greater risk for anxiety and emotional issues in later childhood, new research suggests. Australian researchers … Continue reading BABY TALK | Babies With Severe Sleep Problems May Have More Childhood Anxiety, Research Suggests

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Angelina Jolie Reveals Two Of Her Daughters Recently Underwent Surgery

The ‘Maleficient’ star, 44, revealed the news in an essay for Time published on International Women’s Day. ‘I have spent the last two months in and out of surgeries with my eldest daughter, and days ago watched her younger sister go under the knife for a hip surgery’, the Oscar winner wrote, choosing to withhold … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Angelina Jolie Reveals Two Of Her Daughters Recently Underwent Surgery

FASHION | Everything Kate And Meghan Wore To The Commonwealth Day Service

When it comes to sophisticated style, the British Duchess’ certainly known to do it best. Meghan Markle and Kate Middleeton stole the show at the Queen’s annual Commonwealth Day services at Westminster Abbey with seemingly coordinated jewel-toned outfits that we simply couldn’t get enough of. The Duchess of Sussex opted for a striking emerald green … Continue reading FASHION | Everything Kate And Meghan Wore To The Commonwealth Day Service

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN | Amal Clooney Partners With Cartier To Empower Women At Dubai Expo 2020

Come October when the EXPO2020 opens in Dubai, French luxury brand Cartier plans to set up a Women’s Pavilion. Dedicated to discussion about the role of women in society and how to tackle issue of gender equality, the pavilion celebrates female achiever through a series of talks.  Prominent human right lawyer Amal Clooney, who has … Continue reading EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN | Amal Clooney Partners With Cartier To Empower Women At Dubai Expo 2020

GET INVOLVED | Gates, Other Charities Pledge $125 Million Towards COVID-19 Treatments

CHICAGO – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and two other large  charities on Tuesday pledge up to $125 million to help speed the development of treatments for the fast-spreading coronavirus, which the World Health Organization said on Monday was nearing pandemic proportions. The effort, known as the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, will focus on new … Continue reading GET INVOLVED | Gates, Other Charities Pledge $125 Million Towards COVID-19 Treatments

ROYAL FAREWELL | UK’s Harry And Meghan Bow Out From Official Roles

LONDON – Britain’s top royals came together on Monday at Westminster Abbey in their last public family gathering before Prince Harry and his wife Meghan set off on a new career path devoid of official duties. The annual Commonwealth Service was also the first time Harry and Meghan had been seen with Queen Elizabeth, his … Continue reading ROYAL FAREWELL | UK’s Harry And Meghan Bow Out From Official Roles

HIGH SOCIETY | Bentley Unveils $2 Million Roofless Car With Trim Made From 5,000 Years-Old Wood

Bentley has unveiled the Mulliner Bacalar, a $2 million open-topped car with interior trim that’s made from trees that fell 5,000 years ago. Only 12 of these cars will be made, Bentley said. The company had planned to reveal the Bacalar at the Generva Motor Show, which was to open Thursday, but the event was … Continue reading HIGH SOCIETY | Bentley Unveils $2 Million Roofless Car With Trim Made From 5,000 Years-Old Wood

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE | The First Makeup Museum Is Coming To New York City This Spring

Have you ever wondered what makeup look like 10,000 years ago? The Makeup Museum, which is set to open in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on May 1, 2020, has your answer. Informing about the history ok makeup and its social impact, the museum will revisit thousands of years of beauty through rotating exhibition that feature one … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE | The First Makeup Museum Is Coming To New York City This Spring

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Meghan Tells London Students To ‘Speak Up’ For Women’s Rights

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joined high school students at the site of an historic fight for pay equality to celebrate International Women’s Day, telling them they were entitled to ‘speak up for what is right’. Meghan visited the Robert Clack Upper School in Gagenham, London, on Friday to ‘celebrate the achievements of women’ ahead of … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Meghan Tells London Students To ‘Speak Up’ For Women’s Rights

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | ‘No Time To Die’ Was The First Major Film To Delay Its Release Due To Coronavirus. It May Not Be That Long

‘No Time To Die’, the latest James Bond film, was the first major Hollywood film the shift its opening because of coronavirus. It may not be the last. The outbreak, which has caused more than 3,000 deaths worldwide, the majority in Asia, has disrupted the global theater marketplace. It’s forced the closure of theaters in … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | ‘No Time To Die’ Was The First Major Film To Delay Its Release Due To Coronavirus. It May Not Be That Long

FASHION ISSUES | More Luxury Brands Postpone Fashion Shows Worldwide Due To Coronavirus

MILAN – More luxury houses are postponing fashion shows around the world due to the coronavirus outbreak that has now spread to dozens of countries. Italian brands Giorgio Armani and Versace said on Thursday they are putting off fashion shows for their Cruise Collections. The Armani show had been scheduled for April 19-20 in Dubai, … Continue reading FASHION ISSUES | More Luxury Brands Postpone Fashion Shows Worldwide Due To Coronavirus

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