Many of the useless useless ensembles put together by Diana, Princess of Wales fit right into the fashion moodboard. It could be his school uniform jean, plain jersey, blazer and baseball cap; or her famous “revenge” dress by Christina Stambolian, chosen at the last minute at the 1994 Serpentine Gallery party party; the Insta crowd of 2020 can’t get enough of the look of the late royal spirit.
His ability to know any style of dress for work, running to the school gate, a state event, a sporting event or a gym trip – is still as amazing now as it was then. He made an impact. For example: there were a few who could identify at least one look from her wardrobe (her dignified wedding dress by Emanuels, for example).
Decades after her death, Diana’s unparalleled style seemed to inspire a new generation of designers ahead of the fall / winter 2020 collections. Take a test-wearing blazer worn by Adut Akech in Saint Laurent: almost identical to the Alistair Blair jacket worn by Diana in 1987. The upper black lapels and electric shoulders of the 80s that appeared on him were also included in Anthony Vaccarello’s iteration 33 years later. Then there’s the pastel suit seen on Chanel last season – fans will know that Di loved the spring palettes.