Royal Memories

I’m not a huge royals watcher but it’s funny how British princes keep following me around whenever they make their first official visits to the U.S. after marrying their lovely young wives. As you and every hermit in the world know, William and Kate, aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, stormed L.A. this past weekend, visiting kids in Skid Row and hobnobbing with movie stars at a BAFTA event. I pretty much stayed indoors since I like crowds and gnarly traffic as much as I love getting acupuncture in my eyeballs. But this event had me reminiscing about Will’s parents’ first official U.S. tour back in 1985.

I was living right outside D.C. then so it wasn’t surprising that Charles and Diana would be in my vicinity because, you know, the White House was there. They attended the dinner where the princess famously danced with John Travolta. What startled me was when, a couple days later, they came to the very mall where I worked after school and in the summers while I was in college. Their purpose? To promote a British clothing line at JC Penney. The mall was so close to my house that all my parents had to do was step outside onto their front lawn to see the motorcade pass by.

Twenty-six years later, though I’m now living on the opposite coast, I was amused when I heard that this generation’s royal couple would once again visit my city on their first tour together. Who needs stalking when they just come to you? I considered standing on the street somewhere along Will and Kate’s itinerary so I could wave and bring it full circle. But then my crowd-phobic self said, “Are you nuts?? Do you want to get stomped by the lady who drove all the way from Temecula wearing a hat with a papier maché sculpture of the royal couple on top?”

So I stayed home and critiqued the fashion instead, specifically the outfits that showed up at the BAFTA “42 Brits to Watch” event on Saturday. (Oddly enough, in all the media coverage this weekend, there were no mentions of who those 42 Brits were; you can see a list here that was released earlier this month).

Not surprisingly, the duchess shined. It was brutally hot here but she looked breezy, classy and most importantly, comfortable. That dreamy lavender Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton? I would totally wear that to a black-tie occasion because you could actually eat in that thing and not look pregnant. Duchess Catherine looked like she just threw it on in the car over to the Belasco Theatre (she probably did, considering their tight schedule) instead of spending hours to squeeze into it. Not all of the celebs who attended the BAFTA event fared as well. Check out my slideshow below for my fashion roundup.

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    Naomi Johnson
    July 11, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Poor Delany, wasn’t that a mess?

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    Janet Rudolph
    July 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Couldn’t agree more– with your comments about the dresses. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Kate’s dress was fab, as were a few others. Thanks for posting!

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    July 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Not one to comment on fashion in Hollywood, but you gave me a few chuckles. Until you mentioned what the event was all about, I thought it was just a party in which Hollywood could rub elbows with the new couple. Why wouldn’t the press spotlight what this was really about? Very silly press people out there.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    July 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Naomi—Delany is a gorgeous woman; I don’t know WHAT she was thinking.

    Janet—You’re welcome!

    EIREGO—I don’t think the press cared about those poor 42 Brits at all. They couldn’t compete with Will and Kate’s star power.

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    July 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Don’t even remember that picture of Travolta and Di! Strange, I was a fan even.

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    July 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    My response is always the same, “Ooh! Elyse did another slideshow – sweet!”

    Maybe Dana’d just come from a screening of the new Winnie the Pooh movie and grabbed the wrong wrap in the quick change in the car? Blake’s dress was GORGEOUS and not one that would be easy for just anyone to pull off wearing!

    Thanks for the treat!

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