What queen couldn't use another crown?
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What queen couldn't use another crown? How about more than 30 of them?
More than two dozen of the fashion industry's top designers are spreading the jubilee spirit with an exhibit of bespoke display crowns on view at Harrods in London. The luxury department store tasked Paul Smith, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Tiffany & Co., Prada and other notables with creating their interpretations of Queen Elizabeth II's St. Edward's coronation crown. All are by brands sold at the retailer.
Some toppers are conservative and majestic, such as the mauve crown trimmed in white and opulent, color-kissed stones by Faberge or the stately gold, black and silver one by De Beers complete with a bejeweled British flag. Others are more flamboyant. Theo Fennell offered outlandish with fur and a hot pink-and-black color combo. A blue-and-silver stoned serpent snakes up the center of Boucheron's creation, and a heart, flag and bird protrude from one by Lanvin. Together, they make up a stylish salute to her 60-year reign.
The crowns will remain in store windows along Brompton Road through June 15.
First Published June 5, 2012 12:00 am