The look of Princess Diana was characterized by so many main moments and elements: the exaggerated collars, bulky sweatshirts, cycling shorts, the classic little black dress off-the-shoulder. Over the years, fashion styles have tended to be influenced by the late royal trademark aesthetic. Rowing Blazers, whose latest range features two sweaters that draw from her famous fashion file, is the most recent brand to pay tribute to the Princess of Wales.
Now, you may have already noted that the biggest trends of this season have brought the fresh life of the ’80s and’ 90s prep school styles, with the advent of pleated tennis skirts, sweater vests, and tweed suiting. Vibrant, graphic sweaters such as the ones Diana selected on her off-duty days are another big look to emerge from the period, though.
You will find two such knits in the new iteration of Rowing Blazers that are replicas of those the Royal wore, both made in partnership with their original designers. Jack Carlson, founder of Rowing Blazers, told TZR in an email, “My first step was not to design anything but to track down two British designers who made two very iconic sweaters for Diana.” “That’s what’s special to me, working with the original designers to do something real, something meaningful.”
The New York-based company teamed up with the women behind Warm & Wonderful, Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir, who had not built the top since 1994, to reinvent Diana’s red sheep sweater (pictured above). Rowing Blazers looked to Gyles & George for their reimagination of the “I’m A Luxury” jumper that Diana once famously wore in the ’90s for a photo op with her sons William and Harry. As the base of the brand’s line, Carlson used the two sweaters, creating extra designs around them, using the late Princess as the archetype for the preppy spirit that resides in each piece.
The capsule includes cropped versions of Rowing Blazers’ signature rugby shirts in addition to Diana’s sweaters, along with sleek patchwork suiting that is ideal for crisp fall weather (and riffs off another major seasonal trend). Scroll down down to buy the brand’s royal-inspired line.
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