Princess Mary inducted into Vanity Fair best dressed hall of fame


Jenna Clarke

Princess Mary, her husband Prince Frederik, Prince Harry and Justin Trudeau have all taken out the top honours in Vanity Fair’s fashion Oscars this year, the annual International Best Dressed List.

Australian-born Mary, who used to love the odd shopping trip to H&M when she first moved to Europe, joins Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton and the Duchess of Cambridge in the Hall of Fame.  

It is the first time the Danish royal has been inducted, an honour only bestowed once a subject has appeared in the annual list three times. 

Her “most notable ensemble of the year”, according to editors, was a Jesper Hovring blue velvet gown with sequin embellishment and a Knight of the Order of the Elephant collar. A gown she wore to a New Year’s banquet earlier this year at Amelienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Mary’s favoured designers include Danish house Malene Birger, bridal designer Jesper Hovring and other luxury labels like Hugo Boss, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gaultier.

Her husband, the future king of Denmark, made his debut on the list after catching the magazine’s attention at the same January event wearing his Royal Danish Navy Ceremonial full dress uniform. 

Prince Harry follows in his sister-in-law and late mother’s footsteps by landing a mention for “a navy suit jacket, white shirt, and Cole Haan wingtips with a bright blue-sole” that he wore to a Heads Together event earlier this year.

The Canadian prime minister was pleased with his inclusion, especially as he lists “Jack Sparrow” as his style idol.

“I used to wear capes – oddly, they disappeared around the time my wife, Sophie, came into my life,” Trudeau said. 

His favourite items of clothing endeared him to the selection panel: “A well-worn pair of jeans, my father’s handmade native-buckskin fringe jacket.”

Queen Elizabeth was given an honourary citation for her love of Sir Norman Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies and Angela Kelly.

Her best outfit of the year was her green Stewart Parvin coat with a Brigade of Guards brooch that she wore to the Trooping the Colour in London, or what the internet remembers as “what she wore when she gave Prince William a royal telling off”.

Come for the queen scolding William, stay for the George facepalm.

— Brandon McGinley (@brandonmcg) June 15, 2016

Interestingly “influencers” were notably absent from the this year’s list, including Kim Kardashian West, Beyonce following the release of Lemonade, Rihanna fresh off her Paris Fashion Week debut, and Taylor Swift.  

While those with large social media audiences are renowned for the flair and fashion, Vanity Fair instead chose to focus on long established names by including actor Helen Mirren and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.



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