Give a summer wedding or a day at the races a soupçon of Parisian insouciance thanks to the pieces in the Palace Gardens collection that take their cue from the Château de Versailles, the court and seat of power of Louis XIV from 1682, and later home to Marie Antoinette, the wife of King Louis XVI. Looking at the dazzling Hall of Mirrors – where the Treaty of Versailles, which ended WWI, was signed on 28 June 1919 – the glory of the King’s State Apartments, and the gilded magniﬁcence of Marie Antoinette’s private chambers, it’s clear to see how the French Baroque architecture inﬂuenced the ornate Versailles print in the collection. Expect pearl-trimmed midi dresses in macaron-hued pastels edged with lavish gold reminiscent of the palace. Let them eat cake, indeed.
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Not content with being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, and the ﬁlm set of Spectre, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire was also the starting point for one of the most striking prints in the Palace Gardens collection. The Blenheim motif brings together the 2,000 acres of parkland and formal gardens with the early 18th century architecture with a single supersized rose surrounded by jewels, no doubt with the grandiose chandeliers suspended in the gilded State Rooms as fashpo. Celebrate these contrasts by wearing this print on a T-shirt or jumper at the weekend, or as occasionwear for race day.
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Perhaps the hautest of the stately homes that inspired the Palace Gardens collection is Chatsworth House. Situated in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, the quintessentially English country pile that’s home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire has not only served as the lavish location for The Duchess starring Keira Knightley, but also the backdrop to the Gucci Cruise 2017 campaign. Fitting, then, that Chatsworth Gardens, spanning more than 105 acres on the property, replete with sculptures, a Victorian rock garden and an intricate maze, has inﬂuenced the most proliﬁc print in the collection. The Chatsworth Bloom motif – featuring bold clematis and delicate iris in varying plays on scale and proportion – adorns SS18 styles from opulent bell-sleeve jackets and dress coats to off-duty daywear including backpacks and sliders.
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Don't be fooled by Highgrove House's Georgian neoclassical style. The private country estate of Their Royal Highnesses Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall in Gloucestershire, is among the wokest of the residences thanks to Duchy Home Farm. This organic farm in the grounds of Highgrove House uses innovative agricultural techniques pioneered by Prince Charles to harvest organic produce that’s exported to over 30 countries, including the UAE, and has donated over Dhs5.8 million to charitable causes in the process. The Royal Gardens – that inspired the delicate bird prints in the Palace Gardens collection – are open to the public for guided tours, so keep an eye out for Charles and Camilla’s future daughter-in-law Meghan Markle on the premises.
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