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ROYAL ASCOT:
WHAT YOU NEED
TO KNOW

Royal Ascot is now just a week away, and while we might be all too familiar with it as a staple on our springtime social calendar, it's still never all that easy to get used to its ever so slightly complicated and nuanced dress code and hat-shape rules. How short is too short? Are straps de rigueur or not? And how wide should your brim be? There is only one place to find out - Royal Ascot's trusty video guide as to what to wear so that you won't be caught out on the day.

“How short is too short? Are straps
de rigueur or not? And how wide
should your brim be?’’


COOL BRITANNIA:
VOGUE’S BRITPOP
PLAYLIST

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Britpop phenomenon. With the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 the curtain closed on grunge and the rude boys and girls of Camden Town swaggered their way to centre stage - quite literally. Remember Jarvis Cocker's bottom-waggling antics during the 1996 Brit Awards? Oasis vs Blur, Noel vs Liam, Liam vs everyone - it was a divisive era. To mark the occasion, the Vogue office selects its favourite tracks from the period.

“Remember Jarvis Cocker’s bottom-waggling
antics during the 1996 Brit Awards?’’


TAKING TEA
WITH CHARLIZE

It's not easy to find Charlize Theron. Hidden behind an obstacle course of concierges, ushers, PRs, and agents in the last suite of a seemingly endless hallway in Claridge's Hotel, her 5ft 10in frame is hunched into a corner of the room. Today her cropped hair is slicked back from her face, giving full attention to a silk Stella McCartney jumpsuit from the spring/summer collection. It's a label she often returns to (and refers to on a first-name basis) - a bold choice for the relentless English downpour outside. "I'm definitely more of a jeans and T-shirt girl," she admits.

“Today her cropped hair is slicked back
from her face, giving full attention to a
silk Stella McCartney jumpsuit.’’


WHO’S THE MOST
POWERFUL OF
THEM ALL?

Forbes’ list of the World's Most Powerful Women has been released and features, as you might expect, several fashion names - including Anna Wintour (number 39), Diane von Furstenberg (68), Miuccia Prada (75) and Tory Burch (79). Beyoncé Knowles (17) is the only entertainment name within the top 20. Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, leads the list, alongside several other world leaders (Brazil, South Korea and Argentina's premiers all rank within the top 20), while a large proportion of the group is made up of company CEOs, many from Silicon Valley.

“Beyoncé Knowles is the only
entertainment name within the top 20.’’