Angelina Jolie opts for British couture to collect honorary damehood


The sober yet stylish bespoke dove grey suit by London-based Ralph & Russo was the perfect choice for Jolie to collect her honorary damehood from HM the Queen

BY Bibby Sowray | 10 October 2014

Angelina Jolie collects her honorary damehood from The Queen on October 10, 2014

Angelina Jolie collects her honorary damehood from The Queen on October 10, 2014 Photo: Getty

It must be one of the more nerve-wracking occasions to decide what to wear for, but Angelina Jolie made the perfect sartorial choice to collect her honorary damehood from the Queen this morning.

The actress and humanitarian opted for a dove grey skirt suit by British couture house Ralph & Russo to pick up the award for services to UK foreign policy and her campaigning to end sexual violence in war zones.

SEE: What they wore to Buckingham Palace

The wool crepe peplum jacket and pencil skirt with waist-cinching belt and silk chiffon bow neck tie was inspired by a tailored piece from the Ralph & Russo spring/summer 2014 couture collection. She accessorised with pearl earrings and peep-toe heels, with her hair styled in a chic chignon.

The actress at Buckingham Palace today. Photo: Getty

Jolie is a well known fan of the brand, which is helmed by Australian couple Tamara Ralph, the designer, and Michael Russo, CEO, but based in London. She has worn their designs for numerous high-profile occasions, as have celebrities including Beyoncé, for whom they have created custom stage costumes, and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Jolie is presented with the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by The Queen. Photo: Getty

Last year Ralph & Russo, which was founded in 2007, became the first British brand in almost 100 years to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

The spring/summer 2014 look that inspired Jolie’s suit

In June this year it was revealed that Phones4u founder John Caudwell has bought a minority stake in the flourishing fashion house after spotting its “endless potential”.

Angelina Jolie wearing Ralph & Russo. Photos: Rex


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