How to execute winter’s trickiest boot trend with Princess Diana flair


Diana, Princess of Wales’s style legacy lives on through her campy knitted jumpers, monster-collared blouses and the trouser-boot tuck. The latter divisive styling flourish has seen a resurgence this season owing to the popularity of Chanel’s pirate boots (yes, swashbuckling got stylish) and Wellington boots (the tall outdoorsy update to Bottega’s cult stompers). But for some, the classic French-girl fold of trouser into boot (see also Isabel Marant, who is a transeasonal supporter) has never fallen out of fashion.

Proof that the Diana tuck is in the realm of bourgeois Parisian style has consistently been provided by Hedi Slimane since he got into his stride at Celine. The creative director reconnected the house with its roots and the polite, elegant fashion of its founder Céline Vipiana. Among the hallmarks of the brand–such as culottes, pussy-bow blouses, capes, pleated knee-length skirts and horsebit belts–are glossy knee-high boots. When one of the City of Light’s leading fashion voices shouts, others listen.

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