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Style Shopping: The Royal Wedding and We

Rural Intelligence Style What, precisely, does the British royal wedding have to do with the likes of thee and me?  Thanks to Selina van der Geest, owner of the Bangall (Dutchess County) shop NL-GB, quite a lot, as a matter of fact.  This weekend, Red Devon Restaurant in Bangall, together with its nearest neighbor, NL-GB (code for the owner’s curiously unbridled-yet-somehow-still-discreet brand of British upper-class decorating chic) are conspiring to get us in the mood for the impending royal brouhaha with a Best of British shopping-and-dining spree. 

NL-GB specializes in the sort of quirky-yet-correct-yet-modern home furnishings its owner, a British ex-pat, favors in interiors she designs for private clients.  It also hosts trunk shows for some of the very fashion designers whose creations Kate Middleton wears most frequently.  These include Katherine Hooker, whose streamlined, contemporary-twist-on-tweeds jacket the bride-to-be is wearing in the photo above, and Vivien Sheriff hats, which range from practical berets (also above) to the barely there Rural Intelligence Style(the feather-and-velvet “fascinator”, right, that Kate wore with a Katherine Hooker coat on her first official outing with Prince William) to Ascot-and-wedding worthy extravaganzas. (Kate, naturally, is expected to wear a tiara from the royal family vault at her own wedding.) Katherine Hooker and Vivien Sheriff’s son will be present to introduce new styles this weekend at NL-GB.  “Since their alliance with Middleton has come to light,” Selina says, “they have been bombarded with inquiries from the U.S.  People did an interview, and when I saw Vivien in London two weeks ago, she was being interviewed on NBC.”  Also on display at NL-GB will be the paintings of Leora Armstrong, a Scottish artist who now lives in Stanfordville.

In a burst of hand-across-the-parking-lot camaraderie, the Red Devon restaurant and market bar, normally staunchly locavore in its outlook, will be featuring such traditional British culinary phenomena as bangers and mash, Welsh rabbit (or, “rarebit,” if we must), sticky toffee pudding, and treacle tart. 

Best of British Trunk Shows
108 Hunns Lake Road, Bangall
April 9 & 10; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Red Devon
108 Hunns Lake Road, Bangall
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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