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A TOAST TO SPRING: Brian Reyes, characteristically casual in denim, a checked button-down and sneakers, sipped Champagne and admitted that he “never know[s] who to talk to at these things,” during a private reception last week at the W Hotel in Atlanta’s Buckhead district. Reyes was in town — with his rock-quarry-inspired fall 2009 ready-to-wear collection in tow — to mingle with customers from Addiction, the only Atlanta specialty store that carries the line.

Speaking of his fall collection, which is less colorful than past showings, Reyes said, “Every designer prefers either fall or spring. For me, it’s spring. Spring fabrics and colors just make more sense to me.”

FIT FOR A QUEEN: Queen Elizabeth II’s far-flung travels — and the sartorial choices she’s made on those trips — will take center stage at a Buckingham Palace exhibition this summer. “Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour,” will display 27 dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth over her past six decades of travel to the Commonwealth nations. The exhibition will number creations by royal couturiers, including Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas, alongside more exotic attire, such as a pair of traditional Maori feathered cloaks given to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their 1952 tour of New Zealand. Highlights of the show include an ivory and emerald green duchesse satin gown worn by Queen Elizabeth at a 1961 state dinner in Lahore, Pakistan, and a lemon yellow fine wool crepe day dress and jacket by Hartnell, which the Queen wore to Sydney’s Randwick racecourse during her 1970 tour of Australia. The exhibition — which marks the 60th anniversary of The Commonwealth of Nations, an association of 53 independent sovereign states of which Queen Elizabeth is the ceremonial head — will also display a selection of gifts presented to the royal couple during their visits. The exhibition runs from July 26 through to September 30 during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms.

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