"I hear the 'mob wife aesthetic' is making a comeback…" director Francis Ford Coppola penned in an Instagram post last week. Yes, even The Godfather director weighed in on TikTok's latest viral trend, which is seeing everything from leopard print to faux fur making a garish comeback.
Rewind to the ‘80s and ‘90s when gangster dolls, like Carmella Soprano and Lorraine Bracco, were the unsung heroes of mafia-run family businesses, communities and groups. AKA, the original mob wife.
In short, the playful style trend lends itself to elegant, edgy and eccentric styling opportunities. Think heavy gold jewellery and even heavier eyeliner, outlandish fur coats, oversized sunglasses and leather, leather, more leather.
Ever since this trend started dominating my TikTok feed, I immediately turned to the style icons I've been writing about on a daily basis for the last three years… the royals.
From the Duchess of Edinburgh's penchant for patent leather, to Princess Margaret's unapologetic love of pearls and fur, forget the leading ladies of "The Sopranos," let me convince you how the royals were the original femme fatales.