David Hockney wears crocs to Order of Merit luncheon with King Charles III

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David Hockney wears crocs to Order of Merit luncheon with King Charles III

Written by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

The celebrated British artist David Hockney is known for the bold and expressive use of color in his paintings. So, it was only right that he made a bold sartorial statement when he was invited to the Order of Merit lunch at Buckingham Palace.

While some guests donned their best loafers for the annual event hosted by King Charles, the 85-year-old painter and designer defied expectations by wearing a pair of bright yellow Crocs.

Hockey, known for often matching his tailored look with trainers, matched the Crocs with his yellow glasses. He completed his look with a striking checkered suit and checkerboard tie.

His fashion choice provided a welcome splash of color in a sea of ​​black laces at the annual event and was even welcomed by the King, who remarked in admiration: “Your yellow galoshes! Beautifully chosen.”

Hockney’s shoes stood out as he posed with Members of the Order of Merit and King Charles at the annual lunch. Credit: Aaron Chown/Getty Images

Hockney was one of the members of the prestigious Order of Merit invited by King Charles to their annual lunch at Buckingham Palace. Others included broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actress and children’s TV icon Baroness Floella Benjamin, playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard and Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye.

The Order of Merit was established by King Edward VII on 23 June 1902 to reward those who have “rendered exceptionally meritorious service to the advancement of art, learning, literature and science.”

His Royal Highness opted for a more formal attire for the occasion, with a smart navy suit, dark pink tie with a white diamond pattern and a pair of Oxfords.

While we may never see Charles strolling the halls of Buckingham Palace in Crocs, it’s safe to say the orthopedic slip-on shoes, originally introduced in 2002, have made a comeback in recent years.

Thanks to endorsements from celebrities like Justin Bieber and Post Malone, the foam clogs once loved by surgeons and pensioners but maligned by the masses have managed to reinvent themselves as the comfort icon of the footwear world.

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