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Movies: 'W.E.' follows couture's titled couple

Movies: 'W.E.' follows couture's titled couple

It was a love story between two fashion icons for the ages. Wallis Simpson, the chic (and twice-divorced) American cast such a spell that, in 1936, her lover, England's King Edward VIII, gave up the throne to marry her. Together, as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, they lived in exile in France, where they indulged their expensive tastes in haute couture, magnificent jewels and furnishings to the hilt.

Simpson is remembered for a sleek silhouette (she coined the phrase "you can never be too rich or too thin") and a simple approach to dressing that contained a dash of wit. "She elevated sobriety to an art form," Elle magazine said at the time of her death in...