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Damian Hurley, 17, pays homage to mum Liz's iconic safety pin dress 25 years on

Jul 25, 2019

Damian Hurley is the spitting image of his mum Liz, as proved by his recent modelling debut with Pat McGrath.

But the 17-year-old has gone even further in homage to his mother by replicating her most famous look ever.

With an androgynous 2019 twist, of course.

Damian wore a black suit by Versace decorated with large gold safety pins in a throwback to Liz Hurley’s iconic Versace dress, and we are obsessed.

The teenager wore the sharp tailored blazer, which featured oversized pins all down the right hand side, skinny trousers and loafers while launching Pat McGrath’s Sublime Perfection: The System at Selfridge’s in London.

And there’s no doubt that Damian chose this particular look to highlight the similarities between him and his actress mother.


Back in 1994, Liz, now 54, achieved instant fame when she attended the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral with then-boyfriend Hugh Grant wearing a slinky Versace number that saw her splashed across newspapers worldwide.

Speaking about the safety pin dress this year while recreating the look for Harper’s Bazaar, Liz said: ‘I was so unprepared for what happened that night. I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh’s premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion.

A PR agency gave Liz a lend, and while the pictures went on to become legendary, Hurley’s prep wasn’t exactly glam.

She said: ‘I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag. I took it home and did my own hair and makeup, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn’t even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat.’


And the rest is history – so no wonder Damian wanted to pay tribute.

The genetically blessed teen, whose father is Steve Bing, is very close with his mum, having starred in various photo shoots together as well as the teen appearing with Liz in the E! series The Royals.

However, some have questioned whether they are too close, following a comment Liz previously made about her son taking her bikini pics for her.

Liz said on Watch What Happens Live in 2018: ‘Here’s the thing, he doesn’t take all my bikini photos, by the way. Some of them are professional, some of them are my sister, anybody who I can get.

‘When we’re on holiday together, sure he’ll take some pictures. And you know, he’s got a really good eye and he’s studying photography and it’s ridiculous.’

However, she later blasted the claims as ‘utter nonsense’, telling the Mail’s You magazine: ‘He took one or two shots ages ago and that was it. He’s at boarding school, for heaven’s sake.

‘I can assure you I do not drag him to Mauritius every weekend to take my picture. Damian is a great photographer, and he instinctively knows what younger people want to see, but that’s all.’

She added: ‘Given I’m a single mother and he’s an only child, by default we spend a lot of time together and we are utterly comfortable in each other’s company.’

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