Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Princess Charlene's Jewelry at the Red Cross Gala 2014!

This blog was started as a place to follow royals and their fashion and style history, but I've been learning a lot of blogging lessons from it. Take the Red Cross Gala as an example:


Lesson 1: Don't trust the tags on Getty:

Getty tagged Van Cleef and Arpels, for no reason obviously since the headband looked like a Graff creation, a thought that I've expressed on Twitter shortly after I wrote that the jewelry might have been VCA on the post.

Princess Charlene wearing Graff headband and Earrings

Charlene was, like many have thought, wearing the Flower-Motif Alice band from Graff. The headband weighs 16.47 carats of diamonds.


Charlene's earrings were officially described by Graff as " Round and pear shape diamond drop earrings" and weigh 11.22 carats.

Princess Charlene wearing diamond earrings by Graff Diamonds

The bracelet however is NOT from Graff. Not from Van Cleef and Arpels either, nor Repossi. So the second lesson I've learned after Googling "Diamond bracelet" and checking each jewelry website and every jeweler's Instagram account is to learn to give up sometimes on knowing something that even the Palace's spokesperson doesn't know!


Yet again, we knew about the Graff thing before the palace did, so maybe one of you would recall seeing this bracelet somewhere(?). Char also wore her Repossi engagement ring.


I don't remember seeing Charlene wearing all this jewelry at once before. And while I absolutely love that she went for some extra bling, I have to wonder if being a future mother has anything to do with this decision. I also have to wonder how her look would have been like had she worn a back necklace!


One last note; Pablo Ardizzone, Charlene's go-to makeup artist, did not do her makeup this time, I'm yet to know if Stephane Madinier did her hair.


So, do you think we'll see any of these jewels again on Charlene?


Photos: blogg.tv2.no, gala.fr, royalista.com, http://blogg.tv2.no, Graff PR

Friday, August 1, 2014

Princess Charlene in Dior to the Red Cross Ball 2014

Prince Albert took pregnant Princess Charlene out tonight to one of Monaco's most important events; the Red Cross Ball.




And just like her late mother in law, Princess Charlene chose Dior to design her a maternity gown. 


I still don't have an official description of the dress, but it seems to be made of blue silk taffeta with a draped black back that cascades diagonally from the armholes and the shoulders to reveal the back of the princess and continue to make a train.


I can't decide yet if this counts as a tent dress or not, in some photos it looks almost figure-hugging, in others it looks pretty tent-y!


Charlene accessorized her look with silver Dior pumps.


Char's choice for Dior makes a lot of sense. Not only is the house a favorite of her and the family over the years, but it also has recently signed a 3-year partnership agreement with the Princess Grace Foundation (more about that on Vogue).
As for the jewelry, Charlene has worn a new diamond flower headband and a pair of earrings.


And also a new diamond bracelet. The jewelry is most probably from Van Cleef and Arpels, but the Palace is yet to confirm that.

UPDATE: The earrings and headband are by Graff, read more HERE!




I will be updating this post with the description of the gown along with the official IDs for the jewelry and HQ photos.Meanwhile:

Do you like this maternity gown on Princess Charlene?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Worn in Week: Pregnant Princess Charlene Wears Dior and Akris

Busy week for Princess Charlene that hadn't been seen for over a month. On the 28th, the princess was awarded the honorific distinction of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Italy in a ceremony at the Italian Embassy in Monaco.


Charlene received the decoration in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco from the hands of the Italian Ambassador to Monaco as a reward for her "worldwide humanitarian and philanthropic action and initiatives for the protection of children and the values of Sport and Her strong attachment to Italy".

You might remember that the princely couple visited Italy in 2012 where they attended the Ballo del Giglio (one of only 2 times when Char wore Gucci).


For the ceremony, the princess chose a sleeveless two-tone Dior dress. This has to be the best maternity dress ever. The line of the blue overlay makes a brilliant camouflage and almost totally hides the bump (which got some of you wondering). Dior hasn't confirmed whether the dress is custom made or not, so I'm not exactly sure if it's "technically" a maternity dress. Anyways, Char paired it with her pearl stud earrings.


Yesterday, Charlene de Monaco was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage at the Princely Palace. Charlene's ancestor, the Fagans of Feltrim were one of the most financially successful gentlemen-merchant families in Ireland during the 16th century. You can know more about Char's generous ancestors (they built a university) HERE.
was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/princess-charlene-of-monacos-irish-ancestry-revealed-30471760.html#sthash.t6arpCTZ.dpuf


To receive her certificate, Charlene rolled out of bed, put on what looks like a custom Akris (I'm yet to get that confirmed), tucked her hair away from her face and smiled the largest smile a tired, pregnant lady can smile. You can click on the photo for a larger view of the brilliant seams of the dress. Charlene's choice of shoes for both events isn't known but maybe she ditched her heels already!


What do you think of Charlene's maternity style so far?

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Photos: Palais Princier de Monaco.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Who Wore It Better, Princess Charlene or Penelope Cruz?

Back in May 2007, Charlene Wittstock attended the Grand Prix Gala at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club wearing this gown.


Months earlier, Penelope Cruz wore the same Dior dress to attend the "Volver' Premiere at the New York Film Festival in October 2006.


They both accessorized the "One-shoulder silk-chiffon gown with an inbuilt corset, side zip closure, silk buttons on side for contoured fit and silk slip beneath the layers beaded with diamante accents that was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior" with silver sandals and clutch.


While I prefer how the gown itself looks on Charlene, I'm leaning more towards Penelope for the impeccable styling, hair and makeup compared to Charlene's messy locks and barely-there makeup.



So, the decision is yours:






Photos: Purepeople.com, popsugar.com, newsgab.com

Friday, July 4, 2014

Princess Charlene Jewelry-Pedia: Dior Flower Earrings

As promised, Princess Charlene Jewelry-Pedia is our new feature on the blog. Here we will discuss each piece worn by Charlene ever since she made her first public appearance.

So today we'll start with one of the new, lesser-known earrings.

Princess Charlene wearing Dior Earrings




In the photo shoot that was done in the Princely Palace and for Vanity Fair Italia and Gala magazines, Her Serene Highness wore a black Dior sweater and these flower earrings.


Close up of Princess Charlene earrings.

This pair comes from "Milly sous la neige" collection from Dior's Haute Joaillerie. I believe this collection was released in 2010, but this, as far as I'm concerned, is Charlene's first time to wear these earrings.

They are thought to have retailed for about 5000$.


What do you think of these earrings?
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Photos: fondationprincessecharlene.mc, myprestigium.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Worn in Week: Princess Charlene Wears Dior to the Yacht Club!

Sorry for taking so long to post this, the Dior PR guys are kind of slow.

So last Friday, all the Grimaldi's (Except Stephanie) attended the inauguration of the new Monaco Yacht club.


I'm sure you've seen photos of all of them, Caroline was in Chanel, Charlotte in Gucci and Tatiana in Missoni.


This is a major event as the prestigious club was being built for many long years.  Charlene stepped wearing a white Dior dress with a sheer striped hem. Yes, the hem is striped and not frilled as some sites were saying!


Charlene accessorized her dress with a new python clutch also from Dior. Below we see the runway version of it from the Spring 2014 collection.


Charlene's bump was barely visible. I'm afraid she will wear tent dress like Victoria soon, though!


I believe Charlene's pumps are the Aurora nude patent leather pointy toe pumps shown below.

A pair of these costs $575 and you can buy it from HERE.


Char's makeup was not by Pablo Ardizzone and her hair was not by Stephane Madinier as usual. But I still find this new hairdo gorgeous and more feminine than any other hairdo the princess has done recently. The usual pearl earrings finished her look.



For more Char fun, check out the I Can See Charlene In board on Pinterest where I add pieces that I'd like to see on Charlene, these days, maternity all the way!

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Photos: Dailymail.co.uk, Newmyroyal.com, jimmyChoo.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Queen Letizia Wears Felipe Varela for Proclaimation Ceremony!

Prince Felipe of Asturias was proclaimed king of Spain earlier today.


So on her first day as queen, Letizia turned to Felipe Varela for her ensemble. The  Felipe Varela Atelier creation consists of a crepe coat and dress with an embroidered neckline in summer degradé micro beads in ruby, amethyst crystals, amber and powder pink

This photo is huge, open it in a new tab to see the embroidery details.
Her majesty accessorized the outfit with a sand-colored Felipe Varela clutch and peep-toe pumps by Magrit.


Leti kept the jewelry to a minimum and wore her go-to diamond star earrings only.


The cute dresses of Princess Leonore, the new Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia were made by Teresa Fernández Castro and Nieves García Torres.


Do you expect Letizia to activate her glamorous side as a queen? 


Photos: Google.com, elmundo.es, rainews.it,

Monday, June 16, 2014

Worn in Week: Princess Charlene Wears Akris for her First Appearance after Pregnancy Announcement!

Last Saturday, Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and Princess Caroline attended the reopening of the Princess Grace Rose Garden. The garden that was created in 1984 had been closed for 9 months for a makeover as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.


After cancelling a handful of engagements, most notably the visit to the Netherlands, Princess Charlene made an appearance as a new rose was named after her.

 

For the occasion the princess repeated an Akris dress, many of you, eagle-eyed followers immediately recalled that Charlene has worn it last July for the first autism conference.


The dress is officially described as a "sleeveless short coat dress with front pleats". and it comes from the Spring 2013 collection, you can see the runway version below in yellow.


I found this dress to be very reminiscent of the coat dress Char wore to the Fete Nationale in 2012, also by Akris.


One could barely notice the bump with those pleats. Brilliant choice, me thinks.


Charlene topped her dress with an Akris "sand silk faille trench coat with back pleat" that she has also worn before.


Her Serene Highness finished her look with soft makeup (that didn't exactly hide how tired she looked) and her go-to pearl stud earrings.


Do you like this look as much as I do?
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Photos: Newmyroyals.com, Hola.com, public.fr, style.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

Style Speculation: Rami Kadi's Royal Summer Collection

Many of us wonder what Middle Eastern princesses wear. Especially, since we know almost nothing about most of them, not even their names!
Let's take a look at a designer's collection that has possibly graced some royal wardrobes.


Rami Kadi is a Lebanese designer who has been on fire since he opened his first flagship store in 2011. Dressing many Arab celebrities, Rami has made his way to royal houses and proudly has many royal clients who adore his work. Rami's Le Royaume Enchanté collection was released last April which makes this review ridiculously late it possible that some royals have already worn the pieces Today I'm joining forces with Jeffrey Felner, fashion expert and editor at Examiner.com for a quick review of our favorite and least favorite pieces from the collection. You can check the whole collection HERE.


Jeffrey and I differed when it came to our favorite pieces, I loved the lace tiers in the strapless, deep pink gown (First photo) while he liked the silk gazar and tulle gown in pistachio green (shown above).

I also loved this silk crepe dress with lace details. It's really delicate and feminine while the train gives it the needed grandness and glamor.

Of the collection, Mr Felner said that Rami showed "from chic to show girls and from conservative to ultra sexy. The influence is a lot of french and some Bob Mackie thrown in for the more theatrical looks."

 

For cocktail dresses, Jeffrey picked the lace and silk organza dress below as his favorite.


Differing again, I picked this gold brocard dress


While we didn't exactly like the huge skirted gowns that Jeffrey thought were influenced by Charles James, they weren't our least favorite part.


Jeffery and I agreed that this cropped lace top with plastic printed skirt should get a NO! Although I like the print on the skirt, bare midriff for a cocktail party doesn't sound like a good idea to me.


We also agreed that the party dress above looks rather like a swimsuit from the 40's, A fabulous swimsuit, though!


All in all, I think Rami could achieve a balance between feminine and sexy, and the colours came summery and pleasant. I also think that it won't take long before Rami's romantic approach to fashion leads European royalty to him!


Who do you see in a Rami Kadi creation?

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Photos: Rami Kadi's press office.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Royal News: Princess Charlene is Pregnant

As many of you have expected last week, the Palace has announced today the pregnancy of H.S.H Princess Charlene of Monaco.


The birth is expected "at the end of the year" and the royal couple is "delighted" with the news.

Princess Charlene has reportedly fainted during a visit earlier in May.

This does not come as a surprise as the princess has stated more than a few times that she loves children and wishes to have some of her own with the prince. It might also be the reason of their happiness and obvious affection during the Grand Prix finale last week. You might also remember that Princess Charlene felt sick and almost fainted during a visit to the town of Carlat in France on May 14 and skipped the night dinner which raised speculations (and hopes) back then.


I'm really happy for the couple and hope the baby will be happy and healthy. I am also totally excited to see Charlene's pregnancy style with, obviously, a lot of custom made Akris garments!

Should we start the boy/girl speculation yet?


Photos: Royaldish.com, mynewroyals.com