Monday, October 13, 2014

Princess Charlene in Lanvin for the Prince Albert Awards

As the title says, last night (Sunday), Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the annual Prince Albert Awards in Palm Springs, this was the first time for the 7-year-old awards gala to be held in the United States.


Princess Charlene wearing Lanvin

For the occasion, Charlene chose a navy blue loose fit dress with a gathered detail from Lanvin.


Princess Charlene in a blue Lanvin Dress

The silk satin dress (actually it's 75% viscose!) features a round neck and -very- short sleeves. It's currently on sale for 1.113 on Farfetch, you can but it from HERE.




Somehow this dress is actually designed for non-pregnant women and it's supposed to look like this on them:


I'm not a fan of the dress, but kudos to Charlene for picking a dress that's made for non-pregnant women to make them look pregnant when they're not pregnant while she was pregnant (I really needed to say that :D)!


Princess Charlene in Lanvin

Charlene wore python sandals that I couldn't identify, they're not Stuart Weitzman's Nudist, though. Her Cartier stud diamond earrings completed the look.



Earlier this weekend, on Saturday, the Prince and Princess of Monaco visited the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center.


Princess Charlene in a yellow Akris dress


Charlene wore a custom-made Akris yellow Ombre Boucle Sheath Dress. Yes, that yellow thing is actually knitted on the fabric making it look like it's growing -yellow- grass!




I love the contrasting textures of the dress, but I'm not sure about the cowl neckline... Walter Steiger ballet flats completed the look.




Does Lanvin excite you or are these outfits just below Char's average?

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Photos: Hola.com, Celebitchy.com, royaldish.com, dailymail.co.uk, lyst.com, Farfetch.com

Friday, October 10, 2014

Princess Charlene Wears Dior to the Princess Grace Awards

 Princess Charlene and Prince Albert attended the Princess Grace Awards on the 8th of October. The awards gala is usually hosted in New York and this was the first time in three decades for it to go to Los Angeles.

Pregnant Princess Charlene in Dior

With the event hosted by Dior, it only made sense that the princess would opt for a Dior Haute Couture look. The white sleeveless gown features an empire waist that cascades into a flowy, pleated chiffon skirt with a thin belt/sash between the contrasting bust-skimming and bump-flattering parts of the frock.


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Dior has done some Grecian-goddess dresses for Charlene before, but this comes as the most beautiful and classic of them, it has simply booked its place in my favorite looks of Char's and my favorite maternity dresses lists. I keep on thinking that we could easily see the Duchess of Cambridge in a similar dress during her pregnancy, don't you think?



The Princess of Monaco styled her white gown with silver Dior sandals and kept her makeup minimal. For jewelry, she wore her HUGE diamond drop earrings that I haven't been able to identify (yet). She's worn them to the Boxing Bonanza and St. David's Gala earlier this year.



Oh, and in case you haven't heard....





It's now official that Monaco will be celebrating princely twins!


Are you as excited as I am?




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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Princess Charlene Wears Carolina Herrera to the Annual World Focus on Autism

By now most of you already know that on the 25th Princess Charlene attended the Annual World Focus on Autism hosted by Autism Speaks in New York.



For the event, Charlene chose another Carolina Herrera outfit. This time a light blue sleeveless dress and coat made of stretch wool.



The ensemble is from the Pre-Fall 2014 collection (according to CH's spokespersn) but I couldn't find any slightly similar piece in the collection's looks or on sale.


Charlene wore grey python pumps by Manolo Blahnik and her pearl stud earrings. I think Charlene looked really good in this outfit, and I'm amazed it was so perfectly hemmed. In a set of pictures on Getty, Charlene can be seen on the 24th posing for photographs by Jonathan Becker wearing the same outfit with her pearl necklace and looking so very cute. You can check them out HERE (Thanks Christiane for the tip). Speaking of cuteness...




I know you wanted to see this photo again :).



Do you expect to see Princess Charlene in more Carolina Herrera creations?


Photos: Voici, Zimbio, PalaisPrincier, Royalista

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Princess Charlene Wears Carolina Herrera to New York

As you may have heard, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene (as well as many others heads of state) traveled to New York to attend the Clinton Global Initiative, the UN meetings and, for Charlene, Autism Speaks.


For the first event, the Global Citizen Awards, the Princess of Monaco chose a Carolina Herrera pantsuit with a bejeweled blazer and a sleeveless tiered bow top.


The blazer is made of "Tiered silk with sequin detailing" and features a "contrast square neckline and wide shoulder straps with a bow detail at chest". It's currently available on Neiman Marcus and retails for $2,290. You can buy it from HERE.



I think this outfit works really well for Charlene as the tiers help conceal the bump, which seems to be Charlene's goal at this stage, yet look really stylish and fashionable.


Princess Charlene in a Carolina Herrera pantsuit

Charlene's diamond stud earrings seem new to me, and I'm yet to identify the clutch (any suggestions would be appreciated).



On the second day, Albert and Charlene attended the opening plenary session "Reimagining Impact". Charlene opted for a Kimono-Sleeve Double-Face Dress in dark burgundy.

Princess Charlene wearing a Carolina Herrera burgundy dress.

The Akris-looking frock has a V-neckline and oversized kimono sleeves. A black version is available on Neiman Marcus for $2,290. You can buy it from HERE.



Charlene paired it with brown tights and what seems to be suede Jimmy Choo pumps and a chocolate brown clutch.

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On the 23rd, The Princely Couple attended a reception hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

Princess Charlene in a Carolina Herrera ombre dress.

Char donned another Carolina Herrera number. This time a satin ombre sleeveless midi sheath dress.




The dress features a boat neckline and princess seams. It's also available at Neiman Marcus for $2,290 (seems like Carolina Herrera's prices are fixed?), you can buy it from HERE.


Charlene teamed the dress with black patent pumps and most probably no jewelry. I like how the dress almost totally hides Charlene's maternity curves. I also love that she tried another designer for a change (I believe Charlene's pieces were custom made for her, but I'm yet to confirm that), the results are really successful, no?




Which look is your favorite?




Photos: Hola.com, Zimbio.com, NeimanMarcus.com, princessmonarchy.eklablog.com

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Princess Charlene in Louis Vutton for the Evian Championship

Last week, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene Evian Championship village for the final round of The Evian Championship.



I don't know who designed Charlene's pants and top for the event! Akris said it's not theirs, but that doesn't necessarily mean they didn't make it, my guess is Dior anyway!


For the golf event, Charlene kept her outfit casual and cozy wearing those wide pants and V-neck top paired with Dior sunglasses and a new Louis Vuitton clutch.



For shoes, Charlene opted for the "Oxford Ballerinas" from Louis Vuitton. The shoes are made of calf leather and are "embellished with an LV initials accessory and sports an extremely supple rubber nub sole".

Charlene's exact same pair is now sold out, but a slightly-similar-colored version is now available online for £335. You can buy it from HERE.



This outfit is so expected yet very appropriate for the occasion and for Charlene's new body type, I hope New York will bring more exciting fashions from Charlene this week!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Princess Charlene in Akris for the Annual Picnic 2014



It’s not a maternity dress for Charlene at the Pique Nique this year in Monaco. The princess attended with Prince Albert and Elizabeth-Ann de Massy. You may remember that Char wore a version of the national costume last year, it was made by the Palace’s seamstresses.


This year, SAS la Princesse Charlene opted for a navy blue sleeveless dress from Akris. The dress is made of cotton popeline and features a self-belt with Ai buckle. Keeping it versatile, the collar of this frock is detachable. As stated above, this is a regular boutique dress, it wasn’t custom-made for Char!



Charlene paired her dress with Walter Steiger ballet flats, her engagement ring and the go-to pearl stud earrings which I think I’m very close to finally identifying them!




Do you think Charlene should switch to maternity clothes already?



Photos: Hola.com, semana.es, dailymail.co.uk, princessesblog76.blogspot.com

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Princess Charlene Jewelry-Pedia: Mark Gold Jewels

In July 2011, the new princess Charlene attended her wedding reception at the Oyster Box in Durban.

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For the occasion Charlene wore a custom Terrence gown (that we will discuss later) paired with a set of modern jewels.


The set was created especially by South African jeweler, Mark Gold.



The earrings are "made of Black Rhodium plated 18ct White Gold, black diamonds, purple amethyst and Briole cut black onyx".



The ring is made of black diamonds and an amethyst. The contemporary jewels were handmade and took about 3 weeks to manufacture.


This lovely set is now on display in Mark Gold's store in Durban. And though it was only a loan to the princess, it's not for sale.


I have to say I was a bit sad when I knew that Princess Charlene doesn't own these earrings and ring, especially, since the color of these amethysts really suits her, but then I thought that more people get to see these delightful jewels than we'll ever do with Charlene, No?


So tell me, what do you this of this Mark Gold jewelry?




Photos: popsugar.com, Mark Gold Jewels.



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:






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