Monday, April 21, 2014

Worn in Week: Princess Charlene wears Akris to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

Last Friday Princess Charlene attended a Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match and met Roger Federer who gifted her signed rackets that are going to be auctioned for the benefit of her foundation.

Charlene wore simple pants with a 2-button blazer and white top accessorized with her Armani ballet flats that she has worn to the same event last year.

Surprisingly, Charlene wore a name tag. Her soft makeup was done by Pablo Ardizzone.

Close up of Princess Charlene's makeup

On the 20th, the princess joined Prince Albert and Elisabeth-Anne de Massy to watch the final match between Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer. 

 Wawrinka won (perhaps Charlene should have made him sign a racket, too).

Princess Charlene wearing Akris

Charlene wore an Akris suit which consists of a crisp white double-breasted blazer with wide-leg pants where the fabric is actually kind of rolled to create the effect. While the silhouette of the pantsuit is something we're used to with Charlene, the interpretation is quite unique.

Charlene's nude pumps are most probably the Gilbert pumps from Jimmy Choo

Char usually wears the Agnes or Vikki pumps, but I think this pair is less pointy and more rounded.

You can buy them from HERE.

Princess Charlene's makeup

Once more, Pablo Ardizzone did her makeup with Radiant-Orchid-coloured lipstick, Pantone's 2014 colour of the year. J'adore! But for the Grand Prix next month I need to see COLOUR!

What did you think of Charlene's looks?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Princess Charlene Covers Hola Magazine!

As you all know by now, Princess Charlene covered this week's issue of the Spanish Hola Magazine and wore the Ocean tiara for the first time. I am sorry I haven't posted about that earlier but one of our readers promised to provide a translation of the interview (the feature is on 24 pages) from Spanish to English but ended up running late, so I will be updating this post with the translation of the interview. If anyone of you is interested in translating, please contact me (in a comment or at AkramAlNagdy(at)gmail(dot)com) and I will send you the feature.

Below we'll see some of the photos taken by Vanessa von Zitzewitz.

Many thought Charlene was in bed sheets for the cover, but actually that's a Dior satin dress.

Charlene wore it and apparently another Dior dress in the same color for the setting. She paired it with a drop dead gorgeous Graff bracelet shown below in the white and yellow diamond version.

Charlene was shot wearing the tiara with two other Dior dresses.

I have to say I'm quite impressed by how the tiara looks, it's quite big and substantial, I'm also impressed that Stephane Madinier could create a hairdo suitable for the tiara with Charlene's short hair. Char paired her tiara with her Cartier heart stud diamond earrings.

The other dress is so not what you'd expect Charlene to wear!

Full skirt and boat neckline, I'm still surprised!

Charlene also posed in front of the Musée Océanographique in the Akris gown she wore for the Grand Prix gala last year.

She posed in the same place wearing a white Akris coat and either new or VERY old -huge- stud earrings (she's worn a similar pair like 5 years ago), I'm not posting that photo though :P

Hola didn't miss the opportunity to shoot in the most popular part of the palace, the main courtyard.

A few photos were taken at the horse-hoe staircase with Char wearing a spectacular Dior high-low cashmere and satin dress.

The feature in which the princess has let Hola get into the intimacy of the palace got even to the princely pool and to Charlene's office where she posed for a couple of photos wearing a repeated, long Akris skirt and white top.

So the princess uses an Apple laptop, hmm.

Finally, Charlene was photographed gazing into the distance wearing a dress/top by Stefanie Renoma. It's the first time -to my knowledge- for Charlene to wear this designer and I absolutely love the color on her. Will try to know more about this piece (and designer) in the future. The natural makeup for the entire shoot was perfected by Pablo Ardizzone who you'll get to know here in an interview soon.

I'm absolutely thrilled to finally see Charlene wearing the Ocean tiara which I think looks great worn. I'm also very tempted to start a Charlene jewelry-pedia here, what do you think?

What do you think of the shoot? And the tiara?

Photos: Hola, Graff, didemin-not-defteri.blogspot, Vanessa von Zitzewitz

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bal de La Rose 2014: Princess Charlene Wears Akris

Russia might be the reason for many debates these days, but for Monaco, it's the theme of this year's Bal de La rose.

The usual set of the Gramildis attended the glamorous affair!

Princess Charlene chose a blue Akris wool and silk georgette gown from the Fall 2014 collection with S ribbons. Below we see it on the runway in "Cordoba grey"

 she paired it with repeated black pumps and a black clutch.

Neutral makeup and a simple hairdo completed Charlene's look. I'm counting on you guys that you've noticed that she wore her Ocean earrings which are a part of the Ocean wedding gift made by Van Cleef and Arpels. I like this look minus the sheer part of the skirt, it's pretty confusing!

Princess Caroline wore a Chanel Spring 2014 Couture gown and coat (or robe?).

Having had a recent skiing accident, the Princess of Hanover opted for Chanel trainers and used a walking stick to help her walk.

Caroline's hair was styled in a soft wavy low updo and those earrings I know nothing about made another appearance and although they're not my favorite, I think they go very well with the outfit which is not my favorite, either.

Charlotte, too, opted for a Chanel frock from the same collection which was slightly altered from the runway model.

I don't like the balloonish part on the top of the gown but I absolutely love the wrap.

Miss Casiraghi kept everything else minimal with simple makeup and a tiny necklace.

Who wore your favorite look?

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Princess Charlene Features on Vanity Fair Italia

Charlene has given an exclusive interview to Vanity Fair Italia for the March issue. The feature included a new photoshoot in the private apartments of the princely couple in the Palais Princier de Monaco.

The feature in the magazine had the headline "Just the two of us" (according to my understanding and Google Translate's questionable sense of translation) and started with these two photos on opposite pages.

P.S: Pics had to be removed as they are not free of rights, so please follow the links and they'll direct you to the pics on Vanity Fair.

The princess wore a backless Dior dress that she's worn a couple of times earlier, most notably to attend the Soweto Gospel Choir concert in Monte Carlo last December. You might notice the ring on her right hand, I think it's the same ring she wore to the Boxing Bonanza and St. David's Day which is still unidentified.

Driu and Tiago did a great job with the photos in my opinion, and I absolutely adore those big glass windows!

The next photo featured a new satin colorblock dress also by Dior.

Above, Charlene wearing Current/Elliott top and jeans and doing the hipster princess pose. I'm not really sure about the fit of the jeans here (skinny?) so you can check them all out here.

The last pic in the feature is probably my favorite picture of Charlene of all times!

Beautiful, smiling broadly and wearing Lanvin, could we ask for more? (actually we could, a tiara!)

Charlene wore Lanvin Floral Lace Top Dress. The frock is available on for $2,270 and is described as:
Stretch cotton short sleeve dress with floral lace yoke and sleeves. Ribbed knit neckline, cuffs, and hem. 38" length. Made in Italy. Cotton/silk. Dry clean

You can buy this dress from here. published a part of the interview where Charlene talked about babies with the photos.

This photo was not included in the printed feature, so I don't know who made the dress, my guess is Dior, though.

As per usual Pablo Ardizzone did Charlene's makeup and Stephane Madinier did her  hair. I think Charlene was styled by Martine de Menthon but I'm not sure (the translation is rough and Google search didn't help much), I assume she owns the clothes since she's already worn the Dior number, I also hope to see more Lanvin on her.

Which was your favorite photo?


Friday, March 7, 2014

Worn in Week: Princess Charlene's Wears Dior St. David's Gala, Plus the Louis Vuitton Show

        Last week, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the St. David's day gala on the 1st of march at the Hotel De Paris in Montecarlo.

The gala that was hosted by the Monaco Wales Association headed by Mark Thomas, Prince Albert's close friend, raised 75,000 euros for Fondation Princesse Charlene. Last year, the gala's auction included a bid on a private swimming lesson with Princess Charlene, according to, this year the bid was on a wine tasting and barbecue for eight people at the country home of the Prince and Princess (Roc Agel?) during the Monaco Grand Prix, Charlene was reported to have joked that the prince will do the cooking while she will need help with the washing up. More photos of the event HERE.

Dawn Boyle, the founder of the House of Thara presented the princess with two crystal bottles of perfume full with HOT's (House of Thara) two creations, Pink Gold and White Gold. Dawn who wore a Wolford cocktail dress told us that Charlene prefers Pink Gold because it's inspired from the East and tends to stay on clothes all night.
You can order your own Pink Gold and/or White Gold from HERE.

For the evening, Her Serene Highness donned a spectacular Christian Dior gown. Dior's PR seems to be pretty busy with the fashion week and the Oscars so the confirmation this time came from the Palace who did not confirm the designer of Charlene's jewelry!

You might remember the pattern of Charlene's bodice from the Dior pumps she wore to the MONAA gala last November.

From the photo with Dawn the dress appears to have a draped back, the whole frock reminds me of the other Dior number she wore to the 2012 Red Cross Ball even though this time's frock is clearly based on looks from the fall 2013 collection. I really like the draping on the skirt and the textured fabric.

Princess Charlene wearing Dior.

The earrings and the ring were both worn at the Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza last month, I still don't know who the designer is but it's not Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, Montblanc, Tabbah or Lorenz Baumer. Any guesses? Let me know!

On the 5th of March, Charlene de Monaco attended the Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 fashion show in Paris where Nicolas Ghesquière showcased his first collection for the brand.

Charlene wore a huge black jacket, leather pants and pointed-toe pumps.

Good news 1: I love the makeup. Bad news 1: I hate everything else (except the bag). Good news 2: Louis Vuitton will show the resort collection in Monaco Next May!

What do you think about this Dior gown?

Photos:, PalaisPrincier,

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Charlene's Clutches IDed

Since it's a very slow week with no new (pictured) appearances, I thought I'd update you on 2 clutches that I've IDed recently.

The first clutch was worn last May in Cannes to the World Images Lova Closing Party in Cannes and later the same day to the Cavalli yacht party.

I thought the clutch was Cavalli, mainly because she was going to a Cavalli party, but it turned out to be Ralph Lauren Collection.

The Embellished lizard clutch comes from the Fall 2011 collection and would cost £3,056 on Net-A-Porter who described it as:
Ralph Lauren Collection's vibrant jungle-green lizard clutch is the luxe way to inject color into pared-back looks. The crystal-embellished Art Deco-inspired clasp gives an on-trend nod to fashion's current retro-revival.

 The other clutch comes from the same designer, Charlene wore it in October 2011 in Toronto to attend the Grace Kelly from Movie Star to Princess Exhibit  with a Dior dress, the clutch looked familiar back then but I never knew why until yesterday when I remembered that I'd seen Jessica Alba carrying it earlier.

This clutch too comes from the Fall 2011 collection and is inspired by vintage jewelry boxes.

 I like how it gave interest to a rather simple outfit.

Which clutch is your favorite?
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Princess Charlene's MONAA Gala's Mystery Solved!

Back in November, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert attended the second MONAA gala. Many sites applauded Charlene's look and described it as "a blue velvet dress with a pair of pumps and earrings". With no mention of a designer, I've emailed every single fashion house I thought it might have come from. All but one!

To be honest, after the gown turned out not to be by Akris nor Ralph Lauren, I thought/hoped that it was Armani, Armani usually uses velvet so it totally made sense back then, as always, Armani people never replied.I also thought the shoes were Manolo Blahnik that Blahnik's people forgot about when they said the pumps weren't theirs!

Now how come did I forget back then to contact Dior? Actually both the gown and the shoes are Dior and both items were not on the runways of the resort, fall or the spring collections!

Charlene wore Graff Diamonds earrings, they have the same concept of Graff's iconic Butterfly earrings (shown below) but they're quite different on the lower half.

Graff declined to confirm whether the Princess actually owns the earrings or if they were a loan. The two bracelets the princess wore are not Graff.

Finally, Pablo Ardizzone did Charlene's hair to perfection that night and Stephane Madinier did her makeup. Both artists have worked with Charlene on many occasions, most importantly, her wedding day.

What do you think of Charlene's look at the MONAA gala?

P.S: You chose Princess Victoria to be added on the radar, she'll be welcomed on the blog by March (hopefully).,,,,

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Worn in Week: Princess Caroline Wears Celine And Gucci in Italy!

Let's face it, Princess Caroline wears way too much Chanel! For me, it's more bothering than Charlene wearing Akris, Mathilde and Maxima wearing NATAN and Stephanie -of Luxembourg- wearing her UFO wide pants!

Last Friday, the Princess of Hanover visited the Hospital Gaslini in Genoa, Italy.

Caroline is the president of the AMADE (Association Mondiale des Amis de l’enfance), you may remember the name from the gala last year in Monaco. Caro went to donate laser equipment that will help treat children.

For the cause, Caroline wore an ensemble from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection from Celine.

I'm so in love with this color-block coat, it's very fashionable yet very appropriate for Caroline's age.

Caro also carried a Celine Trapeze bag in beige, black and navy.

The only thing I'm not sure about in this outfit is the shirt, the red collar to be precise, I can't figure out if it makes the colors in this outfit way too many or just right! But when the collar is not seen, this outfit rocks!

Friday night was the time for an AMADE gala at the Stock Exchange Palace.

Princess Caroline arrived wearing a subtle Gucci dress. The dress comes from the Fall 2012 collection (which makes me think it might actually be Charlotte's).

It was available on Net-A-Porter for $3630 and was described as:
This devoré velvet dress beautifully captures the goth-tinged aesthetic. Its intricate pattern swirls against a sheer georgette background, creating a look that's ladylike with a hint of mystery.

Two things surprise me about the choice of this dress; 1. its back is see-through. 2. It's velvet! I guess it's now safe to say that velvet is no longer unfashionable, at least for the Monegasque princely family!

Caroline joined the royal carriers of the Bottega Veneta Knot clutch. I prefer this hairdo to the one she had in the morning, but I'm not sure if she has worn these earrings before, though.

I find both outfits quite elegant and wearing Gucci in Italy is a thoughtful gesture. Also this Celine outfit is way better than the last one, let's hope she stays that way!

What do you think of both outfits?