Princess Charlene's Fashion

The Curious Case of the Black Akris Coat

On January 27th, we all saw Princess Charlene step out for Sainte Devote in this black floor-length coat that garnered mixed reviews. I personally thought the look was too dark before it grew on me to be on my list for best outfits (in black), I even went so far as to describe Princess Charlene as a Medici Lady in the 21st century.


Despite how new the look was, it felt very familiar for some reason. So, I started digging with the help of the Akris team that was very helpful. Truth is, we've seen this coat before!

In 2017, Princess Charlene visited the Red Cross Headquarters for the annual Christmas gift distribution. The event was heavily photographed and we didn't get many full-length photos.


Tricking us, as HSH often likes to do, the Princess wore a grey Akris jumpsuit. A very similar style to the black one she wore a month earlier to the same venue for National Day Gift distributions. In November, Princess Charlene wore the black jumpsuit with a black cape that she later took off. In December, she wore this black coat that she kept on all day.

Looking like a simple coat, we hardly noticed that it was floor-length and didn't get to appreciate the fine seams and details, like the zippers it features on the sides.


To me, this coat is so representative of Akris's versatility. Even though a full-length coat is rather hard to wear and style, the princess pulled it off not once, but twice. While both looks are good enough to me, I prefer the 2019 Saint Devote look. Why? Because zipped up, the coat fits like a glove and you get to appreciate its details. Now that I think about it, I want to see that black jumpsuit again, maybe with red pumps?

The question is, which look do YOU prefer?

Photos: Zimbio

Princess Charlene Wears Akris to Receive The Chinese President

On Sunday Prince Albert and Princess Charlene hosted the Chinese president and his wife at the Princely Palace in Monaco.  The historic visit is a part of a European tour that the Chinese president is undertaking nowadays With the goal of strengthening China’s relationships with Europe.


Not only is this kind of visits rare to Monaco, but It’s also semi-rare appearance for Princess Charlene in the principality. 


For the visit princess her Winchells to keep it simple and in an Akris double-face wool dress and a matching Abadine jacket with pleating detail. 


The jacket is currently available on Saks Fifth Avenue for USD$2,990 and you Can buy it from HERE. The dress costs USD$1,990 you can buy it from HERE. Both are also available in pink (which I kind of which the Princess had opted for).


The shoes Princess Charlene chose were the Hearbreaker pumps from Louis Vuitton. Her sunglasses are Dior and so her Tribales pearl and metal earrings. She has several pairs of the Tribales earrings and they have proved to be a favorite of hers since 2013.

Her amazing hairdo is thanks to Stephane Madinier, the same hairdresser who attended to her hair on her wedding in 2011.



Princess Charlene was waving at Prince Jacques who was standing upstairs looking from a window. The twins later met the Chinese First Lady.


Like I said on Instagram, this outfit is unremarkable. Sure, the fit is incredible and it's elegant and timeless, but would it go down the best or worst dressed list? No. Would we remember a year from now? I doubt it. We will, however, remember the historic visit and how happy and relaxed Her Serene Highness was having the twins for the first time at such an important event. That suit, however, would be perfect for a power meeting, don't you think?

The Royal Couturier and Kemsky Celebrate Princess Charlene's 41st Birthday With A New Illustration

For the first time since The Royal Couturier launched in 2011, I've sent Princess Charlene a birthday card. I've asked you on Facebook and Instagram to send the Princess birthday wishes and nearly 300 people responded. I wanted to make Princess Charlene's 41st birthday special and the surprise is not just for HSH but for you as well. I've collaborated with Veronica Kemsky to create an illustration of Princess Charlene for her birthday card and I'm glad to finally share it with all of you.


The illustration depicts HSH having a private moment with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella before a formal event at the palace. Prince Jacques is being quiet and sombre while Princess Gabriella, being the fairy tale princess that she is, is playing with her mother's Ocean Tiara.


What They're Wearing

Princess Charlene is depicted wearing the Monroe gown by UAE-based designer Hamda AlFahim. The halter-neck fuschia lamĂ© frock features a gathered and pleated detail across the body as it cascades into a side train.
Hamda AlFahim Monroe gown

Princess Charlene is also wearing the Nuage earrings with rubies and the Nuage bracelet with sapphires as well as a pear-shaped diamond ring, all by Graff.

Nuage Ruby Earrings by Graff Diamonds
Graff Nuage Bracelet and Diamond Ring



Hereditary Prince Jacques is wearing an Armani Junior suit and Christian Louboutin loafers while Princess Gabriella is wearing a dress by Fendi.




The background of the illustration was inspired by the South African flower Protea and Princess Charlene's namesake rose.



Do you like the illustration?

Disclosure: None of the brands mentioned above are affiliated or involved in the creation of this artwork. This illustration is the independent result of a collaboration between Kemsky and The Royal Couturier.

Photos: Fendi, Luisaviaroma, Graff, Kungligheter, Wikimedia, HamdaAlfahim

Princess Charlene Wears Akris for the 2018 Fete Nationale Gala

After an "interesting" look for the morning events for the National Day in Monaco, Princess Charlene has chosen to wow everyone with a bicolor gown.


The Princess donned a Black and White silk marocain crepe colour-block gown designed for her by Albert Kriemler for Akris.

The dress features a knee-high slit that showed off the Princess's Jimmy Choo patent pumps.

Unlike the past years, the Princess chose not to wear a coat or gloves. The gown is long-sleeved and is not backless like the past year's, so I suppose Charlene was warm enough in it... instead, she was on FIRE đŸ˜!


The gown also allows for a perfect placement of the order of St. Charles sash and medal. Charlene also wore new earrings by Repossi.


The retro hairstyle trend Princess Charlene has been sporting lately continued and she finished off her look with glamorous makeup and a red lip.


For me, this look is a total winner. Earlier today, I asked for an outfit that's "not black" and my wish has been half granted. I was secretly afraid the off-white gown and knit coat thing that has been going on for the past few years would continue, so I'm glad that Charlene chose to surprise us while staying true to herself. She might have been out-coloured by Princess Caroline, but she looks every inch the Princess of Monaco she is and the jewelry is just fabulous.


N.B: Princess Caroline was wearing a Stella McCartney cape-effect gown with Louboutin sandals. Her dress which was also worn by Queen Letizia is available on The OutNet for £ 967.



Photos: Zimbio, theoutnet

Princess Charlene in Akris for the Fete Nationale in Monaco

The National Day celebrations took place in Monaco today at the Palais Princier and the Cathedrale Notre-Dame-ImmaculĂ©e. As usual, the whole Grimaldi clan (minus Charlotte Casiraghi who has given birth recently) was there in full force. Not as usual, the whole Wittstock clan (minus Mrs. Lynette) was also there in full force.


What Did Princess Charlene Wear?


For the event, the Princess donned a Black wool crepe drop waist dress and an embroidered black and camel stand collar jacket by Akris. The custom-made ensemble was designed by Albert Kriemler for the occasion.


Princess Charlene paired the two-piece frock with Akris suede gloves and a wide-brimmed black felt hat by Gallia e Peter for Akris. The clutch the Princess held is a Giorgio Armani that she's had for years. It reappeared in Paris last week.



La Princesse de Monaco finished off her look with her Dior Tribale earrings (also worn by Pauline Ducruet today) and Givenchy knee-high leather and suede boots. These gorgeous boots are currently 40% off for $1,287 on Farfetch.


Outfit Recap
Dress and jacket: Custom Akris
Gloves: Akris
Hat: Gallia e Peter for Akris

Clutch: Giorgio Armani
Boots: Givenchy
Earrings: Dior










What do I think of this outfit?

I really like the drop waist of the dress and I'm glad to see Her Serene Highness in a larger hat, but these two don't save the outfit for me. There's no doubt it's elegant, but the jacket and its fit really age Charlene. The sleeves of the dress showing under the jacket's sleeves are bothering me a lot since this outfit was designed especially for her!


What makes me more disappointed is that there were other looks from the Akris Fall 2018 that would have made a killer base for an outfit for such an occasion.


My best dressed for the day you ask? A tie!

Beatrice Borromeo/Casiraghi and Princess Stephanie



My hopes for tonight? Anything not black!

Photos: Zimbio, Farfetch, Vogue

Princess Charlene Wears Givenchy in Paris

Photos have been all over the internet and the press has been raving for quite a few days now. The reason is simply that Princess Charlene has looked phenomenal in her last appearance in Paris. I waited because I thought she would attend Prince Charles's birthday and we'd get two amazing appearances, but Prince Albert has attended the birthday dinner solo.


In Paris however, the couple were all smiles together as they Mr. and Mrs. Macron at the Elysee. The Princess later joined Mrs. Marcon at Versailles Palace for lunch with other spouses including Melania Trump (who looked amazing in Dior).


What Did Princess Charlene Wear?

GIVENCHY

Oversized bow top
$2,530


GIVENCHY

Houndstooth one-button wool coat
$5,290


GIVENCHY

High waisted wide leg wool trousers 
$1,635


GIVENCHY

Suede ankle boots (in black)
£770
GIVENCHY
Mini 'Antigona' tote
$2,275

What Do I Think of This Outfit?

If you've been following this blog for a while, you would know that I prefer HSH in colour, but this time I'm all for the black and grey. On a day when the whole world remembers soldiers that gave up their lives, fashion should take the backseat. The occasion calls for a sombre look, but a princess among a group of first ladies (and first gentlemen) should also dress for her rank. This look delivers on both ends. The black and grey are subdued enough while the gigantic bow and red lipstick give the flair the Princess of Monaco should have at such a gathering. We've seen a similar retro hairstyle recently at the Princess Grace Awards. Perhaps the good reviews from everyone are the reason why the Princess opted for it again this time. The makeup is perfection!


This is the first time Princess Charlene wears Givenchy, a brand that I've been hoping for her to wear for years... maybe dreams come true after all! The House of Givenchy was deeply connected to the Grimaldis at a point in time. We'll look deeper into the relationship the Maison had with Princess Grace at a later time. But for now, do you love this look as much as I do?

Photos: UPI, newmyroyals, farfetch

Princess Charlene Wears Oscar de la Renta to the Monte-Carlo Gala For The Global Ocean 2018

The Monte-Carlo Gala For The Global Ocean 2018 is happening right now at the Opera Garnier in Monaco with Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in attendance. The inaugural ball took place last year and since then the gala has been one of the most important events in Monaco. Last year, Leonardo Dicaprio was the star of the show, this year it's Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.


For the occasion, Princess Charlene of Monaco chose Oscar de la Renta. The gorgeous navy caftan dress features an illusion shoulder with sparkling silver sequins and a caped back. I can't wait for videos to see this gown flowing.


The gown is currently available on the ODLR website for $3,690.




The embroidery on this gown takes it from an ordinary cape dress to an amazing frock. and I think the illusion shoulder highlights Princess Charlene's shoulders in the most feminine way. Char rarely ever wears dresses that are not form fitting, and as amazing her body looks in them, I'm glad she's trying something new, and boy, did she knock out of the park this time!


For the accessories, Charlene stuck to her master plan of one big gun, is this case, it's a gigantic Graff Diamonds cuff. I'm in love!

I'll update this post with close-ups and videos once they become available. But so far, the makeup looks simple with a pink lip and the hair swept up.



What do you think of this look?