Princess Charlene in Akris for the Monaco Grand Prix 2015

Today Princess Charlene made a much anticipated appearance at the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco.


Arriving with Prince Albert in the new BMW i8 Electric Hybrid Supercar, Her Serene Highness was wearing a calcite white dress from Akris.


Princess Charlene's dress is custom made based on a design from the Spring 2015 collection and featured a pleated high-low skirt, a deep v-neck with a tulle insert and another tulle insert on the shoulders.

The original version is available on the Akris online store for $2,990.

Princess Charlene wearing Dior Tribale Earrings.




Char accessorized her outfit with silver Dior pumps and Dior Tribale Earrings.

Dior Tribale Earrings
I was honestly wondering when Charlene was going to wear a pair from this collection. Finally, she chose the pearl resin and grey crystal paved version. The earrings are temporarily unavailable on Dior's website but they cost £380 and should be back in stock soon.



The Princess of Monaco also showed us that she added yet another cross necklace to her collection.



Two things make me really unsure about this look: 1. The jacket which wasn't nearly as edgy as the dress itself and it made the entire outfit look ill-fitted. 2. The hair.



Charlene always goes wild and big for the Grand Prix, and this time was no exception. Everything else was on fleek for me, her dress, makeup, accessories, happiness....




Did this look sweep you off your feet or was it just a fashion miss?



Photos: Parismatch, PalaisPrincier, Akris, Dior

Princess Charlene's Accessories for the Baptism of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella

Today we'll literally look at Charlene from head to toe.


Stating with her head. Princess Charlene of Monaco wore a new pair of earrings.

Princess Charlene's Cartier Earrings




The earrings come from the Himalia Pearls Collection from Cartier that is described on the website as: 

An elegant and glamorous collection of pearls and diamonds uniting delicate shapes and clean feminine lines.
The earrings themselves are made for pierced ears of 18K white gold earrings with paved diamonds and white pearls. They're valued at about $7,000.


Moving on to Princess Charlene's toes...
Princess Charlene in Dior shoes
Charlene de Monaco chose a pair of asymmetrical d'orsay pumps in hand-braided white elastic.

Princess Charlene's Dior Heels.
These Dior pumps come from the Spring-Summer 2015 show and were previously worn in a different colour by another royal, do you remember who she was?


You can buy the exact same pair from the Dior website for £840 ($1309).






What do you think of this jewelry addition to Charlene's vault?
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Photos: aww.com.au, dailymail, Cartier, Dior, lapatilla.com, todayonline.com, Zimbio

Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in Baby Dior for Their Baptism in Monaco

The first time we saw Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in December, they were in Baby Dior. And today it's no different.

Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in Dior

For Princess Gabriella, Dior designed a baptism gown in cotton voile with embroideries inspired from vegetables and a layer of pleated lace Calais. Gabriella's gown also has her initial embroidered on it.

Princess Caroline playing with Princess Gabriella

Prince Jacques wore almost the same baptism gown with vegetable-inspired embroidery and lace Calais, but his version had his own official initial.

Princess Charlene holding Prince Jacques in Baby Dior


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 Now I'm not sure if the blue ribbon Prince Jacques was wearing is some kind of an order or just a thing holding his pacifier #RoyalBabyProblem. Will keep you posted on that.


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The adorable babies played with each a little during the ceremony and left us all in awe.

Prince Albert holding Princess Gabriella and Princess Charlene holding Prince Jacques.

You can watch the entire baptism ceremony below.




The Princely Twins with their parents and godparents.


What did you think of the ceremony today?

 



Photos: Zimbio.com

Princess Charlene in Dior Haute Couture for the Baptism of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella

Right now, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella are being baptized at the Cathedral of Monaco. I will keep updating this post with new information and better photos, but for now, let's take a quick look at Princess Charlene's ensemble.

Princess Charlene in Christian Dior Couture.
The Princely couple arrived with the godparents. Princess Charlene wore a Dior Haute Couture flared silk-crepe dress and a 3/4 sleeve short top in soie vert (light sea green, not beige as it looks).



The frock is based on a design from the Spring 2015 collection.


The proud mother wore a straw bibi hat in a matching colour and new pair of earrings that we will talk about later.



Do you like this look so far?


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Photos: Twitter, Gettimagies, Zimbio, Dailymail

Latest news on the baptism of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco

The Palace has finally released more information regarding the baptism of the Monaco Twins.



The godparents for Prince Jacques will be Mr. Christopher Le Vine Jr and Mrs. Diane de Polignac Nigra. Christopher Le Vine Jr's father is a cousin of Prince Albert and was his best man on his wedding in 2011. Not much is known about Diane de Polignac but I think her son is a friend of the Princely Couple as his name has been mentioned in this article from 2012.


Prince Albert's bestman, Chris Le Vine, on the day of the couple's civil wedding (far right).

For Princess Gabriella, both godparents are South African as Gareth Wittstock, Princess Charlene's brother, will be her godfather and Mrs. Nerine Pienaar will assume the role of the Princess's godmother.

Gareth Wittstock and his girlfriend.

Nerine Pienaar is the wife of the retired South African rugby player, Francois Pienaar. Together they attended the wedding ceremonies of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene.


Francois Pienaar and his wife Nerine Pienaar at the wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene

So far, there has been no mention of the attendance of members from any other royal family. But we can't be sure that no one is going until the guest list is released.




How excited are you for this historical royal affair?

Style Speculation: How Many Bags Do You See?

Look at this picture and tell me, how many bags can you see?


If your answer is 1 (and I'm pretty sure it's not), then hallelujah, you've got it right.

Akris Ai Revesible bag in denim⁄caramel


This is the new Ai Reversible bag from Akris that can be worn with either of its colors on the outside and in various forms with multiple carrying options. Brilliant isn't it?

Akris Ai Revesible in scarlet⁄stucco.


What I love about this bag is that it carries the essence of Akris' luxurious practicality. Only a few labels can achieve that without having their pieces looking too fussy.


You can buy this bag from Akris e-store for $1,990, that's like $200 per look!





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Photos: Akris

Queen Rania in MSGM, Philip Lim and Dior for a Business meeting

Earlier this week, Queen Rania of Jordan visited a group of entrepreneurs at the King Hussein Business Park in Amman, Jordan.
 
Powered by Zain, a leading telecom company in the Middle East, the Queen of Jordan learned more about Zoomaal, a crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs in the Arab World.


For the engagement, Queen Rania wore a a dark blue pantsuit, a repeated MSGM top (available at TheOutnet for £114) and a 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli Mini Messenger bag.

Queen Rania in Dior shoes.

Her Royal Majesty finished her look with a pair of Dior Asymmetrical Pumps in hand-braided navy and grey elastic.

Dior Asymmetrical Pumps.

The exotic pumps are currently available to order on the Dior website for £870.

I have to hand it to Queen Rania for making business attire that much fun.


Does this look make it for you or do you find it too random?



Photos: Dior.com, alrai.com, June Godiva on Pinterest.

Princess Charlene in Diesel, Akris and Ralph Lauren for the Sainte-Dévote Tournament

A while ago Princess Charlene attended the Sainte-Dévote Tournament in Monte-Carlo.

Princess Charlene in Diesel Jeans
You may recall Charlene attending the same event last year in a Versace coat. This year, the Princess of Monaco wore a pair of Diesel skinny jeans, A simple white blouse and a repeated Akris Cassini 2 cape.


Charlene paired her outfit with grey Suede Tasella Booties from Ralph Lauren Collection.

Princess Charlene wearing Ralph Lauren booties.




The booties are Italian made of  "sumptuous suede" and are now marked down from $750 to $249 on the Ralph Lauren website.

Dior Exquise sunglasses in black and blue covered the eyes of her serene highness while Charlene's other pearl necklace (Which we will discuss soon) and the cross necklace graced her neck.


Finally, Charlene finished her look with the pearl stud earrings.


I love how casually elegant this look is, I didn't expect to see this jeans-cape combo from Charlene and I think the huge shape of the cape balances skinniness of these jeans. This, ladies and gentlemen, is smart casual at its best.

For more information about Sainte-Dévote Tournament, click HERE.


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Photos: Zimbio, royaldish, palaisprincier, ralphlauren.com, purepeople



Princess Charlene in Akris for the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards

The Laureus World Sports Awards might have been held in Shanghai this year, but the winner of the Sportsman of the Year, Novak Djokovic didn't have to travel to the other side of the world to receive his award this morning.


Princess Charlene handed it to him right from the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club where they were filmed and streamed live to all attendees at Shanghai Grand Theatre.


 The Princess wore a blue Akris leather peplum jacket under what seems to be pants and top combo. The jacket is made of lamb nappa leather and is currently available on Akris e-store for $4,390. The looks AMAZING on her, doesn't it?




The very cheerful princess debuted what a new pair of gold stud earrings and a necklace with  some pendant that I need to see a better picture of. The newly debuted cross necklace was also in sight.



I have to say I'm really surprised, the blog goes offline for a week only to find Charlene attending 3 events (We'll cover the 2 other ones later) and wearing 2 necklaces at once to two of those events, WOW! I just hope the jewelry is there to stay in her highness's style.



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Photos: Zimbio, Akris





And We're Back!

 Firstly, let me thank everyone that has emailed, tweeted or asked about the blog through any social media channel. It felt amazing when I received the first email asking what happened to the blog.


So what happened to The Royal Couturier?

Basically, a lot of time and effort were put into this blog over the past few months in order to turn it into a place where we all can enjoy ourselves a little bit more. From the new design all the way to the new logo (Our coat of arms has a dress :D), the content will also have an evolution of its own.


We're still discussing royals, Princess Charlene, you're not off the hook. But we'll also be looking at more designers that I hope to see more people/royals supporting as well as covering some of the most important fashion events in Egypt and the Middle East. So from now on, together we'll be looking at everything royal and everything couture. The new features will be:
  • The Egyptian Couturier.
  • Train Tuesday/Thursday.
  • Fabric Friday.
  • I'm not telling you about the rest. :P

Finally, let me thank everyone that contributed over the past few months to make my vision of TRC come true:
  • Matej Bilić: banner and logo designer.
  • Eve M.: Webdesiger.
  • Hadeer Hameed.
  • Bassam ElMahy.
  • Ashrakut Ammar
  • Marwan Salim.
  • Hisham Sittin.
I would have had an emotional breakdown and stopped blogging if it weren't for you all, and you readers of course :)



So what are you waiting, start exploring!