Princess Charlene's Fashion

Worn in Week: Princess Charlene Rocks New York in Ralph Lauren and Versace (with a touch of Akris)

Princess Charlene was in New York this week with her husband, Prince Albert of Monaco.

The visit was mainly to attend the Princess Grace Awards, but they also attended some other events, and had few outings, with new clothes!

They firstly attended a luncheon on their honor at Daniel Restaurant, on October 22.

Charlene wore a red Akris dress with a matching red velvet bolero.
Both the dress and the bolero come from the Fall 2011 collection
The princess teamed her dress with Walter Steiger Taper Toe Curved Heel Pumps and Akris clutch.

Along with her prince, the princess mingled with celebrities, like supermodel and friend Karolina Kurkova who was wearing a Victoria Beckham dress, Karolina attended Albert and charlene's wedding last year wearing Chanel.

I like Charlene's outfit, it's red! a color that we see every now and then on Charlene, although she always rocks it!
But I quite dislike the makeup (or lack of makeup) as she looks so washed out, and it's really obvious that she was exhausted.

At night the princely couple attended the 30th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards Gala.

For this occasion the Princess wore a backless Ralph Lauren Collection Halterneck gown with gold beading on the neck, silver embroidery on the back, and silver fringes on the back that kept swinging all the night!

The gown comes from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection, and Char accessorized it with an amazing new pair of pear shaped pearl earrings.

I absolutely love this look, if not for the Ralph Lauren dress, the hairstyle or the makeup, then it's for the new pair of earrings, I mean love me some dangling pearl earrings!

Next morning, Charlene went out with her brother Gareth wearing either skinny jeans or leggings, I'm not really sure, with knee-length boots, white top, a cardigan, and a huge scarf.
 Later she changed the top and cardi to a blue sweater to have a dinner date with Prince Albert (note her flower bag).
  I gotta love her casual chic style -except for the leggings-.

Char also attended the Versace Soho boutique opening cocktail party in New York, where she had fun and mingled with many celebrities.

The Princess of Monaco arrived wearing a black coat with leather inserts, leather thigh boots with gold details and a clutch. Under the coat, a black dress with shoulder details was kept warm, All by Versace.

 The coat comes from the Versace Fall 2012 RTW collection, you can but it in blue from HERE for £ 2,640.
The boots come from the same collection and you can get them from Net-A-Porter for $2,250
The Princess was having fun
I wonder if we'll see the princes wearing Versace in the future, And I actually wonder if she has worn Versace before! for your information: She didn't pick the outfit herself, usually designers send their guests the outfits.

Last night Prince Albert and Princess Charlene arrived in Montreal, Canada where they attended Ritz-Carlton Montreal's 100th Anniversary Gala at Ritz-Carlton Hotel (wondering why exactly they attended this gala), They seemed to be enjoying themselves so much, and Char looked so relaxed and outgoing. I always liked the New York effect on royals.

But this is not enough for me to forgive Char on that bad gold dress she wore which I can't Identify. Bad dress, Char. Just bad, and the length is questionable

 Anyway, The Princess teamed her dress with her Jimmy Choo sandals, her engagement ring, and dangling diamond earrings she has worn before.

Okay she's wearing jewelry, and it's been a while since the last time we saw the ring, I might forgive her for the huge smile, or the princessy cuteness..........Maybe!


The dress is Ralph Lauren Blue Label

Thanks to Loubna from RoyalDish forums who could identify it, The dress is now available on Ralph Lauren website for $1498.00, and you can buy it from here

Here's the description of the dress as written on the website:
 Exuding elegant, vintage-inspired style with a touch of shine, our feminine dress is tailored in a delicate Lurex® gauze with a halter neckline and sweeping skirt.
  • Self-tie at the neck. Center-front keyhole. Concealed side zipper.
  • Circular skirt is cut on the bias for a beautiful drape.
  • Crinkled finish. Falls 37" from the natural waist.
  • Includes self-belt. Luxuriously lined in silk georgette.
  • 57% polyester. 43% silk. Lining: 100% silk. Dry clean. Imported.
looking at the model, I don't hate it as much as I did in the beginning, and as the dress has a self-tied neckline, I see a good potential in it if Charlene would tie it the next time tight as with the model it would look way better.

Which look is your favorite from what Princess Charlene has worn this week?

Photos: Zimbio, NewMyRoyals, WireImage, Versace, Royaldish

The Royal Thumbs Up: Princes Guillaume and Princess Stephanie Religious Ceremony Guests

Now, as we've seen Princess Stephanie's amazing gown, It's time to start celebrating what our royal ladies have worn to the wedding ceremony.

And because I'm so thrilled today that we had this Elie Saab gown, there won't be thumbs down this time as well.

All in NATAN

Left to right: Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa (mother of the groom), Lydia de Schaetzen (aunt of the bride), Princess Claire of Beligum, Princess Mathilde of Beligum, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Tessy, Antonia Hamilton (Bride's niece), Princess Alexandra, Queen Paola and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (click to enlarge)
As announced Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa was dressed by NATAN, Although she usually looks way better in Elie Saab, I really appreciate that she didn't go for one of his designs as it would be a kind of "competing" with the bride, She wore huge brooch which is impressing unless if it's costume! Her hat is by Fabienne Delvigne.

Lydia de Schaetzen chose a lighter shade of pink, she arrived with the grand duke.

Princess Claire wore a whole maroon/brown ensemble that reminds me of a look from Dior's latest collection, hat by Fabienne Delvigne.

Mathilde went for flashy bronze which she accessorized with grey hat and a clutch with some colorful stones, Hat by Fabienne Delvigne.

Maxima went for a rather simple look (Compared to last night), but as a magpie, she didn't disappoint and wore a crazy hat by Fabienne Delvigne.

Tessy went for a simple but elegant dress with an interesting back, which makes me feel that we're gonna hear some good news soon, also her hat was by Fabienne Delvigne.

 Antonia Hamilton and Princess Alexandra were both the bridesmaids and both of their dresses were designed by NATAN, They give me that nostalgic vibe of Princess Grace's bridesmaids, I prefer Antonia's myself, better view of the two dresses here and here.

Queen Paola looked okay in her grey dress, hat by the same hat designer as above.

Princess Marie looked so classy in her outfit as well.

Only in Chanel
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Princess Caroline of Hanover opted for a lovely dress from the Fall 2010 Couture collection from Chanel. I don't really like the veil on the hat though!

All in Black

L to R: Countess of Wessex, Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Countess Sophie of Wessex wore a lovely Emilia Wickstead dress with horse print, Shown above another version of the dress since Sophie's is bespoke, hat by Jane Taylor.

Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore a Valentino coat with beige heels, dark purple dress underneath, and some weird hair wrap, breads thingy!

All in Grey/Neutral

L to R: Princess Letizia of Asturias, Princess Clotilde Courau, Princess Marie-Chantal, Princess Martha-Louise of Norway, Princess Victoria of Sweden, Queen Anne-Marie, Queen Sonja, Princess Miriam of Hungary, Princess katherine of Yugoslavia(down), Princess Astrid of Belgium.
Princess Letizia chose Felipe Varela (as always) and the result was beautiful although kind of blergh!

Princess Clotilde wore and Elie Saab dress, and some fascinator!

Princess Marie-Chantal wore a beautiful dress, remind me of some looks from Akris, but I really hope it's not!

Martha-Louise looked beautiful in a grey/silverish dress. She's been looking good recently, and that's questionable!

Princess Victoria recycled her Fadi El Khoury couture dress she wore earlier this year (she got that thing on the shoulder removed) and added a new gorgeous grey coat!

Queen Anne-Marie looked every inch a queen in her dress and coat combo. She wore that dress before, didn't she?

Queen Sonja looked okay, but the white stocking were rather an unfortunate choice.

Princess Miriam looked great, I'd really like to know the designer.

Princess Katherine looked exactly as she looks in every wedding.

I really loved Princess Astrid's outfit, there's something Dior-ish and fifties-ish about it, good job!

All in Real Colour

Left to right: Princess Mary of Denmark, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Queen Margarita, Princess Sarvath, Queen of Margrethe, Princess Lalla Salma, Princess Margarita, Nora de Liechenstein.
The rule says, give it some color and you're a winner! And so all these women are winner, and while I really like Mary's outfit, Lalla Salma is the biggest winner here.

The Ducal Palace has released the official wedding photos of Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie (Countess of Lannoy) that were taken by Christian Aschman.

Here they are (you have to enlarge them to feel the glory):

Tell me what you think of the guests' outfits and the official photos!

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 Photos: Grand Ducal Palace, Gett, Zimbio, NewMyRoyals

Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg Cathedral Wedding Gown and Tiara

Today, we have a new crown princess. Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg after the religious wedding ceremony to Prince Guillaume.

Arriving with her brother in a blue Daimler car owned by the grand ducal family, The bride, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, was wearing an Elie Saab couture gown!

 The gown is costum made (of course) and was designed by Mr. Saab himself, Elie designed the new princess an A line ivory gown with a little bit of mermaid skirt, but it's still A line!

The gown has a bateau (boat) neckline which gets lower by the back to show just a little bit of Stéphanie's back, three-quarter lace sleeves, fitted bodice and a skirt that continues to make a two and a half meters train.

And if this train is not grand enough for you, a four and a half meters train flows from the waist.

The whole gown is embroidered in silver thread, beads, and pearls, and the the long veil didn't have a blusher.

This historical wedding gown -that hopefully won't be cut in the future to dress The Notre-Dame Patron as they did with Maria-Teresa's Balmain gown- is made of different fabrics, here's  list with numbers:

  • 50 metres of Chantilly lace.
  • 40 metres of Calais lace.
  •  30 metres or satin organza.
  •  70 metres of tulle and silk crepe for the lining.
  •  15 metres of silk tulle for the veil.

The dress was also beaded and embroidered with different materials, and we also have a list of that:
  •  200 pieces of transparent glitter.
  •  80,000 transparent crystals.
  •  50,000 beads/pearls.
  •  10,000 metres of silver embroidery thread.

As for the tiara, instead of following the tradition started by Josephine-Charlotte of wearing the Congo Tiara, or wearing the Belgian Scroll Tiara, that also Josephine-Charlotte has worn on her wedding day, Princess Stephanie chose to make us a favor and wear her family's tiara.

The tiara, made by jeweler Altenloh in Brussels many years ago for the Lannoy family was also worn by all Princess Stephanie's sisters and sisters-in-law on their wedding days.

The tiara is composed of 270 brilliant diamonds and set in platinum, and has leaf motifs, which really goes very well the embroidery on the gown.

She also wore diamonds and pearl earrings that we have no idea about, and a necklace (I guess she wears it all the time).

Stéphanie carried a bouquet created by House Lachaume, a Parisian florist (Weird that Elie didn't design her a bouquet).

Bouzouk Did the Princess's makeup, as well as Princess Alexandra's and The Grand Duchess.
While Stephanie's hair was made by Tom Marcineau of the House of Carita in Paris into a really lovely low chignon that had the veil attached in the middle of it (remind me a bit of Charlene's).

I think this is one of the best wedding gowns EVER,not just in the royal gowns category, and this is one of the best weddings EVER.

They kissed three times!

It was quite hard to imagine Stephanie in one Elie's heavily embroidered gowns, but it worked, I was right when I let my mind go wild and guess Elie is doing it.
And I'm really glad that Maria-Teresa introduced her daughter-in-law to the world of couture and put her on the first step.

The only things I could complain about is that the bouquet is so white that it fades with the gown in the background, and that as a tiara-maniac I was wishing for something as huge as the Luxembourg Empire Tiara (hope MT brings it up soon) ,and while this gown design is new for royal brides, it's still so Elie Saab, which is not a bad thing actually but... forget about it, it's good... Well played, Steph, Keep on rocking Elie Saab dress, Princess!

Now, Tell me: What do you think about Princess Stéphanie's wedding gown and tiara?

P.S: Will be updating with better quality photos once they're available.

Photos: BTA, Elie Saab, Luxurazzi

The Royal Thumbs Up: :Prince Guillaume and Countess Stephanie Gala guests

Today, Prince Guillaume, The hereditary grand Duke of Luxembourg made Countess Stephanie de Lannoy his wife and The Princess of Luxembourg. And tomorrow he'll make her the hereditary Grand-Duchess.

Most of our favorite royals attended the gala dinner in all their gowns and tiaras glory. And for this we have some thumbs up, and since most ladies were dazzling today and I really loved the procession of the civil ceremony I won't be doing thumbs down.

Best in red

Princess Mette-Marit in Emilio Pucci

Now this is how you rock red, The gown is amazing, it's exotic, has texture, quite edgy, but it's still so elegant and train flowing texture in the skirt gives it the grandness needed for such a royal affair. And although I was wishing for another tiara, since we usually see Mette-Marit wearing this Diamond Daisy tiara, I think the Amethyst Tiara would have been too much red!

And speaking of too much red...

Best in too much

Princess Maxima of The Netherlands in Jan Taminiau

 Maxima chose to be dressed by Jan Taminiau (as usual for royal weddings night events) but instead of the opting for something simple like the Jan Taminiau she wore to Prince Albert and Charlene wedding last year, she decided to go for a statement. And as if the gown itself isn't a statement, she decided to add a huge, fluffy shawl/shrug (both from his fall 2012 couture collection) and as if the gown and shrug do not make much of a statement she wore the entire Mellerio Ruby Parure. what Maxima did is actually that she caught the attention and stole the limelight from the bride, quite sad, but you can't really blame Maxima for being Maxima, can you?

Rest in red
Left to right: Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess Sarvath, Marie Astrid of Ausria(Above) ,  Princess Margarita of Romania(in burgundy down), Countess Diane de Nassau, and Queen Anne-Marie (in purple)
Princess Maragretha is wearing Elie Saab and the Aquamarine Tiara and earrings (belong to her sister in law Maria-Teresa), Princess Sarvath wearing a sari and her usual tiara, Marie-Astrid wearing her mother's (Princess Josephine-Charlotte) Van Cleef and Arpels tiara, Princess Margarita in her usual greek key tiara, and Queen Anne-Marie in the Khedive of Egypt Tiara.

Only in Chanel

Princess Caroline of Hanover

Caroline wore a modified Fall 2011 Chanel Couture gown and bolero, accessorized them with Christian Loubotin and 2 tiaras! The Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara, and The Fringe Tiara (worn as necklace) both belonged to her grandmother. Good move to show that that these pieces are still hers.

All in Blue
Princess Mathilde, Queen Sonja, Queen Paola and Princess Sibilla
Mathilde wore a royal blue gown which appears to be by NATAN and her Wreath Tiara. Queen Paola wore a Princess-like gown, which is weird because she's a queen already, she paired it with the fill version of Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara. While Queen Paola wore a (NATAN?) gown with Queen Elisabeth's Diamond Bandeau Tiara. And Sibilla wore a dark blue gown that resembles some Chanel creations, and paired it with the tiara worn by her mother on her wedding day.

All in grey/silver
Clotilde Courau, Princess Matha-Louise, Princess Miriam, Queen Silvia
Clotilde Courau wore Elie Saab Fall 2012 couture and as usual tiara-less. Meanwhile, Princess Martha-Louise broke a million mirrors to create her dazzling gown which she paired with her 18th birthday tiara. Princess Miriam opted for a silver gown with some really lousy gloves and over-sized clutch. Queen Silvia chose to repeat a gown, she wore the Nine Prong Tiara.

All in neutral
Princess Marie-Chantal, Princess Victoria, Princess Katherina of Yugoslavia
Elie Saab Again with Princess Marie-Chantal, And also an Elie Saab gown repeated by Princess Victoria, she wore in 2010 before, while Princess Katherina kept it simple in powder pink.

All in green/turquoise

Princess Claire, Princes Astrid, Countess Luisa de Lannoy, Queen Margarita
Princess Claire rocked a green gown, probably by NATAN (since it looks quite undone) with her antique pearl tiara, Princess Astrid in Elie Saab. Countess Luisa (sister in law of the bride) in some lovely gown while Queen Margarita was in the wrong place!

Stay tuned for a post about the bride and her mother in law, and their fashion choices for the day and exclusive information!

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The Royal Info: All You Need To Know About The Royal Wedding of Luxembourg

With only 4 days left until the royal wedding of Prince Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie, It's time to guess, speculate, bid, and just have some royal wedding fun as this will probably be the last major royal wedding for some years. Since Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg is the last unmarried heir to the throne, Which means his wedding might be the last state wedding for few years if not decades.

The couple

Firstly, There will be two ceremonies (Just like Monaco), The first will be on October the 19th, and will take place in the Luxembourg City Town Hall at 3pm Luxembourg time (and Egypt time, which is GMT +2), There will be a procession from the Grand Ducal Palace to the City Town Hall. The civil ceremony will be  followed by a dinner and a ball (tiara affair?) in The Grand Ducal Palace.

Left: The Grand Ducal Palace where the procession while start until they arrive at the Luxembourg City Town Hall(Right). (Click to enlarge)

The religious ceremony will take place the next day, October 20th, at 11am, Luxembourg time, in the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Luxembourg.

And at 1am, The royal couple will appear on the balcony of the Grand Ducal Palace (means the ceremony will take less than 2 hours), After that comes a reception. And at night fireworks and concerts!

Now the royal couture info:

Firstly here is the list of the royals who were listed in the religious ceremony guest list:

HRH Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco 
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Belgians 
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Norway 
TSH the Reigning Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein 
Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands 
Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden 
Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark and HRH the Prince Consort 
TRH Prince Frédérik and Princess Mary of Denmark 
TRH Crown Princess and Prince Daniel of Sweden 
TRH the Prince and the Princess of Asturias 
TRH the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands 
HRH thr Crown Prince of Japan 
TRH the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway 
TRH the Duke and the Duchess of Brabant 
HRH Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn 
HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden 
TRH Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium 
TRH Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium 
HRH Prince Rashid and Princess Zeina of Jordan 
TRH Crown Princess and Prince Radu of Romania  
HRH the Princess of Hanover 
TRH Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan 
TRH Prince Edward of Princess Sophie of Wessex 
Their Majesties King Constantin and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece 
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Bulgaria 

So far we know that some of these ladies will be wearing Natan outfits for the ceremony and these ladies are:

Grand-Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg (mother of the groom)
Alexandra and Tessy (Sisters of the groom)
Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant (Crown Princess of Belgium)
Máxima, Crown Princess of The Netherlands

Some looks from Natan's Fall 2012 couture collection
It's a morning event, but I added some night looks since we might see any of them in the gala.
From left to right: Maxima, Mathilde, Maria-Teresa and Alexandra all dressed in Natan

So, that's how we expect these ladies to look in Natan creations (not their best to be honest).

 I have some speculations for some of the other royal ladies:

Princess Mary of Denmark, Prada for the cathedral and some Danish designer for the ball.

Princess Victoria of Sweden, Elie Saab *fingers crossed*

Princess Letizia of Austrias, Felipe Varela (I would bid on that)

Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Valentino

Princess Caroline of Hanover, Chanel (what else does she wear?)

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Bruce Oldfield or Amanda Wakeley

And unlike many of you, I guess Prince Albert and Princess Charlene will be attending the ball ... Well, I'm not sure at all. As they're not attending the religious ceremony, but we don't have a guest list for the dinner and one can hope!

And What About Stephanie?

Well... ELIE SAAB. I mean, It has to be Elie, specially as Edouard Vermeulen, the designer behind NATAN who designed Stephanie's engagement outfits announced that he's not the designer of the wedding gown. And Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa wears either Natan or Elie Saab all the time. Remember her Jubilee dinner Elie Saab Haute Couture gown she wore recently?

But as nothing has been confirmed by The Grand Ducal Palace or Elie Saab (I emailed them a while ago and never got a reply, naturally) we can only speculate.

Here's a look at Elie's latest two couture collections, some of his bridal from previous collections, and the pre-wedding gown he made for Princess Victoria or Sweden
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June, 2010

And as we also haven't seen much of Stephanie over the last few years we don't really know how her style is! 

Diane von Furstenberg is also an option, but I think it's not likely to be her.

As for the tiara and veil, the tradition started by Grand-Duchess Josephine-Charlotte in wedding tiaras is that the bride wears the Congo Necklace Tiara (Although it's said that Josephine wore the bracelet as a tiara and the necklace around her neck), Maria-Teresa wore the same tiara as well on her wedding day, Maybe Stephanie will follow the tradition? or maybe she will bring us a new(for us) heirloom tiara from her family's collection?

As reported, the Notre-Dame Patron of the Cathedral will be wearing Countess Alix della Faille’s (Stephanie's late mother) wedding veil. Maybe this will give Stephanie the chance to wear Josephine Charlotte’s Belgian Lace Veil?

Also Stephanie will wear on her third finger of her right hand her Mother’s engagement ring, and will receive at the at the same hand her wedding ring. 

 Seeing her engagement ring, you can tell that this wedding is going to be huge, and therefor I may ask for Elie Saab couture breathtaking one of a kind.......etc wedding gown, You're a noble who's marrying into royalty, if you're not gonna wear Elie Saab in your wedding, then when the royal heck are you going to?!!

Countess Stephanie engagement ring

Tell me how do you expect, speculate, and hope Countess Stephanie de Lannoy will look?

Images: Wikipedia, Google, Natan,