Princess Charlene and The 2013 Monaco Grand Prix!

Monaco has just witnessed one of the busiest weeks in the year, The Grand Prix. So let's see how Charlene did -in terms of dressing- over that week and the few days before it!


The very next day after the successful Dior show in Monaco, Charlene wore her blue Dior suit as she accompanied Prince Albert on their visit to Corsica.

Charlene accessorized her suit with nothing but black flats, most probably by Walter Steiger.



Two days later (May, 20th), Charlene von Monaco attended the World Images Lova Closing Party in Cannes, Charlene later attended the Roberto Cavalli yacht party. 


For the occasion, the princess wore a black Akris jumpsuit. This outfit caused quite a debate as many thought she looked gorgeous while many others thought the neckline wasn't so princessy. I'm on the edge, but I absolutely love the clutch, mainly because it's green and probably by Cavalli. Char added a blazer later (not by Akris), you can see it here.



On May 23rd, the Prince and Princess visited the port where the Grand Prix race was to take place.


Charlene wore a "Pastis wool double-face sleeveless sheath with waist zip detail." (Akris words), (Does anyone know what pastis is?) Anyway, gorgeous colour and I'm pretty glad she didn't open the waist zip! Walter Steiger nude flats completed her look.


Later that day Charlene and Albert attended a casual yacht party of some Indian doctor.




Yes, what you're seeing is right, Charlene is wearing Burberry (yes that's the weirdest thing in this pic for me). A similar top is available on Farfetch for
$196.



May 24th's morning was the time for the princely couple to visit the handicap area  as people there were watching the race.


I guess, and it's only pure guessing, that Charlene de Monaco was wearing another Burberry!



They're identical, except for the buttons that can change from even one shop to another. The coat above is available for purchase on Burberry's website for $1,150 (after sale).


Later that day, the couple attended the Pierre Frolla 'Operation Poseidon' at Fort Antoine where a diver restored the flag, Charlene then presented her foundation's ambassadors at the yacht club.


Charlene was dressed in Akris top, gilet and button up skirt (she has a similar one in a lighter shade). Although the colour is much of a MEH, I find the contrast between the different fabrics interested and the overall look is classy, flats continued!


They also had a night event that day! A Grand Prix party hosted by the Prince at the palace.


La Princesse wore an Akris spring 2013 dress, of course it was modified and lined, here's the runway version.
Char wore her go-to big Lorenz Baumer earrings.


May 26th was the day of the Grand Prix final race AKA the most important day in the Grand Prix weekend.



The Prince and Princess arrived in a Lexus car which Charlene drove herself (usually Albert is the one who drives). Also in attendance was Pierre Casiraghi, his girlfriend Beatrice Borromeo, Andrea Casiraghi and his Girlfriend Tatiana.



Charlene chose a "Fluo pebblestone patchwork embroidery sleeveless dress". I seriously don't understand why they use these hard descriptions, what about " A sleeveless V-neck dress with a checkered designs that echoes the Grand Prix flag in a gorgeous neon pink"?

Anyway, although Charlene's dress caused a sensation all over twitter, her fierce shoes caused a dilemma for me as I wasn't able to identify them for a few hour!



The gorgeous pair is Giorgio Armani, shown above in black which you can get from Farfetch.com for the price of $635. The cut-out T-bar sandals are described as:

Black suede slipper from Giorgio Armani featuring a wide T-bar strap to the front with square cut-out detailing, a thin buckle fastening ankle strap, a suede covered stiletto heel and a contrasting nude sole.

Charlene wore a cute pair of sunglasses which I'm not able to identify yet/at-all, but they're giving me Prada vibes, maybe you can help?


I absolutely love this look, Charlene always does something new for the Grand Prix, this time it's both new and cool!

As usual, a dinner gala took place that night to honor the winners.


The Princess wore a "Calla trapezoid apron gown with horsehair detail" by Akris. This gown is a modified version of this Spring 2013 gown below.
  

Charlene wore nude pumps, and Akris Ecru minaudière clutch. 


  Charlene wore a striking purple lipstick as she went jewelry-less except for a diamond bracelet which looks new to me.


I like that Char tried a new silhouette which is really flattering on her, but this attire falls flat after the morning's outfit, nothing Charlene wears can upstage her in pink... except purple, or a tiara.. or both together!




What do you think of Charlene's choices this week?




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Princess Charlene Brings Dior to Monaco: A Look at The Collection!


So as expected, Dior presented the Cruise 2014 in Monaco in a not-so-expected rainy weather which somehow made the show even more interesting as the cruise seemed to be in a stormy sea!

Shared by @cedricverany on Twitter.

Above we see the set with the view of the sea. Below we see another photo shared by @ELLEfrance



Among the guests were those billionaires we always see in Monaco, those fashion people we see in most shows and stars like Marion Cotillard, Jessica Biel, Liv Tyler, Zhang Ziyi and Princess Clotide of Savoy (who is an actress, too). All were in Cannes this week and came for the event (Monte Carlo is only 45 minutes away from Cannes), and all were in Dior head to toe.


Clotide wore the Dior little black jacket, after her unlined Elie Saab gown from the movie premiere this is a huge step on the dressing-appropriately side!

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco were the last to arrive, shortly before the show started.

Vogue Turkey on Instagram

The photo you see above was the first photo I saw of the couple arriving , to say the least I was totally disappointed in Charlene's all black outfit. Until I saw the real colours!

Along with Albert and Charlene were Andrea Casiraghi and his girlfriend Tatiana Santo Domingo, Have we ever mentioned here that Andrea and Tatiana welcomed their first child, Sacha one day before the Rose Ball this year?


Tatiana looks great for someone who has gave born less than two month ago, her boho style is hiding anything that should be hidden well, nice shoes for her, Louboutins, Bad shoes for Andrea.


Charlene arrived wearing a stripped black and blue dress, naturally by Dior. The dress features a knee-length full skirt, long sleeves and round neckline, the stripped part of the dress is different in material which makes the sleeves part look like a top worn under a strapless dress (or maybe it is?).

The dress is a modified version (or not) of this dress from the pre-fall 2013 collection which will be hitting the stores from next week.


Charlene wore simple black patent pumps and carried the Andy Warhol shoe-printed clutch from the Dior fall 2013 collection which isn't available yet. Char finished her look with a pair of heart shaped diamond stud earrings.

Princess Charlene of Monaco wearing the Andy Warhol Gold Slippers Clutch from Dior.

Dior's Cruise collection wasn't exactly something new from Raf Simons (Dior's creative director) but rather something refined, reinvented and recreated. Unlike other designers' resort/cruise collections, Raf's creations in this one are pieces that Charlene and her alikes (those who can afford Dior) can wear on a cruise on their yachts, on a beach, beach party or to attend some summery event, yet the collection had a suit or two that can be worn for work and a few cocktail dresses that can be worn at any season. You can check the whole collection HERE, but below are my favorite pieces that I would like to see Charlene rocking!

Dior Resort 2014.
You can right click on each image and open it in a new tab for a bigger view.

Dior Cruise 2014
The combination of white black and powder pink in the left side look is divine, the skirt had that half and half effect which gives it an edgy look without giving up on elegance.

If Charlene is going to wear black forever as she does, then silhouettes should at least be interesting. And that's the case with the two LBDs above center and right. I especially like the one on the right; the asymmetrical hemline which falls under the knee in its shortest place, very ladylike! It also combines different materials, and a strange V-neckline (can't really describe it), and Char has worn the three features before.


After the presentation -which took less than than 20 minutes-, it was time for a reception at the Oceanographic Museum.


The Princess of Monaco arrived with husband wearing a dress that we saw only less than an hour before her arrival! The dress comes from the Cruise 2014 collection!


The sleeveless dress features a round neckline, asymmetrical high-low hemline, an explosion of colour made of fabric leftovers and lace panels in light blue and black on the back which luckily Charlene got lined!

Charlene kept her clutch and earrings but changed her footwear to a black open-toe platform pumps by Dior which you can buy from HERE for $490.



 The reception included a mini-exhibition showing Dior dresses worn by Princess Grace and Charlene, makes sense since the whole idea about showing in Monte Carlo was keeping the strength of the strings between Dior and Monaco!


Above, the gown worn by Princess Grace in 1970 when she introduced Frank Sinatra's concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. You can see HERE how she's floating rather than walking in the dress, fairly princessy (also the video linked above is a good opportunity to hear some nice introduction to a great artist and the whole concert.)


Above: Two of Princess Grace's dresses on the right and on the left, in the middle is the dress Charlene wore to the Princess Grace Awards 2011.


Above: Charlene's gown for the Red Cross Ball last year (the one we all thought was Akris) and behind it, three of Grace's outfit including the tent dress she wore while expecting Princess Caroline in 1956.


Some more gowns of Princess Grace's, the red one in the back is Charlene's she wore last year to the Van Cleef and Arpels exhibition opening in Paris. If you look behind Charlene in the photo posted earlier, you'll be able to see the pink gown she wore to Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee dinner last year, we'll discuss its story below!


Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and Raf Simons

Seeing this collection presentation in Monaco proves some facts and gives some thoughts:


1. Charlene really meant it when she said she wants Monaco to be a fashion capital; and not only than, she also has a plan to achieve it. Now Dior presented a collection in Monaco, maybe it will be followed by others. Char will then have only Stella Mccartney, Manolo Blahnik left to open in Monaco to be done. Oh! Wait, and Starbucks!

2. Charlene actually looks good in full skirts; they actually balance her shoulders and define her waist better, but maybe she'd look even better in a less constructed full skirt!

3. Charlene can pull off colours; which she proves that every time she wears any colours, I just wish the Charlene Blue (the light baby blue she wore on her civil wedding, it's named after her now, see the lace panel in the dress above) would become her go to colour.

5. Charlene only displayed the dresses she won't wear again: Char has many other Dior gowns, cocktail dresses and day suits, I guess she only displayed the ones she won't wear again. You won't wear a dress after displaying it to the whole world, makes me kinda sad since I wanted to see the pale pink gown again.

5. Charlene wears other brands than Akris; even if what she wears is screaming Akris, like that costum made white and gold gown. Char would go to a huge fashion house, get them make her a one of a kind dress that looks exactly like Akris, sigh. And that leads me to thought number 6!

6. Dior should be ashamed of their PR: When I contacted Dior last year for confirmation on that pale pink gown Char wore to the jubilee dinner, they said they didn't design the gown, but I was sure they did since Carla Bruni has worn an identical piece, since the gown wasn't Akris and Dior denied it I ended up with no post (was too busy failing in my exams to fight with the PR girl), but it is in her face now. And look! they even forgot to send Clotide a blouse!

7. Christian Dior introduced the New-Look to the world will Raf Simons introduce a new look to Charlene?

8. Jan Taminiau and Felipe Varela have the best PR: Yeah I'm still angry!

10. Weather isn't always on your side; Jan wanted the show to be open air with birds from the sea visiting them inside and the fresh breeze coming and going, instead because of weather, they had to put plastic sheets  (looks like glass but it's not) to keep the place inside dry!

Katia Toledano, Sidney Toledano, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and Helene Mercier

One last look at the princely couple and the people who own Dior!


What do you think about this collection?




Photos: Zimbio, Twitter, Style.com, Epi Monaco Facebook

Worn in Week (Month): What Charlene Wore!

So, we're supposed to be on a hiatus until the Grand Prix next week, but Dior will present their collection tomorrow in Monte-Carlo, we knew it months ago, but we didn't know that Charlene was so involved in it. Apparently she's the one behind this whole initiative! Check the album on the Palais Princier fanpage HERE. So we'll have a look at Charlene's looks that we missed as we prepare for a post or two on tomorrow's event!


Left: Attending the Monte Carlo ATP Masters Series on April 20th, wearing Akris outfit, the Rolex Masters blazer, The Armani Ballerinas and the new Akris Alexa bag. She visited the Top Marques Monaco the same day wearing the same outfit.

Center and left: Attending the ATP Masters finale on April 21st, wearing the Akris dress we saw in London last year, the Armani Ballerinas and the ATP jackets, yes she changed!

That event was followed by a week of silence, then on April 28th, The Prince and Princess attended the charity race by stars for the benefit of Charlene's foundation, there aren't photos of the couple together there. But there's only one pic of Charlene in the street party that followed the race, The Princess was apparently enjoying her time as Chris Knight was singing, he also generously shared the pic with us!


Char and All were spotted leaving the Cathedral that day too, then Albert flew to the Netherlands and Charlene to South Africa were she performed her duties as a matron of honor for the bride.


I'm pretty sure that Charlene von Monaco didn't choose the dress, 'cuz it's lilac, which is, you know, colour!

Charlene also met with many people for her charity, some of them were so excited that they tweeted about it. The Princess also had a photo shoot in the pool and gave an interview where she said that she's now ready for kids (I hope she's ready for tiaras too at Madeleine's wedding next month)!



On May, 7th Char attended with her husband the Woman of the year 2013 awards.


Charlene wore a new Akris dress, it's made of boucle tweed and chiffon, I still can't make my mind whether it's grey or brown!


The dress has a very interesting chiffon back which drives it away from being boring, Charlene de Monaco paired her dress with her AMAZING walter steiger nude pumps.


Three days later, they attended The White Feather Foundation Charity Ball, Charlene wore an Akris white gown from the Spring 2013 collection, with chiffon inserts on the shoulders, and a zip on the back waist -that she didn't zip up-, I find it edgy without showing too much!



On May 13th, Charlene accompanied Albert to inaugurate the secondary school for vocational training of Monaco. Char wore the Akris black dress we've seen firstly in 2010 in Ireland and the black Akris jacket we saw in the ATP masters in 2011, she also wore flat shoes, not shown in the pic.


Later that day the couple had dinner at the Cordon d'Or restaurant.


That's not Charlene's go-to black dress, it actually seems to be a tank top to me. The jacket is new, Either Akris or Versace. I like the blazer, but I LOVE the makeup!


Finally The Prince and Princess inaugurated the Saint Devote Elderly house on May 16th. Charlene repeated her Akris suit we saw in Melbourne last year.


And that's a wrap for a whole month of appearances, nothing terrible but nothing impressing, except the touch of lilac, there's hope!

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Photos: Royaldish, myroyals, purepeople, PalaisPrincier

Queen Maxima Water Pageant Gown by Jan Taminiau

Still not over the Dutch inauguration, so we shall take a closer look at Queen Maxima's other masterpiece by Jan Taminiau. But before that, can we just take a moment to appreciate the flowers?


Netherlands is known for its amazing flowers, and whoever the florists who did the arrangements for all these ceremonies are, they did a fantastic job!


After the investiture and the reception, it was time for the water pageant, The King and The Queen were accompanied by their daughters while their royal guests were in two other boats.

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Catharina-Amalia (Princess of Orange), Princess Alexia, and the winner of the cutest contest, Princess Ariane

The girls kept on their NATAN dresses from the investiture, they only added the NATAN capes on top of them. We knew they would wear the capes (and the dresses) hours before they wore them, but I still don't like the capes, especially because they're brown!


Princess Amalia's dress and cape. ©Natan


For the occasion, The new queen wore a burgundy costum made Jan Taminiau gown, Jan Taminiau shawl, and a UN refugees blanket beige cape. And contrary to other reports, Jan Taminiau confirmed that he designed the shoes too.



The dress is described as a column dress, but I guess you might agree with me that the skirt has a fishtail effect from which the small train is cascading.
The gown also features an off-the-shoulder neckline.


The dress is made of a silk crepe "undertone" layer in nude and a red/burgundy overlay of lace. The lace includes embroidered flowers, sequins and crystals.

Queen Maxima wearing Jan Taminiau gown for the water pageant.

It's sad that there are almost no photos where we can see the whole look on Maxima, but at least we have a photo of the gown!

Reinier RVDA.

As usual opening this kind of photos in a new tab is always a good idea. Since the photo was again too huge to be uploaded I had to resize it for the whole look, and crop some parts (and resize them too) so we can see the details clearly.

Reinier RVDA.

In the upper part of the bodice there is a layer of delicate see through chiffon where the rest of the embroidery is placed, it made the dress seem to be backless, the chiffon continues to make short cap sleeves, it is so delicate that in the live streaming and some photos it looked like Max's arms had embroidery on them.


Reinier RVDA

In my opinion, the train is just enough, and I love that the embroidery on the knee area makes it look so naturally draping!

Max wore her diamond and garnet earrings, the Diamond Fish Net bracelet and another  diamond bracelet that she wears often. Keeping it simple, the Queen of too much wore a Chanel watch leather band instead of a diamond evening watch while diamond stars were pinned beautifully to her hair.



The event was too grand for any royal to be in just a column dress (except Charlene and Letizia, maybe) let alone QUEEN MAXIMA, but it included boarding on boats and walking in tight places so anything fussy would be a great trouble to deal with.

Queen Maxima with diamond stars in her hair

I love the idea that Jan Taminiau who is edgy like Alexander McQueen and has a dramatic sense of fashion like John Galliano made a gown that looked modern, yet regal, looks simple but is actually glamorous in details.
Away from being too much, the dress was so majestic but still she still could hurry up walking when they were running late after stopping to say hi to Armin van Buuren and the orchestra.

Their arrival starts at 4:40, Maxima runs at 8:30.




I think this gown is one of my favorite dresses on Maxima and will remain unforgettable although we have no full photos of her in it (without the blanket).

Jan described the two gowns himself saying that the Daytime is strong, powerful and complementary to what the King was wearing while the evening is softer, fragile, transparent and elegant. Do you agree?



And what do you think of this Jan Taminiau gown?




Professional NB: If you're going to use the photos of the gown, please use the credits Reinier RVDA and not The Royal Couturier.

Photos: Reinier RVDA, Zimbio, NewMyRoyals