The Royal Thumbs Up: The Best and Worst From Princess Madeleine's Pre-Wedding Dinner

Princess Madeleine's pre-wedding dinner took place tonight at the Grand Hotel, with guests varying from royal to billionaires I'm left disappointed and underwhelmed. Focusing on the positive part; most of the royal ladies did well, so let's give some thumbs up and down!


Best in Girl of The Party

Princess Madeleine
in Elie Saab


Although she's going to wear Valentino tomorrow for her wedding (confirmed by the palace), The princess chose a dress from the Lebanese designer, Elie Saab. This is Madeleine's first time to wear Saab -at least from what we know-, the dress is from the resort 2013 collection (our friend Sydney from lux-arazzi was the first to ID it).


I like that Madeleine didn't go for couture, after all this dinner is way too casual than her sister's in 2010 (don't you just hate comparing both?). Mads brought us another surprise with her earrings as she wore the earrings she wore for her engagement but this time with big aquamarines instead of pearls, I like it both ways!


Best in Queen and Mother-in-Law

Queen Silvia


You can always trust Queen Silvia to bring colour, glam and class, and this time was no exception. Her amazing tiered gown is so classy and beautiful while the sleeves and neckline parts are embroidered and shiny, it's a gala after all so some rhinestones are needed. And you know what the best part is? We don't always know the designers of Silvia's clothes, must be someone pretty exclusive!


Best in Sister of The Bride
Princess Victoria
in Jenny Packham


While Victoria's dress might look very good in this photo, it looked very unflattering from other angles, also the wind blew it for her on her way to the hotel. This Jenny Packham dress in the second dress Princess Victoria wore from the designer's Spring 2013 collection,


I like to believe that Vic chose Jenny Packham 'cause she didn't want to "compete" with her sister in Elie Saab, kudos for that! Her accessories are good, jewelry are fine (hair not so much) so she deserves a thumb up!


Best in Chic

Princess Marie Chantal
in Oscar de la Renta



Marie-Chantal may have arrived to Stockholm with Valentino in a private jet but that doesn't mean she would wear Valentino (at least tonight).

The Princess arrived at the dinner wearing a high-low Oscar de la Renta dress in dove grey. The dress comes from the Spring 2013 collection.







Many of you don't like high-low dresses, but I think this one is really beautiful with the embroidery and the way MC styled it with the gold Louboutin pumps!



Best in Sequins

Princess Tatiana
In Armani (not sure)


Firstly, I'm not sure Tatiana was in Armani but it looks Armani to me! Anyway, I like how the chiffon over the sequins forms a different effect, like discreet sparkle. the colour also makes a nice contrast against Tatiana's blondness! 



Best in I Can Look Young, Too

Princess Stephanie
in Elie saab

Finally, Stephanie kicked it out the (her) park, she left her shawl, wrap and scarf at home and let her one-shouldered Elie Saab draped number steal the show! This is the best Steph has looked since her wedding, the simplicity of this gown suits her delicate features and the clutch, also Saab, adds a touch of glamorous sparkle, I likey!



Best in Martha Louise

Princess Martha Louise

Princess Martha Louise's style is bizarre, she can play classic but when she's not bizarre-ing it up, she's not herself! So, kudos for a nice try to mix her bizarre self with classical dressing, I like the colour, too.

And now with the worst:

Worst in Boring

Princess Marie
in Yawn, doesn't matter


 Do I even need to explain? It's just dull, What a disappointment in Marie who always brings interesting gowns, the fabric looks so thin, too, I'm afraid I can see stuff I'm not supposed to see!



Worst EVER in Mother-in-Law

Eva Maria Walter
In Valentino (?)


Okay, before you start hating on it you have to know why Eva chose this Valentino dress which was the real reason behind Valentino's retirement! Eva knew that there will be no Dutch at the wedding, she also knew that you were wishing that even Princess Mabel would attend but since she won't, Eva decided to make you feel Mabel's essence by wearing a hugely-bowed gown, Eva risked her life as this bow could have swallowed her alive!

On a more serious not: This dress looks bad, is too short, and isn't age appropriate, it might would have looked good when she dated Prince Charles in the 80's (yes, she did) but not now!




It's time for those whom I can't make my mind up about:



Charlene in Charlene

Princess Charlene
in Akris


Charlene has a competition of her own, her own league. Although she looks amazing and she's in a colour (yes, anything not beige or black is a colour for Char) there are other stuff that make me unsure about the look:

  • I love the fabric but she's worn the same gown silhouette before in burgundy in Singapore (minus the vest).
  • The vest adds an edgy side to the outfit but just think of the idea of a vest over a gown!
  • It's all in one colour but it looks to have different colours (not sure whether that's good or bad).
  • The colour really suits her tone but washes her out (if that makes sense).
And the last reason for the dislike part is that she's not wearing ANY jewelry, not even earrings... on a royal wedding!

To sum it up: Charlene looked amazing but not exactly royal or as I/we wanted her to look (which is exactly what she wanted)!



Sisters

Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun and Tatjana d’Abo (Chris's sisters, thanks to kuninkaalliset)
The one on the left is wearing Marchesa and I can't decide whether I like it or not (Mainly because I don't like Marchesa) while I can't love the one on the right because it makes me think that these are two dresses above each other!




Who was your best and worst dressed for the evening?



Photos: Zimbio, newmyroyals, style.com

12 comments

  1. Nice recap!
    Yet, I disagree with your opinion on Marie. I really liked that dress, it's simple, understated, yet very flowy and elegant. I'm a fan. What's the "stuff that you are not supposed to see" exactly? The line around her hips (which may look like her underwear) is actually the way the dress flows as it's a nice light summer fabric.

    Unsure also on Charlene although her figure is amazing so she needs to try very hard to look bad!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Marie Chantal. Great dress. And Victoria.

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  2. According to Aftonbladet the sisters are Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun and Tatjana d’Abo

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  3. The dress of the MOG is (not sure )Marchesa. She is similar with some Marchesa gown in fabric and bow(Selena Gomez wore something similar in 2009)

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  4. I've tried to give Charlene the benefit of the doubt over and over again, but this almost irritates me. No jewelry and yes, I'm tired of the silhouette was "here we go again" and too edgy for me with that jacked. Charlene, you're beautiful and royalty!

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  5. On another site I saw a photo of princess Takamado from Japan in a blue dress. I consider her to be my favourite. Also liked Märtha Louise's dress. I got so tired of all the chiffon dresses and others with Swarowski cristals all over (type Elie Saab). There just were too many similar dresses of the two types. Two ladies (actually princesses) stand out as wearing something different: Stephanie of Luxembourg and Charlene of Monaco. Both should get a honorary mention for that.

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  6. Princess MARY of Denmark, not Marie!

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    1. They both exist: Mary, the wife of the oldest, Frederik...and Marie, second wife of Frederic's brother Joachim

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