Princess Charlene's Fashion

Worn in Week: Charlene Goes to the Circus!

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So Charlene's circus week started with an appearance at the opening night on the 16th.


Charlene attended with Prince Albert, Princess Stephanie and Pauline Ducruet (isn't she blossoming?). For the event, Charlene chose a Ralph Lauren Collection top from the Fall 2013 collection.


The brown top has a peacock-feather-shaped trimming and possibly retails for more than I'd like to know.


Charlene teamed the top with skinny pants and brown thigh-high, heeled boots which are different from her other brown thigh-high boots (the others are flat, big difference, you know!). Char kept her makeup to a minimum and wore no jewelry.


On a different day, Charlene was seen attending John Button's funeral along with Prince Albert. John is the father of Jenson Button the F1 champion and a Rallycross driver himself. He had been living his later years in Monaco.


Charlene wore an Akris coat, pants and a pair of black pumps.


On the 21st, Albert, Charlene, Stephanie and Pauline attended the awards night at the circus.


I like that Pauline mixed black with gold, I dislike the length, though. But she's 19, I guess I can give that a pass, kudos for the yellow purse as well. Stephanie's outfit would count as business-chic if it didn't have the plunging neckline, now it counts -for me- as dressy Stephanie.
Charlene wore Akris for the night. The blue double-face cashmere coat (I personally thought it was satin) was worn on top of honeycomb St. Gallen foil embroidery sheath.

A brown version of the dress is available on Neiman Marcus for USD 3,990 and is described as:

Akris designs a sheath that's exciting and unexpected with shiny front apppliqués and deep side slits.
  • Embroidered tulle with shiny appliqués.
  • Crepe back with hidden zip.
  • Asymmetric neckline; sleeveless.
  • Tulle shoulders and back yoke.
  • Thigh-high side slits.
  • Hem falls below knee.
  • Slim sheath silhouette.
  • Polyester/viscose/polyurethane.
  • Made in Italy.
You can buy it from HERE

You might notice that the dress on Neiman is lined in nude while Charlene's is in blue. I guess that might be a lesson Char learned from Moscow's trip?

I really like the neckline of the dress and think it really deserves another outing. Char wore soft makeup and her heart-shaped stud diamond earrings.


Finally, on her birthday, the Princess of Monaco attended the presentation of the book "KZN, Land of Dreams" and signed copies of it. The book is a part of Charlene's birthday celebrations and aims to provide the Monegasque people a look at where their princess comes from.


For the event, Charlene repeated her Akris white suit with peplum detail that she first wore in November. With almost no makeup, Char kept it simple with just a pair of pearl earrings!


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What do you think of these looks on Charlene? Which one is your favorite?

Photos: Style.com, Zimbio.Com, PalaisPrincier, NeimanMarcus

Princess Charlene Celebrates Sainte Devote in Akris and Dior!

  The 26th and the 27th of January mark the Sainte Devote celebrations in Monaco. Charlene missed the celebrations of Monaco's patron sainte last year because of a cold so this time it was quite a come back!


The celebrations started in front of Sainte Devote Church on the 26th where Prince Albert and Princess Charlene burnt a boat as the tradition goes.


Charlene wore a black Akris coat and a pair black thigh-high boots. Honestly,, I can't keep track of Char's boots, she has way too many! But I think she has a similar brown pair that she used to wear often.


The next day, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene went to the St. Nicholas Cathedral for a mass.


Charlene wore a herringbone trench jacket, a grey cashmere turtleneck top and a jersey herringbone pencil skirt all by Akris. This outfit is really more complex that it looks, the different scales of the herringbone pattern give it an edge and make it look less boring, I also like that she opted for a plain top, otherwise it would have been way too much.
Charlene carried a black Akris Ai pochette made of horsehair.


The pumps aren't actually plain, patent pumps, they have a greyish overlay from the back that can be seen in the photo below (if you zoom).

Princess Charlene wears Dior pumps

The pumps come from the fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection from Christian Dior. A view of them in black and powder pink is below.
Princess Charlene's Dior pumps

Finally, Charlene wore her hair in a soft side wave and wore neutral makeup and finished her look with her Tabbah diamond stud earrings. Her engagement ring was nowhere to be seen, but at least she wore her Cartier wedding band.


What do you think of Princess Charlene's looks for Sainte Devote festivities this week?

P.S: we'll catch up with her circus looks and birthday appearance this week.


Photos: Dailymail.co.uk, NewMyRoyals, lookovore.com


The Royal Shakmageya: Queen Nazli's Necklace Resurfaces!

The Royal Shakmageya is a new feature here for 2014. Shakmageya is a Turkish word which means a safe box or place. In Egypt, AlShakmageya is -or was- a wooden box carved in different motifs and usually adorned with ivory, copper and sometimes gold pieces where women used to keep their jewelry and the very important items. Shakmageyas vary in sizes and are now mostly used as gifts.



So we'll discuss the royal jewelry in this feature.


Last May in Geneva, Sotheby's "Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels" took place with some very important jewelry including the Sunburst tiara of Prince Leopold of Bavaria. In this sale was a diamond and ruby necklace that had once belonged to Queen Nazli.

The necklace was made in 1935 and was described on Sotheby's as:
Designed as a graduated series of scroll motifs set with circular-cut and baguette diamonds, highlighted with cabochon rubies, length approximately 400mm, detachable links, may be shortened to approximately 365mm, French assay marks, one small diamond deficient.

The necklace was estimated at 50,234 - 81,630$ but ended up fetching 117,735$ to a private buyer. 

The jeweler of this magnificent necklace is unknown though it was suggested to be Cartier. The design looks very Egyptian to me with these scrolls resembling rolled papyrus. Overall it reminds me of a few other pieces in the collection of the Egyptian royal family.

Unfortunately, there are no photos available of Queen Nazli wearing this necklace as many of the occasions, parties and galas that had the Egyptian royals wearing their grand jewels were private affairs with almost no photos, also keeping in mind that she probably bought it in 1935 while King Fouad was still alive which kept her behind doors (he was very protective and she was a bit too flamboyant)! But if you happen to have come across any picture with the Queen wearing it please feel free to share!

Stay tuned for another magnificent piece next week!



Photos: Sothebys.com, nilecommerce.net