24 June 2016

Tiara Thursday (on a Friday): The Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara, with Bonus National Day Fun

One of the most distinctive pieces in the vast Luxembourg tiara collection is the Chaumet Emerald Tiara, with its pointy shape and an egg-sized emerald front and center. Another Chaumet piece in their collection is also quite distinctive, though perhaps in a quieter way: the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara.
Cour grand-ducale
This particular Chaumet tiara features ribbons of diamonds and diamond garlands weaving around each other, topped by diamonds alternating with taller round pearls. Some say a classic diamond fringe tiara is like a fence on top of the head, but - thanks to that lattice-style design - this might be the tiara that gives me the most fence-like feel. (In a lovely, delicate way, mind you.)
The tiara, shown with sapphires on top
As the name suggests, the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara is a flexible piece. The diamonds and pearls along the top are detachable, meaning the tiara can be worn more than one way; the lattice portion can also be used as a choker style necklace (as shown on the Grand Duchess below, along with the Belgian Scroll Tiara).
The tiara has been worn by several grand ducal ladies. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte (mother of the current Grand Duke) wore it at least once, as did her daughter her daughter Princess Margaretha; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has been wearing it since her days as the Hereditary Grand Duchess. National Day 2016, celebrated this week in Luxembourg, added another princess to the list.
Cour grand-ducale/Olivier Polet/tous droits réservés
For more gala pictures: Wort, Tageblatt

A rousing round of tiara switcheroo (which we love) at the National Day gala gave us a few debuts. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa looked amazing, repeating the Elie Saab dress she wore to Crown Princess Victoria's wedding with a new wrap orientation and the Belgian Scroll Tiara; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a small butterfly tiara first seen in 2014; Princess Claire wore Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde’s Tiara for the first time; Princess Tessy wore the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara for the first time, along with quite a dress in the Nassau colors. And Princess Alexandra, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess' only daughter, made her debut in the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara. She wore it without the pearls.

Earlier, the family attended the traditional Te Deum. (See a gallery here.)
RTL video; see the Te Deum here
Stéphanie and Tessy provided all the hat interest the whole family needed with a sampling of fancy napkin fold couture. Which was excellent, because the day's best dressed was MT, impeccable but maybe a wee bit bland in her gray. Claire also livened things up by unknowingly wearing the same dress as Crown Princess Mette-Marit on the very same day - but M-M is another story for another day.

Other National Day events were also happening, and Luxarazzi has you covered there.

23 June 2016

Royal Outfit of the Day: June 23

It seems the moment many of you have been waiting for has finally arrived.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner for East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal
I know this Jenny Packham gown has been on many a wish list for a repeat; we haven't seen it since its debut in 2011. It's not among my personal favorites (I don't love the shoulder/neck detail, kinda?), so I'll stand here to the side and hand out paper bags for those of you that need to breathe.
Jenny Packham
But you know that my ambivalence does not extend to either #TeamUpdo or #TeamMoreDiamonds, and the styling this time has been given a major upgrade. The Duchess wore diamond chandelier earrings on loan from the Queen (worn several times before), along with Queen Mary's Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet (first worn at last year's Chinese state banquet), which is also on loan from the Queen after passing through Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. (More on that piece at the Vault.) Pile it on, please.

Psst: Tiara post will be tomorrow.

22 June 2016

Royal Outfit of the Day: June 22

Hang on, I need to rewind for a second.
At QEII's 90th birthday service (not even two weeks ago, but basically forever ago in internet times), I spotted Viscountess Linley in the crowd, I spotted some massive pillbox hat action, and I gave her my Best in Retro Award. Done and done.

But I didn't see the full look until later. And listen, this Christian Dior coat and Rachel Trevor Morgan hat, I gotta tell you...
I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Best in Retro and So Much More, that award should have been. So well assembled without being super matchy. Such a perfect use of a chunky heel in a lower height. Such a perfect use of a non-nude shoe. So retro without being gimmicky.
The fabric of Serena's coat, shown on the Christian Dior Fall 2016 RTW runway in a skirt
And - this is the kicker - so different from what we usually see in a parade of British royals at an event like this, I think. You know what I mean? Serena, she nailed it.

21 June 2016

Royal Outfits of the Day: June 21

Sweden's royal family attends the Polar Music Prize award ceremony every year, and they did so again last week. Sometimes Crown Princess Victoria uses this event to have a little bit of fun with her outfit, and sometimes that strategy really does pay off. For example:

A photo posted by Polar Music Prize (@polarmusicprize) on

Talk about working the goddess angle to spectacular effect. Pairing this white Ralph Lauren dress with this H&M Conscious Collection necklace - costume jewelry takes on chain mail - is her most successful use of statement accessories...ever, maybe. Wow.
Ralph Lauren dress, H&M Conscious Collection shoulder necklace

Princess Sofia made sure she got in on that striking white-on-white photo op too, in separates by Rodebjer.

Sofia's clearly still playing the starring role in A Girl and her Center Part: A Love Story, but this time it has some purpose, some bite. In a good way.

Please do note Victoria's extra hair bling. Please do not note Queen Silvia's suit.

They both looked ready for a concert, and weren't the only ones...

Watch that video from about 7:15. Trust.

Photos: Instagram, Ralph Lauren, H&M, TV4 screencaps

20 June 2016

Royal Fashion Awards: Royal Ascot 2016, Part 3

The year's fanciest hat parade has come to an end, and we have just a few awards left to hand out. (This, by the way, is just a selection of royals from Days 4 and 5.)

Most Conflicted Combo
Princess Haya, Day 4
This dress is half pretty ballerina and half dancing Liesl, which should make it my favorite thing ever. But then there's also an artichoke in mourning smack dab in the middle of her forehead, and now I really just don't know.

Best in Show
Princess Beatrice, Day 5
Royal attendance always peters out by the end of Ascot. The Queen was awarded for sticking around to the end with a win on the last day, and a trophy presented by her granddaughter. And Princess Beatrice awarded me for sticking around to the end by wearing what has become my favorite outfit for Ascot 2016.
Burberry Prorsum dress, Gina Foster hat
You may recall me gushing about this Burberry Prorsum dress in the past, when it appeared in a different print on Crown Princess Mary, so it's no surprise that I adore this version too. I can't wait to see Beatrice take this for a spin with a hotter shoe, but for now, the hat is all the embellishment it needs. LOVE.

Best in Continued Ascot Spirit
Princess Eugenie, Day 5
One fun skirt, a second big hat, and three cheers for bringing the quirkiness that Ascot deserves. She's had a good run with a nice mix of sophistication and fun, and I like this cheery skirt and its tip toward the fun side.
Alice + Olivia skirt and top, Nerida Fraiman hat
And hey, in the event that Ascot gets attacked by a sudden hail storm, she's all set!

Best in Gents
The Prince of Wales, Overall
Don't forget, the gentlemen deserve some appreciation too. The Prince of Wales was my standout this year, attending for four days instead of his usual one or two (Day 5 is shown above). As always, he gets it right by paying attention to the tiny details. His tie pins, for example: if you missed this fun discovery in the comments on our first Ascot post, one of his jeweled tie pins happens to be the cypher of King Boris III of Bulgaria. (Thanks to Floriana for pointing it out and Deanna for solving the mystery!) Why? Why not, I suppose.

Who wins your 2016 Best of Ascot title?