02 August 2015

Princely Wedding of the Weekend: August 2

The wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, part two (a.k.a. the religious wedding, following last weekend's Valentino-clad civil wedding in Monaco), took place on Saturday. The festivities were held at the islands owned by Beatrice's family on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, and this time, I got precisely the stunning look I've been waiting for.

This is lavish stuff, yes. That's their prerogative. Lucky us, we just get to sit back and enjoy the parade of dresses the bride is bringing. And oh, she's bringing it. Beatrice's impressive display of Italian fashion picked up once more as the bridal couple welcomed their guests the night before the wedding:
This is 110% about the hair + dress combo and she looks like a goddess. Somebody should paint her. Still, this is not the one I was waiting for.
Alberta Ferretti Spring 2015

 On Saturday, it was finally time for the religious wedding.
Armani Privé handled the wedding day attire for Beatrice, starting with a lace-covered gown with three-quarter sleeves. A veil was attached in a sort of unusual fashion at the back of her hairdo with some small ornaments along the side. This is traditional (well, from what we can see of it), this is lovely, this is...not the outfit that I will remember from these festivities.

That honor goes to the Armani Privé look for the reception afterward:
Mmmmmm. This is EVERYTHING.
Ahhhhhhhh. I could look at this ALL DAY LONG. MORE CAPS.
This is the look I've been waiting for. Stunning. This one won't be forgotten anytime soon.

There were guests there too, by the way. Familiar royal faces included Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit (in Valentino and Giambattista Valli) with Marius Borg Høiby, plus Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg (spotted with Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein). And the Monaco bunch, of course - you can catch glimpses of them and other guests in some of the links above.

P.S.: Tidbits coming your way tomorrow!

Photos:Style.com, Armani, via Twitter

31 July 2015

Royal Wedding Gown Flashback of the Day: July 31

This week (July 29) marked 34 years since the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. And oh....That Dress.


Oh good, or oh bad? Oh, both. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and made from silk taffeta woven in Suffolk with plenty of lace, including a bit of lace donated by Queen Mary to the Royal School of Needlework, and plenty of embroidered pearls and mother-of-pearl sequins, it's a confection in the sweetest sense of the word.

Its overwhelming volume hasn't stood up to the timeless fashion test, and all its unintended wrinkles on the big day are hard to forget. But it also stood its own against the scale and grandeur of St. Paul's Cathedral, which is precisely what the 25 foot train and all those sparkles were intended to do. Diana moving down the aisle, anchoring a barge of silk with the Spencer Tiara twinkling away, is not an image easily forgotten.

The fact that it is not easily forgotten is exactly why this one has a spot on my best list. I don't actually find it attractive myself - it is well and truly dated to these eyes - but for better or for worse, this dress was an event. I think that part of the goal of a royal wedding dress should be that memorable quality, and a dress that still pops into your brain when someone says "royal wedding dress" all these years later is an achievement on its own.

P.S.: Yes, let's talk about the dress. Friendly reminder that judging the marriages of others and personal attacks of any sort are quite simply not what we do here.

Photos: via Getty Images

30 July 2015

Tiara Thursday: The Cubitt-Shand Tiara

The Duchess of Cornwall is primarily associated with the Greville Tiara these days, which is her go-to piece for most of her tiara-wearing needs, but she does have other diadems at her disposal. One option comes to her not as a loan from the Queen, but courtesy of her own family history.
Camilla at a reception, 2015
The Cubitt-Shand Tiara is a diamond floral tiara featuring flower designs nestled in a dense wreath of leaves. The design rises to a central point in a slightly asymmetrical fashion, which is fitting for its nature theme. Exact details on the tiara's history are hazy; it's thought to have come from the family of the Duchess' mother, Rosalind Shand (née Cubitt, hence the name), perhaps specifically her maternal grandmother, Sonia Keppel Cubitt.

Camilla at her first wedding, 1973
The diamond design and the family history make for a great wedding tiara, and Camilla wore it when she married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. The couple's daughter, Laura, also wore it for her wedding to Harry Lopes in 2006, pairing it wonderfully with the floral earrings that Camilla wore to the blessing service for her wedding to the Prince of Wales.

Laura on her wedding day, 2006
Camilla's royal duties have provided a few opportunities for the tiara to return to action. The Duchess has worn it to the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace (perhaps more often than we know, even, as that event is often held without official access for the media) as well as to a reception earlier this year which was her first solo tiara occasion. Unsurprisingly for a private jewel, whether Camilla owns the tiara or borrows it from a family member when needed is unknown.

Camilla heading to the Diplomatic Reception, 2014
The Cubitt-Shand Tiara is the smaller of the tiaras we've seen her wear, but since it still makes an impact even with the volume of her usual hairdo, it's really not that small. I think it's a gorgeous member of the ever-popular diamond floral tiara category, and a nice addition to her collection, giving her another option to use as she leaves the Greville Tiara to the most prominent state occasions. (She does apparently have another tiara on loan from the Queen that we haven't seen her wear yet: the Teck Crescent Tiara. She also wore the Delhi Durbar Tiara once.)

Which of the Duchess of Cornwall's tiara options is your favorite?

Photos: via Getty Images

Royal Cuteness of the Day: July 30

Here's a little bit of awww to get you through your Thursday:
Photos: Brigitte Grenfeldt/ The Royal Court, Sweden
Aren't these new family snaps of Princess Madeleine, Chris O'Neill, Princess Leonore, and Prince Nicolas gorgeous? (And that's a flattering top/dress on Madeleine, too.) All together now: awww.

29 July 2015

Royal Sporting Event of the Day: July 29

The usual summer slowdown in royal activity is slowly turning my facial expression into something not unlike this tiny human's above. But it was awfully nice of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to pop outside over the weekend for the America’s Cup World Series races anyway, nasty race-cancelling weather and all. Sartorially thrilling? Nah. But just right for the occasion? Of course.

Nothing more appropriate than official team gear:
It's important to note that I've now worked out a whole scenario in my head in which their secret couple's version of tipsy online shopping involves personalizing everything under the sun with their complete formal titles. It is also important to note that this is now my new favorite (imaginary) fact about them.

Something a bit smarter is in order when prizes are involved, so Kate took the opportunity to once again channel the nautical theme with her Breton stripes and navy blazer - not that she needs a reason for her favorite casual duty outfit, but she'll take one if she can get it - and William threw on a blazer of his own. These two Wills looks are totally working for me, by the way. (As well they should be, for all my whining about the endless maze of blue suits that is his wardrobe.) More uniforms and more this, please.

Photos: via Getty Images