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

28 July 2015

Royal Family Photocall of the Day: July 28

As promised, the Danish royal family held their annual summer photocall at Gråsten Palace this weekend. Nothing says summer like a rainy day and a wet bench, but they didn't let that deter them.

The attendees from year to year are a rotating cast of the extended Danish family, whichever members happen to be staying at the castle at the time, I guess. This year, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik were joined by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and their kids (Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine), as well as Princess Benedikte's daughter Princess Alexandra and her family (husband Count Jefferson, plus kids Count Richard and Countess Ingrid). And an assortment of dogs, obviously.

Mary indulged her boho side again, but unlike my favorite outfit from a few years ago, this one needs some tweaking. I love the top and heaven knows I love a swishy skirt, but not together.

Princess Alexandra also got in on the swishy summer skirt trend, and her belt helps pull the silhouette together in a way that Mary's untucked top doesn't, I think.

The family also popped outside the day before to watch the changing of the guard.
Oh, Daisy. You and your high waists. Never change.

Photos: via Getty Images

27 July 2015

Princely Wedding of the Day: July 27

The wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, part one (a.k.a. the civil wedding), took place on Saturday at the Prince's Palace in Monaco. Just a few photos were released, which is actually lucky given that this was a private event.

As was expected, the bride wore Valentino Haute Couture, adding another credit to the maison's rep as the number one producer of royal wedding gowns. Designed by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Beatrice's dress is a floaty v-neck frock in pale pink and gold lace silk chiffon. She wore her hair down with a floral crown on top.

It's not what I would have expected her to choose - it almost seems a bit too sweet in some respects - but given the floral arrangements we can see, I'm guessing it was a perfect choice for the wedding's atmosphere. (After all, this was followed by a reception in a picnic theme, honoring Pierre's childhood in the French countryside.) And since she has a religious wedding gown still ahead of her, I love that she used this opportunity to wear a dress with some color.

The sketch of the wedding gown (left), and the Spring 2015 Couture gown on which Beatrice's evening dress was based (right)
In the evening, Princess Caroline hosted a dinner for the couple and guests, and Beatrice wore another couture Valentino creation featuring a design of sparkling clouds across the skirt (as seen in the tweet/article below, and the arrival on video here). I thought it a bit twee in the runway version, but in action and for this occasion, I'm all in. It's romantic on a romantic night, so why not?

As for the guests, well, they weren't the focus. I mean that in the practical sense, because there were only small glimpses of some guests arriving (here's a video), and the family picture released is a casual grouping and not one posed so everyone can be seen. This, again, is not surprising. The religious wedding is next weekend in Beatrice's native Italy, on the Borromean Islands owned by her family. She will reportedly be dressed by Armani Privé. It remains to be seen whether there will be any photos released.

Meanwhile, in regular princely business, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene excused themselves from the evening wedding festivities and went to the annual Red Cross Ball on Saturday night. (Albert's the President of the Monaco Red Cross, and this is one of the principality's big yearly events.)
But the wedding theme still reigned, thanks to Charlene wearing a bit of Valentino herself. I'm left surprisingly unmoved by her red jumpsuit, neither against it due to its jumpsuit status (as I normally would be), nor in favor of it due to its non-blergh status (as I normally would be).
Valentino Resort 2015
My ambivalence aside, she styled it perfectly with her sleek hair, massive diamond stud earrings, and small gold clutch. And if anyone's going to make a jumpsuit at a black tie event work, it'd be Char. This much is true.

Photos: Twitter, Valentino, Style.com, Getty Images

26 July 2015

Sunday Tidbits for July 26: Birthdays, Bunads, and More

Let's get right to it:

--The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a new shot of Prince George from the recent christening photos as he celebrated his 2nd birthday this week.

--Enjoy a selection of tiaras from this year's Royal Caledonian Ball. [Tatler]

--Queen Sonja seems like good people. [The Local]

--And the rest of the Norwegian royal family emerged this week: Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a memorial service for the 2011 Utøya attacks, and then she joined the rest of the crown princely family for a casual day out at the Saint Olav Festival. This also included a bunad appearance, which was naturally my favorite part. [The Local, Zimbio]

--I like this suit on Princess Anne. Looks very smart against all those uniforms. [RAF Tumblr]

--Over at the Jewel Vault, I'm chatting about what jewels (and other assorted goodies) are on display this summer at Buckingham Palace, which just opened for visitors. [Jewel Vault]

--And finally, Prince Charles and Camilla visited Cornwall, and Chazzers basically summed up summer royal engagements in one shot:

Coming up this week: Fundraising balls and undercover weddings in Monaco, family gatherings in Denmark, and more. Stay tuned...

Photos: via Twitter, Getty Images

24 July 2015

Princely Flashback of the Day: July 24

Glam to start your week, and glam to end it. We're finishing up Beatrice Borromeo's Rose Ball flashback, bringing us up to this year, possibly giving us a wedding gown designer hint, and presenting one of her best looks yet:

2013
We start off with a bang - or perhaps I should say a shake and a shimmy, as that's practically a requirement in a dress covered with iridescent fringe. She and Charlotte seem to have pulled off a grand Vegas couture heist for the occasion. (Beatrice is 100% pulling it off, though.)

2014
THIS! This, my friends, is bliss. And that's all there is to say about that.

2015
This year she selected a metallic Valentino Couture dress, perfectly in touch with the Art Deco theme and perfectly suited for the dance floor. (And, interestingly, also worn by a friend: the design also appeared on Charlotte Dellal when she attended the Met Gala in 2012 alongside Beatrice.)
Spring 2011 Couture
Valentino is topping many a guess list for Beatrice's wedding dress designer. Sounds like a possibility to me, though I'd throw Armani Privé into the mix. She also wore Valentino Couture for the christening of the twins earlier this year, and I wouldn't be surprised if she keeps that momentum going.

Photos: via Getty Images, Style.com