July 27, 2016

The 68th Red Cross Gala

I have to apologize to you all, dear readers, since I have been such a (seemingly) bad blogger as of late! I was traveling to a new city with my very young child this past week, and as you can imagine, it was not all easy as pie. There were plenty of tantrums over various topics ranging from the sheer existence of McDonald’s restrooms (how dare they pile 10 different potties in one place!) to the audacity of grown-ups who engage in non-3-year-old conversation. Somehow, throughout all the mayhem, I couldn’t get myself to a computer. In a way it’s good: live technology free for a week and reconnect with the soul!; and on the other hand, it’s bad: no access to my favorite princess or my favorite readers. Anyway, I think I’m starting to ramble, so I’ll get to what you’ve been waiting for DAYS to see: Princess Charlene at the 68th Red Cross Gala. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)


As per my expectation, Charlene looked like heaven in this sheer, floral Armani ball gown. Something about the lavenders and blues catches Charlene’s coloring, bringing her eyes to life and illuminating her skintone. It almost gives her a glow – I think perhaps the pink undertone in her skin is brought to life by this combination of colors.


In addition to the gorgeous colors, though, the floral motif of the bodice is completely divine. I saw someone had commented that she is one of the only people who could possibly pull this off, and I think I might agree. Mostly, I think, because the floral detail is so large, it would need to be someone with a lot of height and a beautiful, unobstructed neck. Check and check. A sweetheart neckline almost always brings attention to the face like this one does, though I do appreciate when designers try for more modern, edgy, interesting approaches to the tried-and-true neckline. My wedding dress had the “edgy” sweetheart, and I was in love with it. Behold:


That was just for fun, to share with you! Back to Charlene.


If I had to pick something to dislike about this dress, I guess it would be the waistline seam. You all know how much those bug me (you can even see how my wedding dress had it covered up!). But in this particular instance, it doesn’t really distract me that much, probably because there is so much more going on with the dress. The eye is pulled up, toward her face, not on small little waistline details. So I mention it, but I don’t dwell on it.


Hair, makeup, jewelry: all perfect. These are the same chandelier dazzlers that she wore a few weeks ago with the gorgeous plum gown, and I’m still in love. We get a better look at them here, for which I’m very grateful. I thought they were perfect with both gowns…I guess diamonds are funny like that.


The couple of the evening. Is anyone else thinking that Charlene might be growing out her pixie cut? I would venture to say that you can’t really call this a pixie anymore. The lift that she gets when she’s done up for a night on the town is absolutely enviable. Past experience says that we’ll probably have short hair on Charlene for a good long while, but how fun would it be to see her grow it out?

In slightly different news, Charlene was also named the godmother of the South African Red Cross Society:


She wore another Armani to that event (I believe), though a Maje dress to this poolside event, not nearly as wow-worthy. It was a basic, flowy, red, day-dress. This one didn’t strike my fancy as much – I think because of the length? Who knows. I know this length is very couture, and it looks great on the runway, but all I can say is that I don’t care for it in real life. The shoes, though, are my speed, and the color is dynamite on Charlene. I envy her ability to wear fire-engine red with such dignity and grace. (Not pictured are the bambini. She and Albert did bring their precious royal twins to this event, and they were the very definition of cuteness; however, I haven’t gotten a photo of that which I can legally use. If I do, I will definitely update right away!)

Thanks again for bearing with me, everyone! I’m home now, so my updates should be regular as per the usual. Hope you’re all enjoying your mid-summers as they last!


  1. Hi, the red dress is by Maje.

    A rather unusual choice looking at the prive tag.


  2. Beautiful dress. I can’t help but notice that she doesn’t smile when posing with Albert. In fact, she looks miserable.

  3. Katie Coble says:

    Hi Beth! Thanks for stopping by. If you ever need a fix of the Albert-and-Charlene cuteness, we have several posts dedicated to their PDA and lovey-dovey moments. They’re actually one of the sweetest couples on the planet, sometimes it’s a little too much! Valentines posts are a good place to start :) Enjoy!

  4. Katie Coble says:

    Thanks for the ID on this dress, Imke!!!

  5. You r most welcome, Katie.

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