Archives for July 2017

July 25, 2017

Charlene in Green for Medals Ceremony

Hello my friends! This post comes to you a few precious days late, I know. I was spending the week with a friend who recently gave birth to her first baby, and as many of you know, that can be a trying time. I tried to be the dutiful friend and put my phone/devices away to help the new mama. Of course, after weeks of quiet from Monaco, there was activity during the EXACT time I was AWOL. C’est la vie! As you have all probably seen by now, Princess Charlene attended the IAAF race and participated in the medals ceremony, at which she made waves in a bold, green dress. I’ll be honest with you guys: I am on the fence about this one. I’ll be interested to see what you think.

This entire ensemble was surprising for a number of reasons. My first thought was total joy at the sight of a bright-green, floor-length gown. The color in particular is striking on Charlene, and it makes me wish we could see it more on her. But after I came down from that high, and realized that she was at a sporting event…in an evening gown. At that point, pour moi, this was a very strange choice of dress.

I appreciate that she is showing a level of respect for the athletes by going all-out in her sartorial choice, but it really didn’t seem to fit the event to me. It was just out of place: a long, elegant, silky, floaty gown would be perfect for an evening out, but to a stadium? The shoes were also off to me, even though they were Dior. I was left scratching my head.

Just as a sidenote, I also feel fashionably opposed to the huge sleeve. It reminded me of the clown-esque red pantsuit from a couple years ago, only not nearly as offensive. This one I can certainly forgive, mainly because of the ethereal, sheer quality of the silk. I just wouldn’t have chosen it.

The best part about this dress for me was the neck decoration. It was positively gorgeous, at least to me. Certainly something of this style would be a toss up to one’s particular tastes, but I loved the flair that it brought to the outfit, and the nod toward her African culture that this gave. Charlene has made it quite clear in her interviews that she is and always will be a proud African, through and through, so I always get a giddy rush when she pulls something out of her wardrobe that is ethnically diverse and exciting. I admit that this would not be for everyone, but it made me happy. I also loved how it complemented the asymmetry of the dress – quite daring and unique.

Does anyone else think that she purposefully chose to go very, very neutral in terms of her makeup, simply due to the attention-grabbing collar? I have been wondering about this ever since I saw the photos. In all honesty, I think it has been about 10 years since I’ve seen Charlene go this light with her makeup. She can clearly pull it off – she’s stunning – but her usual tendency is to have a full face. I think her eye makeup might even be a little too light for my taste here, though with such a striking collar she may have done this on purpose.

On a separate note, though – THESE TWO! They are so sweet together.

To sum up, things I loved: the collar, the color, the hair (that lift!), the cutesy-tootsy couple. Things I didn’t love: the length for this event, the makeup, the shoes, the big, baggy sleeve. I’m feeling it both ways, guys, and I can’t decide one way or the other if this was a win or a flop. What do you think? Feel free to share your opinions below!

July 2, 2017

Happy Anniversary to Charlene and Albert!

Happy July to all of you dear readers, and a very special happy anniversary to Charlene and Albert! Now that the twins are solidly in the toddling years, I hope that the happy couple will get a chance to slip away tonight and celebrate these past six years as husband and wife. I won’t go into excruciating detail over the wedding here, since I’ve done that before (check out the 3-part posts here if you haven’t seen them already!), but I will give some love to a few of the more swoon-worthy fashion moments from their big day.

Didn’t Charlene exude elegance and grace for the wedding? She wore this fitted – shall I say trumpet-style? – gown to the ceremony, and it firmly took everyone’s breath away. The gown drew attention to her tall, slender frame with intricate beadwork that drew the eye upward to her statuesque shoulders.

My favorite part was the cathedral-length veil. I LOVE dramatic veils, particularly with royal brides. Don’t get me wrong, I did love Kate’s fingertip-length veil, but I wished it had been cathedral. Charlene’s was the definition of drama as it cascaded behind her on the long walk to the altar. My only disappointment was the lack of tiara…I had so desperately been hoping for a tiara…

But she wore one for the reception, so all was right with the world! This modern tiara was especially created for Charlene, and is meant to resemble the spray of a crashing wave. Think Ariel on the rock! I loved it. And I’m dying to see it again, so everyone cross your fingers for a tiara-worthy appearance in the next year. (I made this same wish last year, and it didn’t come true. SIGH.)

The dress for the reception was once again Armani, and it was quite the opposite of the ceremony dress. While that one was high on the drama scale with its embroidery and structure, this one was delicate and soft, wispy and dreamy. Both equally elegant, both reflections of different parts of Charlene. I loved the balance of fashion!

Overall, that day was full of love, and it’s a joy to remember it at this time every year. Happy anniversary to the happy couple!