28 October 2016

Royal Outfit Grab Bag of the Day: October 28

Hmm. HMMMM, I say.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima made a regional visit yesterday.
I adore this color combo, I really do. But you see, I just can't decide which of the many and competing distractions in this outfit I should pay attention to first. Plush toy hat! Beaded explosion earrings! Muppet coat! So many options for distraction on the textures alone - this is too.many.textures. - and that doesn't even include whatever's happening on the shoulders.

Queen Letizia held audiences at Zarzuela Palace yesterday.
Listen, if you don't want to look as though you were just about to go work out until you remembered like 30 seconds ago that you had an audience, you're gonna have to do better than a plain shirt with these fancy track pants.

Crown Princess Mary presented the DANSK Design Talent - Magazine Prize yesterday.
Hmmmmhmm. That's one hmm for the accessories, which don't seem to go with the sleek belt, and a Hmmmm for the dress. The last one's the good kind of hmm. Are you following me? It's a very sophisticated system I have set up here.

27 October 2016

Tiara Thursday: The Fouquet Aquamarine Tiara

The Fouquet Aquamarine Tiara
Georges Fouquet (1862 – 1957) was a member of a French family of jewelers, and a man distinguished as a master jeweler particularly for his work with Art Nouveau designs. He was also a big fan of aquamarine stones, and in 1908, he created the pieces that form this tiara.

These five graduated floral motifs are separate brooches with large cushion shaped Siberian aquamarines surrounded by arches of rose and circular-cut diamonds forming petals. The petals are accented with natural pearls. There was an original tiara design of kokoshnik form to house the brooches (above, or here); the current format, with all five standing upright on a utilitarian band as shown at the top of this post, is a later setting.

The Duchess of Kent wears the tiara in 1991
The later setting was already in place when this tiara popped up on the royal scene, worn by the Duchess of Kent. She wore it on only a couple of occasions in the 1990s, using it alongside the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara and the smaller version of the Cambridge Sapphire Parure Tiara which were also in her collection at the time.

The tiara was worn to the State Opening of Parliament in 2013 (bottom right corner)
As spotted by commenter Jelena over at the Jewel Vault, it can be seen in this video starting around 12:32.
The tiara was later worn by an unidentified woman attending the State Opening of Parliament in 2013, so it is unclear when it left the Kents' possession. In 2014, the tiara was sold by Sotheby's at a November auction, where it brought in $204,500.

The brooches, detached
Incorporating larger aquamarine stones into tiaras has been attempted multiple times (the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara, the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik, the Russian Aquamarine Kokoshnik, and so on) and it seems to be a tricky task to accomplish successfully. Juxtaposing the solid stones with the airy petals around them is an interesting idea, but I can't help but find the flower effect too sweet, too twee - something highlighted by the button style of the current tiara. Cast my vote for brooches only.

As a tiara or as brooches, which do you prefer?

26 October 2016

Princely Outfit of the Day: October 26

I had Fashion Plates when I was a kid. You know, that toy where you mix and match portions of outfits for a creation of your own. Did you have Fashion Plates? I'd like to play Fashion Plates with Princess Charlene's whole look here.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the Princess Grace Awards on Monday in New York City.
Give me the skirt, which is lovely and flowy. Give me the hair, because you need that edge in the hairstyle to cut through some of the whimsy of the floral motifs scattered on the skirt. (Obviously also give me the earrings, but that should go without saying.)

And then give me something else entirely to replace the bodice and waist, which is just kind of there and is trying to trick me into believing that she felt a matching brooch was somehow needed. (It wasn't.)

Dress is by Christian Dior; the skirt motifs were presented differently on the Spring 2017 RTW runway. Christian Dior Couture is a sponsor of the Princess Grace Awards.
Fashion Plates, yes. That's what we need.

25 October 2016

Royal Outfit of the Day: October 25

The King and Queen of Spain have made their annual visit to Asturias for the Princess of Asturias Awards. So that's one new Felipe Varela outfit, coming right up...
This year, we've got a nude dress with a tulle overlay embroidered in black and crystals. With a soft low ponytail-with-a-twist and her black diamond earrings from De Grisogono, it's a very detailed look. Honestly, it's too detailed to be leaving me as meh as it is.
Maybe I am once again in need of a different shoe. Or maybe I just need to stop getting my hopes up for annual events that I think might produce a year's best. Yeah, it's probably the last one.

One more for the road, because this post needs some color:
The couple also visited the Los Oscos Region.
Ahhh, there we go. Bonus points for this fab pink coat because it is from Asturian designer Marcos Luengo, and because it's nice to see her add another designer to the mix.

24 October 2016

Monday Tidbits for October 24: Another Wedding Gown on Show

Here we go:

--Australians, you have a chance to view the bow-tastic wedding gown of Princess Mabel, wife of the late Prince Friso and daughter-in-law of Princess Beatrix. The creation is part of an exhibition on Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf at the National Gallery of Victoria. If you've ever wondered what 248 bows look like on a single gown, well, now's your chance to see it up close. [NGV]

--Princess Sofia went basic for a trip to Värmland with Prince Carl Philip (it's their duchy), but I do like her black and white coat. [Hello]

--The Princess Royal looked every bit her mother's daughter - just check the jewels - while celebrating 30 years of the St John Ambulance Cadets this week. (The brooch is a dead ringer for the Jardine Star Brooch, but it is from Anne's own collection.)

--Prince Albert has purchased the childhood home of his mother, Princess Grace, in Philadelphia. "We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it," he said. "We’re looking at having it contain some museum exhibit space and maybe use part of it for offices for some of our foundation work." [People]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault, QEII offers a peek at the photographs set around her audience room.

Coming up this week: Last week's big annual event in Spain, and more...