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Pakistani Bridal Fashion Girls

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Pakistani model girl in bollywood, hollywood, tollywood, mollywood and kollywood film industry.



Alone Girls 2012

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Alone Girls

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Fashion Girl Photographs

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New Lanvin SS 2012

2011-12-29T16:42:54.267-08:00

Lanvin SS 2012 ( styling ) Alber Elbaz’s perfectly exaggerated silhouettes for Lanvin’s S/S 2012 collection made even the most simple of dresses look stunning. The bold, angular shoulders made the models look even more confident as they walked down the runway. The sternness of those



Kanye West's 1st Collection 2012

2011-12-29T16:41:32.227-08:00

Kanye West's 1st Collection ( styling ) http://trendland.net/kanye-wests-first-fashion-show-ss-2012/ The photos and the texts on this blog are sourced from books and by various sites from the internet (apart from the ones taken by me). Original source is always mentioned. If you feel your photorights have been violated or they have been presented in a negative way, please send me



2012 Fashion Trends

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Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #2: Color. For colder seasons designers normally prefer using neutral or reserved colors like black, brown, navy, cream, dark violet, etc. However, Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collections abound in brighter hues like crimson, neon orange, purple, sky blue and others. Besides, these eye-popping tones can come in daring combinations. See Haider Ackermann



Wedding Wednesday: Your Favorite Bridal Gown of 2011

2011-12-28T21:30:42.029-08:00

As we wind down and look back upon what really has been the Year of the Royal Wedding, it's only natural to ask...Which is your favorite 2011 royal wedding gown?Catherine Middleton married Prince William of WalesPrincess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg married Alexander JohannsmanCharlene Wittstock married Prince Albert II of MonacoZeina Shaban married Prince Rashid bin El Hassan of



2011 in Review: The Duchess of Cambridge

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Best of the YearBoom! The late entry wins the game at the buzzer! Yeah, I lurve it. The dress is just divine, I think this is the most flattering thing she wore the whole year. Like so many of you noted, I have some reservations about the necklace (I'd take the ruby flower deals off, that's too wee and twee for my tastes), but: she wore it. And what did I say about that? Step 1: put the diamonds



Week in Review: Princess Letizia, 18-24 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.030-08:00

Here's what Letizia wore from 18-24 December:Audiences at Zarzuela Palace, 20 December.Attending a Cirque du Soleil performance, 23 December. Purple all around! Banner week by default.Photos: Zimbio/Hola



New Year Shenanigans

2011-12-28T21:30:42.030-08:00

2011 is almost over, can you believe it? (No.) It's time to glance back at the year behind us and start looking ahead to the next, friends.2011 in ReviewStarting tomorrow, we begin wrapping up the year. Each royal lady that receives a Week in Review post here will also get a 2011 in Review post with my picks for her best and worst outfits. Start racking your brains, I'll be eager to hear your



Week in Review: The Duchess of Cambridge, 18-24 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.030-08:00

Here's what Catherine wore from 18-24 December:Arriving for the annual big fat royal Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, 19 December. Anybody up for a round of Caption This? Here's my entry: "I'm in a car, the windows are blurred with rain, you can't see past my shoulders...are you seriously going to try and analyze my outfit? Seriously?"a) At The Sun Military Awards, 19 December, in a b) a



Week in Review: Crown Princess Victoria, 18-24 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.031-08:00

Here's what Victoria wore from 18-24 December:Attending the annual formal gathering of the Swedish Academy at the Stock Exchange in Stockholm, 20 December. Well, I mean, if you're going to go this far...tiara it up, man! I know, I know, that's the dress code's fault. Anyway, V gets points for adding a little hair bling, and also for wearing a dress that fits! Yay.Photo: Svenskdam



Royal Fashion Awards: A Very Royal Christmas 2011

2011-12-28T21:30:42.031-08:00

Well ho, ho, ho, friends: Christmas brought some of our favorite royals out to play. With Prince Philip still hospitalized but reportedly in good spirits, the British hit church on Christmas morning at Sandringham; meanwhile, Christmas Eve services were attended by the royal families in Norway and Denmark. It was an understated holiday all around, but that's never stopped us before...Best



Top 15: Readers' Favorite Tiaras

2011-12-28T21:30:42.031-08:00

 I asked, you answered. Here are your Top 15 Favorite Tiaras: 15. Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet 14. The Cut Steel Tiara 13. The Spencer Tiara12. The Luxembourg Empire Tiara11. The Baden Fringe Tiara10. The Khedive of Egypt Tiara9. The Strathmore Rose Tiara 8. The Portland Sapphire Tiara7. The Poltimore Tiara6. The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara5. The Cambridge Lover's Knot 4. The Danish Ruby



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #1. The Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.031-08:00

And our countdown of your favorite tiaras ends with...#1. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland TiaraBefore I asked you to show me your favorite tiara, I showed you mine...and you agreed with me! Sweet, sweet validation. And I’m pretty sure Queen Elizabeth agrees with all of us, since this is her favorite tiara.The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, in its current formThis tiara was one



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #2. The Rose Cut Diamond Bandeau

2011-12-28T21:30:42.031-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#2. The Rose Cut Diamond Bandeau Click here to revisit the history of this piece.I told you when we first covered this tiara that it would make my desert island list of five essential tiaras. As it turns out, we’d all have to be on the same island. (Though something tells me we’d never get it out of Máxima’s hands to take it on our three hour



Week in Review: Princess Máxima, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.032-08:00

Here's what Máxima wore from 11-17 December:At the Prince Claus Awards, 14 December. Yay! The amazing purple dress makes a triumphant return. Photo: Gala



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #3. The Fife Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.032-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#3. The Fife TiaraComing in at number three, we have a tiara that hasn't been seen in public for a long, long time. And unless following the many and varied descendants of Queen Victoria is a personal hobby of yours, there's a good chance you're not that familiar with its wearers. But never mind that. Just loooook at it:The Fife TiaraThe Fife



Week in Review: Princess Letizia, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.032-08:00

Here's what Letizia wore from 11-17 December:Attending a lunch at the palace, 13 December.At a ceremony for the Prince of Girona Foundation, 14 December. Again with the strangely matched shoes. Why?We also got a glimpse of the family's Christmas card this week, prepare your awwws: Photos: Daylife/Getty Images



Week in Review: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.032-08:00

Here's what Maria Teresa wore from 11-17 December:The King's dinner for the Nobel laureates in Sweden, 11 December.Attending a requiem mass for the late Princess Elisabeth, 15 December.Photos: Bunte/Tom Wagner/Cour gr ducale



Week in Review: Princess Mathilde, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.033-08:00

Here's what Mathilde wore from 11-17 December: Visiting Gedinne, 13 December.At the University Hospital in Liege to visit victims of the gun and grenade attacks, 14 December.Photos: APA Picture Desk/Reuters



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #4. The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.046-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#4. The Danish Ruby Parure TiaraWe have bemoaned the size of Crown Princess Mary's tiara collection many a time on this site. She has just two, plus the loaned Midnight Tiara, and one of them is a tiara that many find way too small for a future queen. But here's a thought: if you were to value jewel collections by the weight of their



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #5. The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.047-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#5. The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara Click here to revisit the history of this piece.Several of you made special note of Diana’s influence when casting your vote for the good old Lover's Knot. This is a favorite of mine as well, and I’ll tell you it is definitely because of the combo of this tiara and that Elvis dress. It’s iconic, simply put



Week in Review: Crown Princess Victoria, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.047-08:00

Here's what Victoria wore from 11-17 December:The King's dinner for the Nobel laureates, 11 December. Wow, some of you really hated this one. I don't know...it still doesn't bother me. Mind you, I'm working with a SHOOTIE and non-maternity dress frame of mind.a) Meeting the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, 12 December, in b) a By Malene Birger dress.a and b) Receiving the palace Christmas trees,



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mary, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.047-08:00

Here's what Mary wore from 11-17 December:Shopping with her sisters in Australia, 12 December, in a repeated Heartmade top and some saucy Nike kicks.Photo: Bauer Griffin/Zimbio



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #6. The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.047-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#6. The Grand Duchess Vladimir TiaraComing in at number 6 on your list of favorite tiaras is a piece that could warrant a spot based on its story alone. Add in the fact that it comes with two different kinds of stones to swap out and its overall exquisite craftsmanship, and you’ve got yourself a winner.The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, with



Gold Star: Cambridge Black and Bling

2011-12-28T21:30:42.048-08:00

Did your teacher give out gold stars when you were a kid? Mine did. And while sometimes those stars were for a job perfectly done, other times they were for progress well made. You know, a little encouragement along the way. It is in this spirit that I award the Duchess of Cambridge her first ever Gold Star.Because tonight, at The Sun Military Awards, Catherine busted out her first major piece of



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #7. The Poltimore Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.048-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#7. The Poltimore TiaraIf your eyes are good enough to make out what’s depicted in the avatar I use when commenting here or on Twitter, then you will know that I wholeheartedly support your selection of the Poltimore Tiara as your seventh favorite gem.The Poltimore TiaraOn the advice of Deputy Master of the Household Patrick Plunkett, this



Week in Review: Princess Charlene, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.048-08:00

Here's what Charlene wore from 11-17 December:At the Arbre de Noel for Monaco's children, 14 December. See, appearances like this are what get me. Elegant silhouette, great classy hair...beige beige beige.a and b) Spreading more Christmas joy, 15 December. Much better with just even a little pop of blue!Visiting College Charles III (a school), 16 December. If it isn't beige, it's black! This one



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 11-17 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.049-08:00

Here's what Mette-Marit wore from 11-17 December:a) At the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, 11 December, in b) Emilio Pucci. The whole look, right down to those hot shoes, straight off the runway. Rawr.Dinner with the artists performing in the Crown Prince and Crown Princess' holiday concert.a) The Christmas concert, 15 December, in b) Valentino. Thank the fashion gods she didn't go for the ruffled



Random Jewel Tidbits

2011-12-28T21:30:42.049-08:00

A couple of things have happened this week in magpie land that are worth your attention, if you haven't already devoured the info...Elizabeth Taylor's JewelsAfter the passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, I wrote a bit about the jewels in her miraculous collection, some of which have royal provenance. This week they were auctioned, and we have a new record for the highest price ever fetched by a



Week in Review: Princess Máxima, 4-10 December

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Here's what Máxima wore from 4-10 December:At the closing ceremony of the Thousand and One Force project, 9 December, in an outfit she also wore for an audience on 6 December. Hmm...while I think we have a good silhouette on our hands, somehow the overall efffect is that of Queen Elizabeth taking a stroll at Balmoral.Photo: PPE/Nieboer



Week in Review: Princess Letizia, 4-10 December

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Here's what Princess Letizia wore from 4-10 December:Watching the changing of the guard at the palace in Madrid, 7 December, rockin' the shades.Photo: Purepeople/Best Image



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #8. The Portland Sapphire Tiara

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Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#8. The Portland Sapphire TiaraHere’s a surprise entry to the list, and our first tiara without a royal wearer in its history. If you’re feeling wordy, you can call this baby the Portland Antique Sapphire, Diamond and Natural Pearl Tiara, but for heaven’s sakes I think a simple “Portland Sapphire Tiara” name will do for our purposes. The



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #9. The Strathmore Rose Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.050-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#9. The Strathmore Rose TiaraClick here to revisit the history of this piece.Another one I’m surprised to see on here. Not because it isn’t lovely, but because it’s one of our mystery pieces. For heaven’s sake, it hasn’t even been worn in most of our lifetimes. I dare say if many of your pre-royal wedding wishes had come true and Kate



Week in Review: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, 4-10 December

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Here's what Maria Teresa wore from 4-10 December:At the closing of the European Year of Volunteering, 5 December.Hosting a reception at the Grand Ducal Palace, 8 December.The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony, 10 December. I think the side view shows the good the dress can do, when not chopped in half by a sash.Photos: Ministry of Family and Integration/Cour gr ducale/Svenskdam



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #10. The Khedive of Egypt Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.050-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#10. The Khedive of Egypt TiaraThe Khedive of Egypt TiaraAlways a fan favorite, it’s no surprise this sentimental tiara with a memorable design made your list of favorites.A sketch of the gem - you will note it is upside down, in stomacher fashion - from the couple's wedding giftsMade by Cartier, this diamond ornament was a gift to Princess



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #11. The Baden Fringe Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.050-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#11. The Baden Fringe TiaraClick here to revisit the history of this piece.Fringe lover that I am, I’m thrilled that this one made the list. So's Victoria, just look at her! And I suspect that the Crown Princess herself had a good bit to do with this one making the top 15. A good tiara-to-user match + general affection for said user = top 15



Week in Review: Crown Princess Victoria, 4-10 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.051-08:00

Here's what Victoria wore from 4-10 December:Attending a meeting on the 2011 Nobel Prize laureates, 5 December.Lunch at the palace for a politician, 6 December. Legit boots instead of shooties? I'll take it!a and b) The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony, 10 December. Though I originally called it as Elie Saab, and others thought perhaps Malene Birger, it is indeed a Pär Engsheden creation. Doesn't



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #12. The Luxembourg Empire Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.051-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#12. The Luxembourg Empire TiaraAnd this is why I love you guys: you just automatically came up with a list that skews to the “Go Big or Go Home” side of the game. Bless your little magpie hearts.The Luxembourg Empire TiaraComing in at number 12 on your list of favorite tiaras we have one of the largest diadems in use today, the Luxembourg



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 4-10 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.051-08:00

Here's what Mette-Marit wore from 4-10 December:Attending the Save the Children party for the Nobel Peace Prize and then receiving the Peace Prize recipients at the palace, 10 December. Oh man, I love that coat. She also wore it when arriving at the ceremony.a) At the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, 10 December, in a b) Valentino dress. She added length to the dress, we'll all be happy to



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #13. The Spencer Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.051-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#13. The Spencer TiaraDespite its largely royal association, this is actually the first non-royal tiara to make a featured appearance here in our sparkly house. The Spencer Tiara belongs to the family of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, but it was worn so often by her that some people assume it is a royal piece. It’s not the only tiara



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #14. The Cut Steel Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.052-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...#14. The Cut Steel TiaraClick here or the picture to review the story of this piece. Here’s one that I was quite surprised to see garner so many mentions. I have to ask: What put this on your list?Was it Victoria’s superb Nobel 2010 outing? Is it simply the uniqueness of the piece? Was it something that stuck with you when we did the original



Week in Review: Princess Charlene, 4-10 December

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Here's what Charlene wore from 4-10 December:Opening a Christmas market, 5 December. That's a great coat.Visiting her first swimming pool, 7 December. This is not a great skirt, though it may make a great burlap sack.At the Climate Action Networking Reception in South Africa, 7 December. This one just does nothing for her, I'm afraid. Points for killer shoes, anyway.a) At the Polaris Project



Readers' Top 15 Tiaras: #15. Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet

2011-12-28T21:30:42.065-08:00

Our countdown of your favorite tiaras begins with...#15. Queen Victoria's Sapphire CoronetMy request for your favorite tiaras sparked a right royal campaign for one piece in particular: commenter Faerieeva dutifully promoted a wee sapphire gem from Queen Victoria’s stash. Well, Your Faerieness, you win. (Hey, I told you this wasn't a scientific poll.)Design was among the many progressive



Week in Review: The Duchess of Cambridge, 4-10 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.066-08:00

Here's what Catherine wore from 4-10 December:a) Attending a Gary Barlow charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, 6 December, in b) a Zara dress and Ralph Lauren jacket (last seen leaving after the wedding). Basic party dress, royal-ed up with the addition of the jacket and tights. I've seen a lot of people clutching their pearls over the length, but that didn't bother me; she's covered up



Royal Fashion Awards: The Nobel Prizes 2011, Part 2

2011-12-28T21:30:42.066-08:00

The Nobel Prize celebrations are wrapping up in Norway and Sweden with a second day of tiaras n' dresses at a dinner for the Nobel laureates given in Sweden by King Carl Gustaf and a concert for the Peace Prize in Norway. And as usual, most of the participants took it down a notch from the first day's festivities, but you never know who might strike your award-giving fancy... (Click here to see



New Top 15 List: Readers' Favorite Tiaras

2011-12-28T21:30:42.066-08:00

Remember when I asked you that ever so important question, what's your favorite tiara? Yeah, it was a while ago.Here's what I did with your answers: I tallied everything up, all your comments and likes (more than 400 comments - see, this is why we're friends), plus your emails and tweets. And I made a list which, fun fact, included more than 140 different tiaras when all was said and done. I



Royal Fashion Awards: The Nobel Prizes 2011, Part 1

2011-12-28T21:30:42.066-08:00

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in the presence of the Norwegian royal family today, and over in Stockholm the rest of the Nobel Prizes were celebrated with royals from Sweden and Luxembourg present. They have their prizes; we have our awards for the sparkliest event we’ve had since this summer…Worst in ChristmasGrand Duchess Maria TeresaWell, Maria Teresa did what I hoped she'd do: got her



Flashback Friday: Silvia at the Nobel Prize Ceremony

2011-12-28T21:30:42.067-08:00

If Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine do Nobel style right, it's because they learned from the master: their mother. Queen Silvia has always made very specific sartorial selections for the events surrounding the awarding of the Nobel Prizes. She's been at it since her wedding in 1976 and has amassed such a collection that it was even worthy of an exhibition a while back. Here we have



Tiara Thursday: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure

2011-12-28T21:30:42.067-08:00

As we continue to ramp up for this weekend's Nobel festivities, it's time to take a look at one of Queen Silvia's favorite tiaras, and a regular star at the Nobel ceremony: the Leuchtenberg Sapphires.The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure TiaraThis gem has a provenance similar to another huge Scandinavian diadem: Empress Joséphine's Emerald Tiara, now in the possession of Norway's royal family. The



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 27 November - 3 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.067-08:00

Here's what Mette-Marit wore from 27 November - 3 December:Meeting (a) and posing (b) with the artists that contributed to the Crown Princely couple's charity Christmas CD. And the SHOOTIES claim another royal victim. Watching an interview with author Karl Ove Knausgård, 2 December. You're probably looking at the hair, but I would also like to draw your attention to those red hot glasses. Oh,



Wedding Wednesday: Favorite Winter Wedding Gowns

2011-12-28T21:30:42.067-08:00

Winter wedding gowns are tricky, especially when you're having a royal wedding with lots of balcony appearances and other assorted outdoor shenanigans. Since that time is upon us now (well, it's upon me - if you're in Australia or something...bookmark and come back in six months I guess?), I thought we'd throw some praise at those royal wedding dresses that have leapt their climate hurdles



Week in Review: Crown Princess Victoria, 27 November - 3 December

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Here's what Victoria wore from 27 November - 3 December:At the ceremonial meeting of the Royal Academy of Music, 28 November, in b) a repeated dress from Ann-Sofie Back. This time, or last time? What do we think, which is better? I'm going to go with...this time.Attending a meeting at the palace, 1 December.Photos: AOP/BilledBladet/Royal House



Week in Review: Princess Mathilde, 27 November - 3 December

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Here's what Mathilde wore from 27 November - 3 December:Meeting military families, 3 December. I am, as ever, baffled by the brown/beige and gray combo - that's a page out of Máxima's book - but YAY for capes.Photo: Getty Images/Zimbio



Week in Review: Princess Máxima, 27 November - 3 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.068-08:00

Here's what Máxima wore from 27 November - 3 December:At the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Awards, 28 November. Va-va-voom! This is a great dress. Me likey.a and b) Opening a new care home, 29 November. Meh.a) Attending a gala dinner during an official visit from Mali, 29 November, in b) a repeated dress and shrug made of...used tinfoil from Máx's last highlight?Photos: Getty Images/Zimbio/PPE/



Week in Review: Princess Letizia, 27 November - 3 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.068-08:00

Here's what Letizia wore from 27 November - 3 December:Attending an awards dinner, 29 November. A classic repeated Letizia LBD. Can't go wrong.a) and b) At the XIVth State Congress of the Voluntary work, 1 December. Mmm...maybe we should've left the scarf on, I'm thinking.Photos: Xunta/WireImage



Week in Review: Princess Charlene, 27 November - 3 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.069-08:00

Here's what Charlene wore from 27 November - 3 December:Visiting Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, 29 November. You want to know what this reminds me of? Queen Fabiola. Seriously. The large wrap, monochrome right down to the shoes. If she'd done it in white, she'd need to step off.At the Humanitarian Associations Night, 30 November. At the Fight AIDS Gala, 1 December. I adore both of these last outfits,



Royal Splendor 101: Tiara Terminology

2011-12-28T21:30:42.069-08:00

In the course of digging into various tiaras and various royal traditions, a series of requests has arisen in the comments and in my email for actual definitions of some of the common jewel terms I throw around. What constitutes a tiara, and how is that different from a diadem, or a crown? You get the picture. Probably should have taken care of that first thing, but hey, better late than



Week in Review: The Duchess of Cambridge, 27 November - 3 December

2011-12-28T21:30:42.069-08:00

Here's what Catherine wore from 27 November - 3 December:a) Attending a reception for the press with other members of the royal family to launch the Queen's diamond jubilee year, 28 November, in b) a dress from Mulberry in a "Peace and Love" print which she paired with black pumps. Hmmmm. I think, since we can't really see the dress on Kate, I'm trying to form an opinion here half based on the



Royal Splendor 101: Royal Documentary Recommendations

2011-12-28T21:30:42.069-08:00

The other day, somebody asked for some recommendations from my favorite royal documentaries. Sure, why not? Sounds like a nice leisurely topic for a weekend chat. I'll give you some suggestions, and you can give me some, and then we can all go out for ice cream later.My favorite things are the little behind the scenes glimpses of our royals going about their business. It's such a refreshing - and



Flashback Friday: Victoria at the Nobel Prize Ceremony

2011-12-28T21:30:42.069-08:00

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, friends. Holidays, sure, whatever: I'm talking about the Nobel Prizes. Held in Sweden, the royal ladies treat it as the important event that it is and come out tiaras blazing. (The Nobel Peace Prize will get a set of events in Norway involving that royal family, but they never involve their tiaras, so...) The grand ceremony is on December 10th,



Week in Review: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, 20-26 November

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Here's what Maria Teresa wore from 20-26 November:Visiting a school, 21 November.Attending a conference, 24 November.Presenting the Edward Steichen Award, 24 November.Awarding the Grand Duke Adolphe Prize and attending the International Bazaar, 26 November. Yeah, I got nothing. I suppose it's too much to ask for every week to be fun.Photos: Daniel Clarins/Luxemburger Wort/Cour gr ducale/Wort/Nico



Tiara Thursday: The Nine Provinces Tiara

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The Nine Provinces TiaraWe haven’t yet ventured into the Belgian jewel collection for our Thursday fun, but that’s okay; it's not that big of a collection, we can pace ourselves. I thought the only diadem that the family seems to make a point of passing from queen to queen, so far, would make a fitting start.Astrid in the original version of the tiaraThis tiara was a wedding gift from the people



Week in Review: Princess Charlene, 20-26 November

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Here's what Charlene wore from 20-26 November:Walking the No Finish Line charity run, 20 November, with Albert in tights. Hey, if I had to see it, you do to. We're all in this together.Photo: Getty Images/Daylife



Wedding Wednesday: Princess Mabel's Gown

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HRH Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands and Mabel Wisse SmitApril 24, 2004Delft, NetherlandsGoodness me, our little digression into the wedding gown of Princess Mabel in last week's comments spawned an immediate outpouring of Wedding Wednesday requests. Well, I don't blame you. If you've never seen it before you really can't comprehend it in a single glance. So here you go, kids: Bows Gone Wild



Week in Review: Princess Mathilde, 20-26 November

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Here's what Mathilde wore from 20-26 November:Visiting schools with UNICEF Belgium, 21 November.a and b) Attending a round table on human trafficking, 24 November. The giant sweater masquerading as a coat is growing on me. Photos: Belga



Week in Review: Princess Máxima, 20-26 November

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Here's what Máxima wore from 20-26 November:a) Attending the premiere of the film Nova Zembla, 21 November, in a gorgeous black dress from Ralph Lauren (b). It's such a simple dress, and in a color that usually signals boring for me, but she does it just right with the jewels and the (neat!) hair (c-e). The shoulder ornament is a diamond aigrette dating way back to Queen Emma, and is the same one



Week in Review: Princess Letizia, 20-26 November

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Here's what Letizia wore from 20-26 November:At the farewell ceremony before departing for an official visit to Chile, 21 November.In Chile, day 1, 22 November. Hey, I'm just happy any time she goes with red.Still on day 1, 22 November, in Felipe Varela. Now, see, this is the kind of thing that only Letizia could pull off. Lurve.Official dinner, 22 November. This is a chic little outfit...but,



Week in Review: Crown Princess Victoria, 20-26 November

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Here's what Victoria wore from 20-26 November:Attending the Anders Wall lecture, 21 November.a) Awarding the Polhem Prize, 23 November, in (b) By Malene Birger. See, this is what I was talking about last week: this is not a maternity dress, it's just a dress that happens to fit over a bump. And you can tell, because the front hem is higher than the back one. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted to



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mary, 20-26 November

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Here's what Mary wore from 20-26 November:1. Day 1 of the couple's trip to Australia, 20 November, beginning with (a) flats and a hat to open the Sculpture By The Sea exhibition and then (b) ditching the hat and switching to heels for more events. Prefer the hat version, myself.2. Meeting the Governor-General, 20 November. Simple but lovely dress, the perfect background for what we're all really



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 20-26 November

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Here's what Mette-Marit wore from 20-26 November:a-c) Opening the Seamen's Church in Miami, 20 November. Those of you that found the first outfit from her Miami trip a little too saucy for church will be happy to know that that was just a dinner and a visit beforehand, and on the day of the actual church opening she was perfectly demure and lovely. I especially like her brooch-to-outfit matching



Gold Star: Queens with Diplomatic Flair

2011-12-28T21:30:42.076-08:00

Dressing diplomatically is an art form, if you ask me. The outfits on a royal foreign trip are not the point of the thing - even someone as frivolous as I can admit that - but when they're done just right, they can help the whole operation along. A detail here or there can be just the thing, a little exclamation point, to emphasize thoughtfulness, consideration, and respect for the other country.



Week in Review: Crown Princess Victoria, 13-19 November

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Here's what Victoria wore from 13-19 November:a and b) On an official visit to Järfälla, 14 November, wearing an H&M maternity coat with a By Malene Birger scarf. The coat is actually maternity wear, which is awesome because I think she's been making do with tent dresses and repeats intended for not-pregnant people for too long - as you can see in (b), because that coat is from pre-pregnancy days



Flashback Friday: Ladies in Uniform

2011-12-28T21:30:42.076-08:00

Lord knows I love a man in uniform - I certainly take every possible opportunity on this blog to point that out. But as I said when we saw Mary in her military best a few weeks ago, I also love a lady in uniform, and I decided that it's high time we threw a little appreciation in the female uni direction. Spotting royal ladies in uniform is not nearly as common a sight as it is with their male



Week in Review: Princess Máxima, 13-19 November

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Here's what Máxima wore from 13-19 November:Visiting Deventer Home Entrepreneurs, 15 November.Opening the Amsterdam Participation Market, 17 November.Making a school visit, 18 November.Attending the world premiere of a Dutch documentary, 18 November. The best in an extraordinarily typical Máxima week, I suppose.Photos: PPE/Buys/Het Koninklijk Huis/ANP/Dutch Photo Press



Tiara Thursday: The Modern Gold Tiara

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Since the topic of the week is shiny and new jewels, here’s one of the most distinctive ones to have been added to a royal collection in recent years. Oh, I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about this one...Modern Gold Tiara with topaz centerpieceLet’s call it the Modern Gold Tiara. This intriguing gem was a gift from King Harald of Norway to his wife, Queen Sonja, for her 60th birthday



Week in Review: Princess Mathilde, 13-19 November

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Here's what Mathilde wore from 13-19 November:Celebrating King's Day in Brussels, 15 November. I'm not even going to try and play like I'm pondering it: I LOVE the leopard. So help me, I do. It takes a lot to make an animal print classy and not trashy, and she's pulling it off with the assistance of those gray accessories. J'adore.More celebrations at Parliament, 15 November. This, on the other



Wedding Wednesday: New Bridal Tiaras

2011-12-28T21:30:42.077-08:00

Royal weddings are prime showcases for heirloom tiaras - after all, a girl does need something borrowed - but they're also often showcases for new tiaras. Whether you are honoring a new gift, you just feel like something new, or the family was plain out of tiaras for the new girl to have, there are plenty of weddings that have brought us new jewels to gaze upon.Left to Right: Princess Claire of



Week in Review: Princess Charlene, 13-19 November

2011-12-28T21:30:42.077-08:00

Here's what Charlene wore from 13-19 November:Attending the Parish Saint-Martin Centenary Anniversary Celebration Mass, 13 November.a) Handing out packages at Monaco's Red Cross Christmas celebration, 17 November, b) in an Akris suit with a boxy little jacket. This outfit inspired some of you to ask me if I think she's pregnant...and I have to tell you, the whole Bump Game gives me a case of the



Royal Splendor 101: New Jewels

2011-12-28T21:30:42.077-08:00

In all our talk on the ins and outs of owning royal jewels, we've mainly talked about existing gems and how they are passed down (and around). But there's one last question looming: do they ever get new stuff? Well, sure. The trick is that they do it very, very quietly. Gone are the days of Queen Mary and her unabashed collecting practices; when things join a royal collection these days - by



Week in Review: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, 13-19 November

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Here's what Maria Teresa wore from 13-19 November:Attending the annual Red Cross Bazaar, 13 November, with Princess Tessy and Princes Gabriel and Noah. While I think there are more sophisticated color palettes to be had, I like this shape for MT: slim fit blazer with slim skirt and such underneath, with a long necklace to break it up even more.Celebrating the 30th anniversary of SIPO, 17 November



Week in Review: Princess Letizia, 13-19 November

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Here's what Letizia wore from 13-19 November:Audiences at Zarzuela Palace, 14 November. A very quiet week, literally and sartorially, for Letizia. Must have been gearing up for the Chile trip they're on this week.Photo: Daylife/Getty Images



Week in Review: The Duchess of Cambridge, 13-19 November

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Here's what Catherine wore from 13-19 November:Remembrance Sunday, 13 November, which we discussed last week.a) Out shopping, in b) a skirt from Mulberry, working the "schoolgirl gone beatnik" look.She also paid a private visit to an art therapy charity at a school in London - she's been making these secret visits as she decides which charities she'll use her royal weight to support - wearing a



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 13-19 November

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Here's what Mette-Marit wore from 13-19 November:In Miami visiting the Seamen's Church that bears her name, 19 November (she officially opened it on Sunday, that'll be in next week's review post). Well, pardon me if this is inappropriate to say on a churchy occasion...but damn. She looks hot. This just shot to the top of my list of favorite Mette-Marit looks for the entire year.Photo: FVN



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mary, 13-19 November

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Here's what Mary wore from 13-19 November:Opening a new campaign for The Mary Foundation, 14 November. Gah! I love this jacket! And the Day Birger et Mikkelsen blouse underneath is a really interesting but lovely pairing.Opening a youth conference, 16 November. We've seen this Prada number before - from last year's Parliament opening, when she was pregnant with the twins! It's an unusual color



Royal Fashion Awards: National Day in Monaco

2011-12-28T21:30:42.079-08:00

Well friends, the day of reckoning has arrived, in which we begin to sort out what kind of National Day Princess Charlene will lead. And the results...are a mixed bag. So, business as usual for the Monaco bunch, basically. To the awards!Worst of the Mixed BagPrincess CharleneStraight out of the gate, Charlene was an early favorite for the best dressed lady of the day. Yes, it's beige, and it's



Flashback Friday: National Day, the Princess Grace Way

2011-12-28T21:30:42.079-08:00

It's time for National Day in Monaco, and for the first time in 30 years there will be a Princess of Monaco by the sovereign's side. Charlene made her first official appearance at National Day while engaged last year, and she certainly made a splash. It seems appropriate now to take a look back at what Charlene's predecessor, that epitome of elegance Princess Grace, brought to the occasion and



Week in Review: Princess Máxima, 6-12 November

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Here's what Máxima wore from 6-12 November:Opening Money Week 2011, 7 November. A cape! Yay! I hope she swooped it around a bit, if so then I will forgive the matchy-matchy shoes. At the opening conference of the European Office of the Sustainability Consortium, 8 November. A thoroughly typical outfit, topped with a new Natan coat.Attending the Erasmus Prize award ceremony, 9 November. This is a



Week in Review: Crown Princess Victoria, 6-12 November

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Here's what Victoria wore from 6-12 November:a) Day 1 of a visit to Västernorrland, 7 November. These past few weeks have made it clear that we may need something besides the clothes to talk about (I know! The horror!) at least until the babe arrives. Thus I present Cute Picture 1b, a little wheelchair lovin' at the wheelchair factory, and Cute Picture 1c, bubbles. Just because.a) Day 2, 8



Week in Review: Princess Charlene, 6-12 November

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Here's what Charlene wore from 6-12 November:Visiting a school, 11 November. I'd be concerned about one of those "I see London" situations with all the bending and kneeling involved in a visit with wee ones, myself.Photos: Paris Match



Tiara Thursday: The Midnight Tiara

2011-12-28T21:30:42.081-08:00

Crown Princess Mary started out her marriage with two tiaras available for her use, her small wedding tiara and the huge ruby parure. Five years on, she wrangled herself a third option to fill in all the gaps: something less formal but right in the middle of the size range, with a modern design and a modern ownership arrangement.The Midnight TiaraThe experimentation in non-traditional materials



Week in Review: Princess Mathilde, 6-12 November

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Here's what Mathilde wore from 6-12 November:a and b) Visiting Maison de la Parentalité, 8 November. Ah! Another contestant in our Best Red Coat Contest. So, kids, how about this one? I'm a little dubious about the split of the ruffles, but even if I wasn't, the matching shoes kill it for me. The over-matching is a Mathilde trademark, and one I wish she'd wean herself from.At the Antwerp book



Wedding Wednesday: Queens and their Pre-Wedding Style

2011-12-28T21:30:42.082-08:00

A few weeks ago we took a look at some of the pre-wedding outfits of our current crop of crown princesses. Now, it's time to pop back a generation - well, actually, just step up a level and mostly back a generation - to a few sovereigns/sovereign consorts and their pre-wedding ball attire. This is even better, if you ask me, for two reasons: 1. old school glamour, and 2. TIARAS. 'Nuff said, right



Week in Review: Crown Princess Mary, 6-12 November

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Here's what Mary wore from 6-12 November:a) Naming a ship in b) a Diane von Furstenberg coat, 7 November. While others are busy wondering if she's taking style inspiration from that other royal brunette, I'm busy wondering if she was tempted to change up her pre-planned wardrobe at the last minute precisely to avoid those comparisons. (I kid, by the way. It's a red coat with black accents...not



Week in Review: Princess Letizia, 6-12 November

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Here's what Letizia wore from 6-12 November:Visiting an international tourism fair in London, 7 November.At a gala dinner put on by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in London, 7 November, repeating one of my very favorite Letizia looks! Huzzah.Attending an event for the ONCE Foundation, 11 November. Hey, a whole week of some of my favorite Letizia dresses (they're all Felipe Varela, by the way)!



Royal Splendor 101: Loaned Jewels

2011-12-28T21:30:42.082-08:00

This is part 4 of our series on jewel ownership.After discussing the state involvement of crown jewels, the security of family foundations, and the precarious nature of personal property, it's time for our fourth and final sort of ownership, that which is not really ownership at all: the loan. Also known as, what to do when you don't have enough for yourself and you have neither the funds nor the



Week in Review: The Duchess of Cambridge, 6-12 November

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Here's what Catherine wore from 6-12 November:a) Attending a dinner for the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, 10 November, in a custom version of this (b) Jenny Packham gown and (c) a pair of earrings which have been identified as silver with "crystal paste stones" by Beaut Jewellery who supplied this design to Jenny Packham. I won't lie and say I wasn't disappointed to learn she didn't have a



Flashback Friday: Going, Going, Gone...Sold Tiaras

2011-12-28T21:30:42.083-08:00

It seems that no matter happens to the world's finances, there will always be a market for tiaras, especially those with a whiff of royalty on them. Earlier this year - while the economy sits in what the professionals call "the crapper", mind you - a new auction record was set for the most expensive tiara sale.This tiara was once in the collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck