The Perfumes of Queens and Princesses

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I came across this interesting article about royal fragrances of the past and decided to look into what the modern royals wear. There wasn’t too much information regarding the topic, but I’ve gathered the above information from what I learned on The Royal Forums, a pretty reliable source on all things royal.

Bonus: On they day of her wedding to Prince Charles, Diana is reported to have spilt her bottle of perfume all over her dress.

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Royal Tour Fashions: Kate’s Worst Looks

kate-middleton-tour-outfitsFashion fails

Kate Middleton Oz TourThis outfit will be iconic for many reasons. Among them being the first outfit we’ve seen Kate wear while wrangling a very bouncy baby George, as well as the first outfit of the tour. But let’s be honest, this dress will forever be associated with one of the Duchess’s more disastrous ‘Marilyn Moments.‘ It’s a lovely dress. However, I think it was a bit too ‘uniformy.’ and I’m still recovering from the fainting spell I had when I learned it cost $2,521. Not to mention her attempting to channel Diana and Jackie O. You’re you, Kate–And when you want to be you can be pretty fabulous. Own it! The best comment on the dress came from Twitter where someone mentioned that Kate spent 90 hours buttoning the buttons on this dress coat.

Kate Middleton Oz TourIt’s so hard to narrow my list down to just three, so I’m going to say ‘all and any ruby green dresses’ for number two. I love green. I really do. I think it can look really great sometimes. This was not one of those times. I’m shocked Kate went for this look. Color aside, the zipper, robe-like silhouette is terrible. It’s not even salvageable if she were to add certain accessories. It’s just bad. And what on earth is that stitching? Did she pack some sort of basket on top of it, causing those stitch-like wrinkles? All for $3120 (last seen going for half price). Had Kate opened the jacket and allowed the dress beneath to show, it could have been an OK look. Could, not definitely would. But the look as a whole was a major bust.

Kate Middleton Oz TourThe first thought I had when I saw this look was “who died?!” Also, “how is her waist the same size as her neck?” I love a little black dress. I also fancy dresses with long sleeves. Yet this look still manages to get a double thumbs down from me. And the embroidery–why? The Queen apparently lent hardly any jewelry to Kate, so she had to have some sparkle sewn in. Also, isn’t it really not fit for a royal to wear all black when not in mourning? (Off to jot down notes about future protocol post…back!)

It was a tough call, I really disliked most of the outfits, but this entire look was a miss for me. The makeup. The sausage roll curls… drab. Absolutely drab.

And, for royal tour wardrobe costing $65,000 I expected a LOT more fab.

Bonus look:

prince-william-kate-royal-tour-vineyard_aI appreciate the direction Kate was going with this look. No one’s a bigger fan of skinny jeans and blazers than me…but the gold buttons on this blazer, paired with the checkered shirt screams mannequin to me for some reason. But had the buttons been a bit more subtle, I think this look could have been tops. Plus, major props to the Duchess for showing some love for GAP.

See my favorite looks here.

 

So that’s my measly input regarding the whole tour-drobe. And yes, I know. I am writing this while wearing my snazziest Old Navy black, long-sleeved tee, and a pair of GAP Jeans, so my vote means essentially…nothing. But, in my dream world, when I wear dazzling designer duds and essentially live the life of a Duchess, these looks would never do.

(AND THERE WOULD BE NO WIRE HANGERS.)

 

 And, as always, check out What Kate Wore for all the details on Kate’s looks.
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Crown Princess Mary Vogue Australia Feature, 2004

20140507-222501.jpg It’s an ordinary story – during the 2000 Olympics, a young Australian woman, Mary Donaldson, goes to a pub in Sydney, where she meets and ultimately marries a man named Fred. In this case however, Fred just happens to be His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, heir apparent to the Danish throne. 20140507-222746.jpg Being a modern princess must come with its own set of challenges, full stop, and it’s a subject I broach with the Crown Princess later in the day. Once she realised that marriage was on the horizon, was she ever daunted by the fact that she was about to join a monarchy, and leave behind her previous life? 20140507-223001.jpgCrown Princess Mary looks reflective.

“I’m the sort of person that takes things as they come,” she answers thoughtfully. “I never look too far ahead of myself. The way I came into this situation was gradual. By the point marriage was a consideration, I was too far gone on the personal side to turn back. I was beyond the point of return. I knew I could deal with this because I was in it for all the right reasons. I am with the person that I love.”20140507-223457.jpg“But of course there were times when my best friend and I used to joke about it. ‘How did I get myself into this mess?’” she laughs. “It was almost too surreal to actually think about at times. The word surreal is probably one of my most commonly used words right now! So I am lucky that I am of that nature where I tend to take things as they come, otherwise I may have run away from it. Maybe? But I wasn’t in his world, I didn’t see him in his everyday world. I was in Australia. So it came about from a pure place, from love. You really don’t know exactly how you’re going to react in a situation until you’re in that moment so it’s important to focus on that moment.”

20140507-223503.jpg20140507-223510.jpgI ask her if she believes in destiny. Surely hers is a story that illustrates it more than most?

“Destiny is a very big question, I think it’s a comforting and helpful thing to have some belief in. It gives you some comfort, that there’s some reason behind why things happen the way they do. Not only the good but also the bad. If you experience a large grief in your life, in order to understand it and accept it, you have to believe that there is a reason behind this, something bigger.”

20140507-223521.jpg20140507-223534.jpg 20140507-223547.jpg As we head down the drive to return to Copenhagen, I glance back at the vast and imposing palace, flanked by uniformed guards. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a princess, and it is extraordinary. But then, Crown Princess Mary is not an ordinary woman. She had exactly what it takes to be modern royalty all along. Crown Prince Frederik just had to go to Sydney to find her. 20140507-223603.jpg

Vogue Australia December 2004

I love this spread which was written less than a year after Crown Prince Frederik and Mary’s wedding in 2004. It’s a classy introduction to the Australian-born, now Danish Princess’s new life abroad.

I think the Duchess of Cambridge could have benefitted hugely had she done something similar after her nuptials in 2011. Maybe someday.

Features like this give royals a great opportunity to share a more intimate look at their lives, while controlling the terms.

When done right, Vogue and other magazine spreads can be a brilliant move for monarchs.

Royal Tour Fashion: Kate’s Best Looks

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Head-to-Toe Perfection

LK Bennett Dress Kate Middleton Oz Tour From her sleek, pulled-back, age-appropriate hairstyle, to the classy, yet chic silhouette of the poppy L.K. Bennett dress–this look was spot on for the 31-year-old Duchess and the occasion and setting (an early fall, certainly still warm in Australia). The navy blue Alexander McQueen pumps and matching Oroton ‘Odeion’ Clutch in Indigo added just enough polish to the outfit, without being too look at me!

LK Bennett Dress Kate Middleton Oz TourThe Michael Kors’ tweed coatdress Kate wore for her last engagement of the tour, the Anzac Memorial Day Ceremony, was not only a look that is both sophisticated and modern, but was also a modern take on a timeless look. The hat added a perfect finish, and her hair was not as though she had just let it out of sausage rollers (as we so often see it). When her hair wasn’t in the way, the poppy broach was a lovely nod of remembrance. If Kate’s style continues to evolve in this direction, we have a lot to look forward to fashion-wise.

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I didn’t love this suit by Luisa Spagnoli, but the look, overall, was lovely. Red suits Kate, and her hair pulled back always makes her look her age. (I feel like when she wears her hair down she is trying to look overly youthful, which in the cruel ways of life, actually makes her look far beyond her years.) The peplum at the waist added some curves and she looked like this was something she would have worn pre-Duchess days. It is a recycled piece, and I think the way she styled it is simple chic. 

Bonus look:

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Kate looked so natural and stunning when she was out in her element, on the water, racing Prince William. Plus, I’m always a fan of a ponytail and stripes, so it’s no surprise I adored this look of hers.

 

 And, as always, check out What Kate Wore for all the details on Kate’s looks.
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Kate’s Royal Tour Fashion: New Zealand

Duchess of Cambridge New Zealand Outfits

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Duchess of Cambridge New Zealand Outfits

The Duchess of Cambridge seemed to have had someone behind the scenes inspiring her outfits this tour. Whether it is actually on account of the Queen’s requests of longer hemlines, we can’t be sure, but we have seen Kate wear more ‘tailored’ looks lately.

Personally, I loved her striped-shirt, blazer, and skinny jeans look she wore sailing. But I like that outfit on anyone. Sadly, none of these looks ‘blew me out of the water.’ I feel there were more ‘mehs’ than usual. I do know that I wouldn’t be sorry if we never see that green coat dress again. That was a definite no.

I’d love to know…

Which look was your favorite and which was your least favorite? And what do you think about her hair? She’s reported to have a hairstylist on this tour and costs $500 a day. I think that’s a bit outrageous if true, Kate can surely blow out her hair herself and add a few curls, right? Hopefully we’ll see more up-dos the second half of this tour…

 

As always, for more information about Kate’s fashion What Kate Wore has you covered!

Royals gone Vogue.

Royal Vogue Covers

There’s nothing quite like the sitting down with a glossy magazine and getting lost in its pages… add a royal to the mix and it’s a match made in Heaven.

I had intended to include historical facts regarding Vogue and its featuring of Royals in this post, however, after much research, I was unable to find any solid information. So instead of throwing out the post altogether, I figured posts with gorgeous pictures are better than nothing. (If you have any insight please do share! I’d love to include these bits of information!)

Majesties meet magazines

While many Royals have done photo shoots specific for Vogue, many have simply had their photo from other occasions featured on the cover. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Princess Diana, and Princess Anne are among those who have done feature shoots for the magazines. Many others may have, as well, however my research came up short, unfortunately.

What about the Duchess?

While Princess Diana appeared on British Vogue four times, it’s interesting we haven’t yet seen Kate on its cover. There is lots of speculation as to why this may be, most reasons pointing to the Queen’s disapproval.

Anna Wintour’s miss

This past week the latest US Vogue cover was revealed. Not only did it feature Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, it had the hashtag: #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE as a headline.

We have to agree with our friends at WWKD on this one:

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I’d say after this gaffe, Anna Wintour lost her chance of having Kate on her cover, along with millions of subscriptions…

So Royals and magazine covers… what do you think?

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Does Kate get fashion inspiration from Princess Diana’s looks from the past?

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It’s hardly disputable that the Duchess of Cambridge has created her own spot in fashion history, but ever since the day she stepped out of the Lindo Wing holding Baby George, I haven’t been able to think her fashion choices are all her own.

Yes, of course, she could have simply been paying homage to Prince William’s mom, Princess Diana, but it’s not the first time Kate has donned outfits remarkably similar to those of the late Princess.

But we can all agree Carole Middleton wearing this dress is a bit too weird.