20 January 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: January 20

It's funny how an outfit that starts out as a combination of such basic, solid pieces...

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited an international tourism fair this week.
...can turn into a world of NOPE by the time you finish scrolling. This is where people like to jump in and say but she's on trend!, as though being trendy automatically means that the outfit is well executed, and I'm gonna argue here that this is just not a great adaptation of the whole cropped pant + boot thing. The length of the pant leg and the height of the boot fight with each other when she moves; either the pant gets caught on the boot, or you can see just a sliver of leg underneath, which feels unintentional. If she was going for seamless, she needed a taller boot. Or, you know, to wear these pieces in an entirely different fashion. That would've worked too.
Boots from Uterqüe, purse from Adolfo Domínguez

19 January 2017

Tiara Thursday: The Kent Festoon Tiara

The Kent Festoon Tara
This tiara, with diamond scrolls topped by single pearls, is one of the more recognizable pieces belonging to the Kent branch of the British royal family. How it came to be in the Kent family is not precisely known; it belonged to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1906-1968), who received jewels from her husband, the Duke of Kent (son of King George V and Queen Mary) and had jewels both inherited and gifted from her many royal relations. These included jewels left to Marina by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert) on her death in 1939. The tiara probably dates from around 1900 and though it rests in a case from Cartier, Tiaras: A History of Splendour notes that it may not actually be a Cartier creation.

Princess Marina
Princess Marina wore the tiara regularly, including at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and it was briefly worn by her daughter, Princess Alexandra. She left the tiara to her youngest son, Prince Michael, and it is now worn by his wife, Princess Michael (Marie Christine). The current row of pearls at the base has been added while the tiara's been in their possession, nicely echoing the pearls that top the tiara.

Princess Michael
Princess Michael has made this one of her signature pieces. Prince and Princess Michael are often attendees at state banquets and from time to time have stepped in as the Queen's representatives for the traditional gala Guildhall banquet that takes place during state visits; with those appearances plus portraits, the tiara is worn regularly. It's a tall tiara - one that Princess Michael showcases extremely well - and it just might be my favorite Kent diadem.

Is this your favorite Kent tiara, or do you prefer another?

18 January 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: January 18

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry had an event for Heads Together yesterday.
Accessories that pick up a non-dominant color from your print? Whaddya know, my matchy line remains blissfully uncrossed. A commitment to interest in accessories: that's a New Year's resolution I can get behind.
Dress from Erdem

17 January 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for January 17: More for the New Year

Aaaannnnd we're back:

--Lord Snowdon, noted photographer and ex-husband of the late Princess Margaret, died on Friday. He was 86 years old. [Independent]

--The Earl of Snowdon title will pass to Viscount Linley. He spent time with his aunt, the Queen, at Sandringham this weekend. The Queen's second church appearance of the year was covered at the Vault.

--The Japanese imperial family has their own set of court dress-type events in January, including the  New Year's Lectures. [YouTube]
ANN screencap

--And finally, Princess Madeleine shared some cute pictures of Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas with their greetings for the new year on her Facebook page. [Facebook]
Princess Madeleine Facebook

13 January 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: January 13

Programming Note: The blog returns on Tuesday!
The Duchess of Cambridge undertook a couple engagements earlier this week.
So you've got your future Royal Coat Museum, and then you've got your future Royal Blue Museum just up the road. You can visit them both...or just permanently take up residence right between the two, your choice. It's a good blue - as I always say - though I will raise my contrarian hand and say the blue shoes are crossing the matchy line for me. (My matchy line being a lot closer than most matchy lines, you know.)
Dress from Eponine London