12 December 2017

Tiara Watch of the Day: A Second Night of Nobel Sparkle

They’ve gone and done it again, those Swedish royal ladies. For the second night in a row, I am charmed by one and all. And they’re going for the title of Year’s Most Color Coordinated Family while they’re at it.

The royal family with laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and wife Lorna MacDougall.
Kungahuset.se
A pastel spring palette for all, anchored by the deep blue of Queen Silvia's Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure. The whole thing starts with Crown Princess Victoria's floral dress by Camilla Thulin. Man, I love a floral ball gown.

Kungahuset.se
And that is a BALL GOWN, make no mistake! Grand with a bit of whimsy. With a nature-themed tiara in Princess Lilian’s Laurel Wreath, she’s perfectly coordinated.

Princess Sofia’s throwing in the greens with a caped (!) dress and the return of the emeralds on her wedding tiara. The elastic (or whatever) at the waist seems a little flimsy for the rest of the drama, though I'm prepared to overlook it since we have a case of Tiara Hair Worn Down done right.

Kungahuset.se
It's good, right? As is Princess Madeleine (another member of the list of royals that can handle a tiara worn with hair down, incidentally). Madeleine’s appearance at Carl Philip and Sofia’s wedding in this Elie Saab gown is one of my all-time favorite maternity gala appearances; it’s just as grand the second time, paired again with the Modern Fringe Tiara.

Shall we catch up with the Norway Nobel crew, while we're at it? For their second night, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. You'll never guess what she wore...
Embed from Getty Images
It's more Erdem x H&M! We knew it was going to be popular, we just didn't know how popular. We should have made Bingo cards with these pieces, guys. Missed opportunity.
Erdem x H&M

10 December 2017

Royal Fashion Awards: The Nobel Prizes, 2017

For the first time in quite some time, I really like all the ensembles our Scandinavian royal friends wore for the Nobel Prize ceremonies – in both Norway, where the Peace Prize is awarded, and in Sweden, where the rest are awarded. This is particularly great in the case of the Swedish royal ladies, because we can focus on the tiaras. And they gave us a lot of tiara fun to talk about… (Revisit our open post for links to watch the ceremonies.)

Biggest Tiara Surprise
Crown Princess Victoria
SVT
I always seem to predict a nice jewel tone for Victoria, so this light blue was a big surprise. An even bigger surprise: Victoria wore the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara for the first time! She made it her own by adding a diamond rivière to the base. (She’s done this sort of temporary addition in the past to the Button Tiaras.)
Embed from Getty Images
Queen Silvia’s diamond floral earrings were a good balance for the large collar on this Jennifer Blom dress. You could take that down a notch and be none the worse, my single quibble with this otherwise delightful mass of light blue pleats.

Most Improved Tiara
Princess Sofia
Embed from Getty Images
Sofia just showed us that her Emerald and Diamond Tiara could lose its emeralds and open up its shape. She wasn’t done showing us her tiara’s many tricks, apparently, because now she’s replaced those emeralds with pearls. This tiara has never looked better.
Embed from Getty Images
The dress is from designer Ida Lanto, and that’s a princess dress if I ever saw one. Between that and the intense sparkle from her tiara, Sofia was operating at her highest princess level tonight.

Best Tiara Showcase
Princess Madeleine
SVT
Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara isn’t an easy one to wear. Amethysts good enough to eat, but a wide circumference that’s tripped up many an experienced tiara model. Unless you’re Princess Madeleine. This is the second time she’s aced an amethyst outing.
SVT
She added other pieces from the Amethyst Parure to her look, which was just the first in a purple group tonight (much to my delight). Her bespoke dress from maternity label Séraphine is “pure mauve silk, featuring sumptuous hand-beaded overlay in precious gold silk.” Sumptuous indeed.

Achievements in Tiara Tackling
Princess Christina
SVT
She’s the best wearer of both the Dreaded Button Tiaras, she makes the tall Cut Steel Tiara look right at home, and now she’s tackled the Cut Steel Bandeau like a champ and came out on top. Princess Christina, folks. Give her a round of applause.

Most Predictable Tiara
Queen Silvia
SVT
As demonstrated by our recent flashback, Silvia’s been alternating the Leuchtenberg Sapphires and the Nine Prong Tiara for several years now. Last year we had the sapphires, so…Pronger, you’re up. She’s predictable but on trend with that purple dress, at least according to Pantone’s Color of the Year. It’s a repeat from the state visit to Germany by designer Georg et Arend (per The Royals and I).

Most Predictable in Daywear
Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
Holding down the daywear fort, the Norwegian royals attended the Peace Prize ceremony earlier in the day and this is both exactly as you would expect (oh look, Mette-Marit’s worn a floral!) and even better than you’d expect (but get that floral in my closet right now, that looks rich). Well done, ladies.

Nobel fun continues with a dinner in Norway and, on Monday, another tiara dinner in Sweden. Stay tuned!

Who wins your prizes at this year’s festivities?

Open Post: The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, 2017

Here's your open post for those wishing to watch the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies in Stockholm live today. The gala ceremony begins at 4:30 pm local time (that's 10:30 am Eastern). It's scheduled to last until 6:00 pm. At 7:00 pm the Nobel Banquet begins and this is also broadcast for several hours, so there's lots of time to check in.

Streaming is available via the Nobel Prize organization and through Swedish broadcaster SVT.

Livestream links:


The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded earlier in Oslo. You can click here for video.

We will have a full recap post of both ceremonies later in the day. Until then, please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

Update: Post is up!

08 December 2017

Royal Coat of the Day: The Duchess of Cambridge in Manchester


Programming Note: We will be up and running on Sunday for the Nobel Prizes! An open post with streaming links will be up for the Swedish ceremony, which begins at 4:30 pm in Stockholm. (That's 10:30 am, Eastern.) And we'll have our post up after the festivities are over.

***************

There's been another addition to the Royal Coat Museum, and maybe I want to steal it. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester on Wednesday.
Embed from Getty Images
I mean, I won't, okay. Unless you could get rid of those top two pocket flaps, and in that case, funnel allllll the houndstooth (as the brand refers to it, for those quibbling about pattern description...) right over here. Right. Over. Here.

Kensington Palace
Red was a good combo with the coat. (Although I'm not sure what wouldn't be a good combo with it, such is the case with the good ones...)

L.K. Bennett Delli Check Coat and Goat Elodie Dress

07 December 2017

Tiara Thursday: Six Years of Nobel Sparkle

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony is coming up this weekend, on December 10th. It's usually the last tiara event of the calendar year, tiding us over until the Danish and Japanese families ring in the next one with their own tiara events. I always like to review a few past Nobel looks in advance, so I'm re-upping a post from last year with the sparkle of 2016 added!

In 2017, the Swedish royal calendar says we can expect the King, Queen, Crown Princess, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine, and Christopher O'Neill to attend the award ceremony. Princess Madeleine will be skipping the banquet that follows because of back problems due to pregnancy (it's several hours long). The whole gang will then also attend the King's Dinner held at the Royal Palace the following day, which is another tiara event.

Get your wish lists ready! And to help you with that, here's what we've seen in the past few years...

2016 Ceremony
SVT
Queen Silvia: Leuchtenberg Sapphires
Crown Princess Victoria: Cut Steel Tiara and a bespoke H&M gown
Princess Sofia: Cut Steel Bandeau, worn for the first time, and a House of Dagmar dress
Princess Madeleine: Connaught Tiara and a Fadi El Khoury ensemble


2016 King's Dinner
The Royal Family with Yoshinori Ohsumi and Mariko Ohsumi
Photo: Kungahuset.se
They surprised us with a group shot from the dinner last year! (Can we get that again, pretty please?)
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Princess Lilian's Laurel Wreath Tiara and a repeated Jenny Packham dress
Princess Sofia: Four Button Tiara worn for the first time, and a Stylein dress 
Princess Madeleine: Modern Fringe Tiara with the Connaught Tiara worn as a necklace for the first time in a long time


2015 Ceremony
Jonas Ekstromer/Kungahuset.se
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Connaught Tiara, worn for the second time in full, with pieces from Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure and a By Malina dress
Princess Sofia: Her wedding tiara, emerald and diamond earrings from Queen Silvia's collection, and an Oscar de la Renta gown
Princess Madeleine: Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and a Fadi El Khoury gown
SVT
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2014 Ceremony
SVT
Crown Princess Victoria: Baden Fringe Tiara and a mega gown by Pär Engsheden. This was Victoria's first time wearing the large diamond cross necklace from the family collection, and she wore the family's large diamond lozenge brooch in her hair.
Princess Sofia: She wore a little brooch in her hair with her Ida Sjöstedt dress, but no tiara since she wasn't married yet
Princess Madeleine: A Fadi El Khoury dress with the Modern Fringe Tiara and pieces from Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2013 Ceremony
Nobel Prize
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2012 Ceremony
SVT/Nobel Prize
Crown Princess Victoria: Four Button Tiara with an added diamond rivière at the bottom, an Elie Saab gown, and the Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure, worn for the first time
Princess Madeleine: Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure, worn for the first time, and an Angel Sanchez dress
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2011 Ceremony
SVT/Nobel Prize
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Six Button Tiara, with pieces of the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure worn for the first time with her Pär Engsheden gown
Princess Christina: Queen Sophia's Diamond and Pearl Tiara, which has since been stolen