Charlotte Casiraghi – a style star is born.

Charlotte Casiraghi was always destined to be beautiful. Her mother is the lovely Princess Caroline of Monaco, her grandmother was the legendary Princess Grace, formally Grace Kelly, iconic movie star and one of the loveliest women of her generation. Yes, Charlotte Casiraghi has beauty in her blood. This month, those stunning looks have merged with a full fanfare as Emmanuelle Alt unveiled Charlotte as the cover star for her first September Issue as editor of French Vogue. This is traditionally the most important issue of the year, being chosen as the cover star is acknowledgment of your standing in the fashion world. Being shot by the genius that is Mario Testino is another indicator. Charlotte Casiraghi  is clearly being marked as one to watch.

Charlotte has that cool, elegant style that only the French seems to possess. It is effortless and chic, with a nonchalant attitude which always seems to suggest she’s wearing ‘this old thing’. Yet she is capable of moments of high fashion, look at her in pink Chanel at the wedding of her Uncle Prince Albert. Not many women would attempt to wear a dress previously worn by the iconic Diane Kruger, yet Charlotte did, and made the dress her own, enchanting the press with her sheer prettiness.

But Charlotte isn’t ruled by the constraints that govern the dress of the Duchess of Cambridge. Just look at her in a bikers leather sitting front row at Paris Fashion Week with Kate Moss, or breathing new life into white jeans with Gucci’s Frida Giannini.

Charlotte has a lot to live up to in the style stakes, but she seems to be doing it with aplomb. I look forward to seeing what she will wear next.

 

Kate and Pippa – Cover Girls.

My favourite part of any month is the time when the new monthly magazines hit the shelves. I am always really excited by the idea of a few hours browsing through the fashion, gossip and stories in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle etc. So, in honour of this event, I took a trip to Wolverhampton this afternoon to enjoy a peruse around WH Smiths. Why while perusing, I noticed that we most definitely have a couple of new cover girls who need to be kept in pride of place on the news-stands. Step forward Kate and Pippa.

Kate is currently gracing the front cover of June’s Majesty Magazine, in a beautiful head and shoulders shot, inside the magazine, there is speculation about her wardrobe for the upcoming Canada tour.

A previously unseen wedding shot by Mario Testino graces the cover of Vanity Fair magazine this month. I love this really natural and happy picture, showing the newlyweds immediately after the wedding.

Mario Testino The July issue of Vanity Fair is out now

Little sister, and newly christened ‘her Royal Hotness’ Pippa is not to be outdone. Posh magazine The Lady hs a stunning shot of Pippa from the Royal wedding as it’s July cover with the byline ‘what’s next for Peachy Pippa’.

This is just the start for the beautiful and stylish Middleton girls, more magazine covers definitely beckon.

New Diana dress auction – rarely seen pieces!

Every year seems to bring a new slew of auctions selling the dresses of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. This year has seen Kerry Taylor auctions selling a range of  dresses once belonging to the style icon, including a copy of the famous revenge dress.

June will see an auction in Toronto, Canada of many dresses that once belonged to Diana. There are some much-loved dresses up for grabs, including the famous blue velvet White House dress  by Victor Edelstein she wore as John Travolta spun her around the dance floor in 1985. There are also a range of Catherine Walker dresses, including a asymmetrical pink sequined gown wore on a trip to Brazil.

But what is most exciting about this auction is that there are some lesser known dresses going under the hammer. There are the Catherine Walker gowns that Diana wore for her photo shoot with Mario Testino for Vanity Fair in 1997, just weeks before her death. These beautiful dresses are known to me only from their top half, it is fabulous to see them in their full length glory.

I also love the sneaky glimpse of the private Diana in the Catherine Walker braided one sleeved dress, that  Diana wore on the Royal Yacht Britannia, often barefoot, showing Diana was ahead of the Maxi dress trend by about 15 years.

The dresses come up for auction at Waddingtons Auction house, Toronto on the 23rd June at 7.30pm.