Charlotte Casiraghi’s European glamour

She is the totally gorgeous combination of a very famous and beautiful grandmother and equally gorgeous mother, and now, in her own right, Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco is becoming quite the style icon. Last week saw her sport a stunning new choppy hairdo, very reminiscent of that of Arizona Muse, and a total showstopping of a dress for the 2013 Monaco Rose Ball.  The feathered Chanel number was frothy and pretty and young, totally suiting the glamorous young woman currently entrancing European fashion.

This is not the first time that Charlotte has shown serious style credentials. As a face of Gucci she has all of Frieda Giannini’s great designs at her fingertips and chooses wisely. The blue halter neck dress she wore at the Women in Cinema event was a masterclass in the art of the understatement, fitting perfectly and adorned only with delicate jewellery and an upswept hairdo. Similarly, the black and gold jumpsuit with harem style pants showed a touch of youthful exuberance to the outfit, she is a young woman and chooses to dress like one.

But we can never step too far away from the fact that this is Grace Kelly’s granddaughter, and she has inherited Grace’s fondness for the correct way of dressing like a lady. So we have Chanel jackets in classic black, cute cloche style hats teamed with neat black suits and elements of brocade thrown artfully into the mix.

I really admire the style of Charlotte Casiraghi. She is a young woman having fun with fashion, not without mistakes (those shoes were too dark for the pink Chanel at the Rose Ball after all), but showing a real sense of style that has flown through the Grimaldi generations. I’m looking forward to seeing what else she wears in the future.

 

Charlotte Casiraghi – The new campaign for Gucci

Gucci’s new campaign again stars the beautiful Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline and the granddaughter of the legendary Grace Kelly.  Again, rather than full on glamour, it allows Charlotte’s earthy beauty to shine through whilst wearing a simple wardrobe of plain white shirt, cigarette pants and horsebit loafers.

The campaign is entitled ‘Forever Now’ and is a showcase for  design classics. I love the whole relaxed feel of this campaign, and the beautiful black and white shots taken by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Many have already noted the similarity to her grandmother’s dressed down, casual look, but I think that the shots are totally modern, showing that the key pieces that belong in your wardrobe never fade or age.

Get the look – loafers

Dune Lamberhurst Leather Chain Link Loafers

KG Kurt Geiger Lily Leather Loafers, Black Patent £120 

Angelica slice £34.99 

Louise Black Studded Trim Loafer

Leather Loafers £110 

 

 

Kate makes the Vanity Fair best dressed list.

The annual Vanity Fair best dressed list has been  published, and our own style duchess has made this years list. The Duchess of Cambridge sits alongside Michelle Obama, Carla Sarkozy Bruni and Princess Charlene of Monaco on this years list, and is praised for her “whirlwind year of fashion successes”. But some detractors are already saying she shouldn’t be on the list, with one Twitter comment saying ‘Kate Middleton makes best-dressed list – why? So here are the reasons I think it is absolutely right that she should be there.

1. Everything she wears turns into fashion gold. From the Reiss dress she wore to meet Michelle Obama, that crashed their website and is now selling on Ebay from £600 upwards, to the Burberry mackintosh that sparked a Burberry frenzy, everything that Kate wears has instant sell out written all over it. Even of people can’t get the real thing, the copies will prove to be just as popular, as Peacocks and Tesco found when they launched their sell out versions of the Issa engagement dress.

2. She’s bringing back ladylike elegance. Kate always looks immaculately groomed, wearing elegant dresses, nude heels and carrying neat and dainty hand and clutch bags. She’s not quite got us wearing white gloves yet, but nude panty-hose has definitely made a re-appearance. It seems we relish this grown-up look after the barely dressed antics of Gaga and Rihanna, it makes a change to dress like a lady.

3. Recycle, recycle. recycle. Kate has made it cool to dig deep into your wardrobe and wear clothing you thought you’d never wear again. From family weddings to Royal tours,  Kate will recycle outfits by adding a different hat, or wearing her beautiful hair in a different style. In the recession hit UK – this is striking the right chord.

4. She makes the High Street not only acceptable, but desirable. Zara, Whistles,LK Bennett, Reiss, Hobbs, Kurt Geiger – all these stores have benefitted from the Kate effect. Kate doesn’t keep these brands for her off-duty looks, she will wear them for important royal occasions too.

5. That dress. Kate could be top of that list for the beautiful Sarah Burton dress alone. The royal wedding dress is already iconic, an exquisite creation that was a feat of design. Kate was pitch perfect on the day, and was universally applauded for her choice of dress.  Enough to stick her to the top of any list.

And if all this wasn’t wnough, just look how cute she looked with William in Holyrood,in their matching outfits. Simply adorable!