10 December 2016

Royal Fashion Awards: The Nobel Prizes, 2016

There's a reason why this is one of my favorite events for royal sparkle watching, each and every year. Me and my caps lock are about to tell you why.

Best in Disco
Queen Silvia
You wanted sparkle? Queen Silvia’s got your sparkle RIGHT HERE. She took on the daunting task of matching the incredible sparkle of the Leuchtenberg Sapphires with a disco ball choir robe, which she carries off with more gravitas than you’d think possible when the words “disco ball choir robe” are involved.
Thanks for the giggle, Sils.

Best in Tiara Persuasion
Crown Princess Victoria
Crown Princess Victoria is here to single-handedly make you fall in love with the Cut Steel Tiara, that polarizing non-gemstone diadem. She realizes that she might have left some of you behind even after her magnificent Nobel 2010 appearance, so she’s giving it another shot with this bespoke H&M gown (yes, H&M). This is just so REGAL.
She is again pairing the Cut Steel Tiara with the necklace, bracelet, earrings, and brooch from the Cameo Parure (another polarizing set). I love this pairing so much. It’s special for the occasion, because she’s not often allowed to use the Cameo pieces; plus, the styles fit together so well, since they’re approximately of the same time frame. (If I can whine for two seconds in the face of this gloriousness – and oh look, I can – what do I need to do here to get someone to wear the Cameo Tiara again, eh? Nobody’s worn it since Victoria’s wedding. It’s cruel to make me to love something and then take it away, guys. Whining over.)

Most Conflicting in Wishes
Princess Sofia
I’ve been waiting for Princess Sofia to wear a dress truly geared towards showcasing the emerald part of her Emerald and Diamond Tiara. I’ve also been waiting for her to wear something other than that Emerald and Diamond Tiara. So, hilariously, she did both at the same time. Her bespoke House of Dagmar emerald green dress was paired with the Cut Steel Bandeau, a piece which we’ve previously seen exclusively on Crown Princess Victoria. It does suit Sofia’s head better than Victoria’s, even though it will never be a tiara highlight for me. She also wore the emerald and diamond earrings from Queen Silvia that she wore last year.
(That green dress is such a great color for her, by the way, and yet: nope. I blame the sleeves.)

Best in Princess
Princess Madeleine
Princess Madeleine went full princess in the most Disney fashion, with an assist from a soft pink Fadi El Khoury ensemble with a big flowered skirt and a blouse top. Expressen reported that she was unhappy with the outfit and the tailors were fixing it into the early hours of this morning. If that’s true: WORTH IT. It’s my favorite Swedish designer in my favorite color for Madeleine, and it’s fantastic.
She wore the Connaught Tiara. This is another example of something special for the event – she was first allowed to wear the tiara for Victoria’s wedding, though she has used the drops on several occasions – and I think she wears it best of all the current Swedish ladies.

Tiara Bonus!
Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg
There were a few interesting head ornaments in the crowd. Here’s Bettina Bernadotte wearing one of her tiaras, topped by stones in multiple colors (here’s a closer look), for a little modern contrast to the older gems on display.

Best in Earring Interest
Crown Princess Mette-Marit
And finally, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded earlier in the day in Oslo, with the Norwegian royal family in attendance in coordinated blacks. From Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Norwegian designer Mariette comes...an eyelet hoodie dress? Sure, why not.
Mette-Marit's earrings, via Net-a-porter
This is not a gala event - obviously - but that doesn't mean Mette-Marit didn't bring us some interesting jewels. Her earrings are what catch my eye, pricey new numbers in a friendly crescent moon crafted in gold and set with moonstone, black agate, purple chalcedony, and diamonds, from Venyx designer Eugenie Niarchos. They're a fun detail, and she's pulling them off.

Who's your Nobel best dressed this year?

Open Post: The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, 2016

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

Streaming is available via the Nobel Prize site 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!

08 December 2016

Tiara Thursday: Five Years of Nobel Sparkle

The Nobel Prizes will be awarded soon, and the gala ceremony in Stockholm is often the last big glittering event of the royal year. Many of you have already been guessing what we might see from the Swedish royal ladies in the comments, and here's a brief review for all: the last five years of Nobel sparkle, with tiaras galore.

Programming note: Ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm will be held on Saturday, December 10th. Check in on Saturday for a post covering the festivities. That will be our next post, we'll be off on Friday.

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 (which now has a reported provenance, see the update at the bottom of my tiara post), 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
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara (Christina will not be present this year; she's scaling back her duties due to chronic leukemia.)

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

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

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

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

07 December 2016

Royal Flashback of the Day: December 7

One of the nice things about the royal wedding dress exhibition at Stockholm's Royal Palace: they included the dresses worn by Princess Madeleine and Princess Sofia to their respective wedding receptions. They both changed from their wedding gowns when the serious dancing got rolling, but since those events were private, there were only glimpses from afar. Princess Madeleine's second dress was a surprising one, because we'd seen it before.

Rather than ordering something new, she went shopping in her mother's closet! She chose a Nina Ricci gown with a full tulle skirt and a bodice embellished with pearls, sparkling with crystals, and cinched with a satin bow at the waist. It's really the epitome of a fairytale gown, a perfect choice for a wedding. (See Madeleine in the gown here.)

Fittingly, Queen Silvia first wore the gown for another romantic occasion: her silver wedding anniversary with King Carl Gustaf, in 2001.

She gave it another outing that same year, at the Nobel Prize Award ceremony in December. She removed the bow at the waist to clear the way for her Order of the Seraphim sash and allowed the gown to showcase the blue of the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure. That's how you float down a staircase, right?
It was a sweet gesture from Princess Madeleine. And, hey, wouldn't you be dying to dig into the gown museum that is Queen Silvia's wardrobe? Naturally, this whole concept just gets me thinking about which gowns should be resurrected next...

06 December 2016

Royal Outfits of the Day: December 6

Give me a black coat (or blazer) (or cape) with some intricacy to it, and I'm a happy camper.

November 18: Crown Princess Mary opened the Mothers Help's House.
Take this, for example. This cape might be my soulmate. That hardware! Stop it.

November 30: King Felipe and Queen Letizia finished up their state visit to Portugal.
Or this military-inspired blazer, which has so much potential. I would've preferred some saucier styling choices than these plain Jane gray pants, but I think Letizia might have preferred the same and toned it down for state visiting purposes. That's what I'm going with, anyway.
Zara military jacket
(It should also be noted that the Earring Queen left this visit wearing a pair of earrings and a handbag from a Portuguese brand. A smart play.)