Russia

Lost Magnificence – Diamonds Part 2

Now for the prettiest of the pretty.  These representations of nature in all her glory make me stop, look, and sigh.  Imagine having one of these as a selection from which to choose for your finishing touch to your court gown before descending that grand staircase and joining everyone at the ball and you prepare… Continue reading Lost Magnificence – Diamonds Part 2

Spain

Designer Diaries – Queen Sofia and Valentino Part 2

In more recent times, Queen Sofia has turned to Spanish dressmakers for her wardrobe, for political and family reasons. On occasion, she will reach into her closet for an older Valentino, and there are scattered examples of her doing so throughout the early 2000s. Note: Photos courtesy of Foro Dinastias, old magazine articles from Hola,… Continue reading Designer Diaries – Queen Sofia and Valentino Part 2