Morocco

Battle of the Dresses – Lalla Salma Division

Oh how I miss Lalla Salma on the royal scene. So much so that I feel the need to revisit some of the fabulous traditional clothes she wore through the years. Indulge me, everyone

As Morocco is a progressive Islamic country, there’s some latitude in interpretation of traditional women’s dress. For example, many women choose to wear headscarves, but Lalla Salma dispensed with that tradition. Some styles of dress are:

  • Djellaba (a long, loose, hooded robe)
  • Caftan/Kaftan (flowing garments sans hood)
  • Takchita (double layered garment, with a caftan as an under piece and a transparent dress as an upper layer, and usually belted)

We’ll start with her appearance at the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, wearing a deep green caftan with gorgeous amber and gold detailing. Look at her handle those heels!

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For the dinner hosted by Queen Beatrix the night before the inauguration, Lalla Salma opted for a gossamer takchita, in neutral hues.

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At the 2012 wedding in Luxembourg, Lalla Salma dove into the blues. She wore a brilliant blue caftan with contrasting white embellishments, and accessorized with a sapphire necklace.

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Can we talk drama? In 2010, for a gala dinner for the Association A.V.E.C. at Chateau de Versaille, she entered in a sweeping shawl, which covered a fabulous jewel encrusted caftan.

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For the British royal wedding in 2011, Salma chose a romantic pink caftan, embroidered with glittering gold accents and embellished with buttons down the front.

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Which caftan is your favorite?
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ROYGBIV—Gold

Welcome to this Thursday’s edition of ROYGBIV. Today we’ll be looking at gold entries. For me, gold clothing is hit or miss. It can either be so incredibly gaudy or really classy. Here’s hoping I picked some entries that please your eyes! If you’d like to look back on our lengthy ROYGBIV series, just search for it using the tag feature on the sidebar.

This one is a doozy. Depending on where you are in the world, get yourself set up with a snack, a cup of coffee or tea, or an evening cocktail and let’s get started!

Britain

Oh Betty. You slay me sometimes. Somehow this design manages to make the more senior lady look positively svelte!

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And we’ve got this gorgeous gold beading a few decades prior to appreciate.

Monaco

OK, I admit this gold entry barely makes it into our category as it was pre-royal days, but this Edith Head creation from To Catch A Thief must be posted. Click the caption to read a great article with more snapshots and design sheets. The sculptural details pull me in on this one.

Greece

Alexia rocking the gold sequins here in a tasteful way.

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Marie Chantal SLAYED in this crusty gold Elie Saab for the 2012 Luxembourg wedding.

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Belgium

Paola wearing the heck out of this high neck look.

Thailand

Sirikit representing! Let’s also appreciate that bold lip.

Morocco

The gorgeous Lalla Salma…

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Spain

Look at this delicious vision, so proud at her son’s 2004 wedding! Check out the last photo in the slideshow to see her golden gown from the pre-wedding gala.

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Denmark

You didn’t think I would do the gold category and not include THE gold dress, did you??

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Benedikte shines in this lovely gown from a few decades back. I don’t often see a resemblance between Bene and Daisy, but I see it here, for sure.

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Marie looks fabulous in this gold applique.

Norway

Auntie Astrid rocking the gown here with delicate pink floral accents. I almost feel like the necklace is too heavy, but hey, it’s Astrid. She does as she does.

Here’s Sonja back in the sixties!

Luxembourg

Maria Theresa wore this fab creation to Guilliame and Stephanie’s 2012 civil ceremony. Chef’s kiss!

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Sweden

Making her debut in today’s category is Desiree, sister to the King. I thought she carried this bevy of sequins off quite nicely, as I would expect any woman from Sweden to do! I especially like the neckline and that she wore the Cut Steel tiara. Nice touch.

Sister-in-law Silvia looks great here in 2015.

And here is Victoria, in one of my favorite Jenny Packham gowns of all time. Stunning.

Netherlands

Maxima knocked me out at Prinsjesdag 2013 in this golden creation. I cannot wait to see it again.

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I mean, come on. Look at this lovely lady. You can see what those stairs look like now if you review our recent post on the Huis ten Bosch renovations.

And with my beloved Oma, I leave the gold category to you!

What say you about this gorgeous gold entries? What would you like to see worn again? Would you like another royal to try one of these entries? Show us your favorites in the comments!

Next week we will do Stripes and then wrap up our series with Florals. Feel free to post your blergh/sparkleblergh choices here as well!

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What if Wednesday: Leuchtenberg Tiara Follow Up

Please don’t expect this fast of a turn around on every one of my “What if Wednesday” features. The stars just happened to align on this one. LOL

So here you go! Sixteen new photoshops to look over, all subjects suggested by you! I hope you like them.

M-M
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Stephalux
Tills

Next up are our more seasoned ladies

Bene
Daisy
M-T
Sonja

Our dark haired ladies

Claire
Leti
Marie
Maz
Masako

Our redheads

Lalla Salma
 Märtha Louise

And last but not least, Vickan in a softer hairstyle for Miss Jane Maple.

So what do you think? I have to admit that this tiara was – A.) the EASIEST tiara I have ever worked with, and 2.) Looks FABULOUS on just about every head. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

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ROYGBIV—Green

Hello there everyone–guess what? It’s time for another edition of ROYGBIV and today we’re talking green. For a refresher, take a look back at Red, Orange, and Yellow!

Spain

Infanta Cristina wore an interesting gown to Crown Princess of Victoria’s wedding in 2010. This isn’t necessarily a favorite of mine, but it is really interesting and Miss Lady looked like she was feeling it.

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Here we have Queen Sofia looking fresh as a daisy in this April 2017 outfit. I love the textures and this shade of green for this particular lady, and think it will look even better on her now that she has toned down the hair color a bit.

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Speaking of Daisy’s…now you know that grammar is making me nuts, but I couldn’t resist the terrible joke.

Denmark

YASSSS QUEEN! My memory is telling me that Big Green Apple made her debut for a theater appearance during her 2010 birthday celebrations. I remember this year purely because this gown was repeated at Sweden #1’s wedding in 2010. The wedding was absolutely the gown’s finest outing. Just look at it! Swoon-worthy here, but not always so for me. Bonus Oma sighting as well.

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Greece

The 2001 Met Gala’s theme was Jacqueline Kennedy, The White House Years and Marie-Chantal of Greece was prepared. Here she is escorted by Valentino, wearing Valentino.

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Morocco

Salma at Willem-Alexander’s inauguration in 2013 was a sight to behold. Look at all that gorgeous fabric. And all that gorgeous hair! I miss her on the royal scene.

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United Kingdom

The Countess of Wessex has been in a style rut lately, so let’s bring back one of her finest appearances. Just lovely.

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Elizabeth visiting Finland in 1976 had a green evening gown, which is a surprising pattern to me for this lady.

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And because she’s Betty, she gets another entry. The only thing I hate about this photo is that I cannot find a full length photo in color to share. This dress is fantastic.

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Sweden

Now YOU KNOW I wanted to put Kermit in here, but we’ve discussed that dress recently. Instead I include this lovely gown wore to the 2018 incoming Italian state visit. Hubba hubba.

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And here is my favorite look of Silvia, ever. She made me gasp when she arrived at Sweden #3’s wedding on the arm of #2. Figure flattering, deceptively simple, and simply gorgeous. Swoon.

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Netherlands

This green entry from Máxima is one of my favorite dresses of all time. This was worn when Albert Monaco came to visit in 2014. Bonus points to Oma for wearing one of my favorite tiaras, which we’ll see soon in ROYGBIV Blue jewels.

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Monaco

And from 2017, we have Charléne wearing this gorgeous creation with a traditional neckpiece. Slay girl, slay.

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What do you think of these green selections?

Show us your green delights in the comments section!

Britain · Morocco

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Take Morocco – Day 3

The third and final day of the Duke and Duchesses tour took Harry and Meghan to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports center to learn about its equine therapy program for children with special needs. 

First some quality time with a new friend. Love the pony and green jacket on Meg.

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Then off to visit the kids. Such a great cause, if you ask me. There’s something about kids and horses that just clicks.

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Next up was a cooking demonstration at the Villa des Ambassadors. It is part of a program that teaches children from under-privileged backgrounds how to prepare traditional Moroccan recipes, alongside one of Morocco’s foremost chefs.

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Next stop was a visit to the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat, where they spoke to local artisans and browsed for goodies.

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I really liked this look for Meghan. And those earrings! Such a departure from what we’ve seen to date.

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Their final visit for the day was with King Mohammed VI and his family, where the duchess wore a flowing periwinkle blue Carolina Herrera. And Harry wore periwinkle blue suede shoes. Harry. Please. Buy new shoes.

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And that’s a wrap! I’d say it was a very successful tour, how about you?