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!
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!
Oh Betty. You slay me sometimes. Somehow this design manages to make the more senior lady look positively svelte!
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.
Alexia rocking the gold sequins here in a tasteful way.
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.
Maxima knocked me out at Prinsjesdag 2013 in this golden creation. I cannot wait to see it again.
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!
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.
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.
Speaking of Daisy’s…now you know that grammar is making me nuts, but I couldn’t resist the terrible joke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.