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Defense of the Dress – Rania in Bottega Veneta

Although she’s not covered as thoroughly in the Western press as some of the European royals, I would say that I have rarely seen Rania repeat an outfit. Whether you think that’s a good thing or bad thing is all due to the circumstance, as you will see with today’s offering.

The Facts

Queen Rania wore this Bottega Veneta deep plum dress during a visit to France in 2014. We have plenty of photos because she wore it during a high profile meeting with then President Hollande. The dress itself has several details, including an architectural lapel that runs from shoulder to hip, and a decorative flap on the opposite shoulder. There is a lighter plum applique running the length of the detailing. She paired it with what was then a huge trend in footwear, the half shoe, half boot.

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Your Turn to Weigh In

What do you think of Queen Rania in Bottega Veneta?

The Case For the Dress

The Bag: So help me, I am going on the defense here. I’ll say that the color works for her beautifully, but beyond that, it is definitely a dress that is appropriate and eye-catching. Memorable and great color plus really good fit = solid defense.

LG: I’m hoping on the defense bus with The Bag here, so help us both. And everything I have to say is what she said (and she said it much better).

The Case Against the Dress

OC: I want to like it, I really do. The color is fab but that’s all I can muster. The abstract frill on the left reminds me of a moray eel and also manages to have a poor effect on the lady’s bulk distribution. Don’t get me going on the shoes.