Members of Monaco’s royal family celebrated their principality’s patron and protector Santa Devota with a series of radiational events over the past two days. On Wednesday evening, festivities commenced with the arrival of a boat to the port which, after a series of blessings in a religious ceremony, was ceremonially set on fire. For this event, Princess Gabriella wore a slouchy black wool beret hat very reminiscent of her mother’s recent millinery style.
The placement of this piece makes it look like a halo bandeau from the front, beautifully framing Caroline’s face and making the beret style seem more current and modern than it does from the back. That’s where the view falls flat for me, both in terms of shape and texture.
Designer: unknown. Coat by Chanel. Previously Worn: This hat is new
Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella joined their father and aunt on the balcony of Prince’s Palace of Monaco to watch a procession following the mass. Princess Gabriella wore a dark blue velvet headband trimmed in faux pearls.
Prince Jacques repeated his miniature winter dress uniform of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Riflemen, the infantry branch that protects the Royal Palace) complete with blue cloth helmet with red and white dress plumes.
Designer: unknown. Dior coat and Valentino lace skirt. Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi wore the only brimmed hat of the day, a tall crowned design with wide dropped brim in ecru braided straw trimmed with a wide black hatband and bow. The graphic contrast and spectacular scale of the design makes it stand out… and while I can’t ignore the construction issues giving the hatband some wobbles (it doesn’t look like it was cut on the bias), the overall look is an elegantly classic one for Beatrice.
47 years to this day in 1974 when members of Monaco’s royal family celebrated the 25th anniversary of the reign of Rainier III. Princess Grace was a picture of classic beauty in a blush silk dress with a wide brimmed, natural straw picture hat trimmed with pale pink flowers. Princess Caroline made a more contemporary fashion statement in a printed dress with natural straw, relaxed brim Garbo hat and young Princess Stephanie wore a sweet white floral trimmed headband.
Princess Charlene wore a black beret described by the designer as “a modern take on classic Parisian style. It is crafted from soft rabbit felt using traditional millinery techniques and embellished with a nylon veil for a feminine touch.”
The veil elevates the hat, and it’s small scale beret pairs very well with the high necked coat (I adore the pops of magenta which give great energy!). It’s another sleek and streamlined look for Charlene.
Designer: Dior “Parisian Beret”. Coat by South African designer Terrence Bray. Previously Worn: This hat is new.
Princess Gabriella wore a pair of red bow hair clips while Prince Jacques looked very handsome repeating his miniature winter dress uniform of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Riflemen, the infantry branch that protects the Royal Palace) complete with blue cloth helmet with red and white dress plumes.
Designer of Princess Gabriella’s hair clips: Jacadi
Prince Jacques’ hat previously worn: Nov 19, 2019
Princess Caroline topped her exquisite feather-trimmed Chanel suit with a plaited bandeau headpiece made of textured black silk. As far as bandeaux go, this one is a good one with wonderful texture and enough elevation not to look like a headband. While I would have loved to see this suit paired with a wide brimmed black and white boater or bergère, the bandeau is a slightly tamer yet still very elegant choice that Caroline wears really well.
Designer: unknown. Suit by Chanel. Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore a bandeau headpiece of triple layered black velvet bows. It is the third black bandeau she has worn to this event in as many years (see 2018 and 2017) and while the scale and shape are good, it doesn’t seem that distinctive from the others already in her closet.
thirty-four years ago yesterday to September 21, 1986 when Princess Caroline wore a wide brimmed white straw hat with upturned, cowboy-style brim and a twisted silk hatband that trailed down the back. Her whole look is the epitome of 1980s summery glamour!