Princess Charlene Welcomes Monaco’s New Archbishop in An Unexpected Designer
Monaco has a new archbishop! As Monsignor Barsi announced his retirement in January, a new archbishop was ordained on Sunday at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Monaco. Dominique-Marie David received his episcopal consecration from Barsi in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Monaco. Princess Charlene has reportedly been a devout catholic since she converted prior to her wedding and the family has enjoyed a close relationship with Bernard Barsi (who presided over their wedding in 2011) over the years, so it’s no surprise that she was there to witness this monumental day.
Princess Charlene looked stylish in a burgundy cape with an attached scarf by tried and trusted brand Akris (Not Loro Piana as I originally thought). I believe the cape is from the Fall 2016 collection and was available on Neiman Marcus in black for $1,475 but is now sold out.
The surprise came in what Her Serene Highness wore underneath her dress. This navy floral dress is not something you expect when thinking about Princess Charlene’s style, and it comes from an unexpected label, too.
Designed by Zac Posen for Brooks Brothers Fall 2019 collection, this dress is made of jersey in an intricate print of violets and vines that echoes the flora of the English countryside. The wrap of this v-neck frock is actually a faux-wrap with a snap closure instead of a real wrap.
The dress originally retailed for $198 making it one of the cheapest dresses Princess Charlene has ever worn. To sweeten the deal a bit more, the dress is still available AND it’s 50% off. Yup, you can buy Princess Charlene’s EXACT dress for $99.
Brooks Brothers is a label I never imagined the Princess of Monaco wearing, but personally they’re one of my favourites. Most of their dress shirts are no-iron, you shake them when you take them out of the dryer and they look as if they were freshly pressed. This dress is also no-iron and would translate well from work to a cocktail party (if they’re not all cancelled because of Coronavirus).
The burgundy pumps HSH The Princess of Monaco wore seem to be the same Ralph Lauren Collection wear she wore to the Princess Grace Awards at the Beverly Hilton in 2017. I didn’t really like these shoes with the sequin gown, but they work perfectly on this dress and cape.
Rubi Long did HSH’s makeup and Stephane Madinier did her hair which seems to be steadily growing, I’m steadily likin’ it. Are you?
Note: Is it lighting or did the Princess change her lipstick?
Photos: La Gazette de Monaco, Palais Princier, Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus.