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I agree; the addition of the velvet choker spoiled an otherwise fabulous look. Now if she wore that brooch nestled in her hair in place of the hairpins, or even between those jeweled pins, that would have been stunning.
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Yup. Have to agree. That choker was not a good addition to the outfit. Looked beautiful without.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:42 PM
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My personal impression of the ensemble was spoilt by the choker.
I agree; the choker is the worst.

No, the ruby parure as such is not boring. But as I said in my post, seeing it every time she does something 'big' is boring.
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Just how I would have said it. Mary looks simply perfect in this dark red dress and she has the figure to wear it. The deep red color is beautiful to her dark hair and brown eyes. She looks every inch a Crown Princess.

It's always exciting the way Mary experiments with her jewels.

And handsome Frederik in uniform at her side is a great accessories
I love this gown. The color, the style, everything! So glad she repeated it.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:47 PM
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I love the gown; the color, and style suit Mary perfectly. Honestly, I didn't even notice the choker until someone pointed it out. The dress took the attention away from it (at least for me). I'm happy to see this dress make another appearance.
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I love this gown. The color, the style, everything! So glad she repeated it.
I agree. Mary looks so regal. Beautiful.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:11 PM
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This gown is just stunning. It's a great color and style. I love the medieval look to it. Not really a fan of the choker though. I love the original version of the dress the most. This is one of my favorite looks from Mary.
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I agree that her best appearance with the dress was back in 2007. She looked ravishing. Her hair was down (which IMO is the hairstyle the Ruby tiara looks best with) and she had that lovely pregnancy glow. So beautiful.
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Mary just takes my breath away no matter how or what she wears with it. Period.
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the red dress over the years
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I prefer the higher neckline on this gown.
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2007 is the best. And the choker is ugly.
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I agree, Roseroyal, 2007 with the cut and flow of the gown was the best. But Mary looks magnificent in the dress no matter what the metamorphosis has been over the years.
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Agreed- I love the gown and tiara any way she wears it. But the choker has got to go!
Looks like a royal dog collar..
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I'm not a great dressmaker but how can this be classed as the same dress. Apart from the fact it has a train and "medieval cuffs", nothing is the same between 2007 and 2014.

In 2007 it has a scooped neck (you cannot turn a scoop neck into a higher wider neck, although you could do the opposite), there are seams near the top of the sleeves, there is a seam under the bust (understandable as she is pregnant), there are seams in the front portion of the skirt, ie there is a central panel and then seams, not at the side, but towards the front.

The real problem with velvet is that stitching shows - and you cannot disguise where it has been.

She looks good - in fact very good in red velvet. She has had another dress made. And I really like it.

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2007 is the best. And the choker is ugly.
Actually I thought 2012 is by far the best as the neckline was more flattering and stylish. I don't hate the choker [not my favorite] but it is certainly not ugly or offensive. I do give her credit for trying different things and experimenting with pieces of jewelry.
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Really, there is no problem with the dress because they havekept the old fabric. Obviousy. The choker should have been left off, she doesn't have the long neck for that.
Anyway, the red silk velvet is very perfect for Mary and the belt that has been added is not too pretty. She would look better with a straight dress.
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I'm not a great dressmaker but how can this be classed as the same dress. Apart from the fact it has a train and "medieval cuffs", nothing is the same between 2007 and 2014.

In 2007 it has a scooped neck (you cannot turn a scoop neck into a higher wider neck, although you could do the opposite), there are seams near the top of the sleeves, there is a seam under the bust (understandable as she is pregnant), there are seams in the front portion of the skirt, ie there is a central panel and then seams, not at the side, but towards the front.

The real problem with velvet is that stitching shows - and you cannot disguise where it has been.

She looks good - in fact very good in red velvet. She has had another dress made. And I really like it.

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I have to agree. I don't think they are the same dress. I would go as far as saying the 2007 and 2012 material is different. The colour of the latter is a far deeper red and the quality of the velvet is better.

The cut of the 2012 dress suits Mary more than the Empire style of the 2007.

And I never tire seeing the Ruby parure. It's such a beautiful piece. But the choker is pushing the imagination a bit far. Unfortunately, this dress doesn't allow the full necklace to be worn (it's my favourite bit of the parure).
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Lovely dress and a great choice for the evening but I don't like the choker. The diamonds on the velvet of the dress looks odd to me, should've been placed on a black velvet or satin IMO.
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I agree with some of the other posters - I prefer the higher neckline but didn't like the choker - it makes her neck look too short. She does though always look really good in this rich, deep shade of red.
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