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Old 06-16-2013, 03:13 AM
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Monaco does not have a major collection of tiaras and such. Princess Grace seemed to have had a reserved taste in jewelry. I suppose if Princess Charlene wore any of Princess Grace's jewels critics would make a huge fuss.
This is not an issue AFAIK, P.Albert has a substantial amount of money and could buy P.Charlene any kind of jewel she would like (incl. new modern bling).
It's apparently her choice not to wear anything and this in itself is a statement (so it's not a way to blend in with the crowd...because of not wearing any jewelry she deliberately stands out..)
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:38 AM
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Yes Lee-Z, you hit on an interesting paradox. I think Charlene is tussling with knowing which path to walk. I have never really believed that either she is allergic or has a dislike for jewellery - mainly because I think this would have emerged much earlier, and as others have said, she regularly wore jewellery before her marriage. Her appearance at the Swedish wedding prompted an official comment which isn't good because it drew the very attention she is apparently trying to avoid. Some of the strongest feelings I've read suggest she insulted her position by deliberately bucking the convention of wearing a tiara or official order. I don't think for one minute Charlene intended to generate this reaction. IMO she is still on a pretty steep learning curve.
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Yes Lee-Z, you hit on an interesting paradox. I think Charlene is tussling with knowing which path to walk. I have never really believed that either she is allergic or has a dislike for jewellery - mainly because I think this would have emerged much earlier, and as others have said, she regularly wore jewellery before her marriage. Her appearance at the Swedish wedding prompted an official comment which isn't good because it drew the very attention she is apparently trying to avoid. Some of the strongest feelings I've read suggest she insulted her position by deliberately bucking the convention of wearing a tiara or official order. I don't think for one minute Charlene intended to generate this reaction. IMO she is still on a pretty steep learning curve.
I find Charlene's decision to not wear jewellery intriguing. If she wore it before she was married, why has she decided now to not wear it, especially to events such as the Swedish wedding where she bucked the convention? It's one thing to adopt the minimalist approach and stick to wearing a few uncomplicated but striking pieces - eg simple diamond earrings and a matching brooch or simple necklace - which I think would enhance her sleek lines in hair and clothing style, and quite another to change from wearing jewellery before her marriage to not wearing it at all, even at occasions where it is expressly invited and indeed expected. There has to be a reason and I want to know what it is.
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It's fine to have a unique fashion style and to trod a different path from other princesses, but when you're married to a sovereign prince yet trying to blend in with the wallpaper it does make one wonder what's going on. It's difficult for Charlene, due to her beauty and physical presence, to fade in among the crowd, and lately I've been wondering if she's trying to do just that with her drab, dressed-down look. This in itself is defeating the purpose since she stands out all the more. And when she puts forth a washed-out appearance with a tepid non-color, sans makeup and jewels, as well as previously attending the Swedish royal wedding where a tiara was de rigeuer and she chose not to wear one nor any other jewel, you have to wonder what message she might be trying to convey with the choices she's been making lately.
She may be trying to deflect attention, but her approach is doing just the opposite; it's bringing attention (and negative attention at that) right to her door. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, and don't like big, gaudy pieces, but, at certain occasions, I'll pull out some of the contents of my non-existant jewelry box, and grin and bear it. She could do the same, because let's face it, it's just one day (or more like a couple of hours).

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I find Charlene's decision to not wear jewellery intriguing. If she wore it before she was married, why has she decided now to not wear it, especially to events such as the Swedish wedding where she bucked the convention? It's one thing to adopt the minimalist approach and stick to wearing a few uncomplicated but striking pieces - eg simple diamond earrings and a matching brooch or simple necklace - which I think would enhance her sleek lines in hair and clothing style, and quite another to change from wearing jewellery before her marriage to not wearing it at all, even at occasions where it is expressly invited and indeed expected. There has to be a reason and I want to know what it is.
I'm curious too. It's as if she's trying to hide, and maybe feels that not wearing anything too fancy will help her stay hidden. Too bad it has just the opposite effect.
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It may have the opposite effect on these boards but I doubt if these boards have much effect on her day to day life and the people she interacts with.
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Yes, this thread obviously doesn't bear any weight in Charlene's vast world nor would we presume it would, but we observe and state our opinions which is what a fashion thread is for. Charlene's choices of late do have members understandably buzzing about them.
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I find Charlene's decision to not wear jewellery intriguing. ... There has to be a reason and I want to know what it is.

This.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:07 PM
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She may be trying to deflect attention, but her approach is doing just the opposite; it's bringing attention (and negative attention at that) right to her door. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, and don't like big, gaudy pieces, but, at certain occasions, I'll pull out some of the contents of my non-existant jewelry box, and grin and bear it. She could do the same, because let's face it, it's just one day (or more like a couple of hours).



I'm curious too. It's as if she's trying to hide, and maybe feels that not wearing anything too fancy will help her stay hidden. Too bad it has just the opposite effect.
Yes, funny how that strategy did not have the desired effect. Wearing the only tiara that she has, the Ocean Tiara would have attracted so much attention because Monaco watchers are waiting to see it worn at a tiara, not a necklace. If she borrowed a tiara worn by Princess Grace, that would have attracted attention too. Going without a tiara made a kerfuffle in the press. She can't win.
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Let's not forget that diamond spray tiara also commissioned at the time of Charlene's wedding. If she wore that to Madeleine's wedding, that would have certainly been suitable and a nod to the occasion since Charlene wore it at her own wedding reception. It's delicate and not OTT, yet sparkly enough to have certainly fit the event.

And as a Princess Consort of Monaco, what would be the problem in wearing one of the tiaras worn by Grace; it is her right, isn't it? I think there are several of them that are small enough to suit Charlene's modest tastes if she can ever be persuaded to don one.
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Has Princess Charléne not her own jewellery thread?

This is IMO for fashion!
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It's just a slight diversion talking about the juxtaposition of fashion and jewels for comparison and contrast. We may as well combine the two since there's nothing to talk about over on the jewel thread!
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Oh, that Diamond Spray tiara looks soo lovely on her! Simple, yet so elegant. Such a shame that she is so averse to wearing it..
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:55 PM
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Let's not forget that diamond spray tiara also commissioned at the time of Charlene's wedding. If she wore that to Madeleine's wedding, that would have certainly been suitable and a nod to the occasion since Charlene wore it at her own wedding reception. It's delicate and not OTT, yet sparkly enough to have certainly fit the event.

And as a Princess Consort of Monaco, what would be the problem in wearing one of the tiaras worn by Grace; it is her right, isn't it? I think there are several of them that are small enough to suit Charlene's modest tastes if she can ever be persuaded to don one.
That would have been one lovely choice for the Swedish wedding last week! It's elegant, simple, and STUNNING.
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I find Charlene's decision to not wear jewellery intriguing. There has to be a reason and I want to know what it is.
I agree. I actually sit here and think about it a lot - as I LIKE to wear precious metals and gems in my own style. I have come up with any number of possible reasons. I would like to be a fly high on the walls when the Princess and the Prince discuss this.

I will say, that I find his style to be very much more relaxed than his parent. Lots of open collars and sport coats with khaki pants.
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Has Princess Charléne not her own jewellery thread?

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I think this discussion is on-topic here, since it seems to be Charlene's style at present to not wear jewellery, and if she's not wearing any there's nothing to discuss at the jewellery thread.
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This has been discussed on the jewellery thread
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Time to get back to the actual fashion choices! If you wish to continue to discuss the (lack of) jewellery in particular, please do so at the Royal Jewels subforum: The Princess of Monaco Jewellery [Charlene] - thank you!
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Ups, this thread seems to be deserted!

Further fashion choices since Mid-June:
Charlene and Natalia Vodianova posed for a photo to announce some details about the upcoming Love Ball
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rqSyRL1v5N...40938701_1.jpg

"International Baccalaureate Diploma" ceremony of the International School of Monaco
http://theroyalcorrespondent.files.w...06/monaco2.jpg

Charlene's brother getting married
http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal...=318&s=850x600

Poland embassy
http://www.paryz.msz.gov.pl/resource...66b62bbca3:JCR
http://www.paryz.msz.gov.pl/resource...a296038c78:JCR

Monaco Show Jumping daytime
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q620EDn8qG...0/x610+(1).jpg

Monaco Show Jumping evening - a repeated top. The short hair is so much better!!!
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T5H38-SRXO...04505009_2.jpg
http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/575325471.jpg
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Ups, this thread seems to be deserted!

Further fashion choices since Mid-June:
Charlene and Natalia Vodianova posed for a photo to announce some details about the upcoming Love Ball
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rqSyRL1v5N...40938701_1.jpg

"International Baccalaureate Diploma" ceremony of the International School of Monaco
http://theroyalcorrespondent.files.w...06/monaco2.jpg

Charlene's brother getting married
http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal...=318&s=850x600

Poland embassy
http://www.paryz.msz.gov.pl/resource...66b62bbca3:JCR
http://www.paryz.msz.gov.pl/resource...a296038c78:JCR

Monaco Show Jumping daytime
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q620EDn8qG...0/x610+(1).jpg

Monaco Show Jumping evening - a repeated top. The short hair is so much better!!!
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T5H38-SRXO...04505009_2.jpg
http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/575325471.jpg
My reactions, in order of postings above:

- bleary

- weird choice for a graduation

- nice, but blergh color

- ugh, so garish

- blergh, again

- nicer than most
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Thanks for this post Duke of Marmalade. I find very little to pass any positive comments about in these latest outfits. I'm hoping this is just a temporary phase.
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