Outfit Change...and COUTURE...DIVA!
Well kids, just in time for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton (she doesn't like to be called "Kate" you know), I decided to add some Royal Fashion to cap off your "Fashion Mondays". It seems that the Spanish Royals--King Juan Carlos, his wife Queen Sofia and the Crown Prince and Princess, Felipe and Letizia, played hosts to the Emir of Qatar and his "Fashion Plate" wife, the most exquisite, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser who made an official visit to Madrid today.
Welcome To Diva-Land: Sheikha Mozah and the Emir of Qatar, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain
I've covered Sheikha Mozah here before in my blog, because well, she's a MAJOR Fashion DIVA! Her Highness loves COUTURE and is especially known for her chic turbans. When she and her husband arrived, she was wearing a perfect "traveling outfit": An ivory column gown (yes, you read right: A GOWN!), matching jacket and turban--all cinched with a leather belt and accessorized with a clutch.
Hours later, for the official "Welcoming Day Photo Op", Her Highness Sheikha Mozah did an Outfit Change (yes she did, huney!) and went with a deep violet fit-and-flare gown featuring a high bias-cut roll-neck collar, triple waist darts and a cinched contrasting black belt--along with a matching violet turban and black peep-toe pumps.
In the photo above, one can almost caption it with Queen Sofia telling Her Highness Sheikha Mozah (in a Spanish accent) "Seriously! You HAD to do an outfit change! I stayed the same! I just took my jacket off!!"
For the Evening Gala State Dinner hosted by the Spanish Royals, Sheikha Mozah went all out GLAMOUR--opting for Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011. Yes kids: COUTURE! You always wonder who is actually ordering--and paying for--Haute Couture? Look no further than the Middle East darlings.
Sheikha Mozah decided to order--and wear--one of the looks from Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Haute Couture Collection--a fully hand-beaded caftan/coat with matching inner gown, estimated at approximately $100,000. Yes, that's what a hand-made coat and gown costs when it is Couture. Here it is in the photo above on the Chanel Spring 2011 Haute Couture runway, and as you can see, Sheikha Mozah of Qatar ordered it with lining, thank you very much! She's a Lady, after all.
Of course, she had to add her own unique touch and accessorize it with her iconic turban. How do you say "Très Chic" in Arabic?
Incidentally, it comes from the same collection that actress Michelle Williams' 2011 Academy Awards Red Carpet gown came from (photo above).
Now, my story wouldn't be complete without giving "Nick Fashion Props" to Princess Letizia of Spain and what she wore: A modern one-shoulder midnight blue silk charmeuse-and-crepe column gown with side-drape cascades. Modern, fresh and stunning. Olé!