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17 August, 2014

style icon: a young caroline de monaco

Before there was Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, there was Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi.
The Girl from Monaco who, with her chestnut hair and snub nose, was everyone's perfect idea of the prenaturally beautiful, modern-day princess. A latter day rebel, a teenage Caroline was still a pillow-lipped wannabe-ballerina stashed away at an all-girl English convent school. Her romances would soon become tabloid fodder & her jet-setting ways would cement her status as a paparazzi favorite.

Still a perennially well-dressed woman at 57, Caroline prefers Chanel these days. But as a young ingenue, the heir presumptive favored "a wardrobe of pristine classics sweetened with Bohemian flourishes." (x)
Gucci was a strong favorite. Back then the brand was in its heyday and "supplying movie stars, jet-setters, and Jackie Onassis loafers with horse bits and hobo handbags." (x)
From the pretty coat with round lapels, to the iconic horsebit bracelet and the classic Gucci loafers - Grace Kelly and her daughter were one of the brand's most important clients. 

Fast forward 50 years and over at Gucci Frida Giannini has taken a page out of the company archives and presented a '60s inspired collection for fall/winter, full with thick-framed aviator glasses and shaggy fur coats. She has also been responsible for Charlotte Casiraghi's (unmistakably Caroline's daughter) equestrian wardrobe for the last four years. Continuing her family's longstanding relationship with the the brand, Charlotte, in turn, has become its sophisticated face. And as such, is strengthening the ties between the House of Gucci and the Grimaldi family even further.

1 Comment:


So perfect. Ugh.

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