Best of the Satiny and Shiny
L to R: Carina Axelsson, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Princess Mary, Princess NathalieApart from that embellishment around Carina's waist, which I think cheapens the whole thing, not a bad category. I had to give it to Mary's repeat dress - great color, great cut, and bonus points for being a great canvas on which to showcase that Midnight Tiara.
Worst of the Chiffony and Floaty
L to R: Princess Marie, Princess Benedikte, Princess AlexiaFor the record, I like Marie's dress, I just think it's more Hollywood starlet than tiara-sporting Princess. And as for Benedikte and Alexia...oh, no, dears. Not flattering. Benedikte isn't so bad, it's just the sleeves there, whereas Alexia's being choked by that forced empire waist.
Best of the Hmm...
L to R: Queen Margrethe, Crown Princess Victoria, Crown Princess Mette-MaritInteresting selections from these three ladies. Margrethe's doing her usual Margrethe thing, but this one just seems excessively...wide. Victoria's just busted out of jail in her BCBG Max Azria gown, though I will submit that she's rocking it as much as anyone can rock a prison uniform. Mette-Marit's also gone the love-it-or-hate-it route with her flower-iffic ice blue and magenta combo. I vote for 'love it' - something about the color combo with the hair and make up just works.
Best of the Best
L to R: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Máxima, Queen SilviaWhat we've got here are three women doing exactly what they're known to do, in exactly the right way: Maria Teresa is doing her floaty Elie Saab thing, but this time she's made a flattering silhouette out of it; Silvia's dignified in Jacques Zehnder as always but well-fit and well-colored; and Máxima's loud yet lovely. Here's why Máxima's Carolina Herrera wins it for me: this is the perfect dress to wear for a black tie and tiara shindig. It makes the most of her sapphire jewelry, but couldn't be worn to a full gala occasion since the print would mess with all the orders and what not she'd need to wear. And I'm all for capitalizing on an opportunity.
And Finally, the "Whoa!" Category
L to R: Queen Sonja, Queen Beatrix
Just thought we'd end on a humorous note. That's all.
So, my lovelies, there you have it. Who wins your overall best dressed award for the whole celebration?