The flower arrangement next to the King is looking very Christmas tree-esque. You could hide a person in there. If this was The Princess Diaries 3, you would hide a person in there. Yeah, you can tell when the outfits aren't doing it for me, because I have drifted to the flowers. My floral musings typically don't extend past pretty/not pretty. Very sophisticated, I know.
Okay, to the clothes: Queen Máxima is wearing a Valentino silk-gazar gown with a Fabienne Delvigne hat and Miu Miu shoes. She is red from top to toe, including her gloves, and it is...a lot of red. It fits her beautifully, but the solid red background basically just reminds me that I'm not a huge fan of red together with the blue and orange of her Order of the Netherlands Lion sash.
ModekoninginMaxima) Laurentien wore a dress from Talbot Runhof. A dress made from...wait for it...CORDUROY! About the least formal fabric I can think of, apart from denim. And yet, I gotta say, it absolutely works. Her modification of the dress to a shorter sleeve definitely helps. The dress is dark enough to pass for navy or black, but it is aubergine, a wonderful pairing with her Order of the House of Orange sash. She finished the look with a hat close enough to her own hair color to trick me into thinking she might have rocked up in a glorious faux bouffant 'do for about half a second.
Maybe a big old bouffant would have done the trick to pull me out of the mehs. I could just deal with the fact that I miss the presence of Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet, and the King in his grand uniform, but suggesting a major fake hairdo seems a more logical choice. Yeah.
Are you finding anything to fall in love with here?
Photos: Pool/Getty Images, NOS video, Net-a-porter, Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images, Talbot Runhof