31 August 2016

Royal Flashback of the Day: August 31

I rediscovered this vintage (ahem, "vintage") look of Crown Princess Victoria's the other day (by which I mean, it came up while I was searching for Mette-Marit's tiaras, and then I got seriously sidetracked, as I am wont to do). I was struck and surprised by just how fabulous a look it really was.

Crown Princess Victoria attended the 2002 wedding of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn.
It surprised me because I often lump dresses from this period in Victoria's style evolution together as one, without many standouts. Skinny straps, fitted bodice, embellish it, repeat. Together, they do feel dated from today's perspective. But maybe I should have singled this one out sooner.

Video: Victoria repeated the dress and tiara combination in 2003, when she accompanied her parents on a state visit to Finland
The mauve color is an excellent pairing with the amethyst tiara, and the perfect bridge between the red of the Order of St. Olav sash and the purple gems when Crown Princess Victoria attended Princess Märtha Louise's wedding. The uniform embellishment from neckline to hem adds a bit of sparkle to the look - tiara and all, she's still no competition to Queen Silvia in the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara in the state visit video above, but few things can offer any competition to that wall o' gems. (There's a bonus tiara appearance in there, too.)

Also, those amethysts. She wore Queen Josephine's Amethyst Tiara, along with one of the brooches and a bracelet from the parure. She used another bit of the set as a pendant for her diamond rivière necklace, and added in Queen Josephine's Diamond Stomacher Earrings for good measure.
This has to be one of the greatest appearances of Queen Josephine's Amethyst Tiara ever, if not the single greatest. It's not an easy diadem to accommodate, with a circumference that tends to overwhelm. Tilting it back and tucking it under the hair is a sneaky solution, one also used by Princess Madeleine in 2012. Best ever appearance of this tiara, or do you have another to nominate?