What’s this? Someone trying to upstageKate MiddletonandPrinceWilliam?Grazia Dailyis NOT best pleased; though we do have a bit of a soft spot forCharlene Wittstock, the former Olympic swimmer who’s set to marry Monaco’sPrinceAlbertthis weekend and thus become the first woman to marry into the Monaco royal family sinceGrace Kellyin 1956.
There are a list of obvious comparisons between the two (arguably more obvious than the occasionally spurious comparisons betweenKate MiddletonandPrincess Diana). Both Charlene and Grace are blonde, and beautiful, and elegant. Charlene favours classic designs byArmani,Ralph Lauren, andMichael Korsin muted colours – teal, grey, silver and off-white – for eveningwear, and tailored separates and suits for day.GraceKelly, of course, was renowned for her super chic style and flawless appearance, opting for celebrated design houses likeHermes,GivenchyandYves Saint Laurentalongside Hollywood designers includingEdith HeadandHelen Rose, who created her now-iconic wedding dress.
WhereGrace KellyandPrinceRainier’swedding in 1956 was touted as ‘the wedding of the century’, the guestlist forCharleneandAlbert’swedding this weekend is nothing if not stellar, withKarl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani,RichardBranson, ArchbishopDesmond Tutu, Philip Greenand theEarl and Countess ofWessexattending, according to a palace source. The wedding celebration will last for three days, with a concert by The Eagles and a cocktail reception on Thursday night, a civil ceremony on Friday and the main Palace-based ceremony on Saturday.
Wittstock’sdress for the Roman Catholic ceremony on Saturday afternoon will be byArmani, for whom she is an ambassador. In fact, from being a girl who turned up to her firstRedCross ball in 2007 wearing a green dress that she'd borrowed and believed made her look ‘like aChristmastree’,Wittstockhas developed into a fully-fledged style icon for Monaco, telling US Vogue that ‘Grace Kellyforged a link between Monaco and the movie world, and I would like to create a strong bond between Monaco and the fashion community’, and also that she would likeStella McCartneyandManolo Blahnikto open shops in Monaco. She’s EVEN suggested that she wants to start a Monaco Fashion Week. So what do you reckon, do we have a new style icon on our hands?