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In truth, Monaco's Charlotte Casiraghi is not a new addition to the pretty young royal set. The 25-year-old member of the Monaco royal family, who counts Grace Kelly as her grandmother, Princess Caroline of Hanover as her mother, and the reigning and newlywed Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco as her uncle and aunt, has long been known for her good taste and looks. Since it's clearly the year of the royals — with Monaco's July royal wedding, Pippa mania, and of course William and Kate's international nuptial sensation in April — Charlotte may soon get more attention. French Vogue definitely thinks she's worthy of theirs, as they put her on the cover of the ever-crucial September issue.
Born to Monaco's Princess Caroline and her second husband, the late Italian businessman Stefano Casiraghi, Charlotte is fourth in line to Monaco's throne. The middle daughter between two brothers, Charlotte's parents married when her mother was already three months pregnant with her eldest brother, Andrea. Her father died when she was only 4 in a boat-race accident, and following his death her mother moved the family to France before later remarrying.
As for a royal wedding of her own, rumors have been surfacing for more than a year that Charlotte will marry her longtime-love Alex Dellal. Since 2007, Charlotte's dated the 28-year-old London art gallery owner, whose godfather, Mario Testino, happened to shoot Charlotte for the latest French Vogue. Before any wedding, Charlotte will likely continue to focus on her equestrian career and journalism endeavors; she's a published writer and has worked as an editor-at-large. Get to know Charlotte more with a look at some of her most glamorous photos now.
>> Carine Roitfeld's masquerade ball last night, celebrating 90 years of Vogue Paris and loosely Eyes Wide Shut-themed, meant lots of sheer gowns, and lots of show attendees preoccupied with finding a mask yesterday. Anna Dello Russo, inspired by Lady Gaga, paired a Gareth Pugh headpiece with her custom Emilio Pucci gown. Jean Paul Gaultier designed a metal mask for himself adorned with long feathers: "Yes, they're giant eyelashes, acting like hair -- since I'm missing some as you can see — so instead I've gone for this black plume."
Tyra Banks made do with cut up fishnets, Sasha Pivovarova got her mask "from a sex shop," and Lily Donaldson wore a red tulle veil to match her Christian Dior gown: “I made it myself. I went all the way up to the fabric district in Montmartre today.” Stephen Jones made Karlie Kloss's star spangled mask to go with her Christian Dior gown, and Riccardo Tisci did Mariacarla Boscono's over the top feathered hat, while he looked to Philip Treacy to custom make his mask.
While there was plenty of mask ogling, Carine Roitfeld was more preoccupied with other thoughts. “Oh my goodness, even the models are eating, it’s amazing!” she laughed, as Lily Donaldson took a leaf from a chocolate cabbage.
Once upon a time, I caught a documentary about Princess Caroline of Monaco and her family. From that day forth, I have kept her stylish and poised daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, on my radar. Considering her connections, Charlotte doesn't come around as often as other socials; it's a royal treat when she does.
The 22-year-old recently showed up at Paris Fashion Week and sometimes attends parties of famous friends like Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Louboutin. What I admire about her fashion sense is it's understated but never blah. She's partial to solids and black, but always keeps it interesting with funky tights, scarves, bold coats, and bags.
To get to know Charlotte Casiraghi's style, read more
>> Natalia Vodianova has been chatting up her collaboration with Etam for a while — and last night, the French lingerie company shelled out for their newly-signed three year ambassador, staging a full-blown show at the Ritz in Paris that drew the likes of Eva Herzigova, Emmanuelle Alt, and Charlotte Casiraghi in the front row and Edita Vilkeviciute, Sigrid Agren, Flavia Oliveira, and Sessilee Lopez on the runway. Natalia pour Etam, which encompasses swimwear and lingerie, including a silk nightgown inspired by one in Natalia's own wardrobe, runs $20-$80 and hits stores in April. The line will be reoccurring, with Natalia designing a new collection every season over the period of her ambassadorship.
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