It’s a very famous royal wedding outfit, a style statement worn as a much talked about bride became a princess. Charlene Wittstock arrived at her civil marriage to Prince Albert II of Monaco in a trouser suit she designed with the help of Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion supremo who has died at the age of 85.
Charlene and Albert’s civil wedding took place on July 1st 2011 at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco. For the event, the first part of what had been described as the biggest celebration in Monaco since the wedding of Albert’s parents in 1956, the princess chose a striking and surprising outfit. For this royal bride wore blue to say ‘I do’ for the first time.
Charlene’s civil wedding outfit included palazzo pants made of chiffon and a single breasted fitted jacket. The creation was a shade said to match her eyes to perfection and known since as ‘Charlene blue’. Charlene worked on the design with Lagerfeld who was creative director of both Chanel and Fendi.
He was among the most high profile guests at Albert and Charlene’s religious wedding on July 2nd 2011 although for that ceremony, the bride wore Armani. Karl Lagerfeld, however, dressed some of the most important guests at the event with the groom’s sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover, and her elder daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, both in Chanel designs for the occasion.
Lagerfeld’s involvement in the royal wedding was widely expected as he had been close to Monaco’s royal family for many years. He was a particularly good friend of Caroline, who wore many of his designs over the decades, choosing his creations for major events in the Monaco royal calendar including the Bal de Rose. She also wore Chanel for her third wedding, to Prince Ernst of Hanover, in 1999 which took place in the principality. And Karl Lagerfeld was photographed with the Grimaldis on many occasions.
However, it is the wedding outfit he helped Princess Charlene create that will remain perhaps his best known royal style statement. The man who had a huge impact on fashion, who was hailed as a radical and revolutionary and who had his own brushes with controversy also has his own place in the ever evolving story of regal style.