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Fashionista Of The Day: Grace Kelly

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It’s been more than 30 years since Princess Grace of Monaco died, but her chic, elegant, flawless style is timeless, with women the world over still attempting to emulate some of that wholesome glamour. Grace was wealthy even before she went on to be a model, a movie star and then a princess as her father was a self-made millionaire, so the debutante look wasn’t an act.

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Grace Kelly modelling evening wear in the 1940s

Unsurprisingly, Grace adored Christian Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent. She loved classic pieces, and was very sentimental about her clothes, especially addicted to gloves and shoes – she wasn’t one to fall out of love with a garment  because a new trend had come along. And then there’s that Hermes bag she used to hide her baby bump; today the Hermes Kelly bag still has one of the longest waiting lists in the world. 

Grace with her Hermes bag that was named for her

Grace with the Hermes bag that was named for her

One of my favourite things about her style was the fabulous headwear – safari hats, headscarves, turbans, and then obviously, no biggie, a crown. Other classic trends we can thank her for are a simple white cotton shirt, perfectly tailored capris, and shirtdresses. The thought of her also conjures up images of classic pearls, nipped-in waists and impeccably groomed hair.

Grace with Alfred Hitchcock in Cannes, 1950s

Grace with Alfred Hitchcock in Cannes, 1950s

Obviously, Nicole Kidman is gorgeous and a great actress, but I’m not sure if I like the idea of her playing Grace Kelly. Why put that pressure on yourself? Hopefully I’ll be proved wrong – we definitely don’t need a Naomi Watts as Princess Diana fiasco. Grace was the essence of femininity right up until her untimely death at the age of 52, and a true fashion icon.

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