The Insouciance of a Modern Monarchy

Kate Allen Stukenberg
September 05, 2012

We need royals — a monarchy, a queen who jumps from helicopters. Add a few pouty princesses, a roguish prince, and we’ll have a royal romp. No need for election madness — a prince is born, he’s the king; a princess is born, she’s the queen. Simple. Divine sexy sovereign regalia and magnificently throne-worthy embroidery and beading ruled this season’s runways.

Photography Maxine Helfman. Styling, fashion editor Kate Allen Stukenberg. Models Claire Vick and Lauren Fedak for Kim Dawson Agency, Dallas. Hair Al Tidwell and makeup Loren Holt, for Kim Dawson Agency, Dallas. Prop styling Brittany Winters for Sisterbrother Management. Photo assistants Austin Lockheed, Natalie Wallace. Fashion assistants Savannah Christian, Kaylina Zellers.


Palace Wear. Jason Wu silk matelassé and brocade keyhole dress $1,995, at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Stanley Korshak. Wendy Yue Pagoda earrings $13,475, and Jayshree diamond-pavé circle necklace (worn in hair) $9,305, both at Stanley Korshak. 

Coronation Worthy. Carolina Herrera impressively royal silk faille gown $5,990, at the Carolina Herrera boutique, Stanley Korshak. Jaded clip-on earrings $138, at Rings, at Ylang 23.

Feudal Finery. Temperley embroidered gown $4,695, at Gregory’s. Treasures of India earrings $1,900, and rings worn on right hand $2,900 and $2,400, at Elements. On left hand, Atelier Mignon ring, at Stanley Korshak. Tiara, at Neiman Marcus.

Cross Ways. Versace velvet cross-print coat $6,125, at the Versace boutique, Stanley Korshak. Dolce & Gabbana headband, at Susan Shaw cross earrings $32, at Jamie Joseph tanzanite ring with diamond $770, Armenta mother-of-pearl teardrop ring $975, at Ylang 23. Lanvin minaudière at Forty Five Ten, Neiman Marcus.

Duchess Drama. Valentino tulle sleeveless gown with embroidery $25,000, at the Valentino boutique, Nordstrom, Stanley Korshak. Kenneth Jay Lane faux-pearl earrings $38, at Tootsies. Crystal cross $68, at On left hand, Irene Neuwirth Boulder opal ring with diamonds $14,520, and Guava quartz ring with diamonds $5,015. On right hand, Atelier Minyon sapphire and diamond ring $11,065, at Stanley Korshak, and Armenta gold ring, at Ylang 23.

Royal Ready. Salvatore Ferragamo silk lace dress $11,000, at the Salvatore Ferragamo boutique.
Paris tiara $395, at Neiman Marcus.

Crown Jewels. Louis Vuitton wool lamé dress $5,150, at the Louis Vuitton boutique. Iosselliani
necklace, worn as crown, $835, at Stanley Korshak.