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Charlotte Casiraghi’s love of fashion + horses

Photo by Ola Ríndal from Instagram

By Iris Edén Santiago

Special to The STAR

It’s in the blood.

Charlotte Casiraghi’s striking natural beauty and elegance are impossible to ignore, especially for people who love the royals. The granddaughter of legendary Princess Grace and daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover clearly inherited the glamor and style of her family. And the fashion industry just couldn’t stay away.

To my knowledge, this royal has been brand ambassador to Gucci, Montblanc, and since December 2020, to Chanel. Of course, she has inevitably become the new face of the Principality of Monaco in the French Riviera.

This week -- and amongst impeccable shows by Dior, Elie Saab and Valentino -- the Royal figure captured all the attention. She opened Chanel’s Spring Summer 2022 Collection with unique magnetism, on horseback.

The mother of two, journalist, humanitarian, film producer, equestrian champion and competitive show jumper trotted down the geometric runway at the Grand Palais with allure and sophistication on her steed, 8-year-old Spanish bay horse Kuskus. By doing this, Charlotte Casiraghi confirms both her innate sense of style and her passion for horses.

The brand’s former creative director, the late Karl Lagerfeld, established especially high standards for every single Chanel fashion spectacle. He loved themed shows and wowing people. I think he would’ve approved of this opening.

Dressed in a black sequined tweed jacket with jeweled buttons, black helmet and riding boots, the Monégasque princess provided the world a moment stolen from modern fairytales. The crowd at Haute Couture Week in Paris went wild with her appearance.

It must be noted that Charlotte Casiraghi not only has the face of an angel and timeless beauty. She holds a degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne, is the president of Philosophical Encounters of Monaco and serves as a patron for the Longines Global Champions Tour, a show-jumping competition that she competed in for years.

“My contribution is being not just a muse, but someone who transmits,” said Casiraghi in a written statement when Chanel announced her ambassador role. “Today’s fashion has this strength of expression, and it can move culture forward.”

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