The San Juan Daily Star
Fashion moments at the coronation
By Iris Edén Santiago
Special to The Star
With a little over 2,000 guests and royals confirmed for King Charles III’s historic ceremony and other royal engagements, I was so looking forward to endless fashion moments.
And strangely, it didn’t quite happen. It has to be said that it was Jill Biden, first lady of the United States, who dressed to kill and won every single time. Biden was the epitome of elegance, class and style. Simply put, perfection in every way. She wore an asymmetrical suit in cornflower blue by American designer Ralph Lauren that immediately stood out in a sea of pastel tones and boring ensembles. A fabulous pencil skirt topped by a crossover neckline jacket was worn with matching suede gloves and a small fascinator in the same shade.
For an early meeting with the UK prime minister’s wife, Biden owned Barbiecore. She donned a custom bright fuchsia coat and matching fuchsia dress by Reem Acra, and completed the look with Christian Dior floral-print slingback heels. These are two of the best fashion moments to remember from the pompous events in London.
Queen Letizia from Spain also wore pink for the coronation. Not so successfully. Here is a sharp dresser with exquisite taste and savvy stylists at her beck and call who totally missed the mark. She wore a custom suit by Carolina Herrera that featured heavy pink lace embroideries and a pleated peplum. It was too matronly for the stylish queen! Loving the heels and the Scala Insignia pink clutch.
Let’s now talk about one of the best dressed royals in the world, Queen Rania of Jordan. She wore a mesh pencil dress in pale yellow by Tamara Ralph Couture. But again, Rania has us used to more fabulous choices.
Enter Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. She never disappoints! The Argentina-born royal has a keen sense of style. Maxima was glamorous in a white dress with a scalloped floral neckline by fashion designer Jan Taminiau, hat by Philip Treacy and nude pumps by Gian Vitorossi.
Other royals in attendance went for safe options: skirt suits, pastel colors, dress coats fitted at the waist with thin matching belts: Zara Tindall, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and Princess Charlene of Monaco. The latter, a former South African Olympic swimmer, wore a sad ensemble in cream with an asymmetrical shawl matching her very sad face.
Among the celebrities at Westminster Abbey, singer Katy Perry in a darling lilac suit by British fashion label Vivienne Westwood.
Now for the star of the event. Future queen Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, wore a Royal Victorian Order Mantle. Her fashion style just keeps critics wowed. It is flawless. She wore pearl and diamond earrings (that belonged to the late Princess Diana), and selected a headpiece, with silver bullion, crystals and 3D leaf embroideries, designed by Jess Collet for Alexander McQueen. Under the red, white and blue mantle she was wearing a stunning design in ivory silk crepe, also by McQueen.