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 $1,195, at Neiman Marcus. Wendy Yue Pagoda earrings $13,475, and Jayshree diamond-pavé circle necklace (worn in hair) $9,305.

Coronation Worthy. Carolina Herrera impressively royal silk faille gown $5,990, at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue. Necklace (worn as crown), Jaded clip-on earrings $138, at À Bientôt. Rings at Judith Ann Jewels.

Regal Matters. Dolce & Gabbana lace dress, embroidered cape, shoes and earrings, price upon request, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Rings at Judith Ann Jewels. Oscar de la Renta leaf bracelet $395, at Neiman Marcus.

Cross Ways. Versace velvet cross-print coat $6,125, at the Versace boutique. Dolce & Gabbana headband at Jamie Joseph tanzanite ring with diamond $770, similar at Chardé. Armenta mother-of-pearl teardrop ring $975, at Judith Ann Jewels. Susan Shaw cross earrings $32, at À Bientôt. Cathy Waterman Egyptian Leaf ring with rustic diamond $8,900, at

Duchess Drama. Valentino tulle gown with embroidery $25,000, at the Valentino boutique. Kenneth Jay Lane faux-pearl earrings $38, and crystal cross $68, at À Bientôt. Irene Neuwirth Boulder opal ring with diamonds $14,520, Guava quartz ring with diamonds $5,015, and Armenta gold ring, all at Judith Ann Jewels.

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 High Gloss, Joseph.