Friday, June 20, 2014
Mantilla Diva: Queen Sofia of Spain
Yesterday, King Juan Carlos of Spain officially handed over his crown, throne, title...you get it, to his son Felipe. Felipe is now Felipe VI King of Spain. The official ceremony was televised live on BBC World News and yes, I was up until 2 AM PST watching it!
Belted Fashionista: Queen Sofia during the Abdication Ceremony--with her husband, King Juan Carlos I and son, the new King Felipe VI
In terms of Abdication Ceremonies and Handing-over-a-Crown, it was rather low-key, in accordance to the fact that Spain has recently hit some difficult economic times and well, it wouldn't be kosher for people to be talking about the $100,000+ Haute Couture being worn and all the Too Mucheey being spent (at the Spanish tax payers expense) on a grand affair. It was still grand but with a lower-case "g". In light of this "passing the torch" to the younger generation, I wanted to pay a Style Homage to the older, and particularly, Queen Sofia, the Queen Mother.
Doña Sofia has always been a style icon in my eyes and here, I want to pay tribute to this. Let's begin with her chartreuse satin suit worn at yesterday's official Ceremony Welcoming the new King of Spain. Queen Sofia wore this silk taffeta suit with three-quarter sleeves, high neck. It was austere, elegant and perfect. What I especially liked was the very Retro 60's back button detail:
Buttoned Queen Mother: Queen Sofia of Spain--in the the balcony of the Palace, greeting the "masses" welcoming the newly crowned King of Spain (fourth from left)
Queen Sofia 1960's
Polka Dot Sevillana Fashion Queen:
Queen Sofia never met a polka dot she did not like...case in point...
Sevillana Fab: Queen Sofia
Sofia: The Boxy Suit Queen
Boho Chic Sofia:
Queen Sofia loves a gown, especially for events involving Official Engagements, Dinners and World Leader Dinner Engagements. Here are some of my favorites...
Blouson Sleeve Top-and-Column Gown Skirt
Printed and Bright Colored Gowns
Blushing Queen--Draped and Lace Gown at Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria's Wedding
Ball Gown Sofia:
Queen Sofia also ADORES a good full shaped ball gown--especially if thre's a drop-waist...here are some examples...
Ball Gown Queens: With Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands
Queen Sofia with fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and Hillary Clinton--at the Gold Medal Gala of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Honoring Hillary Clinton and Antonio Banderas in 2013
Muchisimas Gracias HM Queen Sofia of Spain for being a Style Muse