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The story of Princess Charlene of Monaco truly reads like a Hollywood movie.

Her origins were a far cry from the palatial world she now lives in. Born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe, the blonde stunner could never have imagined the life destined for her. Having been born to a mother, who was a former competitive diver, young Charlene to the reigns and began swimming competitively. Her passion took her all the way to the 2000 Olympics where she competed as a member of the South African women’s 4 x 100 m medley.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

After placing fifth in the Olympics, Princess Charlene went on to compete in a slew of other swimming competitions. At one of her competitions she met Prince Albert II. The two began dating in 2001, however, it was not made public until 2006. On July 1, 2011, the couple was married. From then on her new title was Her Serene Highness The Princess Charlene Of Monaco. This new title has brought her international respect. The Princess can now be found at every major event from the Met ball to front row at top shows where she is the guest of honor. These outings are highly anticipated since the princess can always be counted on to show up in the best of the best haute couture.

Princess Charlene of Monaco and husband Prince Albert

Three years into the marriage, Princess Charlene gave birth to twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier. Even though her daughter was born first, it is her son, Jacques, who is first in line for the throne. Not surprising. The Princess, however, has proven that a woman can be a strong figure, even though they are not favored for the throne. She not only uses her name to gain entry into exclusive events, she also dedicates her life to a good cause. She has brought awareness to the inclusion of people with physical and mental disabilities and cites the Special Olympics as something that is close to her heart.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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Versace, Versace, Versace! Check Out Donatella’s Resort 2019 Collection!

Never has there been more of a spotlight on fashion house Versace than right now.
After a successful spring collection, which was a tribute to the late Gianni Versace, as well as the hit FX TV show The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the Italian house is bigger than ever. The world has become obsessed with the Versace motif of the 90’s that once graced the backs of Biggie Smalls and P. Diddy. Thankfully, Donatella Versace decided to keep the train going with her resort 2019 collection.

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Never has there been more of a spotlight on fashion house Versace than right now.

After a successful spring collection, which was a tribute to the late Gianni Versace, as well as the hit FX TV show The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the Italian house is bigger than ever. The world has become obsessed with the Versace motif of the 90’s that once graced the backs of Biggie Smalls and P. Diddy. Thankfully, Donatella Versace decided to keep the train going with her resort 2019 collection.

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Many of Versace’s signatures such as the Medusa, greek prints and gold hardware were present.  Another signature could be the broad shoulders that was seen on long top coats and leather jackets. This little accent could be a nod to the 80’s when Versace was just beginning to become a fashion heavy weight.  Broad shoulder jackets were complimented with t-shirts that bare the house’s logo, which will no doubt be a wonderful addition to anyone’s wardrobe. The t-shirts, which were shown in either black or white, was worn under dresses or tube tops ( Yes there are tube tops). Along with the t-shirts, the Verace logo was also seen on totes, fannypacks and on the sleeves of jackets and sweaters.

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Bold prints are not uncommon when considering the Versace girl.  One would easily stand out in a crowd with any of the looks which featured that special Versace print. Many of the looks were printed head to toe.  It would take a certain level of confidence to rock one, however, that wouldn’t be a problem judging by their demographic.

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Fringe was a major factor in this collection, having been seen on dresses, skirts, the shoulder of a beautiful jacket and the bottom of shoulder bags. The references to their work from the 90’s was a delightful mix of nostalgia and innovation. It’s truly a talent to be able to refer to the past all while giving the customer something new, albeit something that the customer didn’t even know they wanted or were missing.

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Fashion Killa! Balmain’s Perfect Summer Wardrobe

Over the last few years the name Olivier Rousteing and Balmain have become synonymous with ultimate luxury.
With each and every show or presentation the house of Balmain never fails to tantalize their fans with delightful embroideries, structured shapes and an overall since of fantasy. That is exactly what Balmain showed with their Resort 2019 collection. Having opted for a presentation instead of a runway show, Olivier Rousteing decided to shoot the presentation at an outdoor spot which seemed to mesh perfectly with the 900 piece collection. Consisting of about 80 pictures, the collection depicted a glamorous group of friends enjoying a wonderful day which ultimately progresses to a very glamorous night.

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Balmain Resort 2019

Over the last few years the name Olivier Rousteing and Balmain have become synonymous with ultimate luxury.

With each and every show or presentation the house of Balmain never fails to tantalize their fans with delightful embroideries, structured shapes and an overall since of fantasy. That is exactly what Balmain showed with their Resort 2019 collection. Having opted for a presentation instead of a runway show, Olivier Rousteing decided to shoot the presentation at an outdoor spot which seemed to mesh perfectly with the 900 piece collection. Consisting of about 80 pictures, the collection depicted a glamorous group of friends enjoying a wonderful day which ultimately progresses to a very glamorous night.

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Many of the looks featured tons of that signature Balmain glitter with some including mirror tiled dresses, pearl embroidered jackets and cardigans and heavily studded booties. Further research into the collection showed that most of the items aren’t for the financially squeamish. With most of the embellished garments ranging from $11,000 to a whopping $41,000 for a single dress, it would be safe to say that snagging one of these pricey duds would surely get you loads of attention. The more toned down (if you want to call it that) looks were the purple and blue raffia pants and skirts with some featuring sunset motifs.

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The “logomania” craze, which has taken over almost every major fashion house, was not lost on Balmain. Many of the jackets, slacks, bags, and scarfs featuring the “Balmain Paris” logo will no doubt be one of their biggest sellers among the young Hollywood and hip hop stars alike.

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In the fashion world, Balmain is often criticized for creating outfits that far exceed most of the world’s bank accounts. This, however, is what the house was built on.  Pierre Balmain was known for creating one of a kind haute couture dresses, that were well made and evoked an overwhelming since of luxury.  With the world in such a dire state, it’s a relief to be able to aspire to a better way of living.

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Fashion & Tragedy…Kate Spade’s Husband Releases Statement After Her Suicide…

There is nothing good about suicide. The loss of life, even when self-inflicted should be mourned and at the very least make us all pause to think of the well being of others for a change. Kate Spade’s suicide earlier this week shocked millions worldwide. The fashionista and designer was loved and adored by many, but was clearly battling some demons of her own. That is exactly what her husband, Andy Spade, had to say in an official statement released after her demise.

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There is nothing good about suicide. The loss of life, even when self-inflicted should be mourned and at the very least make us all pause to think of the well being of others for a change. Kate Spade’s suicide earlier this week shocked millions worldwide. The fashionista and designer was loved and adored by many, but was clearly battling some demons of her own. That is exactly what her husband, Andy Spade, had to say in an official statement released after her demise.

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Kate Spade with her husband Andy, and daughter, Bea

Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.

Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.

For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family. Our daughter was our priority. We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.

This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false. She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety. There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media.

My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.

Our heart goes out to Kate Spade’s family in their time of grief. We would like to reiterate that there is help for anyone feeling suicidal. If you or anyone you know is feeling this way please notify someone immediately and contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Be blessed.

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