Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Mary, kronprinsesse med stil

26 October 2006

On the day Mary's second pregnancy was anounced a new book was available in the shops.

"Mary, kronprinsesse med stil" was written by Jim Lyngvild and Jan Körner.

The picture book tells the somewhat romanticized tale of Mary's transformation from Australian working girl to Danish crown princess, focusing on her succesful makeover.

Apart from info on the designers of Mary's wardrobe there are short interviews with Mary's hairdresser Søren Hedegaard and her personal stylist Anja Camilla Alajdi - two of the most important people in shaping Mary's succesful image.

Søren Hedegaard says:

"The crown princess is incredibly beautiful and has great hair to work with. It is fairly thick and waves easily. With such basics it isn't difficult to make her shine.

Our cooperation is fundamentally the same as with any other customer, except that I work closely together with the crown princess's stylist, to match the makeup and hairdo with the clothes. Other than that, it's the situation which determines the hairdo. For example if there has to be jewellery in her hair, then I have a certain working method, or when the crown princess wears a hat. The next step is to make the hairdo complement the clothes. I make my suggestions and then the crown princess agrees or makes some alterations. Sometimes I sketch my idea on a piece of paper, but often time is short. On a day with official duties, there may be several events. Then it's always me who plans the hairdos. I make a sequence, beginning with an everyday hairdo and building up during the day and the evening - like for a gala dinner. The time to do the crown princess's hair varies a lot, but it can easily take 2 hours depending on the hairdo and the jewellery. For smaller arrangements I am not alwayq involved. I have taught the princess some little tricks for those occasions, which make it easy to reach a certain look quickly. 

Just like the crown princess's stylist I work a lot with fashion, so I know what's in. In this way, we both make sure, that the crown princess's style doesn't look too old fashioned or boring. I try to reflect her classic and simple clothing style in her hairdos, at the same time adding a touch of "now" and emphasizing her status of crown princess."

About Anja Camilla Alajdi's work with Mary:

" Mary's stylist has a morning meeting with Mary and her chambermaid at least once a week. They discuss the upcoming events. Combinations are created and planned for the whole week. Each season the stylist selects clothes that Mary can try on. What she likes stays and the other garments are returned to the shops. The styling for big events and foreign trips is planned many weeks in advance."

In 2008 the book was translated to English and published in Australia where it is called "Mary. Princess of style".

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