Fashion Style Sheet Monaco Grand Prix Where More Is More

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Pull out all the style stops when hitting up Monaco for a fashionable finish at the top. As the one event that is the epitome and embodiment of racing’s glitz and glamour, you need a wardrobe of unapologetic and statement-making clothes so you can be the chicest person in the crowd, be it trackside or on your yacht charters. Nothing is ever too much in Monaco, so go big or go home.

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For the gents, an Emporio Armani flecked wool jacket will fold away neatly in your luggage, but throw it over a shirt and you’ll be looking sharply turned out to watch the race. As menswear designers continue to champion roomier trouser tailoring, opt for one in a complimentary color, and finish off with either sneakers or casual leather lace-ups.

The women can look to Michael Kors for a trackside style fix. Inspired by the spirited Sixties, this brocade shift dress amps the sex appeal up with some risqué cutout panels. The silver color is further accentuated with metallic 3-D embellishment, and when teemed with your highest pair of silver pumps, hits all the right notes.

Monaco Evening
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Headed to dinner at Elsa? Make sure you’ve got a snazzy suit tucked away for a quick change. This double-breasted houndstooth suit from Bally is certainly a head-turner, so to avoid looking like a fashion victim, balance out the eye-popping print with a classic turtleneck in black or white. Pair with penny loafers, and you’re set for your evening.

Likewise, the ladies should avoid going OTT with their dinner attire. A cocktail dress like this Marchesa frock does the trick by keeping the dramatic flourishes above the waistline (great for maintaining that fashion flair even when you’re seated), while leaving the skirt elegant and unfussy. Do your hair up in a loose chignon, and slip on some strappy stilettos to match.

Monaco Night Life
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Attending the 2016 F1 Trackside Yacht Party requires you to bring your A-game to the table. For the men, rock up to the party in a three-piece pinstriped suit from Saint Laurent. The slim-fitted silhouette helps streamline your look, so the stripes don’t overwhelm you. Sunglasses optional, swagger compulsory.

Stop traffic in a pleated gown from Ralph Lauren, which comes in a luxurious crimson shade. The halterneck cutting allows you to keep cool throughout the night, and with the encrusted neckline, all you need is a simple watch and some elegant heels to set your outfit.

Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon ref. W1556216
Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon ref. W1556216, price unavailable, Cartier at cartier.com

 

Speaking of watches, the Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon is a magnificent timepiece for the gentlemen. Encased in an 18K white gold casing with a galvanized guilloche dial, the flying tourbillon complication features a second indicator with a C-shaped tourbillon carriage, 142 parts, including 19 jewels and comes with a black alligator-skin strap. Sleek doesn’t even begin to describe this beauty.

Happy Diamonds Icons watch ref. 204180-5201
Happy Diamonds Icons watch ref. 204180-5201, price unavailable, Chopard at chopard.com

From their ever-popular Happy Diamonds range, Chopard presents the Happy Diamonds Icons watch, which features an 18K rose gold casing and strip, and 2.5K worth of sparkling white diamonds float gaily around a guilloche dial. Pair this with a day look or let this decorate your wrist in the evening when you’re going for drinks at Billionaire Club.

Monaco Eyewear
Elliot aviator-style tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses, $395, Tom Ford at mrporter.com.  Cat-eye acetate and metal sunglasses, $209, Miu Miu at net-a-porter.com. Images: mrporter.com and net-a-porter.com

Keep the sun out of your eyes with a pair of retro-inspired sunglasses. These bridged aviators from Tom Ford recall the suave style of Paul Newman, while the cat-eye sunglasses from Miu Miu will suit a lady with grace and poise.

To complement your fantastical frocks, this whimsical clutch from Italian designer Benedetta Bruzziches will grab everyone’s attention, despite its miniature size. The clutch features a silk satin exterior that’s bedazzled with a smattering of stellar Swarovski crystals and a smiling moon top clasp. This conversation starter is a limited edition design, so you can be rest assured you won’t find another box clutch quite as unique as this one.

Swarovski crystals smiling moon clutch, $959, Benedetta Bruzziches at luisaviaroma.com.

 

“Luce” cap toe oxford shoes, $720, Salvatore Ferragamo at Nordstrom.com.

Polish up your look with the proper footwear. Guys, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a pair of leather shoes quite as comfortable as the ones made at Salvatore Ferragamo. Plus the simple lines of these cap toe oxford shoes will go with just about anything from a day suit to an evening three-piece.

 

Metallic Sandals, $995, Dolce & Gabbana at farfetch.com.

For the women, settle for nothing less than a pair of skyscraping heels, such as these gilded sandals courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana. Whether you’re brunching at the Hotel Metropole or indulging over at Louis XV, these peep-toe stilettos are going to keep you looking sexy without being too ostentatious.

 

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