The Crown Prince Couple's Prizes 2015

Saturday, October 3rd

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the presentation of the Crown Prince Couple's Prizes 2015 taking place in Kulturværftet, Helsingør.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary arrived to Kulturværftet in Helsingør with Kronborg castle in the background. They arrived shortly before 8:00 pm. local time to host this year's Crown Prince Couple's Prizes 2015. The award show was broadcasted live on Danish television and lasted about one and a half hour. Did you watch the show? I did. I do every year. It has become a annual tradition and I really love this year's show. Usually I only look for pictures on the internet, but a few times a year I take the chance to enjoy her live on TV. The Crown Prince Couple's Prizes is our window into the Danish artistic world. We see musicians, writers, designers etc. A little bit of everything really. An evening of true admiration and honoring Danish artists for their innovative and creative work.

Several different artists are nominated and only four of them wins a prize at the award show. The Crown Prince Couple have presented these four prizes the last eleven years every years at a different location somewhere in Denmark. The Crown Princes Couple's Prizes was established in 2004 as a wedding gift to the couple and was first presented in 2005. This was a gift from the Bikuben Foundation. Until 2009 the award had another name: 'The Crown Prince Couple's Cultur Prize' and then it was changed to the current name. At the same time, in 2009, the numbers of prizes was expanded from one to four, in three different categories. The Crown Prince Couple's Prizes was in 2013 awarded for the first time outside Denmark, as the awards ceremony was held in the Opera House in Sydney. I'm sure you all remember it very well -the Crown Princess in her stunning pink Ole Yde gown. Overall the prizes focuses on outstanding performances, innovative and excellence ideas in the Danish art and culture such as social work. Below you see the winners and why the prize is given:

  • The Crown Prince Couple's Culture Prize/Kronprinsparrets KulturprisThe prize goes to a Danish, Faroese and Greenlandic artist who has made an outstanding achievement, and one who can expect great achievements in the future, both national and internationally. The winner also gets DKK 500,000.
    The Culture Prize winner is: Theater director Elisa Kragerup

  • The Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Prizes/Kronprinsparrets StjernedryspriserIt is given in recognition of innovative, younger Danish, Faroese and Greenlandic artists who have shown the courage to break new ground in their artistic genre which has been innovative and uncompromising in their artistic exploration. The winners are also given DKK 50,000
    The winners are: Designer Mark Tan & Author and artist Amalie Smith

  • The Crown Prince Couple's Social Prize/Kronprinsparrets Sociale PrisThis prize is given to a private, public or voluntary association, institution or organization that is behind an innovative, creative and innovative project or initiative for the benefit of socially vulnerable or marginalized groups in Denmark or Greenland. The project gets DKK 500,000. The winner is the project: Mind Your Own Business
A wonderful evening like this takes a wonderful evening gown and Mary didn't disappoint me at all in her dazzling new black outfit. Because I watched the live broadcast yesterday evening I got a glimpse of her look -saw how it moved when she moved. The style was very 50s with its A-line skirt featuring beautiful laser cut flowers, a fitted waist accessorizes with black stones and a turtleneck. I need to admit that I did not see she's wearing a skirt and a blouse. Why didn't I see that? But thanks to all of you, especially Gitte I now see that it is a two piece outfit. Actually we have seen her wear the blouse before at the celebration of Per Thornit's 70-years birthday in 2012, here. This also give us a chance that we actually are able to find out where the skirt comes from. Days before the award show we found out that designer Mark Tan was one of the winners. To honor him he could have created the dress Mary would be wearing at yesterday's show. But I had my doubts. The skirt she wore is too feminine and features too many details. If Mark Tan had designed her outfit I think it had been way more minimalistic and plain. To find the skirt hasn't really been easy and I'm not the one to take the credit for this, cause Kate identified her new laser cut A-line skirt. It is from Sofie Topsøe Mailand (Spring/Summer 2016). Apparently, Sofie designed the skirt as an inspiration from the 50s. You can follow the entire process of her project here. It is really fascination to read her thoughts behind the design. Mary was even more stunning wearing red lipstick and the bordeaux clutch from Sergio Rossi. In my opinion red and black are two of the most glamorous colours in a combo. Absolutely magnificent. I have heard comments about her hairstyle; you think it makes her look old. Sorry but I really love it. It's perfectly styled to match her look. Her use of the Ruby Parure is great! To use the ruby brooch instead of a necklace is brilliant, innovative and creative as the winners of the evenings prizes. I want to mention that earrings, bracelet and ring are not originally a part of the parure such as the brooch is. She completed her outfit with a pair of new black Gianvito Rossi pumps. I'm breathless...

Skirt: Sofie Topsøe Mailand Black Laser Cut Skirt
Jewellery: Ruby Parure
Clutch: Sergio Rossi Red Clutch
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Mesh Insert Suede Pumps in Black

During the show at Kulturværftet in Helsingør, an interview with the Crown Prince couple was broadcasted. Something we see almost every year. Here the couple make a comment about each prize and why it is given. During this year's the interview, the Crown Prince couple wondering around in Helsingør with Kronborg castle in the background. She was dressed in the most beautiful striped shirt dress from Baum und Pferdgarten (Autumn/Winter 2015) which was also posted on their Instagram, here. Wonder what it feels like to see the Crown Princess wear your design? Never mind. She matched the new dress with her beige L.K. Bennett wedges, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses and bracelets from Charlotte Wæhrens and Anni Lu. Sorry to say, but I can't get enough of this outfit. I would love to wear it myself any time. 

Dress: Baum und Pferdgarten Agata, Sailorstripe
 Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana DG4175
Bracelet: Anni Lu Mess Army Bracelet 
Bracelet: Anni Lu Fun Bracelet Army
Bracelet: Charlotte Wæhrens Rainbow Bracelet w. Saphires
Shoes: L.K. Bennett Greta Wedges

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