beauty icon, charlotte casiraghi

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Charlotte Casiraghi

“She makes me think of Brigitte Bardot,” Karl Lagerfeld is reported to have said of Charlotte Casiraghi, the only daughter of his close friend, Princess Caroline of Monaco—and that was when Casiraghi was just eight. With her famous lineage (maternal grandmother Grace Kelly was Hollywood and European royalty, of course), the young royal was always destined to turn heads. Now, at 20, she’s come fully into her own. Fourth in line to the crown of Monaco, she stole the spotlight from her famous front-row seatmates at Chanel Haute Couture and Chloé this winter.

Casiraghi’s faultless skin, burnished chestnut hair, and pillow lip pout—often stained a deep crimson red—make her an obvious pinup, but her real appeal lies in her demeanor: Despite being paparazzi prey, the young equestrian is refreshingly scandal-free—and so is her wardrobe. A closetful of Chanel helped her land a spot on Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed List last year. Look for other pretty young things to take a cue from Casiraghi this fall, now that designers (Nicolas Ghesquière and the jodhpurs he did for Balenciaga come to mind) have brought the award-winning show jumper’s favored style to the runways.

— Alison Baenen

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A ten-year-old Charlotte, center, with her mother, Princess Caroline, right, and her aunt, Princess Stephanie, on the balcony of their palace for Monaco’s National Day, November 19, 1996.

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The accomplished equestrian starts a new jumping season at L’Etrier de Paris in the Bois de Boulogne, 2004.

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With her mother, HRH Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover, at a horse-riding event in France, 2004.

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In Chanel Haute Couture, celebrating the investiture of her uncle, HSH Prince Albert, in the cathedral at Monaco Palace, November 19, 2005.

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In Chanel Haute Couture at the Bal de la Rose, dancing with her older brother, Andrea, March 25, 2006.

Photo: Olivier Almondo / Maxppp / ZUMA Press

Paying tribute to her grandfather, Rainier III of Monaco, the principality’s leader for almost 56 years, on the first anniversary of his death, April 6, 2006.

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At the Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo after the Nijinsky Awards gala, a biennial event organized by her mother and hosted this year by her guest Karl Lagerfeld.

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Front-row at the Chanel Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais, January 2007.

Photo: Splash News

With Karl Lagerfeld at the Hôtel de Crillon for the party in honor of Mario Testino, hosted by Carine Roitfeld of Paris Vogue and Donatella Versace, March 2007.

Photo: Stefano Guindani

At the Maison France-Amérique in Paris for Giambattista Valli’s fashion week party.

Photo: Stéphane Feugère