In her one-piece swimsuit, the princess becomes one of the Mediterranean. Lady Di jumped off the pontoon, jumped into the waters of Saint-Tropez. Its beauty hit the summer of 1997 on the Côte d’Azur.
A few days later, on August 31, the Princess of Wales died violently. A temple was erected to him at Northampton as his final royal burial. Diana Spencer, thirty-six forever.
At Castel Sainte-Thérèse with William and Harry
His demise only appears more violent in the face of his last happy days. That summer, the princess of hearts made them fall. More than ever, she appeared in front of the cameras as an ambassador for the independent woman. Free. Rebel.
Officially divorced for a year – although the separation began in 1992 – from Prince Charles, Diana left with her two children, Harry and William, on vacation. Head to the Côte d’Azur for a stay in one of the most heralded cities in the world. Ten years after her extraordinary appearance on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, the beauty faces a new horizon.
His host? The Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, who owns a magnificent waterfront villa: the castle of Sainte-Thérèse. It was in this Mediterranean setting that the aristocrat met the eldest son of the owner of the Ritz: Dodi. The film producer will seduce the young man who will arrive on July 11 on the tarmac of Nice airport. Direct the port of Saint-Laurent to board the yacht Jonicalwhich belongs to the owner of the famous British luxury store Harrods.
Family pizzas and dances at a privatized club
Fairy tales are written with Saint-Tropez salt. It’s so shocking!
On August 10, the tabloid The sun its front page featured a photo worth three million francs taken by Mario Brenna. “the kiss” in capital letters: the beginning of a romance that will capture the press around the world. Lovebirds enjoy the intimacy of the waves between Monte-Carlo, Corsica or even Sardinia.
Witnesses of the time also evoke the privatization of the discotheque of the hotel baptized by La Ponche The beach in Saint Tropez. A night away from the atmosphere underground Londoner because with the kids and their bodyguards, enthusiasts order pizza and dance to the top 50.
Prophetically, Puff Daddy’s pipe I will miss you (1) the prancing of the bestseller in 97 sounds different.
In a few days, the princess will be gone. Like his new partner. A fatal event was questioned when the flowers withered and the tears dried up. Sting? Really crush? There are still consonants and vowels that have been transcribed in the disappearance of the Alma bridge: “My sweet Dodi. God knows how much I thank you for my six most magical days spent on the waves of the Mediterranean.”
A timeless fashion icon
Beyond the tragedy, Lady Di’s name echoes a sweet melody for fashion lovers. If, when she got married in 1981, her silhouette disappeared completely in the eight meters of the train and puffy fabric, it was her casual appearance that attracted the women of her generation.
In the 90s, the suit was pop and his Dior bag never left him. If, today, the model “Lady Dior” is associated with it, it is thanks to… Bernadette Chirac. Yes, this is the first woman of the time who gave him this piece – which was originally called “the lover” – of leather goods. Absolutely a fan of creations made in Paris, the princess can be seen in front of goals around the world with. We tear up the favorite of Diana Spencer, who recently got thanks to her four letters of honor: “Lady”. In no time, the bag reinvented itself and was always on sale.
The “vengeance dress”
Not at all vulgar, but rather fierce – we remember the episode of “revenge dress”, unique sheath signed Christina Stambolian, which she wore for her first public appearance after the revelation of Prince Charles’ betrayal -, Diana bet on comfort when away from official events. High waist white shorts, buckled belt and simple tee. Others, often, imposed gold earrings. One of his trademarks.
In the summer of 1997, she wore a one-piece swimsuit. But colorful: blue with green print, fluo green and purple, fawn print. Little detail that makes it all: the mini-pareo casually tied at one hip. His magnificence has influenced the world of fashion, his sense of style is immortal.