Pauline Ducruet doesn't want the real treatment.
The 25-year-old fashion designer based in New York, who is the granddaughter of Grace Kelly, niece of the reigning monarch Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and sixteenth in the line of the throne of the principality, prefers to keep it real.
"Persons [here] I really care about your art, and what you do and what you believe, and not really who you are, "Soho's resident told The Post Wednesday's amfAR benefit for AIDS research, which starts New Fashion Week York. "This is what I got in New York."
Dressed in a low-cut black tuxedo, the discreet businessman and designer of Alter, a unisex brand, is not recognized on the red carpet.
That could be a welcome relief: Growing up between Monaco and Paris with his mother, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, and older brother Louis and little sister Camille, he grew up in the eyes of the public.
Although the fashion world may have some scandalous characters, it is no match for Ducruet's own backstory, or his colorful family. As a child, Ducruet helped train elephants for two years in Switzerland, where her mother was the director of Circus Knie (and had an affair with the master of ceremonies). Ducruet was also a champion diver who represented Monaco at the Junior World Diving Championship and at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
His father, Daniel Ducruet, was his mother's bodyguard, and the couple had two children out of wedlock. They married in 1995, but they divorced a year later, after they photographed him frolicking by the pool with the stripper Fili Houteman. (He later claimed that it was created and sued the beauty queen, the photographer and her assistant, earning damage for privacy violations).
Although Pauline (who does not have a real title) is understandably discreet, he does not completely avoid the spotlight. The Parsons graduate is preparing to present her second collection for Alter. The show will take place in Paris on February 26, and his family will sit in the front row, as in his first show in June 2019.
"The inspiration is New York, the atmosphere and the nightlife," she says. The line features street apparel like a reworked denim jacket ($ 450) and more glamorous pieces like a long yellow silk trench coat with wristbands ($ 2,100).
"In our time and in our society now, gender is no longer really a thing," says Ducruet, who is bilingual.
“I wanted to have a line that could talk to men and women at the same time. I dress unisex all the time, ”he added, pointing to his suit.
The worker Ducruet does not have a royal family or courtiers to help her build her brand.
"I am the executive director and designer," she says. "I practically manage everything for myself for now."