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Hope Couture – fantasy shopping for a black-tie wedding.

Posted in Style & Travel

My great friend Carla is getting married on December 14th.  Her wedding is to be an elegant black-tie event, at a country house just outside London. And I am going to be there. The ticket is booked, friends and family have been told, plans have been made. Next: what to wear? A quick flick through my wardrobe revealed lovely treasures from long ago – a bespoke Dolce & Gabbana boned-bodice tuxedo, Ralph Lauren‘s long low-waisted circle skirt in leatherised cotton, the Vera Wang ballgown, a flimsy Betsey Johnson cocktail dress – but nothing that spoke to me (except the ones that murmured “not age appropriate”). So, I decided a quick whip through the Fall/Winter 2012 Couture Collections was the way to go. And I found perfection.

Raf Simons for Dior

The Blue/Black evening dress and suede pumps are Dior Couture by Raf Simons. I don’t often wear coloured shoes – but I am keeping the hot pink as my pop of colour. When something is styled perfectly – why change it? The dress is very me, covering my legs and knees, making a feature of my flat chest, and it has pockets – which add a discreet touch of rock’n’roll. And potential moves to my limited dance repertoire.

Dolce & Gabbana Couture Coat – Beautiful Baroque

The coat is Baroque by Dolce & Gabbana Couture – I absolutely love it. And can see myself wearing it over Jeans and a T-shirt for the next twenty years. The necklace is Triptych, by McTega, from their first collection – big and bold – but fragile too. I would wear it lower – across the broad part of the dress’ deep-V, with dark ties replacing the natural leather.

McTega’s Triptych – Resin and Gold Leaf

The Clutch – also Dolce & Gabbana – is totally over the top – but completes the coat. And me for that matter. Anything else would be a dressing down.

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Baroque Clutch

At first blush my ensemble could seem a little over-ornate (which is not my usual style). But consider this: when the coat is on, the necklace won’t be visible. When the coat is off – the necklace stars against the stark dress. And I’ll add a slick of dark aubergine lipgloss and wear my hair flat. I think the overall effect will be sleek and elegant – with a twist of hip.

So that’s my outfit sorted.  All I need to do now; is figure out how to afford it.

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9 Comments

  1. I approve this look! I got invited to a wedding and I don’t know what to wear! I should start window shopping.

    November 11, 2012
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    and your eyes would add to it – terrific choice that black dress – a charming deep blue glimpse, simply perfect.

    November 4, 2012
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  3. CARLA DONNELLY
    CARLA DONNELLY

    That dress has got your name written all over it……

    November 2, 2012
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  4. Love, love, and did I mention love? that dress. It would look great on you. But, as much as I love the coat, over the dress I think it would be too much of that D&G black widow look. Pink pumps are a must. Please post picture of what you will actually will end up wearing.

    November 1, 2012
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    • I hear you – but that coat would be a lifetime investment – justified as ‘taking a break in the snow on the night’ necessary! That dress is a winner tho!

      November 1, 2012
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  5. frankie
    frankie

    Absolutely love it, and sooo you! Carla is getting married?!

    November 1, 2012
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    • Yes she is – lovely man called Jason – fully approve. Will send her your love.

      November 1, 2012
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