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.
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.
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.
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.
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.