my lovely blake took a fem & ruffly christian dior dress & toughed it up a bit by adding a cropped leather jacket. my opinion? LOVE.
as a leg-conscious lady, i also love blake's addition of black tights -- it shows women everywhere that tights can be classy & fashionable. [tights can also go incredibly, incredibly wrong, which is why i'm extra happy to see her show how they can look great!]
now, my fave blogger over at red carpet fashion awards [where i also obtained the pic] wasn't a fan of this look, so i understand it may be not be well-received by all. either way, i'm on the "love it" side of the debate.
i love, love, love frilly & feminine ruffles in fashion so it's only natural that i love ruffles in home decor as well! & can you think of a better place for ruffles than on beds? i can't! here are just a few examples of ruffley bedding ~ ~
typically, bridesmaids stand next to the alter like a uniformed army of friends ready to obey their captain's [brides'] ever command. hold your flowers? yes ma'am. smile for 1230984 pictures? happily. wear this ugly dress? of course -- it's my duty.
it's a long-running joke that brides make their ladies wear hideous dresses to take any potential attention away from them, and onto the newly mrs. fortunately, i [personally] don't see this as a current trend. bridesmaid dresses are now, more often than not, chic & flattering. brides appreciate their friends & reward them by choosing beautiful dresses.
still, the whole "all bridesmaids wear the same" deal isn't really my scene. [once again, i remind readers that i am nowhere close to getting married -- i just happen to think about weddings way to often] instead, i prefer the "different but the same" look : identical styles, different colors; identical color palette, different styles; identical flowers, completely different dresses even!
just take a look at some images i have compiled from real weddings, via wedding blogs, etc. :
now, once again i remind whoever may be reading this : i am nowhere near marriage. but... if my wedding were tomorrow, my bridesmaids would wear a soft yellow color dress, in whatever style they choose/best suits them. [yellow, similar to the second to second picture i posted here, because the theme will be daisies - my all-time fave flower. sigh. wish i could say i didn't have this all planned out since i was 16!]
i don't know what it is, by i'm just drawn to artful photography that captures pensive women waiting by a window. i mean, i've already posted one such image here, & now i'm showing another! take a look:
i think what i love is the way these images really tell a story... or rather, these images allow the viewer to create their own story: who is this woman? what is she waiting for? what is out the window?
& what's best, is every time you look at the photograph, you have the opportunity to create another entirely new story.
i'm going to admit something that makes me seem like such a fashion newb... but i had never heard of costello tagliapietra before seeing kerry washington in this goooorgeous dress @ the ‘philadelphia style magazine’ after party for the 19th philadelphia film festival premiere of “night catches us” this past weekend. well anyways, now i'm super intrigued at what else this designer has made! just look at miss washington:
kerry's choice to leave the belt behind is up for debate: do you like it more with, or without?
personally, i'm fairly fond of belts, but i think she rocks this frock even without, considering its draping already cinches her narrow waist.
either way, i'm in love with this look & will now be looking up more costello tagliapeta designs to see if they are just as fab!