So it’s almost Valentine’s Day, a two day countdown is playing on my mind. I have special plans for the loved one in my life…and this year it’s very unconventional. I’ll take pictures and share after the event. Don’t worry, I’m not popping the question in reverse style or anything. I think you’ll be shocked when you find out what I am actually doing on the big love day. I digress.
I was invited last night to the launch of Net-a-porter’s new wedding boutique, which will be online and ready to sift through on the 16th of February 2010. I went into the event thinking it was just another promotional event that I would sit through, write up and come away from the same woman as when I went in. Oh how naive I was! I knew I was in trouble the moment I entered the sweet smelling French Salon at Claridge’s. They had me at hello with the sweet smelling room full of flowers, lit candles, golden chairs, cupcake trees and flutes of bubbly. But I am used to atmosphere seduction so this only phased me a bit.
It was when the models came marching out of the huge white paneled doors that my life changed. Why had I always thought I was a bride that could get married in a t-shirt and jeans in Vegas? How wrong I am, and I know my father will read this and wish I had never developed an interest in fashion. After attending wedding after wedding where the bride was wearing a dress that cost a gazzilion dollars I had reassured my father that I wasn’t the type of girl that needed a big fancy dress for the day. I’d rather use the money on good champagne for a crazy party! But all that has changes now. I’ve fallen in love with a dress. It’s not just any dress…it’s my dress. I thought it was just a myth that when you see the dress you know…now I know!!!!
The dress is a silky dream…nude in colour…floor length with a modest slit up the side…strapless but loose around the bodice, not dissimilar to a beachy maxi dress. It has a small flower corsage detail on the top left breast and the rest is simple and straight and beautiful and the best thing I have ever seen! Even the label in the back of the dress gave me goosebumps. It’s a Lanvin creation. Anyone familiar with the brand will know immediately I have put myself in the “bridezilla” category for spending on my wedding dress now. Or have I?
The wonderful thing that Net-a-porter has done here is find dresses that aren’t “typical” wedding dresses. They haven’t limited themselves to the dresses that designers designate as wedding apparel. Rather they have examined countless collections and selected dresses that could work walking down the aisle. So you get funky dresses like the Lanvin Love t-shirt dress or the Herve Leger famed bodycon dress in all white. And the wonderful thing here is that you can wear these dresses again! It doesn’t get much better. They even give you ideas for dresses based on the theme of your wedding, and suggest dresses and accessories for bridesmaids and mother of the bride!
So as the night continued I was seduced by dress after dress. The accessories table had me drooling. I’m not kidding. I had to keep myself from logging into the website then and there and ordering half of the accessories. Thank God they aren’t online just yet or I would have been in trouble! Net-a-porter may just fall in love with me after their boutique goes live on the 16th. I will order one of everything regardless of whether a wedding is planned or not!
Ok I will stop this little love affair post now because it is clear I am obsessed and could write all day. I will just say this in closing. If you are familiar with the site www.net-a-porter.com you will know that they have revolutionized the way in which we shop as you can order pret-a-porter and have it delivered straight to your door. If it doesn’t work, you can just return it. Last night they mentioned an absolutely fabulous idea for the dresses. Everyone loves the experience of trying on wedding dresses with their girlfriends. Well why not have that experience in the comfort of your own home and make a whole night of it with champagne and cupcakes of your own? Order as much as your credit card will allow and try on all the dresses so your friends can ooooo and ahhhhh at you right there and then.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday that can drive fear into the hearts of men around the world. What do you buy the woman you love to show her how much you care? What is too little? What is too much? Is this the year you buy a ring? Is this the year you sweep her off to Barbados?
All of those, of course, require extensive planning. So if you aren’t the type to have been preparing for the big V-day (no, men I don’t mean V for Vendetta) then I have a few suggestions for you. Above are fool-proof gifts that any woman would absolutely love to receive on the day we all know was created by greeting card companies to make more money.
But who cares why the day is celebrated? The bottom line is to tell the one you’re with that you love them with all your heart. Embrace it - though don’t forget to whip out your credit card at the same time!
All ten gifts are easily available, so rush out and pick one up before it’s too late and the shops are closed. And for the ultimate, buy the lot, get a hotel room for the night and create a giant gift bed for her to fall into!
1. Van Cleef & Arpels ring
2. Lulu Guinness bracelet
3. Ormonde Jayne large candle
4. The Sleekster Love Collection from Hotel Chocolat
5. Fortnum & Mason’s “The Lover’s Dozen” red roses
6. Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 patent pumps
7. Judith Leiber Heart ‘n’ soul Clutch
8. La Perla Opportunity tulle underwired bra from Net-a-porter
9. Dom Perignon Vintage Rose
10. “Has Hope That Is Indestructible” Wooden Key by artist Rob Ryan, available at Liberty
The fashion mobs have come and gone and Paris is left to recover for another wave of style hungry men and women who will hit the town later this month. Couture week this year seemed to come and go at the blink of an eye. I am usually drooling over the pictures for ages afterwards and trying to scheme my way into a few dresses for a black tie event here and there. But this year I was left with a hollow feeling after more than one show. Icons left me lonely as I departed several shows without one dress request in mind.
Each designer seemed to be sending us in a different direction this time around. This is usually a good thing as it gives us all variety and a designer to call our own at the end of the week. However, this year I was left with my head spinning. I did fall head over heels for the creations on display from Stephane Rolland, Dior and Givenchy. The tri-fecta presented fantastic pieces that lit up the runway and were all so incredibly diverse that you felt you were sitting on a different planet for each show. I was most disappointed by the works of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. I felt the show was too much a reflection of his personal style and not enough of the classic Chanel brand we know and love. Here’s a quick run through of the looks from last week. If you want more detailed breakdowns of each show make sure and visit my website www.fashionfoiegras.com.