Friday, 4 April 2014


Let me put this out there... I've never been one of these girls who fall over themselves at the concept of weddings. Perhaps it's because I come from a small family, but I've only been to a handful in my life (maybe four, max?) and although I've enjoyed the party atmosphere of every one, weddings weren't something that ever preoccupied my mind.

And it's the same with wedding dresses. I mean, sure I'm into them when I'm AROUND them, gasping and oohing and ahhing along with everyone else (I even teared up at the site of my friend Natalie in her stunning embellished number last summer) but never did I ever seek out designs or anything off my own back - I mean, as a singleton and slightly cagey about marriage in general, what cause did I have?!

Then my best pal announced she was engaged.

And I swear, it's like a FRICKIN drug! One minute we're looking at a couple of her tentative dress ideas (she's not getting married for a while, so I'm aware all this is very premature) and the next I'm SCOURING Pinterest bridal inspiration boards at midnight, salivating, completely lost to a world of cream lace, silk and taffeta.

I don't even know who or what I'm looking for any more. My friend's told me her general ideas, and the sorts of style she MIGHT be into, but I'm finding the stuff I'm looking at is less and less her and more.... ME. I've fallen down some rabbit hole I never knew existed!


Do not buy a hat. Are you CRAZY?!

...But nonetheless, I'm getting caught up in giddy wedding dress chat, and, well... I can't help but seek out bridal inspiration from recent AW collections...

Derek Lam AW14
Simple, edgy, effortless. Perfect.

Honor AW14 
This iridescent number is the stuff of dreams, surely?!

Jenny Packham AW14
JP is surely the bridal scene's best known and best-respected designer, after Vera Wang, right? The latest collection at NYFW showcased several bridal styles, all of which made me feel FEELS deep inside. I mean, look at it. JUST LOOK AT IT.

Jenny Packham AW14 again. 
Absolutely love the masculine blazer slung over the satin slip style gown. So Carrie Bradshaw, no?

Jenny Packham AW14 again! 
She can just do NO wrong. This is to DIE.

Marchesa AW14
One of only a handful of "pouffy" meringue-style gowns I actually liked. The bun, black belting detail and black ballet flats make this a cut above. 

Marchesa AW14
Slightly more glam this time - I imagine this for a outdoor wedding in beautiful gardens somewhere, with cherry blossom all around and fresh flowers everywhere... GET ME, OMG!!

Monique Llhuillier AW14 - The Audrey
With a gorgeous scraped back up do and some truly fabulous shoes, this might be my favorite of the lot. There's a lot going on, sure - it's embellished all over, in a gorgeous off-white blush colour, and the A-line skirt is cut shorter at the front - but somehow it's still understated, demure and classy. Just pure class.

Naeem Kahn AW14 - Sexy as hell. 
Like, actual sex. Maybe one for an elopement somewhere sensual and exotic. A fantasy dress.

Philosophy SS14 
The perfect one for a beach wedding, with white sandals and a relaxed up-do with some sort of exotic flower your hair? Yes? Yes!!

Tibi AW14 - The coolest one out. 
The one to wear with relaxed, loose hair, minimal makeup and no-fuss flats. This is ideal for a registry office and party-into-the-night affair. A cool indie band plays at your reception, obviously, cos you're probably marrying the singer...

Valentino AW14
And finally, the fairy tale gown of dreams. A showstopper, truly. Nothing could top this, I think. 
It deserves nothing less than a Cathedral aisle flanked by swathes of choirboys and candles. To see this gown in the flesh would just be too much... I JUST CANNOT.

I guess I'm a little surprised by my own taste here. I suppose you never really know what you're into until you start looking... But make no mistake folks, none of these dresses are actually FOR me - being five foot nothing with considerable junk in my trunk, the majority of these would look horrendous on me anyway, but I admire and swoon over them in a similar way I do iconic Hollywood costumes or red carpet gowns - perfect for an occasion, some kind of dreamlike, magical, half-real ceremony, and stunningly breathtaking in their own right.

Help me, I'm addicted!

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