16 March 2014

punk'd

 dress: luella | clutch: givenchy antigona | shoes: christian louboutin pigalle 120mm | earrings: chanel | watch: vintage cartier | ring: vintage cartier (mum's)

i wore this dress to my friend's wedding reception a month ago (as per my wedding rules). it has to be one of my favourite dresses ever! i purchased it about 4-5 years ago from dilettante at half price. at the time, it was more than i would ever normally pay for a dress, but it is so well made and with such intricacy. 

the type of embroidery is called smocking. when we were little my grandma used to make us cute little pinafores with smocking. she still makes those dresses for us now. she painstakingly hand sews all the smocking - one little patch that is about 2 hand-widths size will take her up to 2 weeks to complete. makes you appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making a dress like the above (assuming it's not just done by machine... most likely...).

sadly, luella is no more, which i think is such a shame. they made such beautiful, whimsical dresses.

the hair was inspired by kristen stewart, of all people. while mine doesn't look anywhere near as tight or as cool as hers, it is actually one of the easiest braids you can do. little effort and maximum effect :) would look even better with a rocking ear cuff i think.

18 comments:

  1. Omg!!!Amazing dress!!!Great look!!!!!!

    www.stilettoslauragonzalez.blogspot.com.es
    xoxo from Spain

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    1. the dress is incredible! i'm such a proud owner :)

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  2. This post is just perfect ;)
    Kisses my beautiful <3

    http://www.theladyjersey.com

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  3. lovely dress! you're looking awesome
    greetings http://www.we-heart-fashion.com

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    1. you are so sweet. thank you kelly.

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  4. you look amazing, as always... and you photos hypnotize-me
    Un abbraccio,
    Eva e Valentina the anarCHIC

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  5. never heard of smocking before but I've seen that embroidery type all over the place before! This dress is gorgeous, perfect for a wedding!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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    1. i think that's the correct name for it! very cool.

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  6. Love the design on the dress.

    www.itsmeines.com

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    1. incredible, aren't they? the detail is amazing.

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  7. love your dress! it looks amazing on you ;)
    very nice blog by the way :)

    kisses from Russia,
    Juliet
    RUSSIAN DOLL

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    1. aw thank you. that is very sweet of you to say.

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  9. great outfit
    you look so cute
    nice photos

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    1. thank you! my talented little sister took the photos :)

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