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Looking to seasonal catwalk collections is a bit much for me. I know there are some bloggers who swear by Style.com and it's endless updates, but I have neither the time nor the inclination. But I thought 'why not' when I picked up this rather inyourface dress a couple of weeks ago. I've worn it by itself on a couple of occasions because I just couldn't bring myself to clash the fabric with anything, the velvety sheen has quite an impact all by itself.
Velvet Dress - Primark
VTG Fur Stole - Spitalfield Market
Belt - Primark
VTG Bally Boots - eBay
I feel like some sort of gothic bridesmaid. (in my head I'm screaming zombie ex-wife, down Mean Girls references, down.)
I googled 'velvet' in a rush of madness when I got home, and although the rather wonderful collections I discovered are a million miles away from my Primarni ensemble, I still love them for different reasons.
Jean Paul Gaultier - There's quite a navajo twist to these two shots, especially with the headdress to the right. It makes me think "no, I shall be brave enough to mix materials, even if they do clash." I'm not sure why I never thought of this before.
Versus - I really like the wearable tailoring of these two shots. They're incredibly flattering shapes and although it would be futile to hope that my chest would fit into the dress on the right, one can but dream. I do like the idea of corsets, but with a figure blessed with smaller waist and larger bust, it's tricky to find one which doesn't result in unattractive overhang (nice).
Andrew Gn - This is how I imagine velvet to lie most comfortably, with a gothic edge. I don't think I'll quite manage the knee-high buckle belts, but I love the nipped in waists of these frocks, and the balance between delicate detailing and tough jackets.
Which is your favourite? xox
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