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Once Upon A Dream

30 Apr

GirlSeeksShoe here,

I am absolutely not ashamed to admit that I love Disney movies. They appeal to that part of me that still wants to be a princess and sing in tune. As a little girl in awe of that secret world of grown-up clothes, I adored watching the Disney Princesses in all their finery. So, when I saw Dior’s Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture Collection, I was enchanted.

Each dress brought to mind a moment I used to escape into as a child. Even in light of the scandal surrounding Galliano, the fairy-tale cannot be removed from these gloriously gorgeous dresses. So here is a bit of memory interwoven with these very current dresses. After all, glamour is the new black.

Cinderella’s Transformation (“Cinderella”):

Mulan’s Kick-Ass Girl-Power Moment (“Mulan”):

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Tiana dressed as a Princess, and then becoming a real Frog Princess (“The Princess and The Frog”):

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Aurora getting her Kiss (“Sleeping Beauty”):

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Pocahontas saving John Smith’s life (“Pocahontas”):

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Ariel’s bitter-sweet moment of becoming human permanently (“The Little Mermaid”):

 

Snow White whistling while she works (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”):

…and my absolute favourite Princess, from my favourite movie, wearing my favourite dress; Belle, going to dinner and slowly falling in love with the Beast (“The Beauty and The Beast”):

The yellow dress above also happens to be favourite from this collection. *sigh*

Of course, one princess wore the dress of her dreams yesterday; the new Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely breath-taking ,as did her bridesmaid Pippa Middleton. Wearing Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, she championed British fashion and looked like she had stepped out of a fairy-tale:

 

Her evening dress was also a Sarah Burton creation, and was equally stunning:

But her going-away dress reminds us that she is a normal girl going on holiday, princess or not; the blue dress and espadrilles looking light and summery this morning. Which is quite nice really.

The duke and duchess at Buckingham Palace, Saturday morning
 
There are some life-lessons that Disney movies taught me as a child:

Hard-work and determination will get you where you need to go.

Tidy your room.

And, in the words of Thumper (“Bambi”); “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Criticisers of anybody’s wedding (Royal or not) would do well to remember that one.

 Dior also had some very villainous dresses in that collection though, calling to mind the wicked stepmothers and dalmatian-hating glamazons that gave me nightmares as a child.

Cruella De Vil (“101 Dalmatians”):

The Stepmother/Lady Tremaine (“Cinderella”) and The Wicked Queen (“Snow White”):

Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”):

Definitely representative of the obstacles each Princess had to face, there is something intriguing about these villainous ladies, and, about the couture dresses Dior created.

I shall leave you with the words of brave little Sara Crewe (Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princess”); “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.”

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

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Happily Ever After

24 Apr
GirlSeeksShoe here.  
 
Okay, I’ll admit it… I love weddings. I love the romance, and the fashion, and the happiness. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and it just happens to come with lots of beautiful dresses. So, when I saw that British Vogue’s May edition was centred on the Royal Wedding, of course I had to pick one up. (As far as that wedding goes, I will be watching it; it’s a part of history and the whole royal establishment intrigues me. How on earth do they manage to keep such private lives, when so much speculation surrounds them?) But a wedding issue of Vogue is a wedding issue, and boy, did this one deliver!
 
Firstly, it’s the first ever issue of Vogue to be released with multiple covers. The three cover models (Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova and Freja Beha Erichson; the It Girls of the moment) were presented as glowing brides in Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood and Bruce Oldfield. My favourite was Freja in Oscar de la Renta:

Then, to my delight, I found a spread of photographs featuring delectable wedding dresses and delicious men in uniform. Mario Testino’s “Wedding Belles” shoot “marks a uniquely British wedding with the pride of the nation”. Firemen, soldiers, sea cadets. Even a British Airways crew made the cut! Below are my personal favourites:

Dress by Ellie Saab Haute Couture

 

Dress by Carolina Herrera
 
  Dress by Dior
 
Obviously the theme of the issue was white, it being the symbol of Christian matrimonial ceremonies. My favourite fashion shoot stuck to the light colour scheme, but also focused on marriage itself. It used traditional anniversary gifts to portray a modern marriage. Here is my favourite photograph from “Forget Me Not”:
 

First Year: Paper; in the form of prenuptial agreements and photocopied divorce papers. Bride wears Julien Macdonald.

A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without some sparkle, and Vogue certainly provided some of that in their “With This Ring…” article. Personally, I have always loved a bit of glitz and glamour, and even if I can’t afford these gems, there’s enough costume jewellery out there to jazz up my outfits.

     
British Vogue May 2011
 

Assorted rings: Accessorize 2011

And I’ll leave you with one final image from the issue, in which they drew memories from various royal weddings over time. Here is the 1934 wedding of Princess Marina and the Duke of Kent:

I’m sure next Friday’s majestic affair will match up.

And, as for Catherine Middleton’s much-anticipated wedding dress… well, in the words of Vera Wang; “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo