Monday, October 27, 2008

Belle of the Ball



Hi Fashionista Friends!!! I'm back from a 4-day hiatus...

I've been busy towards the end of the week. Had a Banquet to attend and an award to receive... and I only had a week to have my gown made (talk about leaving everything to the last minute)... It was a formal gathering and the ladies had to wear evening gowns so I was busy shuttling to and from my dressmaker during my free time, as a result, I had to sacrifice my blogging-time.



So, back to the dress... I initially did not have this gown in mind. I saw it sometime ago (ok for those of you who have keen fashion eyes... it's time to prep them up for some style spying) ...on TV and on the internet, but for this occasion I had something else up my sleeve -- Though I was hesitant to wear it in the midst of engineers, executives and expats... either something Egyptian-mummy-inspired with lots of equal cloth strips here and there... or a serpentina gown with structured cuts and masculine-influenced designs...

But, my dressmaker refused to create the gown in such a short notice... so, since I was on the verge of giving up and just purchasing a ready-made dress and risk being somebody else's twin...I had no choice but to rip a page from my magazine and beg her to come-up with PLAN B (no more add-ons,etc. -- I was in panic-mode... so my mind failed to think) she had to take it or leave it -- and make it in 6 days.

And because, to her I am one of her sweetest customers (their design shop made my wedding gown and entourage gowns)... I got plan B!


Ok fashion spies... look closely....does this gown look familiar??? Ok... the sepia-tone will give you a clue... it's a season back... notice the ruffles...



I prefer the pictures above which were taken by some of the company photographers... the sepia ones taken from my point-and-shoot camera (evening purse = small = small camera's only) were to shiny.., though my dress wasn't shiny...booo. But most of them were either group pictures -- and I have absolutely no idea how the people I was with on those pictures would like being seen on my blog... or pictures of me and hubby -- hubby on my blog = is totally out of the question... he would go berserk! So for now, these "shining-shimmering-splendid" pictures will do (I had hoped that making them Sepia-toned would help).



And my hair... which took 2 hours to make...resembled the satin roses on my neck. The make-up guy was so meticulous with my eyes (he did a great job though.... given that I have the palest skin which is very difficult to "paint")... then he forgot that the hairdresser wanted to let my full-bangs loose instead of pulling them all up... (poor make-up-guy)!




Ok for the shoe-shot... big bling-bling shoes that were good enough to dance on.

Evening Gown: Custom made
Faux Croc Skin Stilettos: People are People
Faux Croc Skin evening bag: F21
Lace Gloves: US Online Find


So, have you all guessed my "dress-inspiration"??

Remember the Big Gossip Girl wedding?? Remember Serena's bridesmaid dress?? Think Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2008 Collection...




29 comments:

giLda said...

omg I <3 gossip girl hahaha that's cool! and you look gorgeous =)

She's Dressing Up said...

Amazing dress, and your hair looks beautiful!

May Kasahara said...

******sigh********

so pretty.

♥ fashion chalet said...

Oh my gosh, I held my breath as the photos loaded. WHAT. A. BEAUTIFUL. DRESS! You look even prettier in it than Serena, for sure! ♥

So glad you were able to see my videos, you rock. I love your comments! :) Maybe I should show my wedding photos sometime? Still waiting on my official album to finish being made.

xo/ fashion chalet

Dane said...

Wow you look absolutely stunning!! Amazing amazing dress. I dont know what else to say but, you look simply gorgeous in it. Great designer you must have.

mochachinadoll said...

I knew it was Serena's dress-inspired the moment I saw the picture! you look so great! The color suits you too :) What was your award for? whatever it is, congratulations on getting it! :)

wheeee you're back! (I've been wondering where you were ;p)

♥ R

Nina (femme rationale) said...

wow, u look gorgeous! u look like a flamenco dancer (that's a compliment!).

stellawantstodie said...

Wow!
nice to meet you, Belle of the ball!

;-)

Federica - Inside a bullet with butterfly wings said...

really like serena, wow!

Pamela said...

The dress is fabulous! i love the lace gloves as well! You look wonderful. Your dress maker is a genius!!

Bella said...

You are definitely channeling Serena... you look amazing! And I adore the lace gloves!

melmo said...

wow wow wow wow
you look soo amazing! wonderful dress.

* Fashion Dreamer * said...

amazing dress!! I love the neckline

Vero said...

wow you look gorgeous! you remind me of the spaniards..but way better!

thanks for the comment :) keep in touch mama!

Aly-gator said...

aw wowwwwww, you look so smashing. your hair is gorgeous

goldieoldiecharms said...

you look sooo beautiful!!! the dress kind of reminds me of the valentino ones frmo a few seasons back.. i think its the ruffles!

Dru!!! said...

thanks for the comment on WWT! Good luck getting your husband to pose. I don't think I could get most of my guy friends to do that haha

choppyshades said...

amazing. and it really looks like the same dress as serena, only it's red.

-choppy shades

rachel said...

thank you so much for your sweet comment, luv! aww, I'm glad you liked that feature. It has a special place in my heart 'cause I am such a tv series junkie!! I really enjoyed doing that workshop (I had mountain loads of pullouts too; imagine, 9 shows!). I'm so so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you :)

I'm looking forward to coming back too..., but "don't call it a comeback." (do you watch One Tree Hill?)

<3 R

Mode Junkie said...

hey! finally am able to view your page. it kept on telling me that i am not invited to view your blog (weird, because there was no problem before), anyway, gosh! you look amazing. one hot mama, i should say. you look thousand times better as serena for sure! love it. who made it?

Thea said...

I UNDERSTOOD WHERE YOU HAD GOTTEN INSPIRATION FROM!! BEFORE YOU SAID IIIT :D:D:D

That is a beautiful dress and you look DASHING.Yes. DASHING.

The Stiletto Effect said...

what a beautiful gown :) you look lovely :) the hair, the lace gloves, the shoes... amazing!

giLda said...

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yiqin; said...

OMG HOW DID YOU DO YOUR HAIR LIKE THAT

michelle said...

Wow, absolutely stunning!!

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous! I recognized it instantly... And it is even more breathtaking in red!

xoxox,
CC

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