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.