This Summer I suddenly wished I still had a dress I gave away six years ago. In a fit of madness, I now realize. It was a calf-length midi sheath dress, light grey with a very thin white pinstripe. The fabric was a sturdy crepe de chine with some stretch to it. Very form-fitting, yet it seemed to perfectly camouflage all problem areas. The silhouette could have come straight out of Mad Men, and boy, did I feel spectacular in it. It also had a very unique twist on the classic no-sleeves style: overalls straps! It may sound kooky, but believe me, it was sleek, sassy and would have looked every bit as modern today as it did then.
I’ve accepted that my “miracle” dress is gone, and I’m super excited about my wardrobe options today, but My Favourite Dress by Gity Monsef got me thinking it would have been fun to still have a picture of me sporting my frock. That’s exactly what this new title is all about: through exquisite pictures and personal anecdotes, designers and other fashion industry professionals share their absolute favourites with us.
If there’s one dress that gets loads of attention, then it must be your wedding gown. It undoubtedly is one of the most photographed frocks too. No wonder that lots of thought and effort goes into selecting the perfect dress for your special day. A process that doesn’t always go as smoothly as we would like it to. For all anxious brides-to-be – and friends and family involved – Nancy Di Fabbio comes to the rescue with Quest for the Dress, a practical guide with tons of tips from an expert in the field.
Are you in a reminiscing kind of mood too? Then do tell if there is one particular dress, aside from your wedding gown, that you’ll never forget? Do you still have a keepsake photo of it?
For this week’s giveaway we are continuing with our photography theme. In A Shade of Red – One Lipstick and One Hundred Women, photographer Alyson Fox invites us along on a visual journey in which one hundred very different women have their portrait taking while wearing the same shade of bright red lipstick. Chronicle Books is kindly giving away five copies of this intriguing book. The competition will run until Thursday 24 November and is open to all readers in the US and Canada. Hop on over to our Competition section for a chance to win one of the five copies, and tell us if you feel different when you are wearing make-up.