I have a confession to make: sometimes I want to drop everything and become Rachel Zoe. Except instead of styling celebrities, I’d style bridal parties. That’s right. Anyway, since I’ve had black and gold on the brain lately, I thought I’d share some fashion inspiration for a super stylish city soiree.
I have this theory that the only dresses bridesmaids will ever go near again are black, but the problem is they can be seriously boring, like a late 90′s Sex and the City poster.
I love, love, love this dress by DVF (okay, well, any dress by DVF) because the geometric neckline, illusion sleeves and tunic-like silhouette keep things interesting. It’s also not “bridesmaid”-y, which means major marks in my book.
Earrings: Alexis Bittar’s crystal encrusted teardrops would pair beautifully with the DVF Fleurette dress, a simple backdrop that really allows accessories to shine. I’m actually obsessed with Alexis Bittar and sort of have this fantasy of installing a secret underground pipeline from his studio to my dresser top, where pieces would just magically appear as soon as they’re created. A lot of bridesmaids get the shaft with really generic jewellery because the bride wants to save all the sparkle for herself, but I think sparkle is like champagne, the more, the merrier!
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (Styles Aryella and Brynn), MICHAEL Michael Kors (Gideon) and Steve Madden (Realove); I love seeing bridesmaids in mismatched dresses, accessories or shoes, especially if they have a common colour like the spectacular gold-tinged creations below. They’re also relatively inexpensive (at least as far as shoes go).
Flower Girls: I look at hundreds of weddings a week and once, maybe twice, I’ll spot a flower girl who has a decent dress. Most, unfortunately, are either boring or ridiculous, neither of which will do for our fictitious ‘super stylish urban soiree’ (anyone else thinking AGO or Malaparte for this one?) Enter Flowers by Zoe and their gorgeous collection of party dresses that will earn instant applause from your flower girl’s future self instead of costing her thousands of dollars in therapy when she becomes an editor at Vogue and is eternally haunted by that Toddlers in Tiaras number you stuck her in for your wedding. My personal favourite (for all intents and purposes) is this magnificent Metallic Ruffle Dress, which you can snag at Saks for just 63 bucks. The classic metallic ballet flats from Crewcuts by J.Crew and cheeky ban.do Heart Headband complete the outfit perfectly.
All we need are some glitter baskets and the girls are good to go!
What do you think? Are you a fan of black and gold? Comment below or tweet @RachelCravit. I’d love to hear from you!