Fashionably late to the YLF ball?

I’m in a bind. I’ve been faffing about trying to decide what to wear for far too long and I’m late. Now my fairy godmother’s arrived and she’s the kind of bad witch they burned at the stake back in the day. She dresses Grace Jones, Bjork and Roisin Murphy. She thinks Tilda Swinton is a bit tame and Solange should get out of her comfort zone. She doesn’t exactly do Red Carpet.

I really wanted some Comme de Garçons but she nixed that, said it was daywear and gave me this Alexander McQueen corset instead. I put it on and no kidding, it was like being trussed up like a turkey. I couldn’t sit down. 

Then she pulled out this vintage Margiela cape made from human hair. No, it’ll freak people out I told her, this is YLF not some Japanese horror movie, and anyway what if it catches on the furniture?

Next she showed me something by an up and coming Korean designer but it wasn’t even a dress. I said it wasn’t that kind of party and if I wore that everyone would be too embarrassed to speak to me. 

Then she found this one dress from Iris van Herpen. It might work, but I think it looks like a poofy snowflake and I told her so. Fine, she said, then it’s perfect. That’s exactly what you are.

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  • Sal replied 6 years ago

    Haha excellent! I like them all but I am
    Not standing in the way of the scary fairy!!

  • Katerina replied 6 years ago

    Fascinating! They certainly make an impression. Great fun!

  • Bonnie replied 6 years ago

    I think you made the best choice, but the McQueen corset is also fab.

  • LaPed replied 6 years ago

    Hmm, puffy snowflake, or perhaps an avant-garde christmas tree? Either way, I think it's an excellent choice. 

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Awesome Sauce! Perfect for minuets and quadrilles! Or shall we say, minuets and quadrilles are better for panniers and snowflakes than the scandalous waltz...

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Hillarious! Think your fairy godmother is trully a witch!:-)

  • Runcarla replied 6 years ago

    What! No Viv Westwood!?

  • Jenni NZ replied 6 years ago

    Ha Liz. Awesome writing. I would have still spoken to you in the Korean designer's outfit ( perhaps I won't call it a dress). But the snowflake will be best for disco numbers.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    The snowflake also has the advantages of armour. Keeps strangers from getting too close. This ball is going to be crushingly ccrowded, so perhaps your scary fairy has your best interests in mind after all. 

  • Zibbets replied 6 years ago

    I adore the McQueen one, but unless you're south of the equator, you'll freeze to death in it. The snowflake looks cozy.


  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Oh wow. This is going to be a fantastic party, I just know it. 
    bonnie, lyn67, Katerina, cheers. Sal, that's very wise, I'm certainly not going to argue with her either.
    thanks. I think I prefer avant-garde Christmas trees to turkeys or snowflakes. 
    these panniers are also great for hiding pilfered silverware and dog biscuits. I trust Lilipup knows her quadrilles. 
    , you're absolutely right. The scary fairy should at least kit me out with a pair of VW rocking-horse boots to finish the look. Otherwise I'll never leave the house.
    Suz, hehe, a scary porcupine snowflake eh. It gets better and better. I think this dress might work after all.
    Zibbets, cozy isn't the word I'd have used. That McQueen corset heats up like a towel rail though. 
    Jenni, that's very charitable, thank you. Maybe we should hang disco ball decorations on it for the minuets. 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Who needs to be able to breathe in a fantasy dress. The McQueen with the rocking horse boots! ( through the poofy snowflake number is like Pom poms on steroids)

  • harmonica replied 6 years ago

    Pom-poms on steroids! Lol. Everyone should have a fairy godmother like yours. Puffy snowflake is perfect for you! What a ball this is!

  • Jaime replied 6 years ago

    Wow! I think you just need to make multiple changes during the evening. The corset for standing at the bar, the hair for greeting at the door, the bondage Korean designer piece over a jumpsuit for snacks and the snowflake for dancing. She is nasty though, you are no poofy snowflake; they have no staying power.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    I’m putting a vote in for the snowflake with your white boots. And I demand swan head gear inspired by Bjork.

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    Wow, that is quite the selection!  So hard to make a choice.  The snowflake number is the one then.  I rather like the one by the up and coming Korean designer.  Of course, my mind always goes to what bra do I wear with this dress.

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Joy: pom-poms on steroids :D I'm liking this dress more and more!
    now now, be careful what you wish for! isn't that the moral of all fairy tales? 
    seriously? you want to meet that at the door?? I'd run a mile!
    I'm all up for swan-inspired headgear, so I'll consult Diana for fascinator expertise. The white boots though, they're already in heavy rotation and I've always wanted a pair of these rockers. I think I'll use it as an excuse for something new. ;)
    Style Fan
    : why, that would be Marlies Dekkers of course!

  • Bijou replied 6 years ago

    Well I like the corset the best, sitting is over rated especially at a ball, but you must be able to dance!

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 6 years ago

    The best use of the corset dress, obviously, is the end of the evening/wee hours of the morning when you’re so tired you can barely stand up.

    Epaulettes made of human hair—who wants to pay triple at the salon?

    Bondage baby and the poof both look chilly. Leather leggings on the tree trunk? Idk how to warm up the bondage jumpsuit without ruining the look. Maybe we should move the ball here, or to New Zealand.

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    Good choice.  I love Marlies Dekkers.  That is what I am planning to wear.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Good idea. Which white boots did you get for your dress? I hope they match your swan head gear. 

  • cindysmith replied 6 years ago

    Ok, I'm in love with the corset. I don't know how comfortable it would be, though. And somehow, that poopy snowflake seems just right for you <

    I love how you tell stories with your finds!

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