Last week one suit faced off in a Dudes Dress-Off with two different looks: the first, as Joanne put it, Mr Darcy, restrained with a matching waistcoat, and the second Sir Percy Blakeney, with bright coral waistcoat and pompadour hair. While Joanna preferred Sir Percy, ultimately we’re all suckers for Mr D (which is not, as it happens, why my Mr D is Mr D), and the simpler styling came in at 8.4 out of 10, compared to 7.5 out of 10 for the pink waistcoat.
The biggest criticism of the suit with the bright waistcoat was how the LACMA had styled it: everyone agreed that the corsage was a thing of horribleness and a eyesore forever. Be glad I didn’t post the close-up of the corsage! It was beyond hideous…
This week, I’m presenting another corsage-bedecked bit of finery, but with this one the corsages are original to the garment. This striking natural-form evening gown makes use of at least three corsages, and pretty much every other type of trim possible. There is pleating, fringe, bows, more pleated ruffles, draping, plus fun with stripes involving two different striped fabrics.
There is a lot going on! What do you think? Does the gown pull off elegant excess, or is it all just too much?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.