Last week one option on the sparkly Callot Soeurs evening dress was almost universal: the dress was definitely meant to make an impact from across the room, and the bodice was a wee bit clumsy close up. The overall consensus though, was quite divided. There were a lot of swoons and 10s, and a a fair sprinkling of ‘ewww’ 4s (0r so), plus a swathe of ‘well, it would have been 10 but for that bodice’ 7s. More 10s than 4s though, as the overall rating came in at 8.3 out of 10.
This week’s dress tones things down, a LOT.
As it should, because it’s a mourning dress, albeit one for the third, and most relaxed, stage of mourning.
This evening dress is both sumptuous and restrained, fitting for a mourning garment. The low neckline and short sleeves indicate that this is an evening dress. The main ground of the dress is black silk velvet, with appliquéd decorations in black on black silk satin.
When worn the luminous silk velvet and sheen of the satin would reflect candlelight beautifully.
There are bands of decoration rising up the bodice, petals which frame the sleeves, and abstract pleated floral designs around the skirt hem
What do you think? Is the dress still interesting and compelling, despite the monochromatic colours? Does it balance the proprieties of mourning dress with fashionable elegance?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.