Whether you liked last week’s Rate the Dress depended entirely on whether you are OK with ultra-perky, ultra-feminine 18th c shepherdess looks, and whether you found that the non-matchy (in a 21st century sense – a lot of our ideas of coordination and matching are pretty modern) trim clashed with the dress, or gave it the right amount of interest (though, if you look closely, the trim was exactly the same colour as the flowers in the floral pattern of the dress), and whether it reminded you of wallpaper (yes, I’m in that camp, but the trim totally saved it for me).
Though many of you adored the dress, there were enough of you who saw only wallpaper and clash for it to come down to 8.4 out of 10.
This week I’m sticking with a time honoured and accepted colour match combination, and a significantly more regal and restrained silhouette.
This evening dress in red velvet features gold bobbin lace trim around the neck and sleeves, gold detailing on the bodice, a perky bow at the centre front, and peacock feather embroidery on the skirt.
There is a slight hint of historicism in the sleeves, evoking 1810s-does-Renaissance detailing, but the overall silhouette, with the lack of waist seam, and the beginnings of the S-curve, is pure turn-of-the century.
So, classic colours, classic silhouette, a bit of velvet, a bit of sparkle. Do you like it?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10