October 3, 2019
You asked. So I've answered: here's the Black Tie breakdown
I have to admit it’s been a goodly while since an invite dropped onto the doormat with a dress code that read ‘Black Tie’. The dress code immediately conjures up memories of 21st birthday parties spent negotiating parking in a muddy field in stilettos and trying not to trip on the coir matting in the marquee. The rest of the night entailed working through a cheeky packet of Silk Cut (tucked into your Jigsaw clutch) at the table because that was ok back then.
The Luke Edward Hall x Richard Ginori invite that graced the doormat however was an entirely different affair and, I am pleased to say, a much classier one at that.
A black tie dinner at 5 Hertford Street to launch the collaboration in London was the perfect opportunity to dust off my vintage Chanel skirt. Possibly my most prized item of clothing ever, picked up for a mere £150 about 15 years ago at a vintage shop whilst in search of a going away dress for our wedding.
But how to style the flipping thing? I ended up opting for a white vest, fine strapped gold Ancient Greek sandals and a pair of pearl and gold earrings called Dante’s Shadow from Alighieri. It was a ‘Mythic Soiree’ after all.
It turns out however, that you really want the full disclosure on what was going on underneath my vest! Never did I think I’d be writing about my under garments on the blog but I feel somewhat duty bound by the amount of DMs I received. It was a flesh strapless number from Chantelle that might be the best bra known to woman. Nor had I ever imagined I’d get excited about a vest but this white tank from Totême is made from soft cotton and cut to avoid any unsightly under the armpit foldy flaps. I didn’t realise this was ‘a thing’ until I tried on one of those racer vests and my 12 year old daughter screwed up her face and proclaimed ‘it’s a bit young for you’. Oouff. This one fits perfectly.