Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Two weddings and a hat.



As is the wont of mah ladies, two of the fatcat chumlies are to be hitched. My oldest and most dearest friend has been proposed to by her long standing paramour, and my other darling friend who makes me stretch a lot is also getting married, indeed her nuptials are next month.
And so, what does this mean?
Why it means I need a new dress. Possibly more than one. According to OF (oldest friend) I am also to purchase a hat.
Huzzah, I like hats, I am a hat person, hats suit me very well indeed. I rather fancy myself in a feathered D'Argagnan number, jauntily perched to the side. Or perhaps some wild art deco number with mesh. Either way, I will search high and low for the perfect creation, for I like nothing more than to be given carte blanche .
But first to the December union, it is a small but highly glitzy affair and my esteemed chumley is a lady of great taste and decorum. So the hunt is on for the perfect gúna. I want a green dress. It must be floor length, and it must swish. I'm thinking something along the lines of a red Vera Wang gown CG pointed out to me over the weekend (in photo). But a deep emerald green.
Well? if anyone has spotted such a creation, or knows of a dress that might be fabulous and most suitable, do say where you spotted it. All help appreciated on this one.

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Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Ah, you have height on your side so I see two opportunities for bouquet catching... ergo you should go for something sleeveless or loose about the shoulders. And the hat shouldn't restrict your field of vision. All else is fashion.

11:03 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Er yes, but fashion is pretty high up there at these events. As for the flower catching, it has never been my thing, I have the height, but the heels do not make for nimble dexterity. Plus I once watch two women go at it like centre scrum halves over a bouquet, not pretty.

11:12 a.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

Might be hard to get that colour this time of year, I’m sure the little boutiques at back of Grafton street would have something or ye could skippedy hop up to Belfast for a few hours shopping. Ireland has such a poor selection particularly for weddings and the likes.

11:20 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I've never been to Belfast. I'm half thinking about spending a morning down at the Kildare design Village.

11:23 a.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Find yourself a dressmaker and have the Vera Wang copied. You can use a Vogue designer pattern and adapt the details. If you can find the right shade of silk/satin crepe in Dublin, you're likely to get a unique dress for a fraction of the Vera Wang price. And nobody else will have the same dress!

11:28 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I like your thinking!

11:36 a.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

Dressmakers in Dublin are by and large shite, Shebah put Miss Cat up for a night and she can shop in the best place in the world, London. Belfast is ok a bitter better than here anyway. The Kildare outlet is good to as is Newbridge. If you go to high street shops here you can be certain a million other people have it. There is a shop off Grafton Street I can’t think of the name I’ll find out later and let you know it can be a bit expensive but its damn classy. What about Karen Millen, I like some things there.

11:42 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I intend to take a gander there later this week, but I find her dresses a bit 'boxy' if you know what I mean. I'm not explaining that very well, but I just think they don't suit my shape. I've looked in Reiss and nowt caught my eye, but that VW red dress was in the TImes on the weekend and it caught my eye, but I want a green dress. Red washes me out terribly.

11:49 a.m.  
Blogger savannah said...

for what it's worth,having had to be the mother of the groom THREE times...and the mother of the BRIDE twice (although only her 1st wedding was formal) have a dress made! if you already know what you want, don't waste time trying to find it off the rack! (all of this is just a long way of saying, do what shebah suggested, sugar!)

12:48 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Yikes, that's lot of weddings Savannah. I will definitely consider it, although the material I have in mind might just be a bit tricky to locate. Plus I don't actually know any dressmakers. But I do like the idea of an original dress.

1:25 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Emerald Green is the perfect choice, FMC. I find that red often makes women look either too matronly (Nancy Reagan) or too slutty.
Good luck with the dress hunt. I'm always looking for the right one myself.

1:32 p.m.  
Blogger Palesa said...

there is a lovely green full length dress on Monsoon's web site although it is a bit dear £150 sterling! You can mail order or there's one in Belfast...I'm sure there's Monsoon in Dublin...


If not Debenhams in Belfast have a decent-ish selection and the Debenhams web site lets you order too (I ordered from them, they are pretty reliable)

good luck hope you find something lovely :)

1:42 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Thank you Medbh! I fing red just makes me look pale and lethargic and I rather like the idea of green dress that swishes, hair up, drop earrings and a very long necklace, maybe even ropes of pearls if I dare.
EGAD Palesa! That the Monsoon dress a pretty bloody good find and not at all different to what I had in mind. Thank you most kindly for taking the time to post it.

1:48 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

That Monsoon one is gorgeous. Not quite emerald but you'd feel like a green goddess.

2:07 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Iwannagoaweddeen! Iwannauvellynoofrock!

2:09 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Another possibility is a vintage dress - do you have any good vintage dress shops in Dublin? Did you see the pics of Kate Moss recently in that drop dead gorgeous gold vintage dress? Drool, swoon!
See it on this link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=482524&in_page_id=1773

2:13 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Snarf Sam, I know. It's one of those days when you can dress up like 'real' adults and fanny around without a care in the world. There will be dancing and cocktails and more dancing. Eeee, can't wait.

Shebah, There are a few here, but mostly filled with aged jeans, cord jackets and moth eaten furs.

2:23 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Take a look at this one:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2963824?refsid=177644_2&refcat=0%7e2376776%7e2378685%7e2380947%7e2380968&SourceID=1&SlotID=2&origin=related

2:35 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That's lovely too. But to much sheen and I think I prefer the neck of the other one, I want more of a v in the front and a higher gathering, aiming for a sort of floaty draping. Sort of an Empire line.
I'll know it the moment I see it I suspect, even if that involves me traipsing about the place like a loonie.
I saw a BEAUTIFUL gown in Valencia last year, it was green too, but a sheer gossamer over deeper green material-could have been silk, and it changed hue with every blink.
But I am an idiot and I didn't buy it, even though I went out of my way to pass that window almost every day. IDIOT I tell you.

2:55 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I have a story about a red dress I wore to a wedding once. It was far from home, and I didn't pack a back-up - or indeed try the damn thing on before we left. Well, I'd put on a few pounds since the last time I wore it.

So - with me in this short, tight, backless red dress, and SPOUSE in his brand new, well-fitted, very debonair suit....

We looked like a hooker and her parole officer.

Baddam-TSHHHH!!!!!

The moral of the story is ALWAYS have a back up dress on hand. Between spillings, rippings, and general anything-that-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong cuntosity of the fates, you'll be glad you did.

2:59 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Photos Andraste we need PHOTOS. Anyway I don't believe it, I can't imagine you as anything other than a perfect lady, even in a baseball cap.

3:08 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Photos do not exist. I made damn sure of that.

3:27 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

Have you tried ASOS.com? They're great for browsing. They have the high street brands too. I love Coast for party guna's! Can I ask you a question, as you seem to know about this sort of thing (and I don't!). Can I wear yellow to a black tie event this Saturday or is yellow too summery for this time of year? I've spotted a little black dress in River island if I have to buy something new.....

3:41 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I will definitely be mooching through coast too and thank you for the ASOS tip, I had not heard of them.
I would actually go with the black dress for a November black tie event, and spruce it up with some killer heels and really terrific costume jewellery. Plus you're so lovely and blonde, it would be stunning.

3:49 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

Thanks so much! You've made my mind up. I've bought a couple of things from ASOS before, (sizes were small enough), they were imitations of dresses worn by celebs.

Good luck with the dress hunting!

5:12 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Thank you dahling, have fun at the event! I hope there is dancing.

9:02 p.m.  
Anonymous laughykate said...

Oh, talk to me ! I have a friend who bought the most spectacular green Collette Dinnegan dress http://www.collettedinnigan.com.au/ - she got it in London. Can't find it on her website, but it was simple emerald green, in a silk crepe (am rubbish on describing fabric). kind of plunging neckline, fitting with a cluster of diamantes at the end of the plunging v. (Am also rubbish at describing dresses). Anyway I awarded her dress of the wedding - it was a v flash affair held at the place where they shot Gosford Park.

9:06 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That sounds divine! I'm going straight to that site immediately to look, you are a doll.

9:09 p.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

I got a fab Ben di Lisi green frock for a wedding a couple of years ago. It was upstairs in Debenhams and they have nice, wedding type stuff.

Also worth trying are Smock (expensivo, but nice) and a lovely boutique called Emma on that street that runs parallel to Grafton Street and has lots of Trade shops on it.

Also Design Centre? Second Karen Millen and maybe Chica in Westbury.

9:36 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

No to Karen, bit boxy fo me, but hummmmm to ben di lisi, I never even thought of there, cheers darling.
You chumlies are terrific.

9:48 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

I would try Chica alright but not so much Coast, they have some really nice things but everybody shops there for weddings. A friend of mine hates Karen Millen, I think it is one off those shops you really have to look in. I can't remember the name of that shop at the back of Grafton street I was in College untill 11 last night didn't get a chance to ask the dudettes, its just down a bit from the green shopping centre as if your walking towards Little Caesars.

9:22 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Thanks Nonny, I'll take a look.

9:42 a.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

Coast is lovely, but a warning, you will more than likely not be the only one at the wedding wearing THAT dress, everyone goes to Coast, be careful!! Debenhams has lovely stuff at the moment, alot are floor length, I saw one that I want just because the material is so lovely, quite literally the softest fabric I have ever felt, it feels like my nieces cheeks (on her face like!)

11:53 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ahaha, of course her face.

1:18 p.m.  

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