Monday, 9 July 2012

Before the wedding, the fitting in Paris...

So, as some of you will have guessed, my wedding dress was by Chanel -- and it was perfect. I have never loved a dress as much as this one: for its simplicity, as well as its complexity. The cut is beautiful -- it literally slips on, which makes it comfortable, and as fluid as a classic 1930s Chanel evening gown. But of course, it takes extraordinary expertise to make something look and feel so easy; which is one of the defining hallmarks of Chanel. It had to be cream silk, rather than white -- I'm not a virgin bride -- and sufficiently sophisticated for a grownup occasion, while also appropriate to a country wedding. Above all, it represented so much of the circuitous journey that has taken me from sadness to joy; navigated by Mademoiselle Chanel herself, a woman who understood how clothes can bestow dignity to those who have felt broken, while also giving a lightness of touch to the most emotional of episodes.





21 comments:

kelly said...

Justine...it is exquisite. Really it looks like a dream. I bet it felt amazing to wear. Congratulations by the way! x

Lilac In May said...

What a beautiful dream of a dress. It looks stunning on you...and that last sentence is perfection. Just the injection of escapism needed on this rainy Monday lunch hour.

Justine Picardie said...

Thank you, both. Rainy here in north London, too, but at least the garden is looking verdant.

Biba50 said...

If your life were a fairy tale,which one would it be?Any that end with 'happily ever after...'
Wedding gown, as expected, is utterly exquisite.

Francesca said...

Absolutely stunning.

Bette said...

Fabulous!

HB said...

Beautiful.

Just beautiful.

Helen xx

Justine Picardie said...

Trying to dry damp washing at the moment, and deal with mounds of muddy clothes, so not quite a fairy tale here -- but better than that, on reflection, because real life has so many compensations.

kairu said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Young at Heart said...

utterly beautiful.....many congratulations!!

Terri said...

It is gaspingly beautiful.

enid said...

achingly beautiful and just so right that it is Chanel.

Sarah said...

So beautiful. I wonder which Chanel scent will you wear with it?...

Karen, Surrey said...

The dress is stunning and it looks fantastic on you. How fabulous!

Wilson said...

Such grace, class and timeless sophistication. With love XXX

Eve said...

Stunning. You look so elegant, as if you are about to step into a Cecil Beaton photograph. Many congratulations. Eve

Sara O'Leary said...

Simply beautiful.

Janelle McCulloch said...

Oh, I've been thinking of you, and hoping that the big day went well! The dress is beautiful. Classic Chanel. And what an experience going to Paris for a fitting! (Who needs a honeymoon after that?) All the very best to you both. You deserve so much happiness.
Best wishes from a fellow author in Australia.
Janelle McCulloch

Justine Picardie said...

Thank you for these comments -- it's lovely to discover new blogs through these messages, as well as hearing from old friends.

Alex Forguson said...

Really nice.


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