Hello all my gorgeous fashionistas! Today I want to share with you a funny, frantic, last minute styling challenge I experienced last week. One of my girlfriend’s eldest daughter was flying in from England to get married on the beach in Malibu, CA. She was having a casual beach styled event where the only mandate was that everyone who attended, wore white.
My girlfriend busily made all of the arrangements in the month leading up to the wedding, all the arrangements except what she was going to wear as the Matron of Honor (mother of the bride). She called me the day before the wedding in a complete panic–stating that she had no idea what she was going to wear and needed my help.
I hurriedly drove to her house and started brain-storming. As a stylist, it is important to know your client’s basic personality in order to pick a look/style that compliments their body. You also want to make them feel not only comfortable, but absolutely fabulous.
My friend comes from an edgy rock and roll family, so I could be creative and quirky with my direction for her. Now keep in mind, I had a mere 24 hours to pull this outfit together! Seems impossible, right?
Ordinarily it would’ve been, and in normal circumstances I do not take on a styling job with anything less then a 2 week lead time. But since this was a personal friend coming to me in crisis mode, I just dove in!
She gave me full creative control to create what I felt was best for her, giving me only 3 directives. The first directive was she wanted to wear a top hat, the second was she wanted to wear a tuxedo jacket with tails, and the third was that she wanted feathers involved.
I was aware that everything had to be white, so off I went in search of what I needed. Luckily for me I live in Los Angeles, which has great sources for fashion in downtown, so I started there. I found a white wool top hat and a petite men’s tux jacket in the menswear district. I then browsed in several small women’s boutiques looking for her skirt and undergarments. It took me about 3 hours in total to find the base articles for her outfit. Once I gathered it all, I raced home to get started with tailoring and customizing this outfit to match my vision and to fit her like it was made specifically for her.
Once I got home I started working on the top hat. I took a vintage white feather fan and disassembled it; pulled out the hot glue and went to work. In about 10 minutes I had a one of a kind piece made…voila!
Next was the tuxedo jacket. I had previously taken her measurements so in case I couldn’t find anything ready-made in her size (she is tiny), I could tailor it. First thing I did was to alter the size and shape to fit her tiny form. Next, I took some angel feathers I had purchased downtown and hand sewed them onto the tails of the jacket and in about 2 hours I was done with the jacket! I had managed to get the 2 main pieces done within a 3 hour time frame!
Lastly, I altered the skirt I purchased for her. It was a full length lace skirt with nude shorts attached underneath. I knew that she had a white camisole that she was going to wear under the jacket so this was the last piece that I had to worry about to make her outfit complete. I separated the undershorts from the skirt and made both small enough to fit her form, it took me about an hour total and my sewing was done.
I went to sleep that night feeling a sense of satisfaction of a “last minute job” well done! In the morning I threw everything carefully in my car and got to her house, steamed her outfit, and dressed her after she was done with hair and make-up. This was the result…
I hope you were entertained by my short, but frantic “last minute” style journey. The moral of this story is–where there is a will there is always a way!
I hope I inspire you to be adventurous with your personal style and do not be afraid to try new things!