Friday, 29 April 2011
Let me start by saying that the Sultan of Brunei is very rude. He arrived at Westminster when Prince William had already got there. That's bad.
|Hi Ho, Hi Ho!|
As I waited (rather impatiently I must say) for Kate Middleton's arrival, I kept myself busy by seeing what the guests had worn to the wedding of the century. Home Secretary Theresa May chose quite a traditional and conservative beige coat and matching hat. Lady Frederick of Windsor opted for a navy blue silk Armani Privé, whilst Elton John and his partner wore Richards James and Henry Poole respectively. Overall, most of the guests seem to have chosen British designers. Sara Parker Bowles, for example, chose Osman and Christopher Kane picked a Burberry design. British milliner Philip Treacy is said to have fashioned a total of 36 hats for today's ceremony. Busy much, Philip?
As much as I would love to comment on a greater number of fashion choices, I only selected a few which in my opinion deserve to be underlined. Obviously, I will save the bride for the end (I knew it! I knew it would be Sarah Burton!)
Let's start off with Mr. and Mrs. 'trying-to-populate-the-world-with-Mini-Beckhams'. I love David and Victoria. They looked impeccable, as pretty much always. David sported a clean-cut Ralph Lauren Purple Lable morning suit, to which he also added his OBE. The queen of glamour, Victoria, chose skyscraper stilettos which make my feet cry even just by looking at them. The dress Victoria is wearing was designed by Mrs.Beckham herself. Whilst some have criticised her for choosing a dark-coloured dress, I absolutely love it. I don't think its unappropriate, and after all it's not even black. It's midnight blue. And I can't fail to mention her Treacy pill-box hat: classy, different and incredibly 'posh'. They get a 10/10 from me!
|Joss and Tara|
On to Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Joss Stone. I want to discuss both together, since I have just one remark to make. Dear Tara, your off the shoulder royal blue shirt is marvellous. Beautiful colour, flattering cut. Good Choice! Dear Joss, the colour of your dress is awesome. The little jacket is something I would gladly steal from your closet. But girls, I strongly disapprove you choosing a monocolour combo! Wearing a black shoe and clutch wouldn't have hurt anyone. And Joss, that slightly lighter hat didn't do the trick, sorry. It would have relieved my eyes though.
|This makes me so sad.|
If you have just had tea, please don't read this paragraph and don't look at what Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were wearing. OMG, what's up with those Philip Treacy hats? Eugenie's thingy makes me want to run head front into a herd of buffaloes. Beatrice's just makes me want to die (or play 'try to get a ball of paper through my strange hat').
Moving on to another horror. Let's look at (and cry) Camilla Parker Bowles. Well, Camilla has never been in my good books. And this look will not certainly improve my opinion of her. Camilla wore a champagne-coloured Anna Valentine design and Jimmy Choo shoes. I really don't want to know where that hat is from. I can hardly tell her hair and her hat apart. All in all, I find this outfit very boring and unfit for the Princess of Wales.
Chelsy Davy is supposedly Prince Harry's on and off girlfriend. I can give Harry one reason to dump Chelsy once and for all. The combo she chose to wear today. The colour is gorgeous but that dress's cut is really not ideal for her body shape. I'm glad that timesfashion also agrees, 'Chelsy Davy in Alberta Ferretti - nice colour, bad cut.' I also find her hat quite tacky.
|What was she thinking?|
Nick Clegg's wife tops my 'Worst Dressed' list. Let me start by saying that I LOVE THE HAT. I know many people might think it's over the top but I would gladly wear that one day. But that hat should be the sole focus of the entire outfit, so it should be teamed up with a muted, plain dress. Clearly Mrs. Clegg does not get the latter point. There's too much going on! Huge flower, polka dots, tulle, leather gloves. Oh my god, someone call me a doctor because I feel oh so sick.
Next on the list is Mrs Cameron, who wore an exquisite teal dress by British fashion line Burberry. The horizontal pleat dress is already sold out on Net-A-Porter. Seems like many women were inspired by Mrs. Cameron's choice of dress. However, I hope that many less women choose to follow her example and turn up to a morning wedding WITHOUT A HAT. Mrs. Cameron swapped a hat for an Erdem Headpiece which in my opinion is completely inappropriate. Elle have also claimed that she wore a pair of 'humble, "Samella" style' shoes 'currently in the sale at Aldo, for under £50.'
|10 / 10 !|
I must say that the Middleton women had it really going on! I can't find words to describe how beautiful Kate, Carole and Pippa looked. Carole Middleton, the bride's mother, opted for a sky blue Catherine Walker coat dress and matching hat, which was simple yet distinctive. I just wish more bride-mothers made a similar choice. Pippa, Kate's sister, looked equally stunning in her maid of honour's dress.
|William is one lucky man!|
|William looked very handsome too.|
Sarah Burton, who can finally speak about her design for Kate Middleton after months of sworn secrecy, declared that the bride looked 'absolutely stunning'. She also says it was the "experience of a lifetime" to create the Kate's dress. You can read more about Sarah Burton and Kate's gown here.
Final Verdict: I think there were way too many disasters BUT the good looks outweighed the bad ones at the very end. I can now remove my feather headpiece and start drawing up a list of 'Ways to seduce a Prince and land myself a Royal Wedding'.
I'm officially ready for the wedding. I'm wearing one of my feather head pieces. I keep refreshing Twitter for latest updates on the #Royal Wedding. I have an empty document ready to write down comments on the guests' dresses and hats. But most of all, I'm all set to finally find out who the bride will be wearing!
|Is this you Sarah? TELL US!|
Kate Middleton has made sure to keep the dress and its designer surprise. And she certainly managed to do so. Or rather, until this picture came out. This woman (supposedly Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen's protégée and creative director) arrived yesterday at The Goring Hotel, where Kate and her family are staying, just three hours before the bride herself arrived. The woman ducked down and rushed into the hotel. She disappeared in a matter of seconds. Mhmm, why would this lady want to hide her identity?
But why do we think the woman is REALLY Sarah Burton? Sarah has the slender figure that the sneaky woman also has. Additionally, she is known to love wearing loose-fitting clothing. Sarah Burton has an identical studded belt, just as the woman above. She also designed fur hoods for the Paris Fashion Week Show. Oh, look at that, the woman IS wearing a fur hood! The Telegraph says that Sarah Burton also favours flat pumps. Burton has been mentioned quite a few times as the designer who most likely secured the most coveted design of the century, especially after having given her clothing line an unprecedented bridal twist lately. If Sarah Burton is the designer, then, according to The Daily Mail, we should expect 'dramatic tailoring, clinging fabrics and a flowing veil'
Argh! Enough with the waiting already, we want to see that dress! Let's hope it's worth the wait!
Thursday, 28 April 2011
During the past few weeks I tried to find a good reason why Prince William of Wales wants to marry Kate Middleton and not me. Now, I'm not marriage material, but I would have gladly made an exception for the Prince. Ah well, I guess I did get a bit caught up in the whole wedding fever and Will + Kate 4 ever mood myself. In fact, I have been looking at pictures of wedding dresses during most of the afternoon. Whilst I impatiently wait for Kate's choice of wedding dress, I present to you the most iconic wedding dresses to ever walk down the aisle.
10) Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
|Jacqueline's typical 1950's dress|
9) Queen Victoria
In 1840, Queen Victoria of England got married to Prince Albert. I had to include Queen Vicky, since she was the one who set most of the trends and traditions we see in weddings nowadays. She was the first royal bride to have bridesmaids carrying her train, a trend which quickly caught on. Before Queen V's wedding, brides rarely chose white dresses and usually opted for red, yellow or blue gowns. So us white wedding fans owe the trend to Vicky. Thanks for choosing a white lace and silk dress V!
8) Mia Farrow
Anyone who knows me, even remotely, might be startled by this choice. Mia Farrow got married to Frank Sinatra in 1966, wearing the most simple, clean-cut, white suit. I'm more into HUGE wedding dresses but I somehow like this double-breasted suit. It clearly marks a huge a contrast to the wedding dresses of the 50s. Brave choice, totally oozing 60s Mod vibes!
Argh, had to include this gorgeous dress from the Gossip Girl Season 2 finale. Lily, aka Kelly Rutherford, wears Vera Wang as she walks down the aisle to wed Bart Bass, father of Chuck Bass the Hottie. Lily picks a breathtaking mermaid dress, with flower details on the side. I just adore that the dress is slightly twisted at the waistline. It kind of reminds me of my mum's wedding dress, which was just as gorgeous!
6) Audrey Hepburn
|I want to marry your stepson Lily!|
6) Audrey Hepburn
The wedding dress Audrey Hepburn wore during the movie 'Funny Face' was featured in many top wedding dresses list. It's not exactly my cup of tea, but I just love it on Audrey. She can pull off just about anything. Audrey is a goddess. She's beauty personified. Okay, I must calm down. This dress actually started the tea-length wedding dresses trend. I think it's really playful!
|We love you Audrey!|
5) Queen Elizabeth II
I think I have a thing for British Queen's wedding dresses. QE2 married Prince Philip in 1946, at just 21 years old. I chose this dress for one particular reason. It represents a more down-to-earth Queen: a young girl who patiently saved up ration cards to buy the dress's material and who wore her mother's tiara on her wedding day. The dress was made of silk, tulle embroidery, silver thread and pearls.
Wallis Simpson famously wed in a a light blue dress. I adore the front details on the upper part of the dress. Once again, I don't think I could wear this on my wedding day but I would wear a blouse with such details. I think it really stands out from most wedding dresses, so an extra point for you Wallis!
3) Princess Diana
Argh, choosing my top 3 was such a difficult task. I deem it impossible to exclude Princess Diana's 1981 wedding dress from an iconic wedding dresses list. This is probably the wedding dress of the century, the ultimate fairy-tale wedding gown! The meringue dress, a David and Elizabeth Emanuel design, had these huge puffed sleeves, ten thousand pearls and sequins, and this never-ending 25-foot train. Omg, that's said to be the longest train in the history of Westminster. (I plan to break the record when I marry Prince Harry). The wedding carriage was too small to carry Diana, her father and the huge train. The designers made an exact replica of the dress, just in case the original one got damaged. The replica was sold at an auction for $175,000!
2) Sarah Jessica Parker
OMG! I mean seriously, that feather head-accessory is too wicked! Carrie wears a Vivienne Westwood dress during the 'Sex and the City' movie. This dress, the dramatic feathers and the choice of red lipstick is so edgy, modern and eclectic. Westwood also designed a three-quarter length version of this same dress which sold out in half a day on Net-a-Porter, even if it cost £
Oh I'm such a sucker for cream and white lace! And I just drool over anything with a high neckline (thank you God for small boobies, I can pull off high necklines!). Pearls? I adore them. Grace Kelly's wedding dress had them all. Kelly married Prince Rainier in 1956, wearing what I consider to be the perfect wedding dress. I love all the little details it has, from the lace next to her hairline and the flattering cut at the waist. The veil and the high neckline frame her face beautifully. The limited amount of exposed skin directs the attention to her face. This is what I want my wedding dress to look like, maybe with a longer train.
They say that your wedding is the most important day in your life. Following that train of thought then, choosing your wedding dress is the most importance stylistic choice of your life! Let's see what Kate will choose. And you, dear readers, should start thinking about it , you don't want to end up like Camilla Parker-Bowles don't you?
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Hi. My name is Lara Boffa. My friends call me 'B'. My name might not ring a bell for many of you, yet. But I intend to change that. I finally found the motivation to start my own personal fashion blog (obviously, this newfound sense of enthusiasm has nothing to do with the pile of papers I have to read which I've been trying to avoid for the past fifteen days, duh!).
My very first post will contain a few disclaimers and some details about the young woman behind this laptop. Yes, as you might have well noticed already I am quite self-centred and vain. But all greatest people are. Or that is what I like to believe. There you go, you already figured out something about me :)
Who I Am
I'm a 22 year-old student at the University of Malta. I'm an English graduate and I'm currently trying to get a Masters Degree in Interpreting. Hopefully I will get to work within the European Institutions and make plenty of money. My parents also hope I do so because I keep spending their money and I believe they don't enjoy this much.
Why I love fashion.
I think I should tell you 'why I love fashion'. Thing is, I really don't know how to explain this. I've been obsessed with clothes ever since I can remember. I was kind of born into it. My mother is a seamstress who was also a fashion-addict back in the day. Instead of going to the swings, my family took me shopping. I spent hours shopping (or rather, watching and pretending to shop) with my cousin Donna, also a fashionista, when I was only ten years old. So I guess it was inevitable. Fashion is everything for me. I spend at least an hour a day deciding what to wear the day after. I go around the shops every other day, even if I'm broke. I look at people's clothes before looking at their faces. Dressing up in the morning is THE most important part of the day.
Why I set up a blog.
- I've been reading fashion blogs ever since I got an internet connection and got bored of playing stupid games on MiniClip. It's about time I decided to start my own. I really believe that the future of fashion lies in fashion blogs. Bloggers are becoming increasingly influential and respected.
- I love to write and express my opinion (too much, heh).
- I also think that the Maltese fashion scene lags behind BIG TIME: there are only a handful of people who write about the subject. Therefore I have to save the country by addressing this shortage!
- It gives my obsession a purpose. I will feel less bad about splurging money.
This is the first important disclaimer. I chose Boffism because I intend to convey MY ideas, MY judgments, MY criticisms. It's like my fashion ideology. Boffism is to Lara Boffa as 'The Little Red Book' is to Mao or as
'The Communist Manifesto' is to Karl Marx.
Style vs. Fashion
I make a clear-cut distinction between style and fashion. Fashion is dictated by the runways. Style is all about self-expression and individuality. It's someone's personal interpretation of the clothes paraded on the catwalk. I think everyone should express their personality through fashion. Just as a painter conveys his thoughts and expresses himself through a painting. Therefore I play on the team of 'style' rather than on the team of 'fashion'.
That's all for now. I promise not to neglect this blog :)
(P.S. the blog title's pun is a veiled test. If you get the pun, then we're on the same wavelength. If you didn't *sigh*, you will really need to start reading this blog!)