Weetacon 7 has come and gone but I have a couple of incredible souvenirs thanks to Yuliya Raquel and the magic she stitches into her beautiful clothing. I decided to tone down my choices this year, and rather than go for the cocktail dress, go for a dress I could wear to work. I must say that turned out to be an excellent decision.
I wore the Tres Chic dress my first day back to the real world with black stockings and a high heel oxford shoe. Tres chic? How about tres beau, molto bello, muy hermoso, and sher schon? Just like my one other Igigi bit of sparkle from last year this dress slips on easily with no zippers or fasteners and hugs all the right places. I love the snug ¾ sleeves and the way the waist nips in to give my rather straight form a more accentuated curve. I wouldn’t call the skirt full, but there is enough of a swish so that when I walk there is a lovely movement to the fabric. The second best thing…the poor little Tres Chic had spent two days crumpled up in a ball inside my suitcase (not that it’s a good thing to be so abusive to a gorgeous dress, keep reading.) When I pulled it out of the case by the sleeve and held it up in the light to look for damages the lovely dress forgave me by not having a single wrinkle. Can you imagine? Not one. What a lovely travelling companion indeed. Here’s a picture from the fashionista show at St. Brendon’s.
Since this was our Weetacon celebration of the Seven Deadly Sins, Igigi joined in the fun by sending us not only one dress each but two of our choices and in some cases three! The lovely Wendy Weetabix called us one by one to receive our new fashion statements. She called my name and all I could do was jump up and down shouting, “I have more than one hanger! I have more than one hanger!” It took me several minutes to calm down long enough to take a look at what Yuliya had sent but when I saw the decorative black roses I knew I also had the Bridgitte Sculpted Dress. I’ve tried and tried to whittle down my long list of adjectives for this dress but don’t think it can be done. A few are: classic, sophisticated, lovely, elegant and, well, not to repeat but, chic. I’m not sure I’d wear this to work but to dinner or the theater, definitely yes. Add some black patent leather heels, a little clutch, rhinestone embellished sunglasses and a black straw hat and I’m thinking the Kentucky Derby. At the very least, all eyes would be on this dress in a seat by the windows on Millionaire’s Row for a Day at the Downs. The only added accessory would be an appletini in my hand for a bit of contrasting color.
When I wear this dress I’m reminded of art collectors who might brag, “Why yes, I have four Monet’s in my collection.” If someone asks about my dress I will say, “Oh, thank you! I have three Raquel’s in my collection: one blue cocktail, one black and white print and one classic little black dress.” Love, love, love this one…fitted, ¾ length sleeves, the rose detail along the sweetheart neckline, A-line skirt…fabulous. The one drawback with this one, though, is the back zipper closure. There’s no way possible to get dressed in this one if you’re by yourself.
For the fashion show I danced around in the St Brendan’s bathroom trying to reach the zipper pull and finally (I think it was Fredlet) came in and finished the zip-up for me. By the time I got back to my room that night Big T was so sound asleep I couldn’t get him to help me get the zipper down. Finally, after much hopping, scrunching and tugging I got the zipper open far enough to slink out of the dress. I’m not sure of any other way to get in and out of this one. It’s a figure hugging fit that highlights curves so I might need to get creative if I get a chance to wear this when Big T’s not around.
Ah, Ms. Yuliya Raquel, I would love to meet you and ask you how you work the magic to make women feel so beautiful and confident while wearing your designs.
And now for the business part of the review: This should be considered a compensated review as I agreed to be critical of the clothing I was given for free and post the entry either on my blog or on the Weetacon.com website. I also need to give props to Jorie Tappa for taking all the photographs of the lovely Women of Weetacon at the St Brendan’s Inn.
Here’s the very best part, leave a comment on this entry and any of the other Fashion Show Review entries any you might win a $50 Igigi gift certificate. Heck, if Wendy’s random number generator likes you lots, you could possibly win lots of $50 Igigi gift certificates.
Good luck and go be fashion forward! —Susan