For some brides, choosing the right dress is equally as important as choosing the right groom…
For MY BIG day, I was determined to scrap the idea of a traditional white dress and replace it with something completely different. I was looking forward to a wedding outfit that would be comfortable, fashionable and most importantly, more me. Dieu Anh (www.dieuanhspace.com) was the perfect person to achieve this. I’ve known Dieu Anh since I first saw her collections in Zen Plaza, her one-off pieces were unique, fun and bold. I quickly fell in love with the image she portrayed – that of a strong independent woman who knows what she wants in life and who likes to have fun with fashion. And as a supporter of local designers, the match was perfect. So it was only natural that she would design my wedding dress.
Together, we went through a four month process of building the concept which eventually resulted in two outfits. The first dress needed to show off my best features – my shoulders and arms. We found a beautiful floral blue patterned material with a touch of sparkle, which Dieu Anh then mixed with a strong red fabric. Thankfully she included a high split to avoid me looking like a cupcake and also to reveal a bit of flesh. In order to complete the look, yet still keen on making me look more like a bride than a party-goer, she made a hair piece to fit in my up-do. I finished off the look with patterned suede cobalt platforms from Aldo.
My second choice of a casual white pantsuit didn’t go well with the groom, or the audience. But I was confident it wouldn’t look masculine and choosing pants is great for a wedding because they are tailored, practical and different enough to make a statement. We opted for an extremely low halter neck for the back, and a low cut front to show off some cleavage. To further soften the look and to elongate my legs,she went for a delicate off-white fabricwith stripes of the same tone.
Dieu Anh then spent many long nightshand sewing silver metal pieces onto theneck line for a bit of bling. The hat wasa concept we took from the Vietnameseyouth union uniform. And finally, suphigh t-strap peep-toe pumps with crystalsall over the heels from Steve Madden pulled the outfit together. This ensemblesaw me all the way from our very firstdance, a LMFAo flash mob that took 10 lessons to learn, and stayed with methroughout the after-party until the sunrose on the first day of my new marrielife and a serious hangover.
It really was worth putting in the ework with Dieu Anh to create two uniqueoutfits for the big day.
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Ann Ha is Head of Social@Ogilvy and runs her ownfashion and food blog at Annha.com