On this day at OTDIF we decided to take a break from the usual Stories Behind the Styles to celebrate editor Ali Basye’s wedding day. Don’t worry, though, we haven’t left you without great fashion to feast your eyes on. For addicts like us, the most important part of the wedding (besides having a damn good party) is the dress. The classic white dress has been in vogue since the Victorian Age when it was adopted by none other than style trendsetter, Queen Victoria. But since Ali has revealed that she in not exactly the traditional cream-puff bride—though if you’re interested in that, you can read all about it here—we decided to salute brides who made their own statement on their big day—and some who enlisted very special designer friends to help. No one is going to force you to do the “Y.M.C.A.,” but feel free to break out some bubbly and celebrate with us. —Rachel Chambers Read More »
On July 29, 1981, 750 million people in 58 countries waited to see the future Princess of England emerge from the Royal Glass Carriage. First the bride’s father, the Earl of Spencer, stepped out, and then “Shy Di” came into view, swathed in a large ivory pouf of a wedding dress. “Think of a beautiful butterfly emerging from a chrysalis,” Elizabeth Emanuel, one of the designers of the dress, later gushed to CBS. But the show wasn’t over: Diana left the carriage—and her dress just kept coming. Eventually, 25 feet of lace-edged train was doled out to waiting attendants. The “fairytale wedding of the century” was officially underway, and starry-eyed women and girls around the world swooned. Forget Prince Charles; in that moment Di’s dress had become the design standard for the decade.
Husband-and-wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel created the dress in their small London studio just down the street from the offices of Vogue UK. In a roundabout way, the magazine is to thank for Read More »
From the What-The-Hell-Was-She-Thinking files comes today’s story, the marriage of model/muse Wallis Franken to designer Claude Montana on July 22, 1993. She was one of the faces of the 1970s, refreshingly dark-haired and androgynous. He was hot in the 80s, a Frenchman who could have served an entire untouched Fashion Week buffet off his shoulder pads. They had been close friends for 18 years. She was 44 and a grandmother. He was, always had been, and always would be, gay.
Everyone had their own ideas about why they were doing it (getting married—not doing “it”). Some said it was because Montana felt his career sagging and thought that shacking up with an It Girl (and believe it or not, she still had it) would give him a boost. Then there’s the opposite theory, that Franken’s life had been such a financial roller coaster that she was hoping to collect on the Montana label if anything ever happened to the mister. Still others said that she was simply in love with him and foolishly thought she could recruit him to the other team. Maybe it was all true and, in Franken and Montana’s minds, that added up to a good idea. Three things are certain: 1) she proposed; 2) he agreed; and 3) it was going to end very badly. Read More »