Leopard-print Lanvin for an Autumn wedding

Ben and I attended a close friend’s wedding in the Swan Valley on Friday. We have known the groom for 12 years and his beautiful Brazilian bride for almost four. They married legally two years ago but did so in his home town down South and with only his family in attendance. Friday’s celebrations were the opportunity for us to celebrate their wedding properly and with all the joy and abundance they deserve.

For all my Perth readers, you will know the weather the last few days has been absolutely atrocious. Okay, I LOVE the rain and the cooler nights and the opportunity to FINALLY pull out the layers, so technically I think the weather is magnificent, but even I will admit it is not good for a wedding!! Of course I was worried, with an outdoor ceremony, that we were all going to be drenched and standing in sodden grass  But the other dilemma I faced with such unpredictable weather was what to wear!

After casting aside Spring coats over easy dresses and fitted sheaths with cropped jackets, I settled on a fabulous Donna Karan reversible stretch dress with a Lanvin leopard-print wool shrug. I’ve written before about the acceptability of wearing black to a wedding (here) and I felt, on this occasion, it was perfectly offset by this exquisite Lanvin shrug (disclaimer: I was also motivated to finally wear it after purchasing it a number of months ago, in far-too-warm weather).

Donna Karan dress

Donna Karan dress/Lanvin shrug

I purchased both pieces on eBay for steals: the Donna Karan dress retails for approximately $1500 (find similar on sale here and here) and I purchased it for about US$69; whilst the Lanvin shrug retails for approximately $1500 (find similar on sale here) and I got it for US$120. I paired it with a Lauren Merkin black leather clutch with bead detail (purchased on eBay for US$32, but you can buy them here) and Scanlan & Theodore black patent leather peep-toe wedges.

I love leopard print, when deployed properly. It's so very Alexis Carrington from Dynasty!

I love leopard print, when deployed properly. It’s so very Alexis Carrington a la Dynasty!

I wore my hair side-swept (and it actually behaved by staying in place!) and did a smokey copper eye (using Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Comex Gold). My fragrance for the day was Different Company’s Une Nuit Magnetique, described by the house as “elegant” and “voluptuous”. Ummm, hello??!! Could that be any more appropriate??

Wearing Stila's Magnificent

Wearing Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Comex Gold & Josie Maran’s Beautiful Eyes palatte in Beautiful Nudes

I felt stylish, sophisticated, wedding appropriate and above all, comfortable! Someone told me I looked like Sophia Loren – and that’s a compliment I’ll gladly accept 🙂


P.S. We stayed at the lovely “The White House Bed & Breakfast” on West Swan Road, which I highly recommend if you’re visiting the Swan Valley. The grounds were stunning and very picturesque – I’ve could have snapped away all afternoon!

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