Thursday, 20 September 2012

Kiss of the drunken spider woman

I'm not in space any more but the retro rocket is still firing - thanks to this gift from the fabulous PAO from Project Minima: vintage maxi knit dress with an enormous brown velvet bow, once worn by her mother. Clearly we know that PAO is exploding with style and artistic talent, but now we also know that she inherited some pretty awesome get-your-groove-on genes from her mum.


It's too bad I didn't have a champagne glass as an accessory when I went out today, as surely the elevationary effervescence from a raised glass of bubbly would have flown me and this magical dress to my coffee shop in very good time and in much better style than Mary Poppins with her priggish umbrella; I would just have to hang on to the stem of the glass very tightly and watch out for spills. This dress made me feel very '60s martini/champagne party and bewitching at the same time. 


After my photo session I remembered a photo I had seen of Sonia Braga in her Spider Woman role from the movie Kiss of the Spider Woman. Our poses are similar but I think for my own good I'll end all comparisons there! Her web is very Alexander McQueen, don't you think?

My walk home was challenging: Step step step POSE. Step step step POSE. Sometimes you've just got to flaunt it; I'm glad I didn't pull a muscle from the exertion. "Here she comes, A-walkin' down the street, She gets the funniest looks from, Everyone she meets..." (Lyrics from the Monkees)


Details of the outfit:
  • knit maxi dress, by Paul Stanley, New York, gift from the magnificent PAO
  • maxi white nylon slip, thrifted (it came with my maxi sequin dress here)
  • animal print shoes, Dolce and Gabbana, thrifted
  • pantyhose(!), retail
  • wooden matryoshka*, retail, Lee Valley Tools, refashioned by me, hardware by O
Accessory-wise I made do with the all-knowing-eye teacup carrier that I made from a wooden matryoshka - colour on one side (above), black and white on the other (below). The following photo also gives you a better idea of the fabric. The geometric pattern is a dark chocolate brown on ivory and there are textural horizontal lines throughout the fabric as well. I really needed the slip. (*edit: I learnt the correct word is matryoshka or matrushka, not babushka as originally posted)


So a huge thanks and hugs to PAO for making my magical journey possible today!! I couldn't have done it without you. This is my new absolute favourite dress!! 

My outfits often remind me of animals, plants, and even, in this case, a female spider. Do you make comparisons like that about your outfits? Curious. I hope you are enjoying your magical journeys in your fabulous frocks and slacks and what have you's. Breathe, breathe, breathe, aaaah.

(When I say today in this post, I mean yesterday; I wrote this up last night.)


42 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning and perfectly accessorized. I love the image of champagne-glass-powered flight! Can you bring along a passenger? :-)

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  2. Oh my goodness - this whole look exudes Fabulous with a great, big, capital 'F'. You definitely look as though you should be waving a champagne glass by its fragile stem, or a cocktail glass - while looking nonchalantly in the other direction. I'm so pleased to hear you did the flaunt-walk on your way home. Impossible not really when you look this fine.

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  3. Mind-blowingly good.

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  4. Ye gads, that is one helluva frock and you absolutely rock it's socks off! Pao is an absolute darling sending you such a divine dress but I couldn't think of a cooler new owner! xxx

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  5. O,that frock is simply slinktastic! It just oozes over your frame like oozy goodness.Gorgeous!Very spider woman, your pose especially!
    I love the description of your walk home, step step step POSE....posing is very important, in order to display your finery and finest form to adoring fans!I find completing an entrance with a special pose quite gratifying.I can't say I've ever made comparisons to creatures with my outfits.I just consider if it's more spectacular than the last.......
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  6. Holy Guacamole that is a frickin' fantastic dress!! You are just oozing with fierce style in the first photo. The pose is brilliant, and Sonia Braga has got nothing on you babe!

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  7. I thought I was looking at some Annie Lennox album cover! Of course she doesn't have your incredible figure, but the blond hair and the blue eyes... The dress is absolutely amazing! I love the pattern, and the unexpected bow.

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  8. Wow, I don't recall my mom ever looking anything like that! Seems you were made for this dress or vice versa. I thought you'd get rid of the brown velvet bow, but now I see it's actually perfect as you look scrumptiously gift-wrapped for that special someone!

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    1. This is the most delicious dress and I love it so. The bow is one of my favourite parts and with the slightest breeze it flutters from my sides. THANKS AGAIN!

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  9. You DO look like Annie Lennox!

    I LOVE this outfit, Melanie - so slinky, sexy and stripe-a-licious! That is an amazing dress!

    Love your matruska doll purse - so creative.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila - and thanks for the correct word - matrushka - or even matryoshka. I have always called the nesting dolls babushkas, which is completely wrong!

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  10. wow, that dress is out of this world and totally mad! You look amazing. Hey, it has magic in it, as my hick cups went away just looking at it!

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  11. What a wonderful gift! The famous Architects' Ball from the 1920's comes to mind.....
    Connie*

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  12. Wow! You look like a supermodel on a very fashionable magazine cover. Stunning!

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  13. Gorgeously dramatic as usual Lady. You must have done some modeling before. I do love the little matrushka..? That is a new word for me. Whatever, it is adorable.

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  14. This look is certainly pose worthy! Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  15. You are slithering sleekness in slippery satin! Say that 5 times very fast!

    What a cool gift you received. I bet it feels yummy on. I bet that plastic drape behind you would feel yummy on too. haha!

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  16. Holy bejayzus that frock is absolutely incredible and you are exquisite in it! Absolutely STUNNING in fact. Who is this fabulous PAO? I'm off to find out! Sarah xxx

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  17. Step pose step - I am sure you had to pause for applause, photos and to step over the occasional swooned admirer. The dress is fab and you look perfectly spiderific in it. It's a word. I made it up and everyone who is anyone will be using it this Halloween. But then as a trend setter, you knew that.

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  18. The Female Of The Species Is More Deadly Than The Male!

    You look 8ft tall in that dress - it's truely spectacular - seriously are there no older lady model agencies who'd take you on? xxx

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  19. Holy crap that is awesome! Amazing dress. Amazing bag. AMAZING POSE!

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  20. Step step step POSE...I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere! Seriously this dress-not to mention the BAG!!!- is just beyond amazing, and you wear it so well, all-over awesomeness!!

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  21. WOW, Melanie!!! (I feel like I am always saying that!) Holy smokes does the incredible Pao ever have an eye, and you are (of course!) iconic and totally goddess-riffic in this divine creation. What a special piece - the long ends of the bow are perfect - the magician who birthed this dress knew exactly what they were doing. Your shoes and all-seeing matryoshka ain't no slouches either. I'm losing coherence over it - es wikkid awsum, dood!

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  22. Aaaaahhhhhh. (I feel like Sacramento!!) Blogger love is some of the best love, I swear. Pao knew how amazing this would be on you and how special to have her mom's dress!!!! It's truly, wonderfully special. Your hair and bag are perfection, too. Divine.

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  23. Fabulous, dahling, just faabulous!

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  24. Your are the most delicious retinal candy I have seen in ages. Your long beautiful frame these crazy geometric shapes, the dramatic B&W of the dress ~ this outfit is almost too perfect! I love the matrushka doll purse best! Pao knew what she was doing when she sent you this. INCREDIBLE!

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  25. Hi Mélanie!

    This dress was clearly made for you!
    Looking lean and stunning!
    You know i was thinking about your hair - have you ever considered using hair mascara? i see you with pink streaks! i have hair mascara i purchased at Sephora, great stuff!
    It is not permanent, lasts for about 3 days and comes out easily

    Have a good weeekend

    Ariane

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  26. All of your photos are amazing, but the first one in this post is one I'd like to hang in my office. You should make a poster out of it for your fan girls :)

    I love that musical so much; you recreated the pose perfectly!

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  27. everything about these pictures is perfection. GORGEOUS!

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  28. When you say step, step, step, pose... I presume the autographs hounds were after you. I should think so too. DYN O MITE, girl! You look an absolute sizzler!

    Much love from England,
    Rose from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  29. Holy wow! Just, wow. That pattern is amazing -- it's stirring some long-forgotten memory that I still don't quite recall. But I think there was some item long ago that mesmerized me in a similar fashion. If I'd seen you on the street, I think I would have followed you! (In a totally non-creepy fashion, of course......)

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  30. That is The Dress of the Year, Melanie! Perfect on all counts - fit, drama, elegance. I am thinking more of slinky sexy snakes than spiders, but I get the Sonia Braga comparison (you need not fear it, Mel, you more than hold your own!)
    What a superb gift. That first photo should definitely get you a modelling contract, woohoo! xxxx

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  31. This is just fabulous. Your figure is amazing and created for frocks just like this fantastic number. I am happy to hear the paparazzi followed you around and took your photos too. And more importantly, it is awesome that you haven't gotten conceited over all the fame Melanie. Seriously, you are still the same Melanie we always knew. :-)

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  32. OMG the dress is killer Melanie! It fits you like a second skin. Beautiful!

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  33. Impressive! I love your dress, it's a incredible spider's web, I'm captured! And the bag is a priceless gem! I'm getting dragged into your look! wonderful!
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  34. Absolutely stunning!!! This dress is magnificent on you and Pao really knew what she was doing when she gifted you with a maxi that fits you like a glove. You are the picture of glamour with perfect hair, perfect pose. I think this is the 'Photo of the Year.'

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  35. Omg, I absolutely adore your outfit, the dress is stunning you look absolutely amazing! The print of the dress looks wonderful & I like how you styled it fab look!

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  36. Holy Fuck! Pardonez vous my French, but you look fucking stunning. Pao is an angel to gift that to you. Thank you Pao! And you've styled it wonderfully. I love the chevrons. I love you. You are a undercover supermodel.

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  37. Wowza this dress is so gorgeous - and the matching bag.. I want to cry!! Damnit damnit damnit another blogger that makes me want to change my whole wardrobe!

    Nora
    Nora Finds

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  38. The most gorgeous dress I have ever seen you in. You like a 7ft tall glamazon supermodel. I love it - and the bag too. M x

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  39. I love the matryoshka bag. How did you refashion it?

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  40. Utterly fabulous dress - and you look utterly fabulous in it :-) Jo

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