- Bvlgari Blue – One of us said, "This is what I wear when I need to wake up on a dismal winter's morning." It starts out as GINGER and more ginger, and dries down beautifully.
- 24 Faubourg by Hermes – I was very taken with the cashmere-sweater-nuzzleable quality of this, along with the markedly pretty bottle. As the blogger Perfume Queen says about this fragrance, “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you the smell of money and happiness.”
- Miss Dior Originale by Dior – Several of us were smitten with this revived classic. Mark told us the charming story of how the fragrance was created for Dior's sister.
- Thierry Mugler Angel – One of several love-or-hate ones, this elicited long stories about when-I-wore-Angel and the comment “This smells like…like the sound of a 90s modem.”
- French travel perfume bottles – Kirk's stocks leakproof travel perfume bottles in two shapes. Transfer some of your favorite into these to take it with you securely. High-end yet affordable, most of us picked up one or more of these.
- The entire Serge Lutens line – Deliciously deconstructivist interview with the man himself here. Charlotte noted that they carry more Serge Lutens than they have on display - she brought out Daim Blonde when we asked about it.
- Diptyque’s solid perfumes - "Great for layering".
- Comme des Garcons Wonderwood - "I can't stop smelling myself!"
- A voucher for a complimentary makeup application at the cosmetic house of your choice at Kirkcaldie and Staines.
- Nine carded/boxed perfume samples – Si by Giorgio Armani, Miss Dior by Dior, MaDame by Jean Paul Gaultier, Coco by Coco Chanel, Pleats Please by Issey Miyake, Eau de Sisley 1 by Sisley, Calyx by Clinique, and (drumroll please) two Serge Luteyns samples – L’Eau Serge Lutens and Chergui.
Two evening classics - an LBD and black-and-red- are refreshed by Rachel Rouge and Miss La Belle. Vintage accessories add light and texture. They both have structured and complex hair, and Rachel's paler makeup is a fresh contrast against the dress.
Sometimes evening is the time to try a trend - Honey Suckle's blonde-and-pink hair sets off her blush ensemble. Her dress has a lot going on, so her hair and accessories stay simple. And there's pale makeup again.
Another black dress ensemble that has me admiring the sensuous, balanced revealed flesh. It sounds like I'm about to pounce on D'Licia Minx, doesn't it? But these proportions are the definition of tastefully sexy - she has the 40% ratio just right.
Two of the stars of the weekend, Frenchie Kiss and Jett Adore. Jett is bringing the quirky circus to town - you can tell he's someone special who also has a sense of humor. And why does Frenchie look so very good? Apart from that million-watt smile, immaculate grooming and quality fabrics add to her aura of perfection.
A whole lot of party happened upstairs! This group shot happened in the middle of the festivities. By the end of the evening, everyone who came in stilettos was sitting on the floor. What stands out in this picture? Vivid hair, lighter frocks, shiny accessories and fabrics, and gray suiting.
A gentler moment with two of my friends - two dresses and a cape that they made. Amazing fit and detail.
Writers and creators from the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network got stuck into the pattern corner.
Tomorrow I'll have shots of the attendees in their self-made garments, so get ready for another picture-weighty post.