Hello StyleNation, and welcome to what we (or perhaps just I) shall henceforth be calling The (New and Improved) Most Wonderful Time of the Year! This period directly follows The Watch That Ends the Night, and we (or perhaps just I) marked its beginning this year at the blessed nuptials of Dr. Rinty the Crusher and The Librarian.
In related news, said wedding extravaganza marked the first In Professorial Fashion summit of 2012. Attendees: Dorky Medievalist, E-Jo, Kelly Bean, and me, Academic Writer. Sadly, janey_em was not in attendance this time – but someone had to blog whilst the rest played.
You are probably super-excited to know that we took pictures. Without further ado, I offer the following record of what we hope is only the first of at least two IPF meet-ups this year. For the record, we know that all items pictured below are NSFW (Not Suitable For Work).
1. Dr. Rinty the Crusher: The Woman in White
Obvy, you’ll want to see the gorgeous bride – or a faceless version of the same (as that is how we roll). Here she is in the dress she commissioned, the original style of which has been named for her and is available for others to purchase at her dressmaker’s:
Bonus in this photo: D-Med being awesome
Because I am an excellent photographer, in this next photo, probably you cannot quite see the delicate covered buttons up the back of The Crusher’s dress, or the two tiny lines of crystals that encircle the waist like a belt:
hourglass shape: courtesy of the goddess
2. The Other Key Players
The rest of us brought our fashion A-game, too. Here we are doing that. Because some of us are very classy, we did a photo shoot in the hotel parking lot in direct sunlight. Probably you should not look directly at the glaring whiteness of our skin lest you go blind:
Pictured from left to right: A-Dubs, D-Med, E-Jo
awesome gams: courtesy of the goddess
Ensemble details below. How much do you love what my photo editor does when I blur faces, IPF stylz?
Next, the lovely ceremony took place. Some of us may or may not have had a WAH in the church when Crusher started to shake. Afterward, we celebrated the return of irony with more poorly staged photos. Case in point: I have 5 photos of this configuration of players. In every single image, the bride’s head is directly in front of E-Jo’s face. Also, D-Med’s cropped out here because she would have pounded me had I left her in and posted this photo on the internets.
Left to right in back row: Kelly, A-Dubs, E-Jo; Not pictured: D-Med
Front: Dr. Rinty the Crusher
Kelly: Luxury Fabrics and Lovely Cleavage
Dress: Kenneth Cole, c 2006. Hemmed 6 inches!; Earrings: Betsy and Iya (check out their online store – Kelly says they rule); Shoes: Clarks; Wee yellow wristlet (not pictured): Nine West via TJ Maxx; Shawl: Kashmiri, silk, gift from a globe-trotting friend
E-Jo: Intense Colour against Luxuriant Alabaster Skin
Dress: Lane Bryant (remixed); Bronze clutch: Gap Outlet; Bronze wedges (sandals): Bandolino; Dove grey wrap: World Market
D-Med: Darling Topper and Devilish Curves
Darling Hat: Etsy (as discussed previously); Dress: Banana Republic; Clutch: kicky little store in Steeltown; Invisible turquoise bead bracelet: Tarina Tarantino; Suede pumps that would appear nude at the end of a less vampirically pale pair of legs: Stuart Weitzman (remixed)
A-Dubs: Gown Revise and Remix
Dress: my own wedding dress, shortened (remixed); Cuff: Melanie Lyne (new to blog); Clutch: Fossil (via The Bay, new to blog – also, it’s a make-up bag); Fuschia wrap: no tag (remixed from last summer’s event); Nude-for-pale-peeps patent slingbacks: Tahari (via Winners, remixed)
Probably I should have worn my hair up. But I was too lazy and inept to do so; and who cares? Everyone was looking at the bride anyway.
3. Shoe Survival Strategies
All players, save the bride (who wore her pumps all day and all night like some sort of self-flagellating superhero), employed high heel survival strategies throughout the day. These included:
– zipping back to the hotel after the ceremony, taking off shoes, having wine and snacks in E-Jo and D-Med’s room (E-Jo, D-Med, Kelly, A-Dubs)
– tucking Dr. Scholl’s fold-up flats into a clutch and breaking them out when dancing began (E-Jo, of course – no digging around under the gift table like a wiener for her classy self)
– bringing a bag of flats for everyone to the reception, hiding it under the gift table, digging it out and switching shoes when the dancing began (D-Med, Kelly, A-Dubs)
– planning ceremony vs. reception outfit revisions such that a thinking cap worn for the ceremony was switched out for statement red Bloch flats for dancing after supper (D-Med, of course)
– wearing shoes comfortable enough that a switch was not required, despite the availability of back-up flats (Kelly)
4. Other Important Summit Images
Finally, because I have them and can’t resist uploading them, and because we are kicking off The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with this post, I offer a few more memorable images from the summit.
Here’s the Early Modernist Cool Kid as fantastic foil for E-Jo’s signature vibrant hues:
Probably they are both smiling at me because I, too, am being awesome. Not because they have posed a number of times for this photo already.
Here’s the A-Dubs-Hubs, our photographer for the parking lot photo shoot, working his angles:
shoe-highting pose: modelled first by D-Med
Note how his golden tan contrasts with the white of his shirt. Unlike our excruciating whiteness above.
I don’t know his outfit details.
I’d check, but he’s wearing that jacket and shoes, again, today.
I DO know, however, that his tie is Kenneth Cole, gifted from moi on the day I knocked over the tie table in The Bay.
Here’s the Hubs being awesome outside the church with Kelly’s partner, The Geneticist:
Geneticist’s ensemble: all but shoes purchased at Mexx on his way to the wedding
Here’s D-Med BRINGING IT at the grocery store (during key player shopping days prior to nuptials):
Consider it brung.
Photo credit: Kelly
And here’s E-Jo’s future book jacket photo:
I think we know why this one’s on clearance.
Photo credit: Kelly
Happy term’s end, StyleNation.
We are looking forward to a fabulous summer with you!