THE Dress

THE Dress

Ok, so it is quite possible some of you think that due to my complete lack of technology co-ordination this week, this trip could well have been conjured up in the depths of my brain and completely imagined.  I’m not really going to defend myself and go along the lines of ‘But so-and-so has pictures of me at the Gucci party and I’m on such-and-such a website…’.  Because that would be sad and tragic and let’s say that I can’t really stoop down to anymore levels of sadness and tragedy.

Whilst I contemplate the point of me acquiring and playing around with further electronic devices, a single polaroid taken by my boyfriend remains which is thus far, all the evidence I have of THE dress I wore.  In the end, I did plump for something that represented my own particular interests in fashion which is emerging talent, so I wore this Emilio de la Morena (whom both KOS and myself adore, dore, dore) dress from last season that was exactly what I had in mind when this event came up.  Despite it’s teensy sample size, it fit.  Despite, the delicacy of the millinery tulle that was sewn on the dress, it all mostly came out intact.  Despite my initial plan to put together an elaborate mix of garments, in the end it was simply about the dress.  It was a gut instinct that felt very very right and though the night ended in frantic phone calls to lost property offices, in a sea of Gucci gowns, pretty cocktail dresses, there was a definite level of empowerment that I’m comfortable with (empowerment not being something that I take to that often). 

So, I can’t thank my boyfriend enough for messing around with his Polaroid camera and whatever digital images do pop up (would it be terrible to insist that they DO actually exist?), I think I’ll remember this image the best when I was feeling tingly, the hair was  super shiny and the make-up was not smudged with tears. 



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  1. Helen

    2008-02-07 at 4:33 PM


  2. Suzanna

    2008-02-07 at 4:34 PM

    Absolutely STUNNING, S. You look beautiful! Perfect choice, and so very glamourous without being overworked.

  3. jaimetonstyle

    2008-02-07 at 4:40 PM

    you look incredible! sorry you had a bit of stres though from the sound of things!

  4. Rikki

    2008-02-07 at 4:42 PM

    You look absolutely incredible.
    That dress is amazing!
    Thank god for boyfriends huh?

  5. cordelia

    2008-02-07 at 4:44 PM

    this is really really amazing! u look soooooooooo good.

  6. Stylish Thought

    2008-02-07 at 4:46 PM

    Very beautiful and dare I say, sexy, but very naturally so. Love the tulle detail and the shrug.

  7. WendyB

    2008-02-07 at 4:48 PM

    Fantastic. I’m sure you were the belle of the ball!

  8. Moodboard

    2008-02-07 at 4:50 PM

    I love your head piece Susie. Your dress looks like a yummy piece of Christmas ribbon candy.

  9. sammi

    2008-02-07 at 4:50 PM

    U look absolutely fab! Ur makeup is gorgeous! And that dress is stunning.

  10. selina

    2008-02-07 at 4:53 PM

    wow wow WOW, just INCREDIBLE.
    this single and so personal photograph makes it so much more special and the soft quality of the polariod just makes the colours so amazing, you look absolutely stunning

  11. meg

    2008-02-07 at 4:54 PM

    First of all, damn you for acquiring those topshop shoes which i wanted but sold out. Second of all – you look absolutely fab. Love the pose AND the dress. Way to rock it!

  12. Kori

    2008-02-07 at 4:59 PM

    Aww, I’m sorry about the camera! But you look AMAZING!

  13. Saskia

    2008-02-07 at 4:59 PM

    so that’s THE dress? wow, this is awesome Susie! although it is ‘just’ a single dress it absolutely suits your style and your personality. how do you find such clothes?
    i am full of admiration!

  14. Saskia

    2008-02-07 at 5:02 PM

    oh yes, and it’s the first time that you are posing and thereby looking absolutely sexy. 🙂

  15. cosmocat

    2008-02-07 at 5:05 PM

    so beautiful. i think readers of this blog will feel proud of you in a way.

  16. edelb

    2008-02-07 at 5:05 PM

    You look stunning, as always!
    You have the right attitude and are in the perfect place to purchase a new camera at v good price – go to B&H, 420 9th Avenue.
    You always come across as v. positive and in the midst of all this bad stuff lately you really do retain your grace & beauty.

  17. Nadine

    2008-02-07 at 5:11 PM

    you look stunning here

  18. CJB

    2008-02-07 at 5:13 PM

    That’s such a beautiful dress and if its some small consolation I think the polaroid medium really plays it up perfectly.

  19. CJB

    2008-02-07 at 5:15 PM

    Also how did you possibly travel with that dress on the plane? Thats skills.

  20. annah

    2008-02-07 at 5:19 PM

    this isn’t what i was expecting! but it looks amaaaazing.
    im really sorry to hear about your technology…it sucks =/

  21. Anonymous

    2008-02-07 at 5:27 PM

    You look so bootifull there ^-^

  22. poppy lee

    2008-02-07 at 5:31 PM

    woah. you look amazing!

  23. Becky

    2008-02-07 at 5:32 PM

    Susie, you make me want to cry a little bit – you look absolutely glorious. It’s also a very beautiful picture in its own right; those lovely hazy colours the Polaroid produces are beautiful. This image already of personifies a lovely memory, sort of misted over. I shouldn’t worry too much about the lost digital pics as this will be the one everyone remembers.
    I hope you’re having an ace time.

  24. poppy lee

    2008-02-07 at 5:42 PM

    woah. you look amazing!!

  25. Diana Rikasari

    2008-02-07 at 5:47 PM

    PERFECT..Susie you are incredible… it!! <3

  26. buttonsandstars

    2008-02-07 at 5:48 PM

    That dress is so INCREDIBLE! You look absolutely lovely. The colour of the tulle works so well with the mustard – beautiful.

  27. sara

    2008-02-07 at 5:53 PM

    No! Please show us the pictures other people took. We want to see what you did, even if you did lose your camera. I think it is so cool that you went in that dress.
    You look so perfect, everything is flawless about that outfit, yet totally daring and very you!

  28. lili

    2008-02-07 at 5:53 PM

    Oh dear, you’re like a vision of beauty. I mean it so.

  29. Anonymous

    2008-02-07 at 5:55 PM


  30. Violetwired

    2008-02-07 at 6:02 PM

    beautiful pic. Digital cameras are over-rated and this shot catches the awesome of your dress and the clarity of your skin like nothing else. Way to work it!!

  31. miss woo

    2008-02-07 at 6:04 PM

    Amazing doesn’t begin to cover it, you look gorgeous! It sucks about the camera, but still, I look forward to the Gucci coverage!

  32. Liz

    2008-02-07 at 6:28 PM

    this is absolutely amazing! i hope you find your camera and stuff

  33. Jenny_H

    2008-02-07 at 6:33 PM

    A true shining STAR! Gorgeous.

  34. diana

    2008-02-07 at 6:40 PM

    You were looking fabulous my dear! Hopefully, someday, you’ll wear some of my designs too! I can dream, right? 🙂

  35. meg

    2008-02-07 at 6:56 PM

    This picture makes me sigh with delight. I recently discovered your blog and over the last four days have read over a years’ worth of entries (yes, I do have a day job!). Consider me another one of your clothes horse Stateside fans.

  36. Leah

    2008-02-07 at 6:57 PM

    You look wonderful. The dress is amazing!

  37. Else

    2008-02-07 at 7:20 PM

    Wow. Just wow.

  38. PT

    2008-02-07 at 7:40 PM

    Sara’s totally right! Please do point us in the direction of other websites that have pics of you at the Gucci party. I am having the most ridiculously overwhelming urge to completely physically smother myself in pictures of that gorram dress, because I am IN LUST.

  39. Hannah<3

    2008-02-07 at 7:43 PM

    This seriously looks fully professional!
    You should use the polaroid all the time. Its such a shame about your tech troubles but I’m sure you’ll pull through!

  40. Luce

    2008-02-07 at 7:47 PM

    That dress is amazing!! I’m super sad for you about your camera, but at least you looked totally bangin’ while you were frantically searching for it…

  41. PT

    2008-02-07 at 7:49 PM

    By the by, you pull this dress off about 888% better than the model in the original promo shots. Utterly stunning. Not that that will make you feel any better about the missing tech… but y’know, technology you can replace; your style and attitude is priceless and all your own. (For everything else, there’s mastercard).

  42. The Clothes Horse

    2008-02-07 at 7:59 PM

    Gah! What a simple and strong statement that dress makes. You must have stood out in the most wonderful way. A truly ravishing look and you pull it off nicely.

  43. Drusilla

    2008-02-07 at 8:07 PM

    Susie, you look glorious- I think if one image survived the night, you should be glad it was this one, it’s captured every bit of the zingy party feeling the dress has- and you look sexy!

  44. Winnie

    2008-02-07 at 8:07 PM

    Omigosh, you look stunning!!!! You look so fantastic, and that photo really belongs in a magazine!

  45. ELP

    2008-02-07 at 8:34 PM

    great outfit! you look amazing! where does the headband come from?

  46. The Glossy Ed.

    2008-02-07 at 8:44 PM

    GOR-GEOUS Miss Susie!!! So sorry to hear about the camera:( Love love love this dress! xxx

  47. Emily

    2008-02-07 at 8:52 PM

    you look absolutely beautiful
    the dress is just stunning
    amazing 🙂

  48. enc

    2008-02-07 at 9:10 PM

    Oh Susie!

  49. Jill

    2008-02-07 at 9:17 PM

    Terrible about the camera, but you look stunning in that dress, love the colour scheme.

  50. shopdiary

    2008-02-07 at 9:17 PM

    susie, you look absolutely stunning! i’m sorry to hear about the camera. i hope the person who finds it reads your blog and returns it back to you!
    for those who are looking for more photos, fashion is spinach has more –>
    and here’s susie in THE dress –>

  51. Anonymous

    2008-02-07 at 9:22 PM

    And I’m so sorry about your run of bad luck; I hope it ends with the start of the Chnese New year.

  52. lilia

    2008-02-07 at 9:30 PM

    wow, you look amazing!

  53. A.H.

    2008-02-07 at 9:43 PM

    That is one of the most stunning ensembles I’ve ever seen. You are gorgeous!

  54. susie_bubble

    2008-02-07 at 9:55 PM

    I just wanted to say thank you for all the comments…. the boyf is properly chuffed as am I and yup…the camera is really gone gone gone… but I bought a new one today for a fresh start (ho ho ho….love the dollar exchange rate!).
    Fashion Indie I believe has a pic as does Fashion is Spinach as pointed out by Shopdiary… don’t worry… I wasn’t papped or anything!
    Right must try and transport that dress back to London in one piece…

  55. Ama

    2008-02-07 at 9:59 PM

    WOW! You look STUNNING!!

  56. Top Bird

    2008-02-07 at 10:03 PM

    Beautiful and sculptural, and I love the soft wash of the polaroid. xx

  57. Anna

    2008-02-07 at 10:31 PM

    Are the shoes topshop?
    and also- in LOVE with the dress

  58. deexdeexdreamer

    2008-02-07 at 10:54 PM

    bad luck about the camera! though when my humble self first eyed up this pic, the slighty fade-y quality of the polaroid made the outfits look even more jaw-dropping and iridiscent. If it is (touch wood) the only thing that remains of your fairy tale night, how conveniently romantic would that be?
    Still, my condolences

  59. Imelda Matt

    2008-02-07 at 10:59 PM

    I’ll join the chorus of praise…BRAVO on the choice of dress.
    I know your pain I left my digital video camera in the front seat of a cab in LA and it had ALL my footage from Liberace museum…heartbroken!

  60. Linda

    2008-02-07 at 11:09 PM

    Wowowow, the dress is fantastic. I like how its not COMPLETELY just the dress, the tights, headband, and dark nails are fabulous touches…
    who did your makeup? it looks amazing!

  61. M

    2008-02-07 at 11:42 PM


  62. headmistress

    2008-02-07 at 11:50 PM

    just to echo the chorus of adulation, wow! you look amazing, and the look of the polaroid gives a wonderful sleepy tint to the richness of the colours.

  63. Sarz

    2008-02-07 at 11:55 PM

    I was trying to envision what impeccably stylish dress you would choose, and there it is! You look absolutely stunning and radiant. I put you on par with my slightly more famous fashion icons. Audrey Hepburn, Chloe Sevingy, Joni Mitchell, Susie Bubble – all legendary fashion plates in my mind! 🙂

  64. maitresse

    2008-02-07 at 11:57 PM

    –but how did you SIT in that thing? didn’t the tulle get all smushed?
    that bit of pragmatic worry out of the way, you looked awesome.

  65. Amy

    2008-02-08 at 12:31 AM

    Susie, you look gorgeous. I am so glad you went with that dress. The look is perfect.

  66. jen b.

    2008-02-08 at 12:35 AM

    You look completely incredible. Wow! That dress is stunning and as I’m sure there are going to be photos surfacing all week of you in that dress! In fact, I may just use the photo in the post I’m working on about Emilio!!

  67. minty

    2008-02-08 at 1:04 AM

    very beautiful! totally stunned

  68. Teresa

    2008-02-08 at 1:37 AM

    Brilliant dress, just brilliant. This tops what Madonna was wearing BY FAR.

  69. Girl and the City

    2008-02-08 at 1:41 AM

    You look awesome!!! I’m sure everyone noticed! I saw the party pics and the sea of everyone wearing Gucci was a bit too much!!!
    And sorry to hear about all your lost items!! Eeek!! 🙁
    xox Girl and the City (in Paris)

  70. lady coveted

    2008-02-08 at 1:57 AM

    oh my god i’m hyper venhilatting be cau se you r dres s sss iss soooo awwe some.
    h h h h h h h
    (i’m trying to breathe here)
    excellent excellent excellent

  71. lady coveted

    2008-02-08 at 1:58 AM

    what happened to my comment?
    i hope you got it… but i just have to say this is the most beautiful thing… i’ve seen in a while. just beautiful.

  72. hurlax

    2008-02-08 at 2:26 AM

    Oh my God…
    You look STUNNING!

  73. Noel

    2008-02-08 at 2:33 AM

    SUSIE YOU LOOK SO AMAZING!! I’m proud of you.

  74. belle

    2008-02-08 at 2:41 AM

    you are my hero. this is the most beautiful picture of you ever on this blog. i wish runway were a bit more like this.

  75. Stephanie

    2008-02-08 at 2:49 AM

    Susie, you are gorgeous!

  76. shoes mend hearts

    2008-02-08 at 3:05 AM


  77. saga

    2008-02-08 at 3:16 AM


  78. bigglassesgirl

    2008-02-08 at 3:35 AM

    Absolutely fab.

  79. angus

    2008-02-08 at 3:58 AM

    Your boyfriend is a very lucky guy, you look absolutely stunning.

  80. Alex

    2008-02-08 at 4:32 AM

    You look like you’ve walk straight out of an editorial spread.
    So perfect.

  81. miz

    2008-02-08 at 4:46 AM

    Wow, Susie you look stunning!!
    I adore the colours of the dress, mustard and purple is one of my favourite colour combos right now. You picked a perfect “Susie” style, I’m very impressed…
    And your hair and makeup look impeccable. I love the headpiece, what is it?
    Of course I love your day-to-day style and the cool dressup you do for your blog but to see something special and different like this is great!

  82. sonam

    2008-02-08 at 4:55 AM

    the dress is absolutely far as i saw in pictures, you were the coolest looking person there. an even better picture to justify the beauty of the dress is in fashion is spinach’s blog. you absolutely have to post it here!

  83. la petite fashionista

    2008-02-08 at 6:18 AM

    susie you look amazing! i bet you made quite an impression. you don’t even need any other pictures, i think this one stands wonderfully on its own, i think the fact its a polaroid just adds to its charm

  84. Anonymous

    2008-02-08 at 6:51 AM

    love it!

  85. Anonymous

    2008-02-08 at 6:55 AM

    oh you are simply beautiful! the dress is gorgeous beyond description and i do feel your pain for your loss…

  86. janet

    2008-02-08 at 7:01 AM


  87. moy moy mae

    2008-02-08 at 7:50 AM

    Susie you’re so beautiful! show this pic to that dude who called you a moose, and then spit on him or something….

  88. blosson

    2008-02-08 at 8:47 AM

    Lovely. Hey Susie, Gucci put another picture of you in their NY shop site. You’re holding their bag.

  89. alicepleasance

    2008-02-08 at 9:07 AM

    Definitely THE Dress… Stunning!
    So sorry for your camera 🙁

  90. Nadia

    2008-02-08 at 9:36 AM

    Susie, that dress is outstanding and seeing you in it, and in that pose, has made my day 🙂

  91. Deborah Jones

    2008-02-08 at 9:39 AM

    You look amazing! I think this is my favorite of all your outfits…and since you only have one photo, at least it is a good one!

  92. Ruby

    2008-02-08 at 11:18 AM

    Oh Susie! You look incredible x

  93. Prêt-à-Porter Prostitute

    2008-02-08 at 12:53 PM

    that dress is absolutely WOW!

  94. missmilki

    2008-02-08 at 12:56 PM

    Oh Susie, so so sorry about your camera. Thats horrible!
    But you look STUNNING. You look really beautiful and that was a great choice of dress.
    I totally agree with everyone that this one polaroid captures you and the outfit so well, probably better than any digital shot. And don’t forget you have the memories too!

  95. martine

    2008-02-08 at 1:24 PM

    Oooohhhh! Perfect!

  96. Yolly

    2008-02-08 at 2:30 PM

    The whole outfit is amazing.
    And I really like the way the colours have come out in this photo.
    I think this is the best thing I’ve seen on this blog (or maybe any blog) for a while.

  97. Guerreira

    2008-02-08 at 3:36 PM

    Sorry to repeat everybody else, but WOW!!!!!

  98. bronwyn

    2008-02-08 at 4:11 PM

    Absolutely brilliant. I love the two colours together, the skirt is a work of art – and I love your headband too.

  99. Rhiannon

    2008-02-08 at 5:45 PM

    Uh, you must have been the best dressed girl at that event by far. And I’m sort of in love with that headband you’re wearing too . . .

  100. Drusilla

    2008-02-08 at 6:26 PM

    I forgot to mention the headband, but I’m with Bronwyn and Rhiannon- it’s the icing on a (very lovely) cake. Also, it’s amazing to see you with a slightly different (less shy, for one) attitude from what we’re used to- posing for the boyf seems to make you look much more confident, which is a great thing 🙂

  101. Renée S. / FashionFillers

    2008-02-08 at 9:11 PM

    So now I will mess up the perfectly round number of comments (100), with this, but I just need to tell you YOU LOOKED AMAZING! OH MY GOSH HOW BEAUTIFUL! I love the hair, the make-up, THE DRESS, the tights, the headband, THE SHOES! Absolutely wonderful!

  102. Shelley

    2008-02-08 at 11:47 PM

    Wow!! What a beautiful dress!! You look fabulous!!!

  103. Iheartfashion

    2008-02-09 at 12:30 AM

    WOW, you look absolutely beautiful. Perfect dress for you!

  104. eileen

    2008-02-09 at 2:59 AM

    gorgeous, i m really proud of your choice! mustard wif indigo…simply devine! tres chic

  105. Ashleigh

    2008-02-09 at 7:11 AM

    OH….MY…GOD! i cant even think of anything to say except that you look AMAZING! Things like that dress are THE reason i love fashion…something that is so amazingly beautiful that it makes you stunned but with a huge ear-to-ear smile! its just incredible! you look amazing!

  106. rollergirl

    2008-02-09 at 1:50 PM

    You look like an angel! Love it…

  107. yulanda

    2008-02-09 at 9:52 PM

    susie, you look absolutely gorgeous! and i love the way the polaroid looks.

  108. chelsea

    2008-02-09 at 10:31 PM

    how beautiful are u in that dress and the whole mood of the pic is beautiful wow! xx

  109. Héloïse J.

    2008-02-09 at 11:16 PM

    *lost my words -that is what happened when i saw you on fashion is spinach. +i instantly thought that was a DIY dress and i almost faint!(thank god it’s not 😛 – i would feel like 0!)
    see? it was easy after all 😉 you made it astonishingly well!!!

  110. nancy

    2008-02-10 at 6:03 AM

    where on earth can i ever buy a dress like that? im just wondering do stores actually sell the dress and where

  111. susie_bubble

    2008-02-10 at 9:09 AM

    Ack! My boyfriend is growing an ego now because of this one picture….
    Once again, thanks for everyone’s comments…. all compliments to Emilio’s fantastic design of course.
    Nancy: It isn’t something you can buy as it is last season but something similar can be constructed for sure…

  112. nAti

    2008-03-05 at 8:14 PM


  113. sheryl wong

    2008-03-20 at 3:32 PM

    beautiful dress! love it! especially the colors!

  114. Katie

    2008-08-21 at 3:15 PM

    Really beautiful !!! 🙂

  115. Madeleine

    2008-10-26 at 4:26 PM

    Wow you are so incredibly beautiful!!
    And the dress is absolutely lovely. The colours, your headband ahh.

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