Whenever I get an invite with a dress code, it gives me an instant panic attack, especially when it is one that ends with ‘tie’. You see, I am not a dressy person… And so I usually end up trying to come up with a good excuse to just not attend the event, but sometimes you get one you can not refuse. A few weeks ago I got an invite to Vogue’s Queens Ball, to celebrate the ‘birth’ of our new queen, Máxima. It was only a few days before that my eye spotted the dress code: black tie. Oh dear, what the h*** am I going to wear?
My dream dress was easily found at Balenciaga, yes the black one with the pink ruffles, aahhh. But since I am not the one to splurge almost 6k (I mean you could travel around the world with an amount like that, just not in a fancy dress) on a dress that I am probably only going to wear once and then sleep in it for the rest of my life, I had to search elsewhere.
And so I ended up in this gorgeous black dress from Rika, likely the only floor length dress you will ever see me wear, but still perfectly ‘me’.
Dress, Rika; Shoes, Prada; Clutch, Giorgio Armani; Lipstick, Chanel Rouge Allure.
The first thing I learned as a kid when I started to wear jewelry was to never mix the metals. I kicked off my love for jewelry at the age of around 7, when my mom – who worked at a jeweler at that time – took home that crazy scary pistol to pierce my ears. Tiny little gold hoops it was for years and years and two super thin golden rings to match. That was until I was old enough to go shopping on my own and found out there was much bigger jewelry available. The bigger the better!
After experimenting with all kinds of colors and sizes of things to accessorize my fingers, wrists, ears and neck with, I came to the conclusion that less is kind of more. And also that it is ok – even cool – to mix the colors up. I now have a few things that I never take off (my earrings, two silver rings and a watch that changes from time to time) and add whatever I am in the mood for in the morning, regardless its color.
Rings from Senesense (3D printed!), Cooee and Tiffany & Co, watch from Juicy Couture and bracelets I designed for Maison de Bonneterie.
This is the full campaign Lesley and I did for Maison de Bonneterie, called Things We Love for Autumn. Which one is your favorite?
photography/ Reinier van der Aart, RVDA
styling/ me and Johan Bak
hair and make-up/ Britt Sleebos
location/ Umsjatka Studio’s
backstage photography/ Lisa Galesloot
mini models/ Zara & Xander Hoogstraten
ps/ The bracelets are available again, 10 of each color HERE.
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