Starlet Fever is a relatively new Australian designer, featuring lots of curve hugging wiggle dresses, bright colours and feminine prints.
The Wilhelmina Gown in Ivory Print screams 60s glamour and I imagined it with a scarf and gloves on the streets of Paris.
France is a long way to travel from New Zealand, so a gorgeous apartment block in the heart of Auckland City had to do… but I love the feel of these photos! I bought along a black scarf but with my dark hair, it ended up being too overwhelming. My idea for gloves was also thwarted after accidentally bringing two gloves that didn’t match! Doh!
The black belt, shoes and bag with my hair all complemented each other wonderfully though and is probably much closer to how I would actually style this dress if I was wearing it out. Gloves look great but they do end up needing to come off as soon as you need to eat/drink or use your touch screen phone!
The Wilhelmina Gown is made of 100% Bemberg Silk (even the lining) and the price reflects that. At AU$390, for most ladies, this is a dress for a special occasion like a wedding, Ball/Prom or a birthday party. The silk is super luxurious and holds it’s shape well in the skirt.
The shape is a classic 1960s boat-neck with a V shape at the back and box pleating on the skirt. I felt the need to break up the dress with a black belt but also to help cinch in some of the loose material around my waist.
Whilst the 1960s called for skinnier belts, I decided this wider Pinup Girl Clothing one looked best, especially since the black matched that of my shoes and handbag.
I love that the print on the fabric is detailed but subtle so as not to overwhelm the dress. Upon closer inspection, the print is like old Roman works of art, with cherubs, palm trees and angel-like figures. You can use the zoom feature on the Scarlet Fever website to see it closer.
I added my black petticoat from That Shop because I love a full poofy skirt- for extra drama, why not try TWO petticoats? Yes, I know, it’s a bit crazy but the silhouette created would be so fabulous!
Looking at the size chart, my bust (36″) and waist (27.5″) is right in between the size 8 and 10. Considering the silk has no stretch, I thought it best to go with a size 10 and I’m glad I did since I think the 8 could have given me the dreaded ‘pancake boob’.
The Wilhelmina is made in Australia, comes in sizes 8-16 and is AU$390. There is also a stunning silk Duck Egg and French Blue version of this style which I can imagine being perfect for bridesmaids!
Special thanks to Elizabeth J Photography for one of my all-time favourite sets of photos. We are going to have to start exploring Auckland City more often!
I feel so sophisticated and classy in the Wilhelmina Gown, I need to arrange a high-tea date with some lady friends and take Wilhelmina out. Where would you wear her?
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