Cinderalla Complex

Armani's narrow ruffled balloon skirt and allover embellished veil gives this the feel of a wedding gown, but there's no mistaking is modern feel.

Armani's narrow ruffled balloon skirt and allover embellished veil gives this the feel of a wedding gown, but there's no mistaking is modern feel.

If Cinderella were into punk rock, I think she'd love this piece from Versace

If Cinderella were into punk rock, I think she'd love this piece from Versace

There's no truer evidence that street style has transcended seen in Versace's gown.  It manages to look comfortable and glamorous at the same time. The leather gloves add texture, the slouch of them add to the overall casual effect.

There's no truer evidence that street style has transcended seen in Versace's gown.  It manages to look comfortable and glamorous at the same time. The leather gloves add texture, the slouch of them add to the overall casual effect.

Elie Saab's melon gown is the perfect balance of chaste and sexy. Note the metallic-toed shoes.

Elie Saab's melon gown is the perfect balance of chaste and sexy. Note the metallic-toed shoes.

I simply love Stéphane Rolland for this number...classic shape with graphic burn out at the legs creates demure sexiness...and let's not leave out that gold trim at the waist.  Gorgeous.

I simply love Stéphane Rolland for this number...classic shape with graphic burn out at the legs creates demure sexiness...and let's not leave out that gold trim at the waist.  Gorgeous.

Ulyana Sergeenko's innocence refined.  Look at the reimagined gloves in patent leather...just the right amount of naughty with this otherwise sweet gown.

Ulyana Sergeenko's innocence refined.  Look at the reimagined gloves in patent leather...just the right amount of naughty with this otherwise sweet gown.

I love the simple ties at the waistline with the spaghetti straps of this blocked color frock...Ms. Sergeenko truly makes innocence sexy.  And yet again, less is more.

I love the simple ties at the waistline with the spaghetti straps of this blocked color frock...Ms. Sergeenko truly makes innocence sexy.  And yet again, less is more.

House of Balenciaga, Circa 1960.  Note the high/low cut of the skirt and the simple bowed sash at the waist.  Perfect Adornment.

House of Balenciaga, Circa 1960.  Note the high/low cut of the skirt and the simple bowed sash at the waist.  Perfect Adornment.

So I admit it, I definitely have a Cinderella complex...not the one Colette Dowling speaks of, my husband can vouch for that (and avidly)...but the one that comes from imagining myself in beautiful dresses with flowing skirts of lace and sparkle!  Yes, I played with dolls, and yes they had better closets than me.

But I'm happy to know that there are several designers who are attuned to my affliction... and with their own take on Cindy-rella.  

And being true to Blu I paid keen attention to how each was (or was not) adorned.  Enjoy!  /cm

 

If there ever were an image of Eve's wedding day, I think this would be it!  The lack of adornment adds to that effect. (Valentino) 

If there ever were an image of Eve's wedding day, I think this would be it!  The lack of adornment adds to that effect. (Valentino) 

A woman in a gown in black while snowing is what I see in Armani's gown and veil, and the juxtaposition is poetic.  And the natural lips instead of the typical red is surprisingly sexy! 

A woman in a gown in black while snowing is what I see in Armani's gown and veil, and the juxtaposition is poetic.  And the natural lips instead of the typical red is surprisingly sexy! 

Chanel has a solution for mom's to be that are brides to be with this bustled creation. Note the peak of sandals..this girl is comfortable.

Chanel has a solution for mom's to be that are brides to be with this bustled creation. Note the peak of sandals..this girl is comfortable.

Valentino's Modern shape (and length) with baroque styled tapestry and grecian sandals is stunning.  Again, very simple adornment.

Valentino's Modern shape (and length) with baroque styled tapestry and grecian sandals is stunning.  Again, very simple adornment.

I love the subtlety of Elie Saab's modernization of traditional fabric.  Note the belt and jeweled spiral cuff bracelet.  btw..all of Elie's gowns (2014 Winter) seemed to have pockets...I love him! 

I love the subtlety of Elie Saab's modernization of traditional fabric.  Note the belt and jeweled spiral cuff bracelet.  btw..all of Elie's gowns (2014 Winter) seemed to have pockets...I love him! 

The riotous colors of Giambattista Valli's ruffled feather skirt paired with an everyday shirt is just genius!  The large framed glasses evoke the same period.

The riotous colors of Giambattista Valli's ruffled feather skirt paired with an everyday shirt is just genius!  The large framed glasses evoke the same period.

Julien Fournié infused art deco glamour into this gown at the neckline and the feathered cuffs. 

Julien Fournié infused art deco glamour into this gown at the neckline and the feathered cuffs. 

..and here a faceless "complex" comrade wearing her Cinderella dreams in style...adorned in vintage Chanel and cell phone.  Brava Cindy!

..and here a faceless "complex" comrade wearing her Cinderella dreams in style...adorned in vintage Chanel and cell phone.  Brava Cindy!