The Cinderella Ball and After Party is next Friday, and with it comes the perfect excuse to dress as a princess (like we ever needed an excuse!)
Before I share some ideas on dressing for the Ball, there’s a few things you should know upfront about this particular fashion advisor. First: my fashion choices at galas are usually met by those around with me with a look, a pause, and then, “That is so you!” Or, “That is so interesting!” Or, my personal favorite, “…Where would you even get something like that!” What can I say? I dress for myself and I like to keep myself entertained.
Second, I am shopping online for my Cinderella Ball gown as I write this. If I don’t find something in the next hour, I’m going to raid Frances Chung’s closet. Love you, Franny! You have all been warned.
Now, here’s the thing: believe it or not, Cinderella was not originally conceived by Disney, but instead is an old fairy tale and there are thousands of different versions of the story throughout the world. Cinderella has a place in many cultures, all centering around the theme of unjust oppression/triumphant reward and ending with the girl getting the Prince.
As a result, the good news for all of us is that there are as many ways to pull off your Cinderella look as there are variations to this fairytale. Some tips:
Show up as Cinderella from the Sixties. The runways right now—New York Fashion Week and beyond—are obsessed with the Sixties. Mini-skirts and colorblocking are popping up everywhere. See Louis Vuitton’s latest collection for some cool checkerboard patterns.
Go as a punk/deconstructed Cinderella…
…and turn to Alexander McQueen for inspiration.
Go as hipster Cinderella.
Dress as a grungy maid and say you’re Cinderella before she got famous.
Do the shoes.
Keep your gown simple—say, all black—and put all the attention on a pair of outstanding shoes. I’m talking gold shoes or, yes, glass slippers.
Most importantly, take some creative leeway with your Cinderella.
If anyone doubts you, simply tell them you’re interpreting Rhodopis, a beautiful Greek slave and the first recorded version of the Cinderella fairy tale.