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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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The Dress

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013




The day has been planned perfectly. Or at least you hope that your wedding planner has done the job that you have paid them handsomely for. The church is decorated, the flowers are fresh and beautiful, and the bridesmaids have been checked to make sure there are no new tattoos that need to be covered by makeup! We are cringing at that thought. And so would Anna Wintour! She is on your guest list we hope! We can see her now rolling her eyes under those every present sunglasses and mumbling, "Oh my, tacky, tacky, tacky, so non SOF!" (SOF for the uninformed is School of Flaunt) But we digress.

Let us get back TO THE DRESS. The all important dress! Most women gravitate to the traditional white or off white for their big day. Our heads are swirling with all of the dresses out there to choose from. This is a decision not to make lightly or quickly. We demand that you shop until you drop! No slackers!

Now what to consider when purchasing said dress. First, do you want a traditional look? White, white and more white. Nothing to revealing but at the same time maybe not totally staid either. Think, do you really want a dress that will stay in the closet until you hope that one of your daughters wants to wear it. Let's be candid now - chances of that are slim to none! Or do you want to be able to wear said dress after the wedding?

Hmmm, we can hear your minds ticking now. You like the idea of that? Well, think of Tina Turner. Ms. Turner walked down the aisle in an extravagant black and green Giorgio Armani gown, which she first spotted at a catwalk show in Beijing, China. She said, "I thought, 'I gotta have that, even if I never wear it'. Then I thought, 'I know, that will be my wedding dress!'"But here is the great thing about this wedding!! Oh this is fantastic!! The female guests were asked to wear white and the men to don black outfits. Picture Ms. Turner in Giorgio Armani black and green surrounded by her guests in white. And all of those lovely men in black tuxedoes! Makes our flaunty little hearts go just a flutter.

More stars are opting for colored gowns versus the traditional white. Anne Hathaway wore pink, Jessica Parker wore black Vera Wang, Julianne Moore was dazzling in lavender and Cynthia Bailey (Who? She is one of the Housewives of Atlanta) wore a gunmetal hued dress. So yes, the traditional white dress might not be taking a back seat but the times are changing.

Don't say it, "but they are celebs and their dress probably will never be worn again either." WE KNOW THAT! But you are not a celeb and if you do not go the traditional route said dress can be worn again. Just saying - So open your horizons, think out of the box, and make your special day not only special but unique too!

Now we want to let you know about a "wonderful, unique, but yet traditional" November wedding that would definitely have made The School of Flaunt Handbook if we had known about this earlier. Pay attention students of flaunt because this is FLAUNT FABULOUS!!

Submission by Peter Crover:

Last November our daughter was married at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. A "grand old lady" of a hotel. It was at the beginning of the winter holidays. Rather than have the bridesmaids carry flowers, I had a furrier in Greensboro, NC make muffs to carry. The bridesmaids all carried white fox, the maid of honor blue fox, and the bride a sable brown fox. It was a candlelit ceremony with strings playing, and the bride wore her grandmother's wedding dress with a cathedral train.

The gown of satin was purchased in Boston 65 years ago. The fox muffs were stunning from Kreigsman Furriers. (Yes, we do like to plug FF businesses!)

The bridesmaids wore full length black strapless sheaths, white opera length gloves, the matron of honor wore a one shoulder, full sleeve, black gown, and our daughter, her Grandmother's wedding gown of satin purchased in Boston 65 years ago. We had the gown modified at the neck and sleeve for more comfort and a bit more updated look. The original had a very high neck and long pointed sleeves. It was modified to a bateau neckline and three quarter length sleeves....brilliant seamstress in Annapolis. Maryland.

Again, Ms. Smythe, your 'flaunt submissions' are really quite something. Regardless of income, it's too bad the rest of the world doesn't embrace a little style and verve in their lives!! You are the best!

Thank you Peter for giving us a peek into your daughter's flaunt fabulous wedding. We hope that all of you have gotten some great ideas now for your upcoming nuptials. Let us know what your flaunt wedding plans are.

Best wishes and congratulations to all! Oh and save some cake for us too!

Alexandra & Cate


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