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Ball gowns

Long dresses for those special formal work dos

Deciding what to wear to any event can increase the blood pressure of even the most laid back of us, so it’s not surprising that when it comes to a work do our minds are flooded with endless questions and concerns.  Should my hair be up or down?  What colour should I go for? Is it too low cut?  Too conservative?  What shoes should I wear? …and the list goes on.


When it comes to socialising with our bosses and fellow colleagues it often seems that pressure to look the part outside of the office with a fear of standing out for all of the wrong reasons prohibits us from making these decisions confidently.  However, we have created some basic rules to help make all of this slightly less stressful and a fool-proof way to do it…


If your event is black tie (such as a silver anniversary) it is safest to go with a long dress.  Choose a silhouette you would feel most comfortable in and a favourite colour that is also suited to your skin tone.  If you’ve never worn a bright yellow dress-this is perhaps not the best time to try it out!  However, go with a long dress that has a specific feature you love!  Whether it be a floral optic frill as featured on our Marchesa Notte gown

Marchesa Notte Silk Frill Detail Gown

or an asymmetrical shape as featured on our Dina Bar-El Anastasia gown,

Dina Bar El Anastasia Gown

make sure you are excited with what you’re wearing as your confidence will shine!  In addition, if the focal point of your long dress is above the bust, wear your hair up to show it off.  Or alternatively, if it is below the bust, as featured on our Ruth Tarvydas Hidden Gem dress with its on trend side slit, wear your hair down to compliment its glamour.

Ruth Tarvydas Hidden Gem

When it comes to deciding what shoes and accessories to complete your dress try to choose complimentary colours that work well with your dress and skin colour without being an exact match to the dress.  For example, jewel tones would be best complimented with neutral coloured shoes such as nude or a light metallic shade to allow the colour of the dress to stand out.  Finally, if your long dress is very ornate try to keep jewellery to a minimum so as not to detract from its detail.  Why not take a look at our collection of ball gowns for hire and see how it works and venture to our jewellery shop page for some more ideas!





What They Wore to Cannes- Now You Can(nes)

From Stella McCartney to a Marchesa Ball Dress, Penelope is Paparazzi Perfect at Cannes

Last week, in its 64th edition, the Cannes Film Festival began. Which is news worth celebrating in our opinion, since this means actresses in divine dresses making red carpet parades a plenty.  Never a lady to disappoint when it comes to what she wears on that only-too-well known actor catwalk, Spanish seductress Penelope Cruz looked ravishing in her midnight blue Stella McCartney dress.  From the Stella McCartney A/W ’11 collection, the figure hugging dress with its flattering bodice, and below the knee cut looked fabulous on the actress, who posed for photographers at the Pirates of the Caribbean Premiere.

And just like  in her flawless Casadei satin stilettoes at photo-call number one, the doyenne of red-carpet dressing didn’t put a foot wrong come her second red-carpet appearance.  Opting for a floor-length jewel-encrusted lilac Marchesa ball dress, with fanned tulle detailing on the shoulders and from the knee that went into a train, there wasn’t a single paparazzi lens not pointed direction Penelope.  The latest Pirates of the Carribean movie star wasn’t the only red carpet regular to show up in Marchesa. Rachel McAdams appeared in a red organza silk tulle Marchesa ball dress with embroidery detail at the premiere of her latest film, Midnight in Paris. (Marchesa really ruled on the red carpet this year!)

A Calvin Klein Ball Dress for Diane Kruger

Another of our favourites for her red carpet ensemble (and not just because of her arm candy accessory-Joshua Jackson- we wish could accompany our dress on the red carpet!)  in a divine curve worshipping sequin backless Calvin Klein ball dress was Diane Kruger.

Rent a Marchesa Ball Dress, Calvin Klein, or Stella McCartney – with GMD now you Cannes!

These ladies really did show how Cannes is done, and we couldn’t agree more with their choice of designer evening dresses and ball gowns.   Here at GMD we currently love this Calvin Klein gown (right) – a dark blue strapless jersey number with leather accents.  If you want to step out in Calvin Klein why not rent this £1098 ball dress for just £179?

Or if like Pen and Rach, it’s Marchesa you’re after, take a look at the gorgeous pink tiered Marchesa ball dress (£950). Rent this stunner of a turquoise Marchesa ball dress for a summer do for just £159.  Who said you couldn’t do Cannes glam when not in Cannes? From London to Ibiza, straight to LA- New York, Marchesa to Calvin Klein! Sorry, that’s us getting distracted by J-Lo on the radio.  You might not be going to Cannes but you ‘cannes’ rent a Marchesa ball dress.  View our full ball dress selection .

Prom Dress Hire- The Top 5 Prom Dresses for Hire

In need of a ball gown? Finding the perfect ball gown dress for summer is a tall order. Prom Dresses and ball gowns are by no means in short supply. And then there’s the time of year to consider on commencing your pilgrimage for the perfect ball gown/prom dress(*es). (*You may be on the look-out for multiple special occasion dresses.) Ever considered prom dress hire before?

Special Occasion Dresses- A Question of Ball Dress Colour

The colour of your ball dress is a tricky thing to get right if you’re hoping that the perfect ball gown dress out there looks on-trend and fashion forward, without jarring against your personal style. And as us Brits know all too well, summer weather can be anything but summery, meaning the ball gown, prom dresses selection process needs to be done while taking the weather into strict account.  Here are some of the sexy numbers we think are the pick of the summer crop, available from our online prom dress/ ball gowns for hire collection:

Prom Dress Hire- Ball Gown/Prom Dresses To Die For….

1. The brainchild of 3 siblings- all fashion devotees, Lolita Karma ball gown/prom dress creations have the unique stamp of each sister imprinted in their style and finish.  This ‘Lila’ ball dress is no exception.  The ball dress is a sophisticated floor-length cut, while the dash of yellow across the body gives it that summery colour pop ‘pep’.

2. Edgy, sexy Australian label ‘Ruth Tarvydas’ – as seen coveted by many of the A-list set- from Rihanna to Jodie Kidd.  Producing chic ball gown designs with bold cutting-edge twists, Ruth Tarvydas is the epitome of avant-garde when it comes to ball dress fashion designs.  This orange beaded ball dress is a case in point, and it’s right on ‘colour’ trend. 

3.  A Girl Meets Dress fashion designer favourite, Dina Bar-El ball gown/prom dresses and other special occasion dresses retain a global appeal, as well as being popular with A-listers. This luxurious champagne coloured ball gown dress (far left) is fresh and sophisticated, and the open detailing at the bust hikes up its va-va-voom factor.

4. Our love for Ruth Tarvydas prom dresses, ball gowns, didn’t stop at one dress.  This stunning ‘Rose Idol’ ball dress (below) is guaranteed to turn heads, no matter what the event.

5.  Last, but by no means least, is the Amee Lou ‘Floris’ ball gown dress, part of the Amee Lou ‘Ready to Wear ‘After 5/Special Occasion’ dresses collection, from Aussie fashion designer, Amy Boers.   Simple yet, elegant, this taffeta dress with asymmetric flounce overlay and mini-train is the perfect prom dress for summer.  The light fabrics keep it seasonal, the cut keeps the look flirty, while the black adds just the right amount of sophistication.  A perfect prom dress that can be dressed up or down.   


Royal Rush

As the UK celebrates the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and hopes for a bank holiday weekend to be added in light of the royal wedding of the millenium (sorry Charles and Camilla), everyone is asking ‘have you seen Kate’s ring??’ But it seems that more than a few beady eyed fashionistas have been asking ‘have you seen Kate’s dress??’ Kate looked glowing in a blue, wrap dress by designer label Issa, but if you’re keen to get your hands on it, I’m afraid you’re too late. Having sold out on the Matches website and Harvey Nichols, amongst others, it’s going to be no mean feat to find that dress.

Issa is one of Kate’s go-to designers, having worn the Brazilian label on more than a few occassions. Luckily for you, Issa is one of our favourites too – why not try this one? But if you’re still hankering after that royal blue, these equally stunning dresses are sure to make you feel every inch the princess.

{L-R Jersey Dress in Slate by Butter by Nadia, Waist Knot Dress by Halston Heritage, Summer Silk Belted Dress by Proenza Schouler, Petal Sculpt Dress by Suzannah}

Accesorize with a prince for instant glamour – we hear Harry’s still available!

By Catherine Sprunt.

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