Post # 1
I have a bad habit of trying on dresses I can’t afford. This Oscar de la Renta retailed for $12K, but the sample was “only” $7K. It’s as close to Mr. de la Renta as I’ll ever get and I couldn’t resist having a “Carrie” moment. It was obvious why the dress costs as much as it does — the construction and beading were perfect. Thankfully we didn’t hit it off or I would have been in trouble! Anyone else have brushes with 5-figure dresses? Any ladies lucky enough to wear one down the aisle??
Post # 3
The first place I went was Oscar de la Renta! Man, was that ever a rookie move 😉 I just wanted to see them…
Thankfully I didn’t fall in love with any!
Post # 4
@urbanriceball: that is a pretty dress!
Post # 5
That dress is to die for! Sucks they are so much 🙁
Post # 6
Honestly, for $7k, that’s pretty ugly.
Post # 8
@urbanriceball: So pretty! But yea, I’d rather have a down payment on a house…
Post # 9
i couldn’t do that. i’m sure i would have fallen in love and been so sad
Post # 10
I tried on some pretty expensive gowns as The Sample Room NYC and Mark Ingram Atelier in NYC. I think the most expensive was $10,000. I don’t remember the designer, since I immediately decreed it “very pretty” but “stupidly heavy”. It was just stunning if all you had to do was stand in one place, like for a photo shoot.
I did love how the super expensive dresses were, for the most part, just simply works of art. They took the idea of a bridal gown to a completely different, whole new level.
Post # 11
@urbanriceball: Oscar’s gowns are amazing! The one you went with is so much better than that one though. I think the problem with his dresses is that there’s so much detail and applique/beading, a lot of them are only really cut for super-tall super-skinny types.
I’m wearing this Oscar (from the 2012 Fall collection) for my Australian wedding in three weeks, got it for a really decent price so I don’t feel too bad. It has hand-painted wildflowers all over it.
Post # 12
@urbanriceball: At one bridal salon I browsed quite a bit in the expensive dress section (over $5,000) and oddly enough didn’t find a single one I wanted to try on. My taste tends to be costly so I was surprised at myself. LOL
Post # 13
@peonyinparis: oh my god, that is gorgeous!!! the painted flowers are amazing!!!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@MsW-to-MrsM: I agree. That’s one of the worst ODLR dresses I’ve seen. Most of his dresses are seriously to die for, though.
Post # 15
Am I missing something?
I get that dresses are different and that many have varying degrees of quality. It’s up to the bride but as a guest or as someone who is looking at the dress I don’t understand how that dress can cost 15K (or 7K as a sample) compared to most gowns that are 2-3K. Quality-wise most of them look the same.
I get beadwork is expensive because it’s more labor intensive but I’m one of the people that can’t “See” or appreciate the quality that makes a dress so expensive.
Post # 16
@skippydarling: Oscar de la Renta is a high fashion designer…so I’m sure a good portion of that cost is attributed to the brand name (similar to Tiffany for a diamond ring). So yeah, that’s a cost you won’t be able to see. In my experience, there was a noticeable difference in the construction in more expensive gowns. The boning or corseting was not as heavy, but still did it’s job. Also the quality of fabric was much better, so the dress had a better fall to the floor. The particular one I tried on had a funky skirt, so not really applicable here.
@mrspinesol: yeah I was suprised that this was an ODLR…I always thought his cuts were more classic a la @peonyinparis‘s dress.