Veronika Heilbrunner loves chateau weddings and ghosts – here she talks about the very best outfits for these kind of occasions
Is there a connection between my obsession with palaces (König Lugwig Schlösser, Downton Abbey, and so on…) and my favorite emoji, the party ghost? I’m a f r a i d YES:
It all began with Ottfried Preussler’s Das kleine Gespenst (The Little Ghost). It was one of my first favorite books and I devoured it as a kid more than a few times. No question about it: I would have been all too happy to dwell in Schloss Eulenstein myself. And just the gorgeous drawing on the cover…the little ghost shined as a feather light – not to mention a little crazy and dangerous – snow white apparition against the jet-black, romantic night sky.
And when I look at my selection of favorite dresses now, I have to admit that there’s definitely a connection. To everyone who’s invited to a summer wedding in a history-steeped palace (country villas also count), I recommend a pastel-colored princess dress that floats like a cloud. This is, after all, exactly the location where these belong.
Honestly, exactly these kind of dresses are starting to accumulate in all of my wish lists and shopping baskets across all of the online shops I frequent. They’re waiting for a party in a palace to transform me into a party ghost of the very chicest category. Flowing silk that flies as if carried by a breeze over historical carpets – and ideally I’m wearing a pair of Dr. Marten’s hidden underneath because they’re not only great for dancing, but also good for when you have to walk across a dew-soaked field after a long night.
As luck would have it, I just recently had the chance to be able to attend the absolutely most beautiful wedding of the year – if not the decade. Emma Elwick-Bates presented the event at Lismore Castle in Ireland beautifully for American Vogue.
I found Anthony Kendal’s choice for his seven bridesmaids fantastic and chic at the same time: black ball gowns. Because that is the eternal problem for wedding guests for whom those pastel, floating dream dresses described above just aren’t right. Now the tables have been turned – whereas the color black is actually taboo at weddings, this one proved in a very special way that it’s the ultimate in CHIC. Of course, it also counts in this instance: the more flowing fabric and flounces the better. Only velvet could take it up a notch, worn of course with bare arms or legs because you don’t want to a) die of heat or b) be mistaken for the elegant sofas and chairs.
For everyone who doesn’t have any plans for palace activities: castles in the air count, too!
Translation: Melissa Frost
Born and raised in Munich/Germany, Veronika’s professional career has developed from being a model to a fashion editor, to online luxury retailing and most recently style editor of Harpers Bazaar Germany. She currently lives in Berlin where in the beginning of 2015 she started a company with Julia Knolle, the ex-editor at large of Vogue Digital.
Oh, and she loves pugs!