of the occasion, it’s respectful not to compete with your host in the wardrobe arena. Unless it’s a birthday you’re attending, auspicious, happy colours are strictly reserved for the hosts. For weddings, reds and most metallics should be reserved for the bridal party. A naive client of mine once wore a most angelic salmon draped jersey gown to her best mate’s wedding, matching the outfit with a to-die-for angel skin coral parure. Everyone else’s thank-you note came with a beautiful photo of the guests with the bride and groom but, unbeknownst to this client, the bride had taken offence at her pretty dress, thinking she looked too attractive. To make her disapproval known, she sent the guest a black-and-white copy instead. So if one doesn’t wish to be reduced to 50 shades of grey, be respectful, be smart, and don’t steal the spotlight from the hostess that evening. Attend in respectful and sexy black.
The director of design studio Yenrabi, Cheng is a celebrated fashion designer who specialises in couture wedding gowns