Thanks to the September issue of Vogue (read the entire book over the weekend!) and its pages full of ladylike fall fashion, I’m feeling decidedly feminine this week. As I clicked through my inspiration files, my jaw dropped at the site of this toile Valentino gown (top left), and I felt inspired to build a glamorous fête around this romantic print. “Toile de Jouy” originated in 18th century France, and I’ve always been a big fan of the classic pattern’s idyllic scenes of the french countryside. Wouldn’t it set a striking tone for a lingerie-themed bridal shower or over-the-top girly birthday party? Just keep the look sophisticated by sticking to black and white…colorful toile can easily slant a little more country than chic.

*images: {row 1} valentino dress, bouquet, favors {row 2} table, ties {row 3} cake, stationery, flowers {row 4} fabric, petit fours, bedding.


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    Sarah @ Designsgood | August 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    That toile gown is breathtaking.

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    clothing tags | August 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    You really have a good taste choosing a gown because I also felt in love with that gown. Are we going to see the fête you’re planning to build? I know you have a good ideas about it and I am keyed-up to witness it.

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    erin | August 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I’m dying to read my issue – which is sitting at my old address. I’ve held out this long since we go back this weekend but the flight is going to be torture (my favorite mag reading time!)

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    Camille Styles | August 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    @erin, I feel your pain, m’dear. Just think how blissful the return flight will be, when you have that entire fat September issue to keep you company? 😉

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    happy room | August 24, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I’m dying to read my issue – which is sitting at my old address. That toile gown is breathtaking.

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    3 vex | July 19, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    thank you for sharing information, i like your blog
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