Hi Jillian & All. Another reasonably recent dress is this one from Hello Magazine April 22nd 2008 page 34. Hayley appears with Myleene Klass & Natasha Marsh.
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry
Wow, thanks for those photos Graeme! The blue dress is very nice, isn't it? I think that shade of blue looks really good on everyone -- maybe because no one has any blue in their skin tone so it will never clash with your complexion.
Thanks for the photo of the pink Xterity dress, it's pretty -- but it's a bit bizarre that they've styled the other girls in more casual dresses and then put Hayley in a big evening gown isn't it? Perhaps it's because Hayley's special!?
As for "edgy", it sort of means something that is pushing the envelope a bit and challenging societal norms.
I don't like the salmon dress so much because of the front adornments but between the black and the blue I have only one answer, she rarely wears anything that isn't simply absolutely stunning. I do, however, prefer her to wear a long dress rather than a short dress. I don't know why because she has excellent legs, just 'one of those things'.
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
I've got a bit of a hunch about Hayley's green Celtic Dress:
I'm wondering if it might be a Jenny Packham design? I think this because at her 2007 Spring Summer show she had these two dresses:
As it was said in the 'Marley and Me' thread, designers operate on variations of a theme -- and the theme of Hayley's dress is featured in both of those. Or is it just a coincidence? I know that Hayley has worn other clothing by Jenny Packham in the past.
I tend to call it her Benedictus Dress. A most beautiful blue I have to say.
Graeme PS would somebody please explain to me what "edgy" means? The cutting edge of fashion maybe?
Edgy is just another word for racy or sexy. I actually disagree with the red dress being edge. I think if you were to describe an edgy dress that Hayley has worn, it would be the one she wore to the Classical Brits Awards in 2005. It was light blue and short, but I thought the neckline was way too low. It was a pretty dress, nevertheless.
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After looking through all these photos from the fashion shows, my head is full of all these beautiful evening dresses (and I'm rapidly developing tastes I can't afford! )
So I thought that I might put it to good use by playing a game called Dress Hayley for the Classical Brits. If anyone other than me (ha ha) is interested, the idea is to post a dress that you think Hayley would look great in for the event.
My favourite at the moment is this one from the Jenny Packham 2009 Summer/Spring collection:
These dresses by Zuhair Murad are also amazing and would definitely steal the limelight!
Seeing as we're talking about the Classical Brits, I thought that I'd post photos of the dresses that Hayley has worn in the past:
Classical Brits 2003
Classical Brits 2004
Classical Brits 2004 Performance
Classical Brits 2005
Classical Brits 2006
Classical Brits 2008
I love the gitz of her 2004 dress - it definitely says "Hayley has arrived on the scene!". I also think that it makes her look a bit like a mermaid. The 2006 dress is very beautiful, also. But her 2008 dress is my favourite -- it's definitely a show stopper (without being too over the top)and the detailing on the back is beautiful.
On a different topic, I've always wondered if these dresses were the same, but in different colours (or maybe even the same cut, but in different fabrics?)
(Thank you to Oxf and Dave for those two photos)
Now that we're speaking of performance dresses, I have to mention this one: (Thanks, Karsten, for the photo)
It's just beautiful and very eye-catching and I can see why Hayley wears it so much. It must be very easy to quickly change into as you just need to pull it over your head -- no zips/buttons/arranging -- and you're ready to go.
I also love this dress she wore to ALW -- have we seen Hayley wearing it more than once, or was it a one off?
Definitely an interesting contrast. More short dresses than long ones and the 2008 dress was the only red carpet dress that wasn't covered in sequins.
All of them are very pretty -- but I do feel that the 2005 dress suffered a little by not photographing well. I can gather from looking closely at the photos that in real life that fabric would have been very shimmery and pretty -- but some things just can't be captured well enough on film.
Also, Hayley has only worn one of those dresses again to a public event -- which is unusal for Hayley as she does tend to recycle outfits a fair bit.
She wore the 2003 Classical Brits dress to the Hans Christian Anderson Bicentenial Celebrations on April 2, 2005. She's pictured here with Morten Harket.
(Which it seems I can no longer edit) Hayley also wore her flower printed dress for an ANZAC Dawn Service performance in Wellington the day after the opening of the Hayley Westenra Suite (April 25, 2007)
So I think Hayley managed to get through 5 public events with one dress!
If my memory serves me correctly, Hayley's green dress (the one Paula Abdul wore the shortened version of) was from a store in San Antonio Texas.
Oh, I was wondering if it was that one. I mentioned above the interview where Hayley mentioned a stunning dress she bought in San Antonio, where she said Beyonce shops. After seeing Paula Abdul, an American celebrity, wearing the same design, I figured it must be that one. I don't like it on Paula, though; it looks better with pale "Celtic" skin, rather than tanned skin. I don't like it shortened, either. I mostly prefer long dresses, too. I do like that dress with the blue flowers that Hayley has worn in concert recently, that you posted above. It's the Fireman's Lift dress, if I'm not mistaken!