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Saadi wears Prada jacket, skirt and socks, prada.com

THE TIME BEFORE BY PETER VAN ALPHEN

PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER VAN ALPHEN

STYLIST: EMMA KALFUS

MODEL: SAADI SCHIMMEL @PRISCILLAS

HAIR & MAKEUP: CLAIRE THOMSON @COMPANY1

DESIGN: STEPHANIE HUXLEY

WRITTEN BY: TATIANA FARLEY

There is nothing like the sweet, latent promise of good times; the tickle of butterflies in your stomach, the extravagant ideas about where the evening will take you, or with whom. As we make friends with the mirror and shimmy on one garment to the next, we sling on a new persona from devil-may-care ingenue to glittering belle of the ball. “Only unfulfilled love can be romantic”, so goes the line in Woody Allen’s ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ and perhaps this is true of all fanciful notions for reality rarely meets its shiny expectations. How many times have we ventured out into the night, giddy with excitement for what lies ahead only to realise, in retrospect, that it was in fact the preparation that outshone the evening itself.

Prada turtleneck, prada.com | Tom Ford compact, tomford.com

Saadi wears Jac & Jack tank, jacandjack.com | Raey jeans, matchesfashion.com | Base Range knickers, baserange.com

 

What does this say about us? Is it our runaway imagination? Unbridled optimism even? Probably a bit of both, but is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. Maybe patting on primer and flicking that cat-eye while the first champagne spills trivial gossip is valuable in its own right, and not just a means to an end. There is an intimacy one has with others in these moments in-between, free from the distraction of peripheral goings-on we are more present and so comes candid conversation, reciprocal reassurance (‘if only he could see you now..’) and a deeper friendship. Dressing up on one’s own has a more meditative quality about it, we take the time to feel our most beautiful to serve as a kind of social armour for whatever awkward run-in’s or special someone’s the night may hold. Whether alone or in company, anticipation has a magic all of its own, a ceremony of sorts, and one to be savoured as such. There’s a long held belief that happiness depends on three simple tenets; someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to. So if dressing to the nines achieves a minimum of two out of three then let’s get ready already.

Louis Vuitton dress, louisvuitton.com

Chanel top, chanel.com | Ellery jeans, mychameleon.com.au

Saadi wears Chanel cardigan, skirt and boots, chanel.com

Saadi wears Max Mara leather coat, maxmara.com