You'd be right in thinking that everyone in Grazia HQ should by now be suffering from an acute strain of celeb-wedding-fatigue and, to be honest, some of us really really do! But when Sofia Coppola announced she was getting married to her partner, Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars, back in May, we got very excited and even a Royal Wedding blockbuster or a supermodel's more intimate affair could not dampen it. And that's before we even start thinking about the wedding dress! So, really, celeb-wedding-fatigue people? We've recovered and can't wait for Monday when - fingers crossed! - we'll get our first look of the nearly-confirmed-to-be Azzedine Alaia dress and the wedding, which takes place this weekend in Bernalda, Italy.
Sofia, Thomas and family (including daughters Romy and Cosima and film legend dad Francis Ford) have been relaxing in the small town in Southern Italy, the hometown of Sofia's great grandparents and last night attended the Festa di San Bernardino where Sofia was presented with a special honour by the Lucania region's officials. The civil ceremony is to take place in the garden of the family's villa, the Palazzo Margherita and on the day, a Coppola relative plans to project scenes from both Francis Ford and Sofia’s films onto the facades of about 10 village buildings. Molto bello!
And now to the part we all really care about - the dress! As we've reported before, it's nearly certain to have been designed by the one and only Azzedine Alaia, after Sofia attended the designer's couture show in Paris. So, what can we expect? Well, we'll be surprised if the impeccably chic and elegant director shows up in a crazy meringue creation and we'd choke on our celebratory glass of prosecco if Monsieur Alaia designs anything that is not perfect because, he just can't. He does perfect and Sofia does quiet and simple chic so the result should be just lovely. Interestingly, John Galliano designed Ms Coppola's first wedding dress, for her wedding to film director Spike Jonze in 1999, and pictures from the event appeared in the September issue of American Vogue and thanks to an eager and dedicated blogger we can have a look! Yep, classic, elegant, sleek and sweet with a dash of tradition thrown in for good measure - precisely along the lines of what we expect to see this weekend.
In the meantime, here's a look at Azzedine Alaia's couture collection that had the whole fashion industry (well, minus Ms Wintour as the two are not exaclty best buddies!) united at how incredible it was. We told you, the man can only do perfect!
-- Kiki Georgiou