Spent my new year’s eve in Japan two years ago. We were walking somewhere near the Shibuya crossing. Wasn’t feeling too well and my head was beginning to ache. As I was complaining to Reza, my phone rang. It was a call from home.
It was my mum. She sounded overly excited on the other end of the receiver. She was at a fabrics store and had just found a nice lace fabric in dusty blue for my engagement dress, just as I’d requested.
“Awak nak dusty blue kan? The fabric fully beaded, really nice, very intricate. It’s Elie Saab!”
Mama was really keen on getting the whole four meters, especially when everything’s discounted at Jakel during the end of the year. Plus, they were also throwing in silk lining and fabric for men. Seeing how she was so into it, I gave her an OK.
After I put down the phone, I immediately told Reza:
“OMG my mum just got me Elie Saab lace to wear on the engagement day!”
We continued walking and he realized that my mood totally changed:
“What? Your mum call and cakap dah beli kain, terus hilang sakit kepala.”
When I saw it in real life for the first time, I wasn’t so sure about the lace. I mean, I did find it very beautiful — the beads and the pattern, there’s nothing quite like it! But I wondered whether the color’s right, whether the lace reflected my personality and whether it’d fit the design that I may want in the future. Also wondered whether it is really by Elie Saab, as claimed by Jakel.
The fabric never became part of my engagement dress, though, because we later decided that it’s a little OTT for an engagement ceremony. We decided that it would instead, be used for the reception.
Today, I’ve grown to love and fully appreciate the lace, up to the point where everything else revolves around it, like the theme. It’s hard for me to part with it, too and it was left with the dressmaker with a heavy heart. Elie Saab or not, my mum had hand-picked the lace and gotten it for me as a gift. To me, that matters the most.