I usually go for really low necklines—all the better to lengthen a short torso—but Vivienne Tam has me reaching for this Silk Sequin Butterfly Dress. The color is divine for summer, and the sequin detail at the collar is superb. What I really like about this kind of dress, however, is that I can see it going so well with a nice tailored suit jacket for a more casual office look (if one worked in one of those creative-type workplaces) or even by itself for a great date look. Hair up, of course, is a must.
Still, because not all of us have $179 (down from $420) lying around, Forever 21 has a surprisingly effective option that stops short of being a complete knockoff. Although I wish it came in a color other than black, the F21 version touts some lovely beading around the neckline and hem, and slightly different criss-cross straps in the back (pro: won’t slide down your arms all evening). Now magically turn into teal, and I’m set :3
Something from last week to tide us over in these slow fashion times: Demi Moore in Marchesa Fall 2010. Yes it looks kinda funky from the side, but that open back is as delicious as apple pie. Let it be said here that while I subsequently found out the pattern was paisley, I still think that there is a beautiful Asian influence going on here. The pattern looks like some sort of qipao dragon print and the neckline/shoulders also emulates your standard cheongsam. Note to Vivienne Tam: this is what you should be doing!
I had actually blogged about a piece from the Christopher Kane 2009 RTW collection before (Frieda Pinto’s absolutely gorgeous black number) but I never expected something so Chloe-like to also emerge. This lovely pastel number (generically named “Scalloped Silk Dress”) has me gushing, seriously. You have the avant-garde that is Kane’s modus operandi, and yet an unexpected softness. The layered/different-sized scallops are just parfait, and the color is just the right amount of saturated to last you through any spring season.
Unfortunately, with knowledge comes disappointment. Of course, it’s sold out. What once was discounted 80% (AHH! £3,227.77 to £645.55 [sorry, not avail on the US site]) is now out of my reach forever. Still, il y aura un jour …
Full disclosure: this dress is already sold out, but that doesn’t stop me blogging about it. I also am already fully aware that the gigantic floral shape on dress forms has been done and done (see: Carrie, Sex and the City movie), but again, see above.
I like how Temperley London has taken a new spin on things. Instead of a floaty chiffon nightmare, the petals become more grounded with the black edging. The sheer under-petal keeps the blossom from looking too flat, and the little pop of color in the middle is a nice cherry on top. Heck, what with the studs, this might as well be the rocker-chic version of the giant flower dress, and if this is the new direction rocker-chic is going, I am so on board.
I will say this though—I’d much rather have had a thick strap instead of the three dainty ones on the back.
$799, down from $2,295, over at Gilt.
Remember that episode of Sex and the City where Carrie wears that “naked” dress? Well, I think I’ve found the naked dress of my life. This Naught But A Whisper Gown from Carol Malony is lovely, featuring a sheer nude silk tulle generously sprinkled with crystals. I love the Britney Spears a la sparkly bodysuit from the Toxic music video vibe of the front, and the back is one of the prettiest configurations of the backless concept that I’ve seen in a long time. They could have totally been lazy and made it a halter, but didn’t, for which I am so grateful.
Pricey pricey pricey: $134.75, down from $385, now at Hautelook.
Something about RTW t-shirt type lines from major fashion houses gets me every time (see: Oonagh by Nanette Lepore, AWang’s stuff). This lookbook photo is from doo.ri’s under.ligne line. My only disappointment is that this actual dress isn’t for sale on the website, and the stuff that is seems startlingly overpriced. But if I could look as amazing as the model here, then maybe the price would be worth it, eh?
[EDIT] Found it in tank top form, for $165.
I was looking at my friend’s latest issue of Cosmo yesterday and was blown away by this particular dress. Based off of a runway look from Elise Overland’s F/W 2009 runway, this pretty little number features a viable zipper that runs diagonally down the chest. So pretty! So shiny! So perfect for clubbing or lounging (but maybe not that business formal dinner)! I couldn’t find this available anywhere online, but apparently at some time it was sold and then sold out here. ($950 -> $380 FTW.) Still, I love the rose color the best and would totally sink my claws into it if I could. Post-Vday self-confidence booster, mayhaps? ;)
At first I wasn’t sure if I dug the darker gold color (“Singhs Gold”) of this particular dress, but as I keep looking, it’s started to grow on me. The tailoring is surprisingly modern (especially the back; I love the back) and the deeper gold color keeps the whole affair looking old-world classy. However, I will say that the dress looks like one of those pieces of clothing that when worn, looks effortlessly comfortable, but in actuality will be annoying because the strap slips off every 2 minutes, you’re always freaking out about your butt crack showing, etc, etc. But what do I know? I probably will never need to contemplate the difficulties of red carpet dresses.
PS: I’d *love* to see this dress paired with some Amrita Singh. Just sayin’.
Lorick’s Voile Racing Lee Shift dress is available for $118, down from $374, at Gilt.
Modern, dreamy, and romantic are some adjectives that I would choose to describe this absolutely gorgeous Reem Acra Tulle Embroidered Overlay Strapless Gown. The embroidery is delicious, and I love love love that they did a matching pattern down the back (boring backs = biggest pet peeve ever!). I also enjoyed the slightly gothic feel I get from the black overlay on red satin. Strangely, I can see Eva Green wearing this dress.
$1,548, down from $5,500, over at Gilt.
Vivienne Westwood apparently paired up with Cole & Son to make, that’s right, designer wallpaper. Part of me is bemoaning the amount of largesse rich people can afford, and the other part wishes I were one of them. It’s like, I just know that attempting to cover any impressive expanse of wall with any of these wallpapers would cost me a pretty penny, but I still dream.
As for wallpaper becoming dresses:
To toast the collaboration, Westwood and the historic wallpaper manufacturer fashioned an array of dresses from decorative swatches, cleverly bringing the designs full circle from three dimensions to two dimensions and back again.
Pretty pretty. :)