Spring 2015

Elegant Dressing - The White Summer Dress

Elegant Dressing - The White Summer Dress

The White Summer Dress

I'm very much a separates type and happy switching between jeans, tops and sweaters most days for much of the year.  However, by June I'm looking high and low for dresses, as New York becomes hot and humid and Fort Lauderdale & Miami, where I also spend a lot of time, is even more hot and humid.  During those balmy months, the white summer dress comes into its own and saves me from dissolving into a daily sweaty heap. 

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Elegant Dressing - Blooming Spring

Elegant Dressing - Blooming Spring

Blooming Spring

Spring has finally sprung and blooming spring florals are everywhere!  Minimalism for now is seen in the distance of our rearview mirror.  Typically I'm not one to wear big floral prints however, I've seen such delightful styles this season that I'm willing to at least try some things on.  Dolce & Gabbana caught my eye because they have such a romantic point of view and their clothes are exquisitely made.  The combination of red and black along with richly intricate embroideries and hair ornamentations, enhance their definition of Italy's la dolce vita.  

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Elegant Dressing - 70s Style for Spring/Summer 2015

Elegant Dressing - 70s Style for Spring/Summer 2015

70's fashion is back and for some of us there's a sense of "been there done that!"  However, the silhouettes have been refined and updated - I'm loving the cropped jackets, billowy dresses, woven wedged sandals and fringed bags. Etro's collection is pitch perfect in capturing that era's carefree bohemian spirit. Fabrics have customized dyeing, braiding and intricate embroidery giving the clothes an engaging mix of Native American-style details and Zandra Rhodes' gossamer, floaty handkerchief hems.  

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Elegant Dressing - Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer

Elegant Dressing - Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer

Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer at Burberry presented a creative re-imagining of those forever staples, the denim jacket and trench coat from the Spring 2015 Prorsum collection.  The denim jacket has shrunk significantly and the sheepskin, silk, patent leather and suede details, gives this perennial favorite a new spin for Spring.  Wearing this jacket immediately puts you on-trend and will remain your favorite go to piece for seasons to come. There was also a nod to the current fad for the 70's in suede for both the jackets and trenches.

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Elegant Dressing - Peter Copping Heads Oscar de la Renta

Elegant Dressing - Peter Copping Heads Oscar de la Renta

Peter Copping, who Oscar de la Renta chose to succeed him presented his first collection this week, just three months after taking on the role of artistic director.  Previously, he was at Nina Ricci for five years as artistic director.  Mr Copping managed to balance the de la Renta sensibility without being overly reverential, while subtly introducing his own.  He has moved the design house forward, making it more youthful and contemporary while maintaining the elegance, meticulous details and luxurious fabrics.

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Elegant Dressing - The White Series Contd.

Elegant Dressing - The White Series Contd.

The White Series Contd...

Continuing with my White Series for January, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Perpaolo Piccioli the designers for Valentino created an enchanting series of white lace dresses for Spring ready-to-wear 2015.  The collection was based on the long gone tradition of the Grand Tour, where the British Aristocracy and the very wealthy would travel to France and Italy in pursuit of improving their culture.  The designers used the Grand Tour as their inspiration, creating a collection that was poetic, graceful and beautiful. The detail and intricate workmanship of lace was quite astonishing.  

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Elegant Dressing - The White Series

Elegant Dressing - The White Series

The White Series...

It's January 2015 and time to start afresh, make new resolutions and promise to commit to improve whatever we deem lacking in ourselves and/or our lives.  Nothing says fresh new start quite like white.  In this and the following posts are some of the inspired turns white has taken for January.  This morning I read in the Times that two high fashion retails stores, The Webster, Miami Beach and Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche, Paris have launched a designer collaboration series all white collection.  As Hilary Moss explains, it's a Bon Marche tradition since January 1873, when the store's owner Aristide Boucicaut stocked a selection of snow-hued garments to fill his shelves following the holiday shopping season.

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