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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 - Givenchy & Dior Fall/Winter 2015

Elegant Dressing - Givenchy & Dior Fall/Winter 2015

Although on the East Coast it's still arctic, I'm daydreaming about this spring's fashions and the look that's resonating for me is the tailored coat and gilet.  Designed to be worn as part of the overall outfit, at Givenchy it's downright rocker-chick sexy.  The workmanship is practically haute couture with highly detailed black and white latticed jackets and elaborate embroidery of whipstitching and filigree.  Dior's court coats and gilets were shown with silk quilted Bermuda shorts for a somewhat  informal effect, but with no less attention to beautiful embroidery details. Dior referenced an 18th-century court coat, as Style.com eloquently expressed, "evoked the historicism of Christian Dior's original Bar silhouette.

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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 - Part 11

Elegant Dressing - Part 11

Part II

Christophe Lemaire's Fall/Winter 2014 collection for Hermes was a look of seemingly effortless luxury.  To quote Tim Blanks from Style.com, "stealth wealth, indeed."  The styles were consistently strong, graceful, urban and elegant with lush knitwear, slouchy jackets, pants and coats. As with Bottega Veneta the hem is mid-calf, not my favorite length, but it looks so sophisticated in both collections I'm willing to try it again.  Although prints were at a minimum, there was an abundance of luxurious textures - cashmere, silk, velvet, leather and mink.  

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