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Elegant Dressing - Summer Trends

Elegant Dressing - Summer Trends

My annual search is on for that essential summer white frock.  I've left it so late that any minute now they'll all be on sale - not a bad thing.  Aside from the white dress, the summer trends have a Victorian-era sensibility of romantic ruffles, lace, silk, pleats, off-the-shoulder, pearls, flowers and embroidery details...

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Elegant Dressing - Gucci Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2016

Elegant Dressing - Gucci Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2016

Alessandro Michele is the recently appointed Creative Director for Gucci and his second collection for Spring/Summer 2016 landed with a bang during Milan's fashion week last September.  At first glance I wasn't so enthralled as it seemed like a random mix of wild patterns, clashing colors and over-the-top flourishes of sequins, chiffon, lurex and grosgrain...

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Elegant Dressing - Italian Style Winter Collection

Elegant Dressing - Italian Style Winter Collection

Italian Style Winter Collection

Mati Cianci, a close girlfriend who lives in Rome with her family is visiting New York this week with her trunk-show, Italian Style Winter Collection.  Mati is showing a finely edited selection of elegant jackets, dresses, knitwear, shawls, leather bags and accessories made by artisans from around the globe.

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Elegant Dressing - Raf Simons Leaves Dior!

Elegant Dressing - Raf Simons Leaves Dior!

Raf Simons Leaves Dior!

I had planned quite a different post for today, but last week we all learned that Raf Simons had resigned as artistic director of Christian Dior after just three and a half years and I felt a need to address that  instead.

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Elegant Dressing - It's All About The Frock For Fall 2015

Elegant Dressing - It's All About The Frock For Fall 2015

It's All About The Frock For Fall 2015

Seemingly out of nowhere I've become a woman who now likes, no loves frocks.  It's always been about separates for me, but this summer I wore dresses more often than not and really enjoyed it.  So, I guess it was time for me to change it up - love having fewer pieces to coordinate to achieve that pulled together look.  Erica M Blumenthal's article in the Times highlights several eye-catching styles for Fall; just add a statement shoe, boot or bag and you're done!

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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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