On Thursday evening, I was honored to host a night of style with heart for Diane Von Furstenberg to fête her Spring 2015 collection. Attendees of the exclusive in-store event were asked to bring in a dress for Dress for Success Boston, a charity that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools for women to thrive in work and in life. Guests enjoyed champagne, hors d’oeuvres from Met Back Bay, and mini makeovers from beauty guru Tavi De La Rosa as I presented DVF’s latest collection.
A celebration of this stature is fitting to those that own a DVF dress. After all, it’s easy to get wrapped up in a frock that allows a woman to exude feminine sultriness and womanly strength all while being versatile enough to be a witness in the evolution of the woman’s life who wears it.
While the dreamy notion of tiptoeing through the tulips may not be on the agenda for a few more weeks, to get inspired for the possibility of warm weather, I styled guests in this seasons hottest trends to assure they’d be stepping into spring on a sartorial high note.
With that in mind, whether you’re looking for outfits for work, or play, I rounded up the most coveted DVF looks of the evening to make sure you too will be a stylish step ahead of the competition this Spring.
With patio parties and bridal showers to attend, its the perfect time to work Spring’s vivid romantic florals into your wardrobe. Bold in scale and color, the floral trend took over runways during fashion month. Whether you decide to go big and beautiful or minute and abstract, one things for sure, flower power is here to stay. Whether paired with denim for off-duty dressing, or heels for a cocktail party, florals are firmly back on the fashion map and will prove a worthy investment for your wardrobe in seasons to come. For an indispensable tunic style, look no further than the DVF Kaden to keep you bloomed to perfection this Spring. Featuring a clean v-neck, 3/4 sleeves and an A-line skirt in the season’s boldest prints, this style is sure to be your go-to all summer long.
THE SHIRT DRESS
As the climate varies from freezing to the very slight possibility of warmth, it becomes harder to tailor a working wardrobe. Enter the DVF Prita silk shirt dress. Light and airy, it can be gathered in or billowed out, and buttoned up or down. Best of all? The smart tailoring is versatile enough to effortlessly take you from power player to cocktail hour and anywhere in between.
Fall may have brought us proper plaids, but for spring it’s all about gingham. No longer just for picnics, gingham was spotted all over the runways. Diane von Furstenberg’s seized upon gingham for Spring 2015 and twisted it into something akin to daring and sexy — no small feat for a fabric often described as prim, and traditional. Inspired by glamour goddess Brigitte Bardot, DVF has managed to make gingham playful and yet sophisticated. Despite its many iterations, the fabric is a sartorial chameleon, so forget everything you know about gingham and try the freshly revamped fabric on for size.
CROP TO IT
A crop top and ladylike skirt with waist-whittling proportions and only the subtlest flash of flesh can turn an evening look into something decidedly modern. Take the DVF Jayme for example. The corset top with flattering ruching detail is punctuated by a full floral skirt, with a little pop of midriff in between, making it the perfect subtle yet sexy twist on a classic dress.
THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS
The white slip dress—that iconic piece of nineties fashion—is finally having a renaissance. While this might be a matrimony favorite, Diane Von Furtsenberg’s white lace Olivette dress is for so much more than a walk down the aisle; from hot summer nights to easter brunch, theres no better time than the present to say yes to the little white dress.
So whether you’re looking to completely refresh your wardrobe with the latest trends, or simply seeking a few standout pieces to put a new spin on an old look, DVF Boston will have you stepping into Spring in style. Trust.
Take a peek at more photos from the evening.
Hair: Salon Mario Russo
Photography: Lisa Richov
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By now, we all know about the Lady in Red. She’s been around for decades and though her appeal has never waned, frankly, she’s a bit tired. Even her patron saint, Mr. Garavani, has retired. Perhaps it’s time for her to take the hint?
Or, better still, go with a more subtle approach, via this delicious dress from Newport-based demicouture label Isoude. The cut is impeccable: understated, sexy, with touches of contrast in all the right places. If a little mystery is the mother of intrigue, this piece shows just enough skin for a Victorian scandal. The thrill.
A little advice: spritz on your favorite perfume, but leave the handbag at home. Sewn at the hips are two playful pockets just large enough to hold a tube of matching rouge lipstick and the small stack of calling cards you’ll be handing out all night to your coterie of new dance partners. Don’t worry when you run out — they’ll never forget the way you looked that night.
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We Are Owls is a recently launched line of scarves created by sisters Emily and Ling Chen, along with their childhood friend Connie Lui. With day jobs that monopolized their lives, as day jobs always seem to do, the friends repeatedly found themselves gathering by night to discuss the launch of their new line. Thus “We Are Owls” , a brand name that pays homage to their inadvertent muse – that gorgeous, globe-eyed predator of the night.
Each scarf is sketched out by Parsons-grad Ling, and printed on a luscious blend of silk and cashmere in Inner Mongolia. Quality of materials aside, it’s the pure aesthetic indulgence that limns these scarves so unique. Taking both cultural and naturalistic references, from Aztec and Incan motifs to digitally abstracted images of sea flora, the designs also feature colors currently blowing up on the runway. I guarantee they’ll look chic with those Miu Miu heels which, if you’re anything like me, you’re lusting after.
And come September, you can get your We Are Owls fix at the oh-so-chic Boston boutique dress.
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