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Regal and Medieval
Wednesday June 29, 2011 2 Comments
We heart a good fantasy, so let’s revel in the romance that existed back in the day. There were Kings aka Lords, responsible for ruling the throne, and Knights trotting about to keep it safe. The Pages were next in line, ready to succeed while the peasants kept it all in order. The woman, however, had the toughest job of the lot. They were there to be beautiful, and effortless it was not! With cloaks and petticoats and corsets galore, there was little time left for lunching and lulling about the castle.

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Alexander McQueen harked back to this period, expressing a true romanticism of medieval times. While his last collection for Fall 2010 was medieval to the core, the current exhibit, Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum, provides a breathtaking refuge into his world of intricate details and lavish trims—it’s a land of supreme elegance.

Fantasy dressing is no stranger to the big screen. With Camelot and Game of Thrones showcasing silk, velvet and rich brocades, the show stopping quality of the costumes is impossible to ignore. Though we can’t claim roles on these fantasy series, we can guarantee that dressing for the part has pared down in the button department. It couldn’t be easier to don a gallant dress. And since we know a good look when we spot it—we’re getting medieval now.

The key component of any medieval dress is it’s femininity. There’s no hiding here, ladies. Cleavage plays a major role so get your double stick tape out! Try this majestic gown for a charity ball or industry gala, and you’ll have full reign for the night.

Embellishments are also a big part of the look. Embroidery, beads andaccents adorn a woman’s dress from head to toe. We love the drama of this MNM Couture gown for a night at the opera. Slip it on, and hear the sopranos sing their courtly tune.
Romance is also the name of the game in medieval dresses. If it’s long and flowy, it’ll probably be right. For your next black tie wedding, beautify yourself in this gorgeous number by Terani, and let the magic take you away. 

 

Spend Summer in Coral
Friday June 24, 2011 No comments yet
coral dress?
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Coral is such a gorgeous color, especially for the summer months. Just look how amazing Amanda Bynes looks in that bandage dress. That's the power of coral in summertime. It matches the warmth of the season and brings a feminine and girly grace. That’s why this summer, when you’re searching for that perfect dress (no matter what the occasion), try something in coral—it’s fashionable, seasonable, and fun. 

Keep in mind that coral is a versatile hue. It flirts around in the orange spectrum and blushes deep into the pinks, so you can work with your skin tone to find the perfect shade. If you have pink undertones, match them with a coral that is pinker. And for the ladies with golden undertones, veer to the peach-orange side of coral.

Landa MB406 - This dress is not too formal, making it an excellent outfit to wear as a guest to a summertime wedding, or a fancy date. It’s tea-length, plus, the feel of this ensemble overall is simple and sweet. Pair it with some stilettos and a cute clutch—and you’ve got one hot outfit. 

Tiffany 26629 - Is your Quinceanera or Sweet 16 party soon? Or are you having a formal birthday bash? Wear this coral ball gown by Tiffany, and you’ll look like an absolute princess on your special day. Beautiful embellishments adorn the dress for overall glamour. No guy will be able to take his eyes off you, and all the girls might just will wish they were you, too;) 

Alfred Angelo 7074 - Are you planning a summer outdoor wedding? Then this gorgeous coral cocktail dress is perfect for bridesmaids. The coral hue suits just about anyone, and this style of gown can be worn again and again. So your girls won’t have to suffer another lame bridesmaid dress. Plus, it’s a great dress to accessorize with all different kinds of jewelry. Change the entire look of the dress depending on where you’re going with just a different set of necklaces. And since it is a cocktail dress, the shoes you wear will be a key element. You can dramatically change the mood with the shoes—dancy, girly, flirty, fierce, or bold! It’s easy to show off your amazing fashion sense and personal style with this dress. 


 

Rihanna, Pop Diva & Style Queen
Wednesday June 22, 2011 No comments yet
Rihanna is considered a style icon by many, and it’s easy to see why. She’s bold, daring, brimming with confidence, and always exudes sexiness. And like Madonna, she knows how to reinvent herself, which is key to staying in the center of the spotlight. Since stepping on to the music scene in 2005, Rihanna’s look has constantly changed, flowing with various trends, pushing boundaries, and breaking into uncharted fashion frontiers. All this change is good for you because it means you have a lot to work with when creating your own Rihanna look.

Image source: People.com

Take a look at the above photo, and you’ll see two different sides of this darling diva: old Hollywood glamorous and fun ‘n’ flirty cocktail bombshell. To wax glamour like her, try a sultry mermaid gown like this one by Jovani with added bust embellishments and a cute cut-out back. But if short and sweet is more of what your after, this Janique dress has that perfect pop-star pizazz to heat up your evening.

Another dress that can help you channel the Rihanna style is Gigi 16529. At the 2011 BRIT awards this past February, she had a very similar dress.  Both dresses have a unique and bold style, a fun pattern, and an asymmetrical hemline that’s bouncy, dancy, and fun.  Every girl deserves to be a diva once in a while, and this dress will definitely let you achieve that a la your favorite nonstop pop star.

Remember that with Rihanna, it’s not just the dress; it’s the shoes, too. As you can see in the picture above, when she wore the black cocktail dress, she paired it with some stunning red stilettos for a look that went POP! Even as she was walking down the red carpet to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, she was wearing some striking heels. So as your planning the whole ensemble for the night, be sure to find an amazing pair of shoes to go along with the dress. 

Finally, when you walk into the room, make sure to walk in like your the main event. Rihanna says in one her song, “hey baby, I’m a rockstar,” and you should have that confident attitude as well. Then, you’ll really be in full Rihanna form.
 

Get Structured with Accessories
Friday June 17, 2011 No comments yet
Everyone can use some added structure in her life, and there is no mistaking that structured accessories have been in the spotlight this season. Structured box clutches are taking a page from 50s and 60s fashion, with mod shift dresses being mirrored by chunky, oversized necklaces, cuffs, and clutches. Sturdy platforms are also key to the 70s looks that are still in fashion including the knit maxi dress and broomstick skirt (tie dyed or not). Chunky heels will always have a place in your wardrobe for reasons beyond fashion: in addition to being classics, they are typically more comfortable than thinner heels (unless your platforms are as skyscraper high as Lady Gaga’s).

 
This structured octagonal clutch from Whiting & Davis comes in sparkling metal mesh in two evening classic colors, gold and black. It would be a perfect bag for a destination wedding—dressy enough to wear to the reception, while also great with a pair of white jeans and a sexy silk top. It may seem pricy at $335 but it is worth the investment when you consider just how much you can wear it. For a silver metallic option at $145, this structured design will make you shine. It is wedding worthy with shelf life. 

While the swinging 60s styles back in fashion definitely favor chunky accessories, box clutches have had other more prim incarnations. Imagine the ladies of Mad Men with hobo bags? No—they are working feminine but boxy bags and bold, take-notice accessories.
 
These highly structured shoes have a bling-encrusted platform worthy of Louis XIV, who sported quite the fashionable, luxe platform shoes himself when men were on to the trend. They are extremely versatile with a mix of gold stones and silver uppers, with a dash of royal ruby red thrown in for color. Plus, with a supportive and structured chunky heel, you will be able to keep the party going all night.  
 
Always remember that clean structured dress lines call for a boxy clutch, substantial cone or wedge heels versus skinny stilettos and chunky statement jewelry—no dainty delicate chains. This bracelet has some seriously stand-out stones in it that will make sure it does not get lost in the crowd and balances out the rest of your structured ensemble. 

 

Wedding Trends: Telling Your Color Story
Wednesday June 15, 2011 2 Comments

Weddings are a time of celebration and one of the greatest traditions in planning is choosing a color story. Your colors can reflect your own personal taste, the latest trends, or your family history. Before choosing your wedding colors, including the important choice of bridesmaid dresses—and before choosing your wedding dress as well—make sure to pick your venue first. If you choose a beach resort destination wedding, your dress palette will be dramatically different than if you are tying the knot at an historic site such as a local estate. 

For princess brides who decide to get married at a fairytale castle, and who might opt for a regal ballgown silhouette, your bridesmaid dresses can mirror your gown in traditional, girly colors, like pastel pink, baby blue, or buttercup yellow. This classic number from Bari Jai comes in a wide variety of traditional colors. 

If you are a summer-loving babe who is opting for a breezy beachside affair, you might consider going for shades of silver, blue and aqua. Since your dress will likely be less of a ballgown, more of a breezy sheath, you might want to opt for even more casual bridesmaid gowns, like this short and flirty Alfred Sung style which comes in a pale aqua color called what else but Seaside. The shorter length is not just more casual, but also practical for pictures along the shoreline, where a splash or two could weigh down a longer hem. 

Little black dresses are also a great option for bridesmaids at the beach or elsewhere, and your maids will thank you for their ability to actually wear their dresses again. This elegant yet affordable classic black dress will flatter a variety of figure types and will definitely be used again after the wedding day. Black dresses also coordinate with the trend of bridal gowns with waist-cinching black sashes embraced by designers including Vera Wang. 

Once you have chosen your wedding venue and preferred bridesmaid dress color—of course, one that is flattering to you as well as your maids stand up beside you for pictures—you can carry the color theme through your entire wedding. Even neutral flower bouquets can be tied with matching ribbons. If you choose fuschia dresses, for instance, you can go all the way with the color, with full-on fuchsia bouquets, centerpieces with fuchsia accents, and even a wedding cake with some fuchsia accents.  

Even get the mothers of the bride and groom into the action. While you might not want their dress colors to match your bridal party colors exactly, you do want their dresses or suits to coordinate, not clash, with one another, and to compliment the colors used elsewhere in your décor. 
 

Daywear Gets Heated
Friday June 10, 2011 No comments yet
Never ones to miss an opportunity to break out our finest fare in day time dressing, we are fairly certain that this summer will see us in the stands of a sporting event. Whether it’s the hunky men gallivanting on the field, or the stylish spectators off to the side, we’re in complete fascination with the spectacle—particularly at a Polo Match. With a nod to the prim and proper, the fashion at a Polo Match is classic with a whimsical twist. It pays homage to the long line of English tradition, while having a ton of fun in the process.

polo dress

The fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island in New York City brought out A-list celebs and fashion mavens. Sundresses, suits and hats galore played alongside the main attraction on the field. With so many variations on spectator fashion we’ve created a cheat sheet to help you get it right. Grab your headpiece—let’s hit the field!

Julia Roberts nailed it in Pretty Woman. With an A-line dot dress, matching hat and white gloves, her look said it all! She had class (sort-of), she had grace (until the game got heated) and she looked gorgeous! Get yourself spotted in this party dress by Tony Bowls. Horses and hunky men not included.

Totally seasonable and weather appropriate, a floral dress is a sure-fire way to  success. Try a romantic version with ruffles, or a body-con silhouette to flatter your figure. For a truly winning combo, bring in a fabulous hat and grass grazing flats. Score!

It wasn’t a Polo Match—it was the Epsom Derby, but there were still a bevy of horses and fashionable spectators among the festivities including Kate Middleton who wowed us with her cream dress and coordinating heels and hat. She hit the perfect note of whimsy chic adding another notch on her sartorially savvy belt. Wearing shades of white is refreshingly cool, and feels great in the summer. Choose this dress in cream, add an on-point fascinator, then off to the races you go!
 

Inside the Suitcase
Wednesday June 08, 2011 No comments yet
We’ve got summer on the brain! Here we sit counting the minutes before shimmying off on our next fun getaway. Whether it’s a quick trip to the country, or a sweet sojourn to the shore, we’ve found it’s always best to stick close to the elements. Naturally, we’re referring to the must-have elements that easily pack into our luggage. A big brim hat and trusty sunnies are obviously essential, but what else goes best on the road? 

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For Vogue, The Coveteur catches up with fashion’s favorite editors, photographers and designers to see what they’re packing in their suitcases. Seems a bikini, denim cut-offs and an ipod are essential across the board. Here at NY Dress we think a fabulous frock is a must-have for the bag. Here are a few that shouldn’t get left behind.

Sitting pretty at the top of the list is the Little White Dress, or simply the LWD. Multi-purposeful and always chic, the LWD creates the perfect ensemble day or night. Whether it’s dining al fresco or bon-firing on the beach, the key to it’s versatility is in the styling. 

For evening cocktails, a mod mini dress is full of charm, especially when paired with metallic heels and a smart clutch. This wispy halter dress flows easily with the breeze at a seaside BBQ. Add tie-up espadrilles and bangles galore to keep you rolling in summertime fun.

The ultimate in warm weather attire is the maxi dress—don’t leave home without it! Getting dressed in the maxi is easy as pie. Slip it on, then off you go! Try this abstract print maxi by Mignon. With its turquoise collar, your right on par with what’s hot this summer. Flat sandals slide easily into the suitcase, and a simple cuff with earrings keep the look effortless.

Lastly, a cute sun dress, preferably with a floral print fits in no matter where your travels take you. Add a fabulous pair of sandals, and you’re ready to hit the town. Or take them off for a barefoot frolic in the sand. As for jewelry, keep it minimal with beaded strands. Summer vacay, here we come!
 

Dress & Tell Winner May 2011
Tuesday June 07, 2011 No comments yet
It's that time again...time to announce the May 2011 Dress & Tell winner. Candice from Australia is our lucky lady, and she looks adorable in that flirty one-shoulder dress. Royal blue looks fabulous on her, and the beaded gold waist adds just the right kind of sparkle and shine. Oh yeah, did you see those shoes? Admittedly, we're kind of gaga over bows, and those shoes are just, well, perfect.



Congrats, Candice, and enjoy your credit! We hope you'll share your next NewYorkDress.com look with us, too.

And don't forget, ladies,  enter your Dress & Tell pics for a chance to win!

 

Get Dressed with Gail Garrison
Monday June 06, 2011 No comments yet
Raise your glass, it’s time to toast. Wedding season has begun. While we do feel adoration for the rosy glow of soon-to-be-brides, this toast is for the already wed….those celebrating an anniversary! Whether it’s the  5th, 25th or 50th year of marriage, there will no doubt be a celebration at hand. And this calls for an amazing dress. Enter Gail Garrison who is sure to provide the perfect fit.

Gail Garrison dress

Overseeing all aspects of her brand from design to production to showroom details, Gail Garrison takes a hands on approach to ensure total sophistication and all-out glamour in her collection. Her sense of shapes, and taste for beautiful fabrics and trims guarantees a knock-out dress that will surely impress. With an anniversary approaching, it would be an excellent time to think like Gail who says, “A woman is the essence of love, a man is her passion.” Here’s how to embody Gail’s dream with just the right dress.

If seduction ranks high on the priority list for anniversary night, then you must choose this chic printed cocktail dress. Think Renee from Desperate Housewives—smoldering and ready to pounce. A chunky statement necklace and strappy sandals add extra oomph to bring out the fierceness for all.

If it’s a night of romance in your cards, then this one-shoulder sheath dress should be the one. The purity of its white color winks coyly at a wedding gown while the luxurious fabric feels soft to the touch. Accessorize on-point with a gold cuff bracelet and drop earrings. 

If you’re looking to get a bit wild a la Ramona from RHONY, then you’ve got to go with this strapless mini. The sparkly skirt livens any atmosphere to party central, and the sleek silhouette commands attention. Pump up the wow factor with a bright lip and neutral toned heels. So chic, so fun!

For those who want their anniversary night to have all of the above, and more—this strikingly patterned one-shoulder column gown will surely do the trick! It is so of-the-moment with the mixed prints, and floor sweeping length making it perfect for a sunset cruise or rooftop extravaganza. Pair with gold bangles and a cool attitude. Don’t forget your cheers!
 

The Big Statement & How It’s Done
Friday June 03, 2011 No comments yet
Finally! The weather sings to the tune of Spring. Off come the layers —let’s bask in the sun and let the warm season shine through our style. Remember Carrie Bradshaw when she blossomed into Spring with a big ole flower pin? Who knew that would set the tone for accessories in 1998?  Now the “it” pieces are bags, scarves, shoes, sunglasses, and of course jewelry. They sit front and center as fashion statements- bringing all eyes to a single item.

Carrie Bradshaw statement piece
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Any thing can become a statement piece as long as it completes the task of elevating an entire look. Think LBD with drop-dead gorgeous earrings, or simple tee with punchy scarf. There are so many reasons to bring on a statement piece. Let’s strip down to the basics, and show you how to style yourself with a star accessory.

When shopping for your next statement piece make sure you’re current with the trends. In other words, don’t let the focal point of your outfit look or feel dated. The good news is that accessories can be an inexpensive way to update your look. The better news is they can also become a timeless classic, an investment piece that becomes the gift that keeps giving. For this spring, choose bright colors, bold prints, and 70s styling. Animal prints and gemstone necklaces are huge now, but will always have a place in our wardrobes. Feel free to open your wallet on these nuggets.

When planning your ensemble, you’ll want to revolve the whole look around your statement piece. Keep the rest of the outfit understated as not to compete. You can have more than one bold piece, but know that it is possible to have too much of a good thing—don’t over accessorize. Try a neutral sweater set then add pizzazz with a chunky necklace. 

Sometimes a favorite item is brought out on a regular basis—worn with love and devotion. This is a statement piece at its best, and may become somewhat of a declaration on personal style. Lets face it, there are certain accessories we rely on because they always make us look amazing. Celebrities go nowhere without their sunglasses. According to Nicole Richie they’re the one item she can’t live without. Since she makes them for her brand House of Harlow, she “research-shops” every style that’s out there- resulting in a collection of hundreds. She's become quite known for her oversized sunnies adorning that tiny face. What’s your go-to accessory that gets you noticed? Own it and wear with confidence. Your signature statement?  Try bold, beautiful and fabulous!
 
 
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