Fashion follows leaf color in Autumn- rich and deep red, orange, russet, golden and brown, clearly a change of palette from summer. Textures come into play; print patterns are smaller, brushed, muted. Legwear becomes important. Herein some seasonal dresses.
Left: Versace Embellished Stretch-Crepe Dress- Annabelle has looked like a lady since she was six. Jeans are not in her vocabulary. Always feminine, though not frilly, she has a tendency towards body skimming sheaths and classic jewelry. Fewer pieces, but good. An investment piece. ¾ length sleeves, contoured appliquéd trims, gold-tone buttons, hook and zipper fastening at the back. Lined through the body and skirt. Polyester/polyurethane-lined in silk. $1925.00
Right: Issa Cutout Ribbed Knit Dress-(cut out is in the back-see site for image)- Beverly has been working on her torso all year. There’s not a bulge to be found (You can wear underpinnings.) The soft silhouette of this dress suits her new image. Bev has some great artisanal jewelry to wear with it. Mid-weight, stretch knit. Boat neck, ¾ length sleeves, tiered, flared skirt. Concealed zipper fastening at the side. Rayon/spandex. $650.00
Rust Structured and Soft
Left: Kaliko Real Tan Leather Dress-Cynthia is cool. From her slightly odd hats to her booties, from architecturally inspired jackets to high style accessories she buys at sample sales. To her, this dress is a blank canvas. She’ll wear it to death. Sleeveless leather sheath. Falls just at the knee. $240.00 (difficult to believe)
Right: Balenciaga Rust Dress— Diana is a minimalist. Her furniture is modern, her books and friends selected. She avoids foods with sauces and has had the same manicurist for 20 years. Make-up is well selected, but never heavy. Clothes whisper…style. Slanted round neck, sleeveless, ruched, slanted front seam. Slips on skimming the body. Rayon/polyester. A modern aesthetic. On sale $347.00 –save 70%!
Emily has an event to attend that requires patrician distinction. No massages this month, no facials, fewer taxis. It’s worth it to make an entrance without appearing flashy. The dress will serve her well when she makes partner. Mustard and bronze-piped lace dress. Round neck, long sleeves, center front vertical bust-seam slit. Fitted top and loose-fitting a-line skirt. Cotton/viscose/nylon. Fully lined. $1047.00
Felicia has pale skin and rich brown, highlighted hair. She knows this is a good color to take her out of the pack. Her petite frame will look trim and finished in this dress. She’s considering taking out the placket and leaving an open V.Light pumpkin. Embellished neckline, sleeveless, concealed zipper fastening at the back; sheath style. $295.00
Gail is an artist. Somehow she always manages to find really interesting clothes, yet never pay a great deal of money for them. Really, she should do shopping tours. This handsome dress makes a creative impression. Features v-shaped neck, long sleeves, split to the hem with a pleat, zipper fastening at the back, turn-up cuffs with button closure; overlapping folds and ruching. Stretch knit. Machine washable. $88.00
Left: Schumacher Love Lame Dress- Hilary knows she’ll get a lot of wear out of this. It’s warm and packable for cold weather business trips, can be styled very differently with accessories, and will suit dinner after the meetings. Round neckline, padded shoulders, textured black elasticized sash with hidden snap, belt loops. Exposed gunmetal tone zipper fastening at the back. Full slip lining with spaghetti straps. Wool/polyester/viscose. Hand wash or dry clean. $563.00
Right: Rachel Roy Merino Ribbed Turtleneck Dress-Ok, we know the model looks anorexic. Still, the dress is useful and well cut. Wear a bodysuit beneath or be lithe for this one. Buy a couple of elaborate belts and necklaces to change your look. Add some color-yellow bag? Purple shoes? Body-con fit, long hemline. 100% wool. Turtleneck, long sleeves, all-over ribbing. Pulls on. $398.00
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