A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success. Robert Orben
Ah, white. Purity, freshness, the blank canvas of a new chapter-classically worn at graduation ceremonies by, now, a new kind of generation of fashion conscious girls hoping to express themselves with only one foot in tradition. White with lace, distinctive silhouette, a little skin revealed- how does one personalize a symbol?
Daddy’s princess; feminine but not frilly for those who find that silly (sorry, couldn’t resist.) Just the piece for a girl coming into her own at her own pace. Flattering, wide, round neck, three quarter sleeve, fifties inspired shape with all-over cutwork appliqué, features fitted, overlayed bodice, defined waistband and flared skirt with side pockets. 100% polyester. $615.00
For the slightly older girl perhaps going to a dance that night, a dress that can be enhanced by mom’s pearls or, crystals or a flower. Do boys give corsages anymore? Best for petite figures. Sweetheart neckline, all-over eyelet detail, mini silhouette, exposed back zipper closure. 100% cotton. $525.00
The dress for a debutante or member of the wedding party. Beautifully tailored. Simple and conservative without being dull. Sophisticated. 100% ladylike. Sculpted with slightly flared skirt. Rounded neckline, capped sleeves.Hidden zipper and hook and eye closure at nape. Full silk lining. Silk/cotton. $2245.00
For the young woman with her own sense of style, this manages to fill the requisite bill yet also be unique. High/low hem and soft, chiffon overlay skirt make it fashion forward. Fabrication makes it girly but not too young. A small brooch or the adding of a textured sash would work well. Graduation or outside wedding? 100% polyester. Machine washable. $68.00
Pinafore influence expressed in a grown-up, figure flattering sheath. She’s still an enviable sylph, after all. A summer party dress she can wear elsewhere with a little cropped sweater or jacket, just add a colored belt or sash. Pleated appliqué detail throughout. Cotton underlay. Square neckline with piped hem. Hidden zipper with hook and eye closure in the back. Cotton/spandex. $675.00
Vintage inspired styling Serena might wear (“Gossip Girl”) with that what this old thing smile. Sophisticated cut and layering. For the confident and iconoclastic. Graduation or wedding. Mandarin collar, zipper fastening at the back, draped short sleeves, stitched pleat detail at the back and slanted pleat detail at the front. Lined with a split at the back. 100% polyester. Can be hand washed. $370.00