Blue is big for Spring, from pale to navy, in everything from accessories to attire, so today I’m sharing a few of my favorite dresses from the 2013 S/S New York runway shows. They are in stores and online now, so if you’re flush with cash, these are for you. If not, enjoy a little virtual window shopping!
At Carolina Herrera, a laser cut patent leather belt adds a touch of blue and definition at the waist of this ivory wool crepe column with a beautifully draped cowl neckline:
Joan Smalls would look like a goddess wearing a reusable grocery bag. It would be a very tall bag, but, still.
The graphic design and punch of orange and blue of this Herrera designed silk chiffon overlay brings a modern art feel to a familiar silhouette:
Wear the dress; skip the eye shadow.
Also from Herrera, a pale tone on tone column is softened by chiffon accents at the neck and waist, and is embellished by a jacquard belt:
I am model height in Munchkinland, and have mentally hemmed this dress about a foot shorter. It still works. Now, where did I put those ruby slippers?
Pin tucked and beaded to the hip, an embroidered chiffon gown is belted in snakeskin and infused with Carolina Herrera’s feminine aesthetic:
Knowing this dress was probably beaded by hand amazes me. I tried my hand at beading. One cramped finger and those puppies were all over the floor. I learned to respect the art, and it is art.
At Donna Karan, shades of denim blue add dimension to the full skirt of deeply v-ed just-above-the-knee silk dress:
I would need a little something-something done with that “V,” like the addition of a sheer modesty panel. It’s not because I’m a prude about showing my uppers. I just don’t want to be responsible for burning your corneas.
And the same flowing fabric softens the linear edge of a layered one-shouldered Karan confection:
It looks so comfortable. A lot of sins could be hidden under there. Gluttony comes to mind. As does sloth.
Sliding over into covet territory, Oscar de la Renta sent this strapless and embellished turquoise beauty down the runway in September. I’ve been hoarding this shot ever since:
So feminine! Priced at nearly $7000.00, a layaway plan gets me in this dress sometime in 2045. I’ve jotted down strict instructions, for my future healthcare companion, to cover me in a Snuggie if I decide to dine in it.
A crinkled, beaded and embroidered pale silvery-blue…I made the blue part up, which is why the title says 8 Dresses in Shades of Blue instead of 9…gown from Oscar proves sophistication and ease can co-exist:
I can think of one sure-fire way to keep this from looking too Mother of the Bride: don’t have kids. If you do, and your child is having an elegant evening wedding, this is the dress for you.
Finally, Oscar’s elegant embroidered and full skirted navy dress maintains it’s shape with a tulle underlay:
Pretty, pricey, and perfect. Oscar’s dresses are the dream, the day dream, the fantasy. When my ship comes in–please don’t let it be a cruise ship–you will find me in his atelier, twirling in circles and teetering in heels. BYO champagne!