Tuesday 30 July 2013

Dress of the Month July

The Dress of the Week section is a celebration of design, form and elegance and I hope to introduce you to incredible, sometimes eccentric, always wonderful pieces. Enjoy...

The Designer

To launch this new section, what better than high street favourite and every woman's go-to store: Coast.

The Dress

Constantina Maxi Dress, £395

The blurb

Architectural dress shapes of the 1950's couture houses act a source of inspiration for this statement gown. The Constantina Maxi dress is a full-bodied design created with a voluminous skirt for added drama. Soft floral prints combined with a fixed-bow waist belt lend a romantic feel. This fully lined dress contains a corset which allows for freedom of movement yet retains security and form. The dress length from underarm to the shortest part of the hem at the front is 79cm/ 31 inches.
Fabric: 100% Polyester
Wash care: Dry Clean Only
Product code: 2213170498 

The reason

I saw it today in the window of Coast on London's Oxford Street and dragged the fiancĂ© into the shop. Up close it is even more visually impressive. The colours are almost iridescent; the cut unusual; and it exudes femininity. It was actually my fiancĂ© who encouraged me to try it on (a rare occurrence, reader) and as soon as he saw it, he loved it. Praise indeed! 

The shape is reminiscent of 1950s Dior and has subtle reflections of Georgian allure. The best bit is the back skirt - you can't see this on the photographs, but the train sweeps behind making this THE statement piece to be seen in at summer balls. All you need now is a masque and Casanova...

I'd also like to see it styled with opaque tights and stilettos for winter events - the look will be sharper and your legs will go on forever. 

A similar design is available in black. Sigh.

Save your pocket money, ladies. This is a must.



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