Christopher Kane AW14
"...the ultimate ALL-IN-ONE." - Zara Wong, Vogue Australia
I know what you're thinking. Did it ever go away? But bear with me...
As Ken Downing, senior vice president of Neiman Marcus, says in Zara Wong's recent article for Vogue Australia, the one piece has "...fallen from favour for many women in an era of separates". And he does have a point.
Separates have been firmly at fashion's forefront in recent times. By creating different looks using a favourite top or skirt we can put our own stamp on an outfit. And there's the financial factor to consider too. Cost per wear decreases much faster with a separate.
|Past & Precious / Vivienne Westwood|
However, what the dress lacks in initial versatility it makes up for in efficiency and speed. The effort and styling skills required for separates is much higher than with a dress. And if mixing and matching is not your forte, or like many women, including many of my clients, you have a demanding lifestyle, the ease of the dress ups its wardrobe appeal considerably.
|Past & Precious / DKNY|
So what's different about the dress now? Well, gone are the days of a 'one shape for all' approach. The era of the IT dress was declared well and truly over this season, as catwalks were dominated by one pieces united by their diversity.
Designers used texture, fabric and tailoring techniques to add variety, and there were a myriad of different shapes for different figures. So, what better season to find your perfect dress!
|Past & Precious / Tiger Of Sweden|
Vivienne Westwood / Size: 8 / Price: £195.00 New with Tags (Cost New £468.00)
DKNY / Size: 10 / Price: £85.00 New with Tags
Tiger Of Sweden / Size: 8 / Price: £125.00 New with Tags
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Source: 'All Dressed Up' - Zara Wong, Vogue Australia July 2014