Neon and Leather: Joy Cioci Laser Cut Leather Dress

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the SoHo showroom of Joy Cioci.  I was there to take a look at her fall 2012 collection ‘Seductive Survival‘, but I found myself captivated by her colourful spring summer line.

A dazzling palette of crimson, soft pink, pale blue and bold yellow is a treat for the eyes.  Layers of flowing chiffon, leather accents and semi-sheer fabrics come together to create a light and romantic collection.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

This Chartreuse dress made from laser cut leather is one of my favourite pieces from Joy’s spring summer line.  When I saw this dress in the showroom, I realised that my evolution from ambassador of monochrome to someone who can embrace print and colour was complete.  The cut out pattern is unique and I adore the peplum overlay with the belt to cinch in the waist.  It makes what might otherwise have been quite a stiff and static piece very feminine.

For more details on this Meagan dress, along with pictures of the entire summer 2012 collection click here.  I’m very much in love with Joy Cioci’s designs and have a couple more to show you on the blog over the next couple of months.

Wearing: Meagan dress, Joy Cioci.  Clutch from the Etsy shop of Curly In The CityFetish Sandal from Mango.

I hope you’re having a great weekend, Blog Reader.  I’ve been busy entertaining a friend from the UK over the 4th July holiday and on Sunday it’s off to Austin for a week of adventure.  I’ll be posting occasionally next week as I’m travelling but you can follow my escapades here on my Travel Tumblr.

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  1. says

    this is WILD…seeing you in this dress…you look fantastic and yet it is so far from your usual…the lime green, peplum, laser cut, belt…the list goes on…regardless- you look sensational! Loving you in this BRIGHT fun dress.
    Also adoring that slouchy clutch…I will have to pop by Curly in City etsy…whenever I do..they are sold out:(

    • says

      Far from my usual is right Carly, but so interesting that now I’m considering colours that just scared me before. Curly’s clutches are great, she usually creates them in waves so keep checking back x

  2. Style Positively says

    This is such a beautiful dress on you! I’m so scared and nervous about wearing neons but absolutely love this dress because of the exquisite detail! Neon can be tricky but you make it look so effortless and sophisticated. Lovely job on pulling the whole outfit together! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend & safe travels to Austin.


    • says

      Hi Chelsie – thank you! I was quite keen on neon accessories for a while, but now I think actually block colour like this is a wonderful statement. Thanks for stopping by! x

  3. says

    This is such a beautiful dress, the work that’s gone into it is amazing! You look fabulous as always! Hope you have a great trip xxx

    • says

      Haha that’s such a lot of love there Nurse Frugal. Did you check out Joy’s website? She has some really great dresses for ss12… Thank you so much for dropping in on my blog x

  4. says

    I’ve been looking forward to this post since I saw the first sneak peek of this dress on Instagram – what an absolutely stunning piece! The laser cut leather is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and of course, the colour is not for the faint of heart :) Your transformation from ambassador of monochrome to bold woman of style truly is complete in this beautiful Joy Cioci piece. I don’t know if I can ever truly hope to find myself in a situation where a chartreuse dress is something that I am not deathly afraid of wearing, but you have given me hope! Have a wonderful time in Austin, I can’t wait to read about it when you’re back :)

    • says

      Cee as long standing followers of each other, you know if I can wear bright neon after all the black, you can too. I love how we both talk of being comfortably chic in our monochromes and greys, but to wear this was something else! x

    • says

      Hi Kim – thanks so much for letting me know about this, I didn’t see the link until I heard from you and Stylecaster tweeted back at us. Was so great to see! Yes I’m so lucky with the travel – Austin is great (although there are some pretty mean thunderstorms this week!)

  5. CinZilicious says

    OMG…you pulled off this neon yellow dress without a flaw! I dont think it’s easy to pull off a leather or peplum dress but you nailed it for both! The fitting looks so perfect on you and maybe thats cause you have a fab body!!!!!!!! hehe

    Laser cut leather eh? That is enough to impress me already! Love the detailing of the patterns too. Anyhow, main point – you rock this dress like a gem!!!!!!!


    • says

      Hey Cinz! Interesting comment about the fit because when I thought of the fabric I thought it would be a little ‘clunky’ but the peplum overlay and the cut outs really soften the look. Thanks for stopping over and writing a note x

  6. says

    The highlight of Joy Cioci ‘s Spring 2012 collection are leather pieces with lace-like laser cut-outs – note the contrast between leather and romantic, feminine design. Joy Cioci is very young, and I think that’s the best time to break patterns. The neon yellow dress was the photographers’ favorite.


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