Lady In Red: Joy Cioci

In my column for Lookbooks today I interviewed contemporary womenswear designer Joy Cioci, whose neon and leather Meagan dress you might have seen on the blog a couple of weeks ago.  Joy is a busy lady right now, preparing for New York Fashion Week in September and partnering with Fashion Fights Cancer.  I wore this dress, another of Cioci’s designs, full of beautiful layers of romantic chiffon and with a gorgeous cut out back detail, for Independence Day celebrations here in the US*.

Something about this dress is a little dangerous but also soft; a hint of romance mixed with a whiff of power.  In my recent interview with Joy she spoke of her collections telling the stories on her mind.  Although this dress is from a previous line, it is also in keeping with her theme for autumn winter 2012: ‘Seductive Survival‘ speaks a tale of feminine strength, instinct and animalistic urges…

I’m quite drawn to the sense of romance in Joy’s designs and this dress is a delight to wear. If you’re looking for a stand out dress with lots of impact then do take a look at her website.  Where do you usually turn for such clothing, Blog Reader?

I’m very excited to see what Joy brings us this September.

Wearing: Red dress by Joy Cioci.  Feelin’Good heels in sapphire suede, Nine West.
Photography by the wonderful Lydia Hudgens.

*Yes, I know I probably shouldn’t have been the one celebrating but still a party is a party, Blog Reader.

You can read my interview with Joy on Lookbooks here.

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.