Dress Me.

I leave you with a mixture of themes in today’s post, Blog Reader, as I am flying away tomorrow to the place that is fast becoming my second home in the US; Austin, Texas.  I’ll be catching up with some friends, hanging out at Barton Springs and enjoying a different pace for a while (that and 30 degree heat, ahem).  Thinking about what to take with me this evening reminded me just how much I love dresses for travelling – for easy packing, for helping you achieve such simple, feminine, breathtaking ‘no-effort’ looks on holiday and giving a wonderful focus to accessories.

This is one of my favourite dresses right now – the Aurela Essential Knit dress from BCBG Max Azria.  ’Essential’ is perfectly fitting since I wear this dress a great deal, styled several ways.  The neckline can be worn scoop or lower on the shoulders, it looks amazing with a statement necklace and the asymmetrical hem puts your shoes right out there too.

Here I am wearing the dress with the lingerie-related portion of this Friday post – the waistcoat from the Aiko range at Lascivious, who continue to impress me with their innovation and creativity.  Combining a heavy metal chain with silky rope, the waistcoat is a lovely twist for the dress, contrasting its femininity with that little bit of an edge that you know, Blog Reader, I love.

The shoes in this post give the whole outfit a splash of colour.  There is a story behind these elegant sandals – I bought them after seeing them on the blog of my friend MsTwirlySkirts, who bought them after seeing them on another blog, Damsel in Dior.  That got me thinking that there just might be something inspiring and influential about these fashion blogs after all *winks*.

Back to the issue of the title ‘Dress Me’ – below are some of the spring dresses I am coveting this week that I would happily pack in my suitcase:

From left to right: Genie Pleated Maxi from Reiss;  Runway Muse Colour-Block Chiffon Maxi from BCBG Runway; Waflle Knit V Neck Dress in mint by Tibi and the Aurela Essential Knit Dress, also BCBG Max Azria.

Friday Lingerie Lust will return very soon.  Have a lovely weekend – if you miss me, you can catch up with my antics in Austin on Twitter and Facebook.

Wearing: Aurela Essential Knit Dress; Zara Basic Sandal and Lascivious Aiko Waistcoat.
Photos by the genius who is Lydia Hudgens.  Lydia has some free spots if you’d like to shoot with her in NYC this month – get in touch via her website.

Pastels and Peplum ~ Rodarte X Opening Ceremony

I go weak at the knees for Rodarte, I really do.  I find many of their dresses have that dream-like, sleeping beauty quality – a truly romantic feel.  When the Metropolitan Museum of Art held their Addressing Fashion exhibition, they described Rodarte gowns as characterised by an obsessional attention to detail:

A selection of Rodarte dresses over the last few years – catwalk images below from Elle

“At Rodarte, stiffer fabrics in brocades and metallics are invested with movement and swing and the house’s favored organzas and chiffons are painstakingly worked to emphasize their fluttering ethereality. A Rodarte gown, therefore, is not only beautiful in the long view of the red carpet but also in circumstances of greater intimacy. The seduction of their craft is in the lightness of their touch.” ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art

This photoshoot is one of my favourites.  I’m wearing my peplum dress from the second Rodarte x Opening Ceremony collection – complete with amazing details: a flouncy hemline; ruffled bodice and skirt and open shoulders.  I own two dresses from this collection (you can see the other dress here) that was themed around the Mulleavy sister’s vision of a nordic winter:

“Ruffled textures and beadwork accent clean scandinavian lines, mock necks and draped shoulders.  Mints, blush and ochre combine for a romantic colorscape grounded in earthy browns” ~ Opening Ceremony

I’m longing for warmer weather to break out this dress.  In approximately two months, if you see someone flouncing around Manhattan in this dress (fairy godmother optional), it could well be me.

Photos by the wonderfully talented Lydia Hudgens.
Wearing: Dress, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (closest matches here).