Sunday, May 13, 2007

The year of the dress part 7: monochrome dresses

Monochrome dressing has always been a favourite of mine. It combines two of my favourite colours to wear---black and white---and almost always looks classic. One champion of the monochrome look is Mischa Barton.

(This is her at the recent Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her dress is from Giambattista Valli.)

(This is a less recent picture of Ms Barton. Again she looks fabulous in monochrome. The dress is by Azzaro.)

The catwalks also featured monochrome outfits. My favourite being this one by Salvatore Ferragamo.

For the fashion savvy, you might realise that this model is the face of Kate Moss for Topshop. Yup it's Irina Lazareanu. She is also in the French Connection Spring 2007 campaign. Busy girl. Neways back to the dress, I love the cut and the sparkly bodice. Though Christmas is still a long way coming, it would have looked really nice for the festive occasion. Especially with the shiny Ferragamo shoes featured in the picture.

Moving on, Sari Gueron's monochrome dress has a vintage feel, especially given the lace. Topshop had a similar piece but I don't have a picture of it.

Other labels that did monochrome were Burberry London (left) and Chloe (right). While both are nice, I prefer the Chloe one for its runching and the elegant emphasis on the waist. It makes for a classier piece.

For those digging Mischa's Azzaro dress, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent presents a relatively cheaper one (i said relatively). That's if you don't mind the off-white colour that is.

Then there are these two pieces from Dahl and Julie Haus respectively, and while totally appropriate for a cocktail party, would also look nice as day wear.

As these pieces are rather unfussy, one can afford to go "louder" on the shoes. Either try uptown girl with these pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs (left) or Loeffler Randall (right) ballet flats...

or embrace a more laid back vibe with these sandals from Paul and Joe, French Connection and Topshop respectively.
In fact, I would pair them with a pair of Keds to give the dress a quirky quotion. Would make for a nice juxtaposition.

If you prefer your monochrome mostly black with a little white, then these options are a good choice:

Either go for a more girly look with the Foley for Foley+Corinna dress (left), or be an urban warrior with a sportier rendition from Nili Lotan (right).

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