Yesterday was May Day and that means it’s officially spring. I have celebrated by carefully sifting the couture web for the best of this season’s inspirations. Some of the dresses cost more than my current yearly income, but as Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Or, avant-garde organza.
Below is a selection of the most fun, fantastic or fashion-forward pieces I’ve found. I will do a post of more affordable fashion soon. In the meantime – enjoy!
Delpozo embellished faille and organza gown £6,500
Inspired by the work of artist Josef Albers, this gown plays with the traditional prom dress form by adding a quirky modern design of conch shells. Keep make up and hair very simple, perhaps a bun and neutral tones on your face so that the dress rightly claims the centre of attention.
Ashish Sequined silk-georgette gown £2,520
This sequined dress drapes ravishingly over the body thanks to its bias cut. It is both luxe and provocative.
Halston Heritage Cross front plissé-chiffon gown £520
This delightful gown is demure yet whimsical, in a fresh mint green. Perfect for outdoor events.
Alexander McQueen Kansai Kite printed silk-satin gown £3,995
Alexander McQueen Laser-cut leather sandals £695
This silk-satin kimono is inspired by Sarah Burton’s own personal collection of kimonos and features a bold black, red and blush design. The dramatic slashed sleeves create movement. Pair with the label’s laser cut sandals for an explosively chic look.
Marchesa Notte Embellished metallic brocade gown £1,470
Arme de L’Amour Rose gold-plated ear cuff £140
This stunning metallic brocade gown is embellished with beads, sequins and 3D fringed floral appliqués for a truly awe-inspiring look. It needs no embellishment save for a subtle ear cuff to add a modern twist to the classic Dior-referencing shape.
Marchesa Notte Appliquéd tulle mini dress £730
Be sexy in this navy tulle design, with a pretty flared hem. Team with sultry eye make up and slicked back hair for an intriguing evening look.
Alexander McQueen silk-satin gown £1,985
My favourite of this selection. Crafted in Italian silk satin, the gown is unlined for a luxurious feel and billowing movement. A lesson in old school Hollywood glamour, it needs nothing but a slick of dangerously red lipstick and loose waves a la Kim Basinger in LA Confidential.
1.Junya Watanabe Cropped faux patent-crocodile jacket £430
2.Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes 85 leather pumps £845
3. Lulu Guinness black lips Perspex clutch £245
Three eye-catching items create a tough yet playful look, with Junya Watanabe’s futuristic structured jacket and the sugary orange spikes of the pumps showing the best of modern innovation. Wear with a simple white tee and black jeans to let what’s on top do the talking.
1. Splendid wilder washed-chambray jumpsuit £340
2. Christian Louboutin Vagachina 120 leather and suede mules £745
3.Acne Sigmund light blue/ navy sunglasses £260
A casual denim jumpsuit is the perfect foil for these daring and wild accessories: the Spring 15 collection sunglasses that will no doubt attract imitators and the surreal fun of the Louboutin “mirage” heel.
1. Alexander McQueen cotton pique shirt dress £1,135
2. Acne Ilona shoes £490
2. Finds + Wouters & Hendrix gold-plated necklace £145
3. Alexander McQueen The Heroine textured-leather tote £1,595
Pleated sleeves and added drama elevate this shirt dress above the rest. Wear with Acne’s striking graphic heeled shoes, a witty necklace and a vibrant violet bag for the freshest, chicest Spring look money can buy.
Erdem Alda guipure lace gown £4,760
A Victorian-inspired, delicate lace gown creates understated, eccentric femininity.