Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Piece, Five Ways- Max and Cleo Gown

I am proud to announce that I have finally learned from my Elusive Dress experiences and snatched one of those if-I-had-somewhere-to-wear-it-I-would-buy-it dresses.  When I saw this divine Max and Cleo gown online, I knew it would be perfect for some gala or other so I grabbed it to spare myself the why-didn't-I-buy-that-dress-when-I-saw-it agony.  Now I actually have time to put together a "look" instead of the blah formula I usually fall back on:  evening gown + satin clutch + satin pumps + stud earrings = black tie ensemble.  Borrrring!  Take a "look"...

Gala Dress- Modern Deco

The first look was inspired by art deco which I think is totally due for a comeback. I love it. It's so perfectly infused with architecture and design. The fluidity of the dress balances out the geometric details of the vintage-inspired jewelry and adding a modern shoe makes the look more wearable and less costume-like.

Gala Dress- Rock & Roll

I love the idea of rocking-out an evening gown!  I know I won't be able to wear it this way too many places, but putting it together was so much fun.  As in the deco look, the soft nature of the dress keeps the ensemble from being too extreme.

Gala Dress- Spanish

This one was a no-brainer for me as I've been dying to do a Spanish look for the AAMA gala in particular.  I have the shawl and the shoes already, so this one is a totally doable.

Gala Dress- Frosted

For a youthful take on the dress, I created an enchanted, glamorous ensemble.  The silver accessories really lighten it up and give the dress an ethereal quality.

Gala Dress- Organic

The final look was the most challenging.  The inspiration came directly from the dress itself.  The print is very organic to me.  It reminds me of water flowing over river rocks...and at other times of monarch butterfly wings.  Since I've never seen anything quite like it, I really had to define the look "from scratch".

So, there you go!  One Piece, Five Ways.

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