REASONS TO LOVE IT
Elaborately embroidered, richly patterned, or gilded and encrusted with jewels, these clothes are pure escapism. Slipping into them transports you to another time and place (China! Italy! Brazil!), and they radiate a sense of refinement and adventure that makes you feel like a member of the jet set.
HOW TO WORK IT
Some of the looks are a nod to a nation, while others are a postcard for it. The subtle references tend to be more universally appealing (and wearable). Adopt a when-in-Rome (or Beijing, or Rio) approach: Pile on big gold necklaces or long gemstone earrings (as long as they look chic not like a Halloween costume) with black pants and a turtleneck. Hair and makeup should have a regal sophistication: Part hair in the middle or pull it back, and go for bold brows or dramatic, kohl-rimmed eyes.
Photos: (left to right) Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana
Polyester-elastane, $47; asos.com.
Clover Canyon Dress
Embroidered neoprene, $495; clovercanyon.com.
Donald J Pliner Clutch
Embroidered satin, $225; donaldjpliner.com.
ML Monique Lhuillier Dress
Embellished polyester crepe, $448; saksfifthavenue.com for stores.
Juicy Couture Pants
Polyester-cotton jacquard, $178; juicycouture.com.
Kate Spade New York Coat
Cotton-polyester, $785; at Kate Spade New York, 212-988-0259.
Embroidered velvet, $235; zappos.com.