WHY WE LOVE IT
Take classic elements like ruffles, florals, lace and peplums and apply them to shapes that are lean, geometric and exaggerated. It’s a gutsy yet glorious idea. The result is femininity that replaces dainty with drama. And we’re smitten!
HOW TO WEAR IT
Whether it’s a dress, a jacket, or a top, you need only one statement piece or pattern for maximum impact. There’s no need for a necklace or intense makeup; accessories should be stark and nails pretty and pale. Add a little spring to your step with strappy sandals or pastel platforms.
Photos: (left to right) Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Louis Vuitton
Swarvoski crystal, painted crystal and silver, $370; 212-673-6405.
Cotton and mesh, $173; asos.com.
Banana Republic Skirt
Lace, $90; bananarepublic.com.
Leather and chiffon, $129; bebe.com.
71 Stanton Shorts
Printed-sequin, $169; 314-367-8867.
Actetate-rayon with lace trim, $570; loverthelabel.com.
Cynthia Rowley Jacket
Silk twill, $425; cynthiarowley.com.
J.Crew Top and Capris
Cotton, top ($350) and capris ($298); jcrew.com.