24 October 2013

bias cut silk velvet slip dress

I was very taken by the sumptuous glamour of Louis Vuitton's Fall/ Winter 2013-14 show. Dainty floral silk slips worn as evening dresses, 70s boudoir heels, black lace detailing, fluffy vanity cases and sultry, sexy hues of charcoal, mauve, coffee and pale silver. Winter is so often dominated by sobriety and androgynous cuts; I'm glad to see an injection of colour and assured femininity into this winter. I love the slip worn as a daytime look. It playfully alludes to the night, but not the cold harshness we associate winter nights. It evokes luxury, cosiness and sensuality and is grown-up without being dull.

Here is my version, available at Asos Marketplace, and on Etsy (with customisable options) in sizes UK 6 to UK 12 --

The dress is made from a lustrous 100% silk velvet in a rich purple tone. Geometric inserts on the side panel contrast with the slinky bias cut and soft fabric.

I love how the silk catches the light. It looks different from every angle and would be a fabulous piece for the festive season (thinking far ahead, I know!). And the bias cut means there's a little extra give, perfect for the season of overeating.

How would you choose to style the slip dress?

Alix x

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