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SO DVF:
May

Trendsetting and talented young women have a way of favoring our printed jumpsuits (see: Rita Ora, Ariana Grande). Recently, singer and actress Victoria Justice joined their ranks, donning a special DVF Ireland jumpsuit for An Evening with Women benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood, CA.

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In the Pink:
The Jeannie Dress

This blushing dress is just the cure for cloudy days in spring and summer. In floral cotton with rich pink ombré to accentuate the flare of the skirt, this Jeannie is the perfect mix of ladylike and carefree. A multi-strand necklace works well with the Jeannie’s crew neck, while cork sandals elongate the leg. As always, a well-matched bag is the best way to add instant polish. For this little pink dress, our vote goes to a woven version of our indispensable envelope clutch.

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After Dark:
The Olivia Dress

The allure of black lace is an instant standout in the after dark hours. The new Olivia dress reimagines our favorite stretch lace in a slip dress silhouette, making for one very sexy evening look. Scalloped edging along the neckline and mid scoop back match the detailing of our Vanessa heel, a suede and mesh stiletto that’s ready for summer nights. To finish the look, we love a pop of color, namely the Powerstone Minaudière in chic raspberry snake.

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Jessica Joffe’s Guide to Your Weekend Getaway

My little summer darlings, Memorial Day Weekend is almost here and it’s time to call in sick and escape your humdrum city life—just momentarily—for somewhere (or someone) more exotic.

There are really only three rules for a successful weekend getaway. 1) Pack lightly, of course (you don’t want anything weighing you down), so… 2) You have enough room for multiple pairs of shoes! Shoes are the best accessory to help you transform/cheat from day to night, casual to formal and so on. More shoes mean you’re prepared for anything. 3) Invest in a gorgeous and sizeable dopp kit. I suspect you won’t want to spend any part of the weekend queuing up at the local pharmacy buying lesser versions of your favorite products!

You know how I feel about flip flops but if, like me, you’re heading to the beach, they become as indispensable as they are inappropriate in the city, and can easily dress down a beautiful floral shirt dress, which you can wear as a cover-up by day and cocktail dress by night, just by adding a pair of bright heels, a python clutch and statement necklace. This jaunty open toe bootie, available soon, may be a heel but it’s as buttery soft and comfortable as a flat, so when you’re suddenly summoned for a spot of sightseeing, the opening of a local gallery or to try that new restaurant in town (followed by an intensive round of afternoon real estate sightings) you’re prepared. Just don’t forget your sunglasses and a slight air of mystery wherever you go.

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The Essential Reina Tunic

Black and white and color is one of our favorite ways to dress, and we can’t imagine a better example of the look than our Reina tunic with bright summer accessories. This tunic has an easy, straight shape that’s flattering and comfortable, with a slim long sleeve and a slit v-neck. A true DVF essential, the Reina has been updated for the season in a graphic floral that’s perfect for summer in the city. A crossbody bag in daffodil and leather sandals in a Heritage print are the perfect nod to the sunshine, which brings us to the finishing touch: glamorous shades are always a must!

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Our Weekend Essentials

As summer dawns with its long days and holiday weekends, we’re celebrating the spirit of wanderlust. There’s no better way to greet the season than stocking your closet with colorful and packable must-haves. An ombré top in crinkle cotton pairs perfectly with white shorts or a wide-leg jean—and doubles as a pullover on chilly nights. A floral Prita shirt dress is a standout on its own or over jeans, while an embossed gold envelope clutch works well with all of the above. Zip some bold jewelry pieces into a streamlined travel pouch and you’ll leave room for a statement item, like a powerstone minaudière in raspberry snake.

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Summer Nights:
The Lesly Dress

We’re wild about ombré for the summer months, from flirty cotton dresses to light cashmere sweaters. On the new Lesly dress, it’s also a stunning way to bring color into the evening hours. With a pleated skirt that lends lots of movement, a flattering structured bodice, and raw-edged chiffon for an appliqué effect, the Lesly captures all the whimsy of summer nights. At once glamorous and carefree, we’re wearing this dress with a shimmering pink clutch, gold stilettos, and the ultimate finishing touch: a delicate wildflower crown from our friends at Stone Fox Bride.

 

 

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Jessica Joffe’s May Must-Haves

Since spring has more or less bypassed New York and thrust us headlong into summer, we have to make last minute wardrobe adjustments and I am here to help. This is the season of one-garment looks and crisp summer whites, so get thee to the closest DVF store to stock up. I like to laugh in the face of cold temperatures and every drab olive, ochre, claret, charcoal and midnight blue item in my closet by slipping into the shortest, whitest dress I can find. Eyelet is an added affront to winter and goes well with cherry blossoms and al fresco dining. Bring a tennis racket and this delightful pink purse (for extra tissues and a large jar of Claritin) and let your skin breathe, if not your nasal passages.
If white isn’t exactly your “color” a buoyant pink off-the-shoulder dress will also do the trick. The added bonus of this option is that the dress is all business in the back (long) and party in the front (short): a reverse mullet, if you will.
Don’t feel like you’re ready for a dress but want to show off those legs a little? How about a lovely pair of white pleated shorts matched with a breezy turquoise shirt? Throw a white jacket over the top and you’ve got the perfect summer suit you can – and should – wear to the office. For those of you adventurous enough to brave the trek to the ocean, you are permitted to wear these divine chain link flip flops onto the beach, around the ping-pong table or into the steam room. Happy summering!

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Wrap of the Moment:
The Celeste Romper

This summer, great things are coming in small packages! The Celeste, our mini wrap romper, makes the maximum impact in this bright, oversized floral–the boldest print of the season. Endlessly versatile in classic silk jersey, this pop of color can be styled for after dark with an easy Cami sandal and the newest 440 Envelope clutch, a twig textured metallic style that may rival the Celeste for the spotlight!

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SO DVF:
The 2015 Met Gala

The wait is over for the party of the year!
The theme of this year’s Met Gala and exhibition is “China: Through the Looking Glass” and we’re thrilled the show features a Qipao-inspired DVF wrap dress in the stunning China vine print.
The grand event also marks the debut of some spectacular custom DVF on the red carpet. For model Gigi Hadid’s first Met Gala appearance, Fall 2015 lace was spun into a butterfly bodice of silk overlayed with hand embroidered lace and appliqué flowers, all in good luck red. With a bias cut silk skirt, straps of individually beaded hand cut lace flowers and a back of sheer embellished lace, Gigi’s look truly steals the spotlight.
Kate Beckinsale’s look reimagines a hand pleated tie neck gown from our Fall collection in gold mesh jersey, with panels of hand embroidered gold lace on the hips and back in the same China vine featured in the show.
Kate Mara’s white crepe gown takes the mandarin collar and mixes it with a plunging twist neckline straight from the runway. Hand beading adds a touch of sparkle to her super chic look.
Last but not least, Diane selected a column of silk jersey in China vine, the colors accented with hand beading against the black and white print. As Diane loves to say, black and white and color is so DVF!

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