Bright blooms and high waist? Tick.
By now you may have gathered I have something of a penchant for anything chiffon and floating, anything 70s bohemian and oversized floral prints. It’s not my fault; I just gravitate towards anything with a slight influence of English summers or hippies. This beautiful dress just caught my eye and I couldn’t disregard it. Long and graceful, flowing and floral; what’s not to love? Perhaps not by a designer you’re familiar with, but Paul & Joe (a label by Parisian designer Sophie Albou) has been a celebrity favourite since 1995, capturing the essence of French style by depicting the savoir-faire lifestyle, synonymous with Parisians and the epitome of Parisian chic. This 70s inspired “Osmose botanical print” maxi dress is the perfect way to see summer through in effortless style. The bracelet length sleeves with frill cuffs are feminine and sweet, whilst the plunging “V” neckline and backless halter-neck is flirty but restrained which is just enough to be softly seductive and not obnoxiously sassy. Made completely from silk this beautiful piece would be light and flowing giving it a floating movement when worn. Although it has a small tie at the waist I’d be tempted to add a tan woven leather belt teamed with a floral headband across one’s forehead, for a boho look, or a gold snake chain belt and a tousled chignon for instant glamour.
Kenzo has captured spring perfectly in these delicate, whimsical, floral chiffons. My personal favourite is the cream kaftan on the right, with appliqué chiffon flowers and striped collar. The kaftan adds interest further with drawstring-ruched sleeves in an alternate peach coloured rose print, but keeps continuity with the leaf green foliage throughout. Its transparency emulates the delicacy of the roses and gives the piece elegant floating movement. Teamed above with Japanese inspired geisha shoes with lilac platforms, also Kenzo; perhaps not wearable but it’s not intended to be, this is fashion art.
Kimono Dress £2,990, Kenzo