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Fantasy fashion

December 2014

Picture an eccentric millionairess preparing to host a lavish party at her home. Preparations are complete down to the minute details, but one major decision remains — what shall she wear? The hostess is a self-made woman whose strength, beauty and success represent the power of womankind, and her only worthy option is a couture gown. This year’s gala trends include lace, subtle shimmer and sequins, mixed textures, and bold statement accessories, but which look to choose? Couture fashion, by its very nature, evokes a sense of fantasy and allure, and although certain looks may seem unattainable or unconventional, their purpose is simple — to inspire viewers to push the boundaries of fashion. Read on as the hostess tries on six different looks, and consider stepping outside your own sartorial comfort zone this holiday season.

Theia dress; Manolo Blahnik shoes; rings, A Trio Jewelry Design Studio; headband and rhinestone necklace, Zita Bridal Salon; Miriam Haskell pearled multistrand necklace; Oscar de la Renta earrings; candelabras, Impressions by Esther Fleming. Opposite page: Tadashi Shoji dress, Molloy’s; rhinestone necklace, A Trio Jewelry Design Studio; Aqua chain necklaces, Nordstrom; Alexis Bittar wolf necklace; gloves, stylist’s own; silk floral headpiece, Monches Farm, Colgate.

Tadashi Shoji dress, Molloy’s, Fox Point; Blue Fox fling fur, A.J. Ugent Furs; Jimmy Choo shoes; Oscar de la Renta earrings

Saboroma dress, Molloy’s Design Studio,
 Roni Blanshay earrings

Badgley Mischka dress; Alexis Bittar bracelet, earrings and hairpiece; Brunello Cucinelli flower neckpiece; doves, Love Is In The Air, Inc.

 

Tadashi Shoji dress, Molloy’s; rhinestone necklace, A Trio Jewelry Design Studio; Aqua chain necklaces, Nordstrom; Alexis Bittar wolf necklace; gloves, stylist’s own; silk floral headpiece, Monches Farm

 

 

Modern Trousseau dress, Zita’s Bridal Salon; Brunello Cucinelli feather shawl; gloves, stylist’s own; Roni Blanshay earrings

 

Photography: Artist Group Photography; Styling: Laurel Z; Hair and Makeup: Gina Barrington, Wide Eyed Beauty; Assist Production: Cathy Reilly, Modelworx; Model: Erin Timm; Doves: Love Is In The Air, Inc.; Location: Home of Andy Nunemaker

 

 

 


This story ran in the December 2014 issue of: