Pump Up the Volume!

As springtime approaches, it’s time to turn up the volume. No, we’re not talking prints loud enough to scare the birds; we’re thinking more along the lines of owning our space. Still not clear? What we mean is, after the winter months of wrapping up tight it’s time to spread our wings as wide as we like and enjoy feminine flights of fancy with voluminous silhouettes. Set your body free!

Architectural tailoring by Reza Zarei gets a flirty twist when garlands of crystallized flowers are drawn down and gathered at the small of a bare back. Although the shoulders are as “out there” as anything from the 80s, translucence keeps the line weightless and ultra-contemporary.

Think feminine volume and the first thing that springs to mind is every little girl’s dream costume, the tutu. Kaviar Gauche does one that’s all grown-up and perfect for dancing—and dining—out. We love the puff of pale rose tulle scattered with crystals, teamed with an off-white silk bodice. But it’s those crystal-embellished scarlet sandals by Pollice Lee that take the outfit from cute to killer.

You can’t beat a caftan for easy elegance around the home or by the pool. Bait al Abaya Sharqiya (from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) delivers billowing, ethereal lightness and dazzling opulence with this white abaya that has been richly embroidered with crystals from Swarovski.

Blouses are big news this season, especially with balloon sleeves. Roksanda’s petrol silk version gets extra points for its apricot and blush tie-cuffs. A Swarovski Crystal Pearl rope-twist necklace from Miquella London makes the perfect complement. Choose a black pant as a plain backdrop (these are from Closed).

Get in training for your grand entrance: nothing says it bigger than leaving a fabulous flutter of fabric in your wake. The train is a fashion statement that takes some confidence to make, but boy, is it worth the effort when you feel those heads turning! Like the Purple Emperor butterfly, Michael Cinco’s sparkling evening gown has majestic beauty. All you need to complete this stunning look is a Crystallizedring.

Midnight-blue satin has never looked so sumptuous than when expertly tailored into undulating sculptural forms by Jacquemus. All this blouse needs to accompany it to the gala dinner is a glittering cascade of crystals from Helene Zubeldia Paris. Let’s step out!


Photographer: Sabrina Theissen
Creative Director: Cathy Boom
Stylist: Winnie Platczko
Hair/Makeup artist: Christian Fritzenwanker
Model: Patrycja/Modelwerk