Top-to-Toe Summer Dresses

July saw all our favorite fashion mavens stepping out for the Dior show at Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/18, and they slayed the summer vibe in some fabulous frocks. From mini to maxi, the clear mood was: wear it with drape, movement, and textural brilliance. 

Jeanne Damas—French model, It-girl and now Rouge fashion-label founder—wore a pretty crocheted, spaghetti-strap day-dress embellished with Swarovski crystals. Styling was beautifully simple with a casual up-do, dainty pendant, gold mid-heel sandals, Dior bag, and her signature rouge lips. Fashion and lifestyle super-blogger Aimee Song also said it simply in a candy-colored day-dress by Valentino. Look closely and you’ll discover that it is thousands of crystal hearts and flowers that give it that eye-catching allure. A plain aquamarine clutch to match a single color strand, delicately layered pendants and some nude heels ensure that nothing else competes for attention with that dazzling dress.

Opting for a shorter hemline, top stylist Tina Leung floated in Monique Lhuillier’s feathered creation. Cleverly, modesty was preserved by means of shimmering outsize sequins sewn to form a fish-scaled, barely-there slip. Rose-gold satin heels, a gold clutch and subtly sparkling jewelry were all that was needed to complete this show-stopping appearance. Over the boulevard, Spanish model/socialite/blogger/designer/DJ Gala Gonzalez also amped up the texture, wearing an Armani midnight-blue mini-shirtdress with thousands of crystals. Again, no need to compete with that kind of brilliance, so simple nude sandals and understated jewelry are the perfect finishing touches.

Taking it all the way to the floor, Charlotte GroeneveldCamila Coelho and Nicole Warne maxed out in florals and a fabulous blossom-pink dégradé chiffon robe. Note how well-chosen accessories (heeled pumps rather than sandals, leather jacket rather than a shawl, and lavishly embellished bags instead of fun totes) will take the maxi-dress from boho beach babe to street-style star. Showing us that she can cover up, too, Gonzales returned in a Valentino gown, its myriad butterflies fluttering in the breeze as she glided along the sidewalk. However, the most dramatic entrance has to go to an anonymous fashionista: her velvet robe in electric blue with silver pin-stripes, its thigh-high slit revealing peep-toe boots, created a sidewalk sensation.


Photography: Sandra Semburg