Audrey Hepburn once said “life is a party, dress like it!” It doesn’t matter if the remainder of your Fall is filled with glamorous socials or you’re just looking for an excuse to spruce up your wardrobe, there is nothing more fun than buying a gorgeous new dress. An elegant dress will be a staple in your wardrobe for seasons to come and is an excellent investment. This season embrace lace, frills and floral prints that will have you feeling like a princess.
If you’re heading out to a cocktail party look no further than just about anything from London contemporary label, Self Portrait. Designed by Central Saint Martins graduate, Han Chong, the label takes inspiration from art history. Each dress offers something special in the intricate details and unique fabric. In an interview with Fashionista, Chong explained the type of woman who wears Self Portrait “is not afraid to stand out. She definitely doesn’t want to blend in. She wants to light up, she likes attention.” If you’re looking to turn heads and get noticed then Self Portrait is perfect for you.
When it comes to ladylike French fashion look no further than Maje. Maje was founded by Judith Milgrom, the younger sister of Sandro founder Evelyne Chétrite. Maje is a go to for Parisian tastemakers with an aesthetic that borrows from elements of romance and bohemia. Maje clothing is also largely inspired by streetwear and past trends, “fashion, like history, repeats itself, so it’s fun to pick up influences here and there, and twist them in a modern way” Milgrom told Marie Claire.
Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann founded their namesake label in Sydney with a vision of sophistication and femininity. Zimmermann dresses are famous for their beautiful colour and rich details. The Zimmermann aesthetic is playful, feminine and synonymous with the laid-back Sydney lifestyle. The vibrance and ease of Australian culture is a huge influence for both Nicky and Simone. The sisters told Matches Fashion that everything around them acts as a source of inspiration, “the light in Australia just sort of pops and it makes colours so strong and vibrant [which is a huge influence for us.]” Wearing a Zimmermann dress will instantly make you feel beautiful and airy…don’t blame me if it also has you lusting after a one way plane ticket to the land down under.
Self Portrait, Maje and Zimmermann are three of my all time favourite labels if you’re looking to get dressed up (and not completely break the bank!) Sophistication, elegance and felinity are cornerstones of each one of these brands and all of these dresses will definitely make you feel your most radiant.