A deconstructed spin on the ruffled dress, the choppy ruffle is a little less dainty and a lot more rock n' roll. It's flatter in shape, and a bit edgier than its frilly counterpart. Zoe Saldana recently attended an event decked out in a midnight blue dress with choppy tiers and chic mesh inserts. She kept her accessories simple, and streamlined the look with a classic pair of Brian Atwood pumps. Try this updated twist yourself by shopping the pieces below.
Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti are not alone in feeling "terrible anguish" toward the devastating earthquake that shook L'Aquilla, Italy, on Monday. The destructive disaster has brought together a number of fashion industry people to help in the relief effort. Gucci and Blumarine designer Anna Molinari will be donating funds toward the recovery of the city while Versace plans on helping the victims in an "organic way." Fashion house Brioni has also promised to help.
(L-R: Donatella Versace, Anna Molinari, Gucci Fall '09, and Brioni Fall '09)
"We will provide extra support following this tragedy, which has affected so many people in the region," said Andrea Perrone, Brioni’s co-chief executive officer. "We are part of the Abruzzo [region] and are directly involved and shocked in what has happened, it will take time to reestablish ordinary life."
Enemies of rotten diction and poor naming will appreciate that Anna Molinari went for literalism in Blumarine's Spring 2009 collection which was awash is soft, watery ocean hues. Sandy beiges, spots of deep blue, and aquamarine gave the catwalk a serene beachy quality. Even the floral water colors had a kind of blue lagoon feel to them.
But it wasn't just the color pallete that had us congratulating Molinari for being so upfront, the loose, flowing, and floating gowns that finished the show simply begged to be shot under water in every other photographer's favorite high fashion look. Is it really better under the sea?