Ok, I’ll admit it. Even I wasn’t on top of this one. I actually just discovered this label over the weekend while browsing at Uniquities Mix at North Hills here in Raleigh. What caught my eye was a grey and black jersey dress with a really unique woven bodice. And although I couldn’t track down the dress online to show you here, I did find the top version of it ($218). It’s a fairly simple construction but the result is stunning.
Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's
After a bit of online research, I was able to check out several different looks from Baily 44 and I must say, I’m already a big fan. It seems as though their signatures are exquisite draping and impeccable pleating and tucking. Take, for example, the tank below ($143). How gorgeous is that?
Image courtesy of Urban Minx
Take a few minutes to look through lots more Bailey 44 on Urban Minx, Bloomingdale’s and Revolve Clothing. These are basics no girl should be without!
Though this could easily be filed under my “I Need It” section, I figured it might come off a little greedy if I did two of those on back-to-back days. So, I’ll just feature this gorgeous Rebecca Taylor dress under “You Oughta Know” since, though she is certainly an established designer and well-known among the fashionista set, she may be one that not everyone and their mother is familiar with.
Rebecca’s design philosophy basically boils down to feminine, flirty and whimsical. Her clothes feature soft silhouettes and an obsessive (in a good way!) attention to detail.
This chic yet casual shift ($200) is no exception. It’s 100% cotton so you can bet it’s as comfy as the day is long. The rough-pleat ruffle trim around the shoulders and neckline adds a level of interest and a touch of girlish charm. But before you get to thinking that it’s a little on the cutesy side, you should know that there’s also an exposed zipper in the back to edge it out a bit. I love it when a designer uses little details like these to balance the overall look of a piece.
Image courtesy of Revolve Clothing
Before I go, a quick observation… Is it just me or is this a horrible model? Somehow she manages to look pissed off, dead in the eyes, bored and vacant all at the same time. This would get ripped apart by the panel on America’s Next Top Model! I think Miss Jay might wilt and die on the spot if this showed up on the screen.
Sure, everyone knows who Marc Jacobs is. You’d be hard pressed to find a girl who couldn’t tell you a little something about Christian Dior. And Narciso Rodriguez has become a household name thanks to our First Lady. But there are lots of smaller labels out there that I think you should know about. And most of my fellow fashionistas will probably be familiar with the ones I plan to introduce. But if you don’t spend your free time trawling the new additions at ShopBop and Bluefly, then you might learn something new from these posts. First up? Design History.
Design History is a contemporary brand specializing in obscenely comfortable, yet flattering tops and dresses. Their signature look is pleated and pin-tucked jersey, as shown below. But they also do wool and super-soft cashmere pieces.
Image courtesy of Bluefly
I tried on a couple of Design History dresses at Uniquities Mix at North Hill here in Raleigh and trust me when I say they really are comfy and look great on. The jersey is so fluid you’ll feel like you’re swimming in it. This particular dress, shown here in curaco ($100 retail, $60 at Bluefly) is also available in grape and black.