This season, slipping into something fabulous will be a breeze thanks to the return of the slip dress. From Kate Moss to Princess Diana, the signature dress of the 90’s was seen on just about everyone – and it looks like 2015 will be a fashionable repeat. So, what sets the slip dress apart from other spaghetti strap frocks? It’s all in the fabric and the cut. Slip dresses are meant to drape on the body, which is why lightweight fabrics such as silk, chiffon, and lace are often used. Additionally, that perfect draping effect can be attributed to the bias cut used to create the slinky dresses.
The super sexy dress of the moment was seen on the runways of some of the most prominent designers, including Celine, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Prabal Gurung. Celine’s designer, Phoebe Philo, has been given the unofficial title of the Designer Who Knows What Women Want, and with her fall collection she definitely proved that she’s earned it. The collection, while both playful and sexy, was described by the designer as having an air of “dressed-up-ness” about it – and that it did. From body-hugging knits to color-blocked slip dresses, the collection did not disappoint. Color-blocking was also a major motif in Salvatore Ferragamo’s fall collection and it came in the form of strategically placed, colorful geometric shapes, which adorned several of the designer’s slip dresses. This simplistic approach may be somewhat of a transition for Massimiliano Giornetti, who is known for presenting much glitzier collections, but the creative director executed it perfectly, describing his motivation as “classic but not conservative.” Unlike Prabal Gurung’s spring collection, which had an excess of embellishments, the fall collection was much more crisp and clean, almost minimal – but in the best way possible. The designer breathed new life into the slip dress by changing up the silhouette a bit and utilizing “more generous, away-from-the-body lines.” Aside from the frock’s silhouette, Gurung also shortened the hemlines and added edgy slits, completely changing what was once the norm.
It may snow any day now, but the-barely-there slip dress is here and ready to make a fashionable statement. So, when it comes to this trend, layering will be the way to go. And, when it comes to layering, don’t be afraid to think outside the realm of jackets. Scarves, jumpers, fur stoles are all great options when it comes to stylishly staying warm.
– Daniella DiRienzo
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so it’s time to break out the linens and entertain indoors. Whether you’re hosting a Holiday Party or simply ringing in the cold with a five-course meal, Migraine
here are the hottest places to buy the gourmet holiday food you will pretend to have made from scratch.
The Candle Café | Many vegan and vegetarian restaurants have cropped up throughout the city, however very few have the capacity to delight and appease a table of diverse palates at a dinner party or soiree. The Candle Cafe is one of the few that has a track record of catering and providing high-quality, gourmet vegan takeout meals for special occasions. They will clearly have no Thanksgiving turkey, but they sure can work wonders with a Portobello mushroom.
Miss Lily’s | Few things warm up a cold December night better than jerk chicken, curried goat, and sweet plantains. Miss Lily’s is the perfect place to get that dinner party spread that your guests will never forget. Hot, flavorful Jamaican food in the middle of New York winter is just what the doctor ordered. Don’t forget to order Dark and Stormy Rum Cake for dessert–and don’t be afraid to pair it with actual rum.
City Bakery | If you’ve ever had City Bakery’s Mac & Cheese, homemade hot chocolate, or pretzel croissants, you know that their food is mouthwatering. City Bakery is happy to provide food for any of your dinner parties. The menu contains all of the classics, plus some seriously gourmet offerings. Dishes like pheasant soup and cornbread with bacon will bring happiness to the whole family.
Essex | Hosting dinner parties in your home can be delightful, however inevitably this involves a last-minute redecorating spree and a full-blown liquor cabinet restock. To skip the stress of hosting the dinner yourself, host your guests at Lower East Side hotspot Essex. Essex boasts the perfect Prix Fixe party menu for the holiday season. With oysters, potato pancakes, strip steak and more, your guests will enjoy both a delicious meal and unforgettable ambience.
Butterfield Market | As far as gourmet markets go, Butterfield is definitely in the top tier both in quality and in price-point. With endless catering and holiday meal pickup options, Butterfield is capable of providing everything from a hearty winter brunch to a decadent feast. Just about every carved, roast, herbed and baked meat you can possibly imagine is available, so this is the place to come if you’d like a lot of options for your guests to choose from.
– Naakai Addy