So I have been waiting patiently to wear this blue Solace London Mirabelle dress. Which is from the labels SS18 collection and as I am fanatic about statement sleeves I knew I wanted to have this dress the minute I saw it. Also wanted to add a few more colours into my wardrobe then the usual black, white, denim and a few reds that I have. You can always count on Solace London to create statement pieces in exaggerated proportions and vivid colours. This ‘The Mirabelle‘ dress is made from plissé-chiffon and has voluminous sleeves that swish as you move. Wear it like I have done here with red accessories or however you want to, it’s up to you!
In Mum Life this week the boys are all back at school. Our house is rather quiet and in someways I am enjoying the lack of noise. After the initial first day shock of getting back to the routine of drop offs for me as much as for them I can safely say we are back on track. I hope I have not spoken too soon as we are still in the first week! Zeke as always is very reluctant to go back to school I guess not all kids love it. I for one am just thrilled that he doesn’t get upset in the mornings I put it down to separation anxiety.
Ok back to fashion and about Plissé which was originally referred to fabric that had been woven or gathered into pleats by wetting the fabric, and “setting” the pleats by allowing the wet fabric to dry under weight or tension. The fabric has also been known as crinkle crêpe and takes its name from the French word for fold. Today, it is a lightweight fabric with a crinkled, puckered surface, formed in ridges or stripes.
As with almost any other fashion trend, the interest in pleated fabrics has a quite long history. Looking as far back as to old Egyptians and ancient Greeks. You are sure to find interesting images portraying long wrap skirts and tunics. Interestingly linen chemises or smocks pleated with this technique have been found in the 10th century Viking graves in Birka.
So many moons ago at the beginning of the 90s, Issey Miyake, the Japanese designer most known for his perpetual use of plissé, took inspiration from Mariano Fortuny, the inventor of the legendary Delphos robe. And now here we are today and this trend is still going strong.
Brief history lesson over and onto my blue Mirabelle dress. Like I mentioned earlier this is from Solace London’s SS18 collection. A vibrant blue midi dress with a round neck and cocoon statement sleeves. The dress is slightly fitted at the waist and is designed to skim the body. There is a concealed zip at the back and the dress is also fully lined so no danger of underwear being on show. Beautifully crafted from lightweight irregular plisse chiffon. It is so comfortable to wear and not restricting in anyway at all. The touch of the fabric is so soft and just feels great on your skin. When it came to styling the Mirabelle dress I decided I would wear it with red accessories.
Apart from my waist belt which is black as you can see. I just wanted to break up the colours a little and to cinch me in and accentuate my waist. This one is from Karen Millen and I have had it in my wardrobe for a number of years now.
So onto my shoes and to these gorgeous pair of lace up shoes which are from Dune London. I purchased them last year and have not worn them as much as I would have wanted to so therefore was over the moon when I paired them here with the Mirabelle dress. Absolutely adore how sexy your legs look when you have the criss cross ghillie lace-up detailing done up. So pleased I purchased them as they are just so pretty. The court style shoes feature metal tips on the ghillie lacings and a slim high heel, finishing off with a round toe for a chic day to night style.
Next I opted for my little red clutch from Karen Millen. A super cute bag with gold details on the clasp and one that works rather well with my ensemble and in particular my shoes. Both the shoes and clutch bag are very similar in the shade red. The right size bag for me and with a wrist loop which I find very handy and useful on a night out. As with most clutches you have to either hold it or carry it under your arm, not the case here!
Lets move onto my sunglasses and to these beauty. The Le Skinny red/aubergine cat-eye pair from Poppy Lissiman. Now this skinny sunglass trend doesn’t seem to be budging or going away anytime soon. I have noticed a lot more of them on the market from high end designers to your high street ones.
As for my finishing touches I went for a bold red lip. Yes you have guessed correctly, well I hope you have, the shade Red Velvet from Lime Crime Velvetines. My most frequently used red shade at the moment.
On my ears I wore my Bees Jewellery statement earrings. I teamed them with my AUrate New York Cylinder ring in gold. Finally my hair is parted and pulled back in a low bun and voila I am ready to hit the town!
Here are a few more Plisse garments:
Thank you so much for stopping by to read my fashion blog. What do you make of this Solace London Mirabelle dress? Do like the Plisse design? Please do le me know by leaving a comment below.
Dress: Solace London Similar here
Shoes: Dune London Similar here
Clutch: Karen Millen Similar here
Waist Belt: Karen Millen Similar here
Sunglasses: Poppy Lissiman
Earrings: Bees Jewellery
Cylinder Ring: AUrate New York
Lipstick: Lime Crime Velvetines
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