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White Shirt Wednesday: Prima Ballerina

black swan styling inspiration

Ever looked at the opening credits to SJP’s game changing HBO show and thought – I could totally wear that? Nope. Neither had we. Well, SS17 is about to change your mind as the tulle tutu makes a huge hit at NYFW and beyond.

Steering clear of those pretty in pink overtones that take us screaming back to our pre-school plié days, the dancer’s favourite has been reinterpreted with a strong designer influence. Worn as a sheer outfit topper over everyday essentials, tulle ruffles and transparent over-dresses offer frothy layers of deep and inviting neo-gothic rebellion, juxtaposed against hard-line urban architecture.

Taking trend tips from runway vanguards like Miu Miu, Molly Goddard and Stella McCartney, the tulle dancer dress offers a taste of post-Madonna nostalgia with 80 redux in high supply. Borrowing elements from prima ballerinas and Darcey Bussell-esque matinee silhouettes, dressing up box maximalism is put in hyper drive as fashion draws influence from the Black Swan style guide.

A celebration of oversized silhouettes and party dressing for no particular reason, asymmetrical hemlines and transparent tulle may seem like the trickiest of trimmings to style without tripping the light fantastic but, haphazardly layered over stone washed denim and a smart shirt et voila – a star style outfit is born.

There’s a lot to love about the tutu.

Worn with barely an inch of skin on show, suddenly this light layer becomes a divisive #FROW layering technique that separates the style pack. Just when we thought we’d exhausted all our sartorial options, love-worn staples are given a sheer and seductive edge – emerging as one of the most unexpected trends we love to hate, and hate to love.

Steering clear of the more candyfloss-coloured interpretations from SS17, this Dries Van Noten says it all without saying anything at all. With just enough ruching and frills to make us feel we’re ready to hit the barre (pun intended!), this peek-a-boo shirt dress exudes a graceful elegance with soft latticed pleats and just enough layering to make us feel like a pro.

Styled over our pure silk Hepburn shirt, this renaissance style over-dress is given a smart yet seductive edge – with long sleeves worn in contrast under the long see-through sleeves. Worn with a pair of stone washed denim jeans for added kerb appeal, this look is a pick n’ mix of contrasts that blends ethereal femininity with contemporary cool. Accessorised with a jewel encrusted pocket book bag, suede heels and a collection of rock chic rings, this tulle topper master class is a flight of fancy worth playing with this season.

Overlay your look with simple silk shirts from our core VAUGHAN collection and raid the dressing up box for a look that is equal parts mad and magical.

Pictured: Dries Van Noten sheer tulle dress, VAUGHAN Hepburn silk shirt in Lion in Winter white, Saint Laurent jeans, Charlotte Olympia pink suede heels, Dolce & Gabbana snake trimmed velvet handbag

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