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Friday, May 15, 2009

MARNI Sleeveless Cotton Dress

For a designer without any formal training, Consuelo Castiglioni has quite a following. Over the last decade & a half, Castiglioni's label Marni (which actually stemmed from her husband's family fur business) has earned a formidable status with fashion connoisseurs & even among other designers. (During the opening of her new boutique in New York's UES last year, top fashion names who showed up included Vera Wang, Rachel Zoe & Thakoon.)
Offbeat, exaggerated, yet elegant & wearable, Marni pieces are known for walking that fine line between fun & intellectual. The Marni woman -- although Marni has also been making menswear since Spring 2002 -- is thought to be someone who's confident, cavalier, & who dresses more for herself than for men, which in turn has the effect of making her even more alluring. Marni loyalists have really helped turned the brand from, in Vogue's words, "a well-kept secret among like-minded aesthetes to a label followed for its own sake."
The light & breezy cotton makes this sleeveless Marni piece with a back-opening cool in more than one way. Layer it up with a coordinating cardigan for work, then wear it alone to that wedding dinner/garden party as the evening warms up.

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