I chose this dress to a mall, Sunday mass, dinner and movie date with my boy and my mum urged me to go flowy and casual since it is after all the day of rest. And so, I took a breather from the glitter and the classic glamour of Structured and Architectural pieces and went to the complete opposite of the style chart.
The dress is pretty tricky and I was unsure of whether or not to get it when I was shopping last month since the off shoulder flowy dress seemed all so foreign to me. But I decided to have a bit fun. The dress after all is easy, breezy, beautiful!
I chose the dress because I really love the berry hues: It has tones of cherry red, grape, mustard yellow, black, dark purple, aquamarine, lilac and brown, a color palette which blended so wonderfully that I really love and found on almost all the racks of Mango and Zara boutiques this season. Berry is after all the most luscious shade of the season.
The print of the dress was so endearing and I love how luxurious it made bohemian seem with the lovely floral pattern in contrasting colors. The Black hem detail was an added bonus. The thick purple bangle was something I found in this cute store for P50 or a dollar when converted.
And while I got this dress from Zara- I do own and wear a lot of clothes I got from her collection 25 years -30 years back.
My dad can’t believe I shop vintage and quaint stores or wear some stuff I make over myself from my mom’s old trunk. I love my mom for teaching me how to transform, tweak and style skirts to dresses and vice versa and for telling me that the best accessories you will ever wear are the ones that have a legacy handed down to you. I may be a label hound when the occasion calls for it, which is most of the time, but I always loved to update my mom’s old stuff with modern pieces from my own.
And I still believe that the best accessories are those found in exotic destinations like in an island paradise while vacationing, the tiangge (which is unique to the Philippines) and my personal favorite… antique furniture stores which have a section that sell a wide array of heirloom pieces from the 1800s-present.
I’m happy I took her advice and went free-spirit this day. Mothers indeed always know best!
What is it?
It’s a luxury take on a bohemian look. Part peasant, part Cossack, part sex goddess rock chic. And it’s here for the colder months of 2008/2009 largely thanks to an outstanding collection by Frida Giannini for Gucci’s Fall (Autumn) / Winter 2008/2009 women’s collection and men’s collection.
Of course, 2009’s Bohemian Luxury fashion trend has been a long time coming. With its most recent origins in the boho trend, it’s strong gypsy and folk overtones mean that it might be the perfect personification of the foho trend.
That would be selling it short though.
While it is folk-inspired, and it is bohemian, it is also so much more. It has its roots in traditional folk elements particularly Russian ones but it fuses in luxury elements and rock-chic attitude.