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Dress Divination

How to discover your kismet dress

Photographer / Illustration: Tse Wei
Stylist / Art Direction: Grace Lam

Picture yourself in front of a mirror with a gaggle of dresses to try on, a crushingly limited window of time and a vista of scenarios that might lie ahead with you in that dress. There’s a retro-disco style with a flippy hem, a princess number with the prettiest layer of tulle, a side-slit whip-stitched black sheath that promises artful encounters, a retro-chic French house dress (a la Betty Blue) and a camp froth of organza ruffles and a prairie style that requires wistful eyes and plaits. This is what the best fashion is offering up right now.

Model on the left wears: dress ShuShu/Tong, bag Complét, shoes Stella McCartney, glasses Dior, earrings Anton Heunis, bracelet Kenneth Jay Lane. Model on the right wears: dress ShuShu/Tong, bag Simon Miller, shoes Neous, glasses Linda Farrow.
Dress Galvan London, clutch Cecilia Ma, shoes Jacquemus, earrings Rosantica

But only in the act of zipping and buttoning, like a first date ‘meeting’, will you know if it’s kismet. That dress needs to offer itself up, charm you on the shoulders, the waist, legs and poitrine (a lovely French word for ‘chest’). Once those basic criteria are ticked off, the dress passes the test. Now you’ve got to talk to it — and expose vulnerabilities and strengths. Short- and long-term prospects come into play, price versus pocket too, not to mention that prickly landscape of peer-group assessment when you ‘dress out’ of your normal zone. The dress that delivers joy (the 360 twirl) and promises to stand by you whatever the metaphorical weather is the one for you. So in that room, ask questions — wear it, squeeze it and above all address the dress. You are about to enter a partnership.

Model on the left wears: dress Retrofête, clutch Cecilia Ma, shoes René Caovilla, sunglasses Gucci, earrings Rosantica, bracelet W.Britt. Model on the right wears: dress Retrofête, bag 3.1 Phillip Lim, shoes Sam Edelman, sunglasses Prada
Dress Self-Portrait, bag Saint Laurent, shoes Gray Matters, earrings Oscar De La Renta

That dress needs to offer itself up, charm you on the shoulders, the waist, legs and poitrine (a lovely French word for ‘chest’)

Model on the left wears: Dress Monse, clutch Gelareh Mizrahi, boots Alexander McQueen, earrings Anton Heunis, bracelet Chloé. Model on the right wears: Dress Monse, bag The Row, shoes Sophia Webster, sunglasses Linda Farrow, bracelet Philippe Audibert

Hair: Sam Pan at Muse

Makeup: Karen Choi

Model: Zilin at Style

Fashion Assistant: Nicholas Lok Chan

Magical, mysterious, but still playful — there’s nothing like the perfect dress. If that’s you, welcome to the Violet vibe!
Click here to check our violet curation and unveil a portrait of your inner world.

2019-05-29 00:01:00.0

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