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Dresses: An evolution across the seasons

May 8, 2015

Since the very beginning of fashion, the dress has been a wardrobe staple. It has evolved into different shapes and styles, from 1965’s Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress to the 70’s Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress to the modern silhouette that was Roland Mouret’s stunning Galaxy dress. Even ruffled sleeves had their moment in the spotlight, with the “Letty Lynton” of the 1930s. Today, we see a combination of these styles on the runway, from form fitting shapes to flowy, feminine silk numbers. While the styles continue to change, they still hold on to the classic requirements of what a dress should be, despite length and shape–allowing a woman to express herself through her wardrobe choices. This season, there are a number of style picks for every woman, ranging from the romantic, lacy pieces that flowed down the Chloé runway to the Amazonian numbers by Marni. Here are some of our favourite picks for the SS/15 season:

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When searching for a piece that is as much art as it is clothing, it is essential to consider designer Junya Watanabe (one of Comme des Garçons Rei Kawakubo protégés). His stunning SS15 collection features the Origami Dress, a pullover piece that is eclectic and technical, featuring a three-dimensional triangular pattern throughout, creating the origami effect, which makes the piece so memorable.

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Founded in 2013, Baja East was brought to life by American duo John Targon and Scott Studenberg (the two have worked for the likes of fashion powerhouses Céline, Burberry and Lanvin between them) with the mantra “loose luxury” in mind, which is the perfect way to describe their Double Tank Dress. Composed of the softest cotton in a beautiful grey blend, the piece is the very definition of casual.

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Known best for the iconic “Galaxy Dress”, Roland Mouret knows how to create some of the most timeless pieces in the fashion industry. This season’s Arley Dress is a prime example, featuring a stunning perforated leather detail, complimented by an edgy back zipper closure–resulting in a feminine piece cutthroat enough for the modern world.