Gray & Osbourn: Elegance & Ease
Omigod! You guys! This. Dress. Rocks!! <insert sound of me excitedly jumping up and down here>
I was recently contacted by Chantelle, who represents online retailer Gray & Osbourn. Chantelle inquired as to whether or not I would be interested in reviewing an item from one of the designers they feature on their website. I logged on to have a look, and within about three seconds, I knew the answer was, oh my yes!
Gray & Osbourn pride themselves in delivering timeless fashion right to the doorstep of their customers, and over 100 brands are represented in their carefully-edited collection. The dress I chose is by designer Gina Bacconi, who specialises in occasion wear. What struck me most about Gina Bacconi's design ethos was the universally-flattering cut of her dresses. The faux-wrap stylings, body-con shifts, and the longer, draped jersey dresses...they all look good on a myriad of body types. Also great is the fact that Bacconi also makes a selection of dresses with sleeves, something which can be hard to find with occasion wear.
I found this beaded lace jersey dress to be particularly well-constructed. Sometimes, jersey can send off alarm bells in my head, bringing to mind the thin, clingy, undergarment-revealing stuff that is so predominant in mass market retail stores these days. There is none of that going on here. The fabric of this dress has a silken, almost velvety hand to it, and has just enough weight to it to enable it to just barely skim the body. The fabrication also lends itself perfectly to travel, as it does not wrinkle, and would pack (or ball-up for that matter) very easily into a small suitcase. This dress, as with most of Bacconi's dresses, is draped beautifully, providing just that wee bit of ease and drape through the abdomen and hips to cover a multitude of sins. I chose to belt the dress, as I have a rather squareish athletic torso that I feel looks best when given a bit more definition. But that's the beauty of the jersey dress...you can belt, knot, and cinch with impunity; no worrying about the fabric getting all wonky. It's an easy, beautiful, sophisticated blank slate.