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. 







Comments

  1. That's really a stunning dress, and reminds me of Cate Blanchette's Golden Globes gown. It would be a great piece to pack for a cruise, I think. I see you share my love of Stuart Weitzman shoes. ;-)

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  2. Yes, Sue has is just right - you evoke Cate, but with your own style. Lovely dress, and you!

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  3. Wow. What a great piece. You look fantastic!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. you look so glam! such a gorgeous dress.


    Xo, Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  5. Ok, you look so glamourous! I love this dress

    Xo, Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  6. The dress ls stunning, and the back view is to die for. You look great in it!

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  7. Okay, that's just drop-dead-gorgeous! You look long and lanky, and you're right, the weight of the jersey does nothing but flatter your figure. I dunno about the whole "Cate" thing because that grin on your face says "I'm trouble" ;-)

    Alicia

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  8. Beautiful, Kristin! I just love the laces and oh - that stunning back :-)
    The dress suits you so well and I hope you will have a glamorous occasion to wear it very soon!!
    I really like the selection of Gina Bacconi and I will review a black dress in the near future - kneelength though. Then we can go out together :-)

    Annette | Lady of Style


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  9. You look gorgeous in this dress! It is perfect for you!

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  10. I’ve chosen this to be one of my “What I Love” looks for this week. I hope you'll keep an eye out on my blog today.

    Terry
    http://terrystwocents.tumblr.com

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  11. Wowzer! You look amazing in that dress. That is all.

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  12. Wowzer! You look amazing in that dress.

    That is all.

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  13. Pure ELEGANCE ! grrr Dicky Doo UK

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  14. That dress is stunning, and it looks stunning on you! Besides all of it's beauty in the bodice, I love the easy flare at the bottom. I hope you have lots of great places to wear it, because it deserves to be seen!

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