When I saw the Hydra necklace from Rozoregalia I knew exactly the sort of dress I wanted to wear with it and began casually looking around for something. The search became more urgent when designer Yumi Pausch released the Hydra Handrings for the Accessory Fair. I knew I had to find what I wanted – a black formal with a narrow silhouette and sheer upper bodice that would draw your eye from the black of the dress to the powerful statement necklace. Seriously, when dressing with jewelry this strong, you want to do it justice.
Squinternet Larnia, the avant-coureur innovator behind the brandDonna Flora, has a genius for baroque jewelry with extravagantly bold clusters of gems, crystals and pearls. Her new creation, Emmanuelle, for the Accessory Fair is no exception. I struggled so hard to decide what to wear with it because there were so many options – should I wear lavender, purple, black, cream, gold, red or some combination thereof? With this bold combination of gems, I could go any direction I wanted. Vintage or modern? Avant-garde or classical? There’s real brilliance involved in creating jewelry that you can take with you on many very different journeys in style. I confess to going overboard on the photos, so if you want to see more, they are in the Emmanuelle set on my Flickr.
I love ruching and the ruching on this new dress from Sissy Pessoa of Baiastice has amazing ruched details. Beginning on the left bodice and curving round the torso and right skirt, it adds visual interest and highlights the best of the feminine shape. Sissy made this dress in eight different colors and with two skirt options – a snug one as shown or a full sculpty skirt with a paper bag waist. Alexiaa Allen did a great post featuring the paper bag waist option, but as for me, I was loving the snug version.