Monday, June 1, 2009

Volume Without Pads:70's Versace for Callaghan

It's more than obvious that we at Vnyc have a thing for designs from GIANNI VERSACE and a penchant for collecting CALLAGHAN, so we were more than floored when we found what think is one of favorite buys ever, this jewel toned late 70's Callaghan dress that was designed by Versace. Being such an early piece from Versace already amps up it's desirability factor, but it's the pieces sci-fi feel that truly gets our motors running. At first glance, it instantly conjured Alber Elbaz's genius Fall 2007 show for Lanvin, where creating broad shouldered volume without pads on leg-of-mutton sleeves was done with such discipline, the solution was an aerated shoulder.

This dress is what you could consider the precursor for all of that 80's volume, yet it's rich jewel tone and contrasting matte satin sleeves enrich it with an almost other-worldly superhero/princess quality, while it's streamlined and unadorned silhouette is concise and minimal at the same time. When everyone is looking at shoulders and the 80's, we love the fact that the pleating construction on the shoulders gives you that considerable amount of volume, and that the fabrication on the sleeves is so lightweight that it almost feels like paper, ultimately giving the shoulder a much more fluid exaggeration than the structure of a pad.70's CALLAGHAN by Versace Sci-Fi Jewel Tone Dress-$548
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