Fashion Reverie’s “Get the Party Started” Spring/Summer Dresses

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It appears the US recovery is right around the corner. If you live on the East Coast, temperatures have warmed up to a breezy, balmy 70+ degrees. Many New Yorkers have been fully vaccinated, most restaurants have reopened their doors with some great indoor and outdoor dining, and the re-opening of Broadway shows are a few months away.

This is a time to celebrate. Whether celebrating with your gal pals or that very special someone, don’t be shy about showing off your great sense of style with some bold color and florals with an interesting twist. Fashion Reverie has curated some great spring/summer dresses that will not only get you in the mood to celebrate life but will also demonstrate that the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t take away your sense of style and panache.

What would a spring fun and frolicky dress be without a floral print dress. I know, I know you’re thinking florals for spring, groundbreaking!! Didn’t Miranda Priestly say that in “The Devil Wears Prada”?

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Nicole Miller

For her spring 2021 collection, Nicole Miller took a page from the counterculture design aesthetics of the late 1960s and early 70s. Spurred by the George Floyd and Breanna Taylor protests and Black Lives Matter street actions, Miller immediately saw the parallels and juxtaposed her spring 2021 collection between the worlds of political protests and vintage looks from her bridal archives.

For those ladies who are looking for a nice Sunday brunch ensemble or an easy, breezy weekend day out with other gal pals, there are some very nice boho blouses and tiered maxi dresses in this collection. Although Miller is not setting any new trends in this collection, Miller’s comfortable, breezy hippie-inspired summer dresses are just perfect for that weekend outing.

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Vivienne Tam

Always a favorite of Fashion Reverie, for spring 2021 Vivienne Tam looked to the 600th anniversary of China’s Forbidden City. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Tam couldn’t visit this historical landmark; instead, Tam chose to include the beautifully costumed period drama, The Story of Yanxi Palace, which put her in a romantic mood. 

Tam ingeniously transferred the romantic mood of the drama to her spring 2021 collection, evidenced into architectural details such as ruffles and curvilinear shapes. This collection is for the adventurous fashionista girl who is not afraid to standout in a crowd, in fact, she relinquishes in her unique approach to style. Though Tam stayed away from florals this season, there some great prints in the collection and a denim short dress with florals that any stylish women would love to have in her wardrobe.

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Sachin & Babi

Another Fashion Reverie favorite is Sachin & Babi. Never brand to stray to far from the signature aesthetic, for spring 2021 the Ahluwalias design duo chose to “delighting and surprising the girls.” And that they did!!

The Ahuluwalias included several day dresses in this collection swaying on the side of lots of florals. Still, the relaxed mood of this collection will serve female consumers well this spring/summer season. If uncomplicated looks are what you are looking for, then this collection fits the ticket. Fashion Reverie chose dresses that could be dressed up or dressed down. And the one evening/out on the town look is elegant and uncomplicated, which is what Sachin & Babi were aiming for.

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Now, if your closet is oversaturated with floral prints, you may want to make room for some of the prints from Zimmerman’s spring 2021 collection. These are prints with a twist.

Entitled “Wild Botanica” after the native flora and fauna of Creative Director Nicky Zimmerman’s native Australia. Zimmerman also referenced turn-of-the-century artwork of painter and explorer Ellis Rowan.

In this collection Zimmerman uses floral embellishments on top of floral print dresses to render this collection a unique aesthetic. She also employs some interesting design silhouettes that a not necessarily associated with spring garments. Very buttoned up clothes with high collars are not to always speak to a spring aesthetic, yet, in this collection Zimmerman makes it work. And interestingly she pairs many of her looks with cowboy boots. The cowboy boots reference back to her Australian heritage of sportsmanship in the Outback.

 The bold floral and bird prints on ruffled tops and maxi dresses, and playful 3D flower appliqués on other blouses and billowy frocks make several of the looks in this collection perfect for that spring/summer garden party. Your hosts will not be disappointed!!

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Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuiller described her spring 2021 collection as “barefoot glamour.” And that is just what this collection is.

Always known for the glamour and elegance, Monique Lhuillier does not disappoint with this collection. Though much smaller than previous collections and a bit toned down, this collection is lovely and a great option for spring/summer home entertaining with guests on that garden party in the Hamptons or in Bel Air.

This collection contains opulent textures, sculptural puff sleeves, bold colors, glitter tulle, dripping sequins, liquid satins, in sophisticated, signature shapes for evening. It’s a celebration of textures and prints women feel comfortably elevated in. An easy, relaxed approach to dressing for life’s special moments.

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