Black Guipure Lace. Royal Blue Whipstitching. Floral Embroidered Bodice. Plunging V Front and Back. The devil is in the details with this gorgeous Clementine dress from Self-Portrait. It is a beautiful dance between feminine romance and masculine desire. It is a perfect execution of the fusion of classic details with edgy street style that is so well-known to Self Portrait.
If you haven’t familiarized yourself to Self Portrait, you ought to. This London-based clothing brand was recently launched in 2013 by Han Chong. Noticing a gap in the market for mid-priced, yet high-fashion evening wear, Chong desired to create a contemporary line of cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, and perfectly structured tops worthy of the red carpet, yet accessible to all women.
Chong is a Malaysian native who came to London 15 years ago to study at Central Saint Martins. He says that he receives a lot of his inspiration from Alexander McQueen. Chong wanted to design clothing that was easy to wear, yet had just enough design detail and a bit more effort put into it, in order to make it special.
He came up with the name Self Portrait because he felt that self portraits have always had a specific role in art history, and especially now, it’s about “selfies”, it’s about the individual. The Self-Portrait women is not afraid to stand out. She doesn’t want to blend in. She wants to light up. She likes attention. She’s feminine, yet at the same time, not afraid to play with gender and clothes.
Lace and leather are signatures of the brand. This innovative label utilizes overlays and sheer panels. The layers and transparency create depth and texture into each of its pieces. Self Portrait plays with a mixture of different fabrics and textures.
The brand has quickly gained a celebrity following. I, too, am absolutely enamored by this beautiful collection of pieces that are also petite-friendly. Bonus!
The details on the Clementine Dress:
- Black Guipure Lace
- Contrast Blue Whipstitching
- Floral Embroidered Bodice
- Plunging V Lace-up Detail along Front and Back
- High Illusion Neckline
- Lattice Trim Across the High Waist
- A-line Skirt with Blue Contrasting Lining
- Asymmetric Hem
- Hidden Zip Fastening
- Partially Lined
- Semi Sheer
Intricate craftsmanship is something to get excited about and here we have the perfect confection. You won’t be disappointed. Heads will definitely turn when you enter the room.
The dress can be found here:
Neiman Marcus (free shipping)
Shop Bop (free 3-day shipping for Amazon Prime members)
Intermix Online (currently 15% off!)
Net-A-Porter (free 3-day shipping)
ASOS (free shipping)
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