I have been buying a little too much in the sales but my goodness the discounts are good! I bought this silk maxi dress for £25 in the Warehouse sale. Annoyingly, shortly after my purchase it was reduced further to £20! Curses!
The dress is designed by Daisy Craver, who won a competition run by Warehouse in conjunction with the British Fashion Council Colleges Council (now there's a mouthful for you). A graduate of the University of Westminster, she produced a small and impressive collection for the high street chain. Described rather deliciously as feminine meets rock chick, it included studded leather leggings, silk maxi dresses and separates, a leather tee shirt dress, unusual biker jackets in ponyskin or foil print leather and studded ponyskin belts. Now that's my sort of designer! I was salivating over most of it when it first came out but incredibly, I managed to exhibit restraint and waited to see what turned up in the sales.
I finally caved in when I saw this dress reduced online. The sheer silk has a wonderful marble print and the front draped design lends it a very Grecian feel (hence my rather hopeless impersonations of a Greek statue in these photos). Come summer it will be lovely as an evening dress and I imagine that worn without the accompanying slip, it could double as a glamorous cover up over a bikini.
But I wanted to wear it now, so I used it to spruce up a plain wool maxi dress and break up my usual head to toe black. I removed the slip that came with it and threw it over the top of my wool dress. It's harking back a bit to my childhood days of being forced to wear long woolly garments under pretty dress but what the hey, I got to wear the dress out on the weekend without freezing. It also made the dress a bit easier to wear during the day as the layering took the evening wear edge off it.
You can still grab some great pieces from the collection on sale online. You don't often hear of Warehouse doing designer collaborations such as these and I thought this one was a lot better than some of the things I've seen in Topshop's designer collaborations. I hope the collaborations continue and that Miss Craver will go on to do even greater things.
The strappy boots are Michael by Michael Kors which were going for a song at the Harrods sale. I love it when I find a designer label at high street prices!
Dress, Daisy Craver for Warehouse; Wool maxi dress, Cos; Boots, Michael by Michael Kors; Cardigan, Akiabara