My oh my, have I got a beautiful dress to show you all today! I’ve been really excited about the SS16 ranges generally, having previewed some at London Edge in February (mint green Hell Bunny bag, come to mama!), but one of the ranges I was really looking forward to launching was Voodoo Vixen’s. Over the past year or so I feel like their designs have gone from strength to strength and when I saw the previews for their summer range it was love at first sight. So many cute prints, so many unique dresses. In a now fairly saturated repro market, I felt like they’d found a way to push to the head of the pack this season.
And one of the reasons was this dress. Ok, so I’ve been looking for a nautical-themed something for a long while (my last post probably got that message across fairly bluntly), but it’s kind of hard to diverge from type with these kind of pieces. They’re often navy with white piping, they might feature stripes, they’ll likely have red or anchors on them somewhere… It’s easy to buy similar things from different brands, is what I’m getting at. But not this dress, this dress is something a bit different and it owes it all to this fantastic neckline.
This dress is girly, glamorous and one-of-a-kind. Yeah, I could do without a couple of inches on the hem (story of my 5’1″ life), but while with most longer dresses I’m straight to the tailor with them, I just didn’t want to have this one chopped because it felt like it’s meant to be this way… It’s probably the best quality piece of Voodoo Vixen’s I own; it’s lined and the fabric is a kind of crepe material and it all hangs precisely as it should. I have a (not particularly fluffy) petticoat on under it here, but it doesn’t look that different without it if I’m honest. Could certainly wear it both ways (it’s not meant to be a full circle skirt, it’s more of a 40s skirt shape).
When we took these photos, it was coincidentally the day of the Grand National over here (a huge annual horse race for anyone who doesn’t know), where traditionally female guests dress up in their finest to attend. As I was standing in front of the boats for these photos, I couldn’t help but think I looked like I should be watching a race of some kind… and that is no bad thing.
Hair flower: eBay
Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen ‘Magdalena’
Bag: Collectif (similar)
Shoes: BAIT ‘Halina’
A very good start to the nautical collection, I think you’ll agree?