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Wednesday Obsessions: Sheaths & Shifts, Eastern Influences

Yo Deb readers, welcome to the fourth installment of our weekly newsflash for all things up-and-coming, ‘Wednesday Obsessions’. We are excited to bring you the latest info on people, places and things being discussed around the world and around the world wide web. Start following us to receive an email each week when a new W.O. post is published!

SHIFTS & SHEATHS: Both shift and sheath styles of dresses offer a fitted bodice from top to bottom... although both are technically more 'body-con' than an A-line style, for example, shifts and sheaths are the most universally flattering for all kinds of figures.

-For the simpler dressers, try yours in monochromatic or embellished at the neckline or hemline; for the bolder set, explore the many patterns and multicolored options offered on the RTW runways for spring/summer.

-Some of our favorite designers for these styles include Milly, Pink Tartan, Lisa Perry, Peter Som, Peter Pilotto, Ballantyne and Philosophy di Alberta Feretti (just to name a few!).

-See other posts where we featured shift & sheath styles on Yo Deb here, here and here.

EASTERN INFLUENCES IN FASHIONbetween Eastern Europe and Asia we can trace the journey of fashion concepts carried out in contemporary designer pieces.

-We love the beginning influence and are especially loving the translation as it crosses further West:

-indigenous fabrics are blended into 20th-century cuts and fabrics

-native shapes and styles take on new details to align with the 'modern woman's' 21st-century style of dress

-costumes are re-interpreted to convey a new concept while still exercising the same level of craftsmanship.

-Some updated takes that come to mind are from LemLem, model Liyah Kebede's latest project, also carried at J. Crew; Jonathan Adler's beach-blanket towels that in turn work stylishly as scarves and shawls; Matta's scarves and separates.   

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