Looks from Saint Laurent, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, and Givenchy
The Row Tulsha Wool Blazer, $2,590; Chloé Drew Mini Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,650; Dolce & Gabbana Floral-Print Cotton-Blend Brocade Mini Dress $2,795; Aquazzura Belgravia Suede Pumps $725; Emilio Pucci Chantilly Lace Top, $2,450
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If you were wondering where I ventured off to this summer, and why I aborted the hectic world of fashion cyber-space, I’m finally here to solve the mystery…ESPAÑA! From sunning on the pristine beaches of Mallorca to strolling the historic streets of Barcelona, I spent a few blissful weeks soaking up all the luxuries this country has to offer. Although I decided to take a break from fashion, inspiration struck and followed me all the way back to America. Spain may not be renowned as one of the world’s great fashion capitals, but this fabulous country has certainly produced its fair share of industry icons. Cristóbal Balenciaga and Manolo Blanhik once called this country home until they journeyed elsewhere in order to share their designs with the world. For Spring/Summer 2015, designers chose to look to Spain’s rich history and culture for inspiration. This homage was no where more prevalent than Dolce & Gabbana’s Spanish themed spectacle. The Italian duo traded in their usual Sicilian references for the exotic intrigue of flamenco dancers and bullfighters. Dolce & Gabbana’s innate flare for sex appeal combined with the fiery passion ingrained within Spanish culture made for a striking collection that walked the line of strength and femininity. You can easily achieve this daring look with a few key pieces. A cropped fit blazer brings to mind the ornate jackets of matadors in the ring, but a streamlined look keeps it modern. Rose printed dresses with a ruffled hemline slightly hint at the flirtatious spirit of flamenco dancing without being too literal. You can’t have a complete ensemble without some lace. A blouse crafted from this subtly sexy fabric is the epitome of Spanish chic. For accessories, a simplistic bag in a bold, red hue speaks volumes. Also look for comfortable, strappy heels you can dance all night in.