So this is it — the final design to present from the Julia Farr Collection Spring 2013: The Occidental Dress. As we may have written before, an inspiration for certain of our designs from season-to-season is the necessity and functionality of a piece in a woman’s wardrobe. The Occidental is one such design. We introduced our Dahlgren Dress last Fall that we believed was a great dinner dress, where you could go from ceremony to reception or dinner looking sophisticated and chic. Our Occidental is a adaptation of the Dahlgren for spring and summer, perfect for the office, meetings, luncheons or high tea. It features a modest scoop neckline that is mirrored in the back, is knee length and has capped-sleeves providing enough coverage for many professional settings in warmer weather. The dress has a slight a-line to give freedom of movement as you run down the city streets to your next meeting, or sit at a table without constriction.
The material might be our favorite part: it is 100% taupe linen (that to me looks like a pale plum, Ann, but my boutique colleagues and clients mostly disagree with me!) with a subtle silver metallic thread that runs through it. The dress works with your summer silver jewelry perfectly, as well as pearls with purplish and pinkish tones.
We named our dress after the Occidental Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown DC and a gathering place for Washington power brokers, celebrities and sports figures for over 100 years. Like the Washington institution for which it was named, the timeless appeal and clean, bold lines of the Occidental Dress make it the essential design to take you from the boardroom to your power luncheon.
I’m going to wear mine today!