Paul Smith Peony Wool and Silk Knit Dress Paul Smith Peony Wool and Silk Knit Dress

Paul Smith Black Peony Print Wool and Silk Knit Dress

This Paul Smith Peony Print Wool and Silk Dress is a knit dress made from a lovely fabric which is three quarters wool and a quarter pure silk, so it feels soft against the skin. It is black with an all over peony print. The dress features long sleeves, a round neck and it falls to knee length or just above. The cuffs and hem are ribbed and the dress simply pulls on over the head to fit.

It is available in sizes S (UK 10), M (UK 12), L (UK 14) and XL (UK 16)

Fabric and Care: 75% wool, 25% silk; dry clean only

This classic knit dress has been given an opulent seasonal update by Paul Smith, with the luxurious Peony print teamed with a luxurious fabric. This would make a smart dress for the office, although it would look equally good on off duty days for lunch with the girls. Complete the look with DVF’s Anette suede heels in lilac and a box clutch such as the Tonda, also by Diane Von Furstenberg.

UK based, global shipping available.

D and G Goddess Gown Look for 2011

D&G Goddess Gown and Look for Summer 2011

Here is another of our occasional features where we put together a “look” for the new season, using some of the best designs around.

The centre piece of this look is the fabulously floral peony printed D&G Goddess Gown made from pure silk. This is an awesome gown, which features a cross over bust with ruching, a deep v back and a gorgeous silk self tie sash around the waist, which hangs down the back. The delicate peony flowers against a dusky nude pink background are the very essence of summer itself and breathe life into any occasion.

I decided to team the dress with the wonderful Pour La Victoire Jessie Wedges in pale camel. The D&G Goddess Gown is long, so unless you are particularly tall, it’s a good idea to have a bit of leg lengthening going on underneath it :-). Not only do these wedges add inches (or centimetres if you’re a metric girl) to your legs, they do so in the most comfortable way imagineable. The wide platform sole mitigates the height of the heel, and wedge heels provide a much broader base of support for the foot than a stiletto.

For accessories, I’ve decided to echo the dusky pink undertones of the dress and have chosen a series of items in rose gold to compliment the ensemble – the Michael Kors large rose gold chronograph watch, the  Dannijo Rose Gold Ring and the gorgeous Halston Heritage Rose Gold Sequinned Jenny Clutch to add a dash of glamour. Of course, if you prefer you could go for yellow gold accessories as these too would look good. Personally speaking, I would be less enthusiastic about teaming the dress with silver accessories, as this dress has an aura of warmth which is best complimented with other warm metals.

All the items above were available from at the time of writing. is based in the UK but delivers worldwide.


LK Bennett Peony Dress

LK Bennett Peony Dress in Aquamarine or Fuchsia

The LK Bennett Peony Dress is a sleeveless silk and cotton mix dress with a scoop neck and concealed back zip fastening.

It has a pretty all over abstract floral design and a vent at the back.desirable dress.

This dress is available in UK sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18

Material and care: 45% cotton, 55% silk; dry clean only

Length: 103 cm / 40.6″

Style note: This is a  lovely floral summer dress that is neatly tailored to show off  your curves and define your waist. Complete the outfit with a pair of nude slingbacks and a matching clutch for an elegant ensemble suitable for any occasion.

UK based, worldwide shipping is available.

Dolce and Gabbana Peony Print Fitted Dress

D&G Peony Print Fitted Dress

This Dolce & Gabbana dress had an all over printed peony design on a champagne coloured background. The dress is made primarily of silk, with elastane added for stretch, enabling the dress to be fitted and sexy.

The dress has a scoop neck at the front, short sleeves and is a mini dress. There is an exposed zip fastening at the back with a grosgrain zip pull. The dress is fully lined and fits true to size.

Available in sizes IT 38 (UK 6), IT 40 (UK 8), IT 42 (UK 10),   IT 44 (UK 12) and IT 46 (UK 14)

Material and care: 93% silk, 7% elastane; lining 92% polyester, 8% elastane; dry clean only.

Style note: D&G really know how to tailor their dresses and this is a completely adorable example – a combination of a girly innocent floral design with the sexy, figure hugging cut is completely captivating. Team with a pair of nude heels or wedges and a light weight jacket for an awesome summer outfit.

UK based, worldwide delivery available.

Phase Eight Peony Dress

Phase Eight Peony Jersey Dress

The Phase Eight Peony Dress is a sleeveless, knee length jersey dress with an all over abstract peony print drawing in shades of grey and deep pink. The dress has a round neck and there is asymmetric panel and pleat detail to the waist, and pleat detail to one shoulder.

It is available in UK sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Fabric and care: 92% polyester, 9% elastane; lining 100% viscose; cool machine wash or dry clean

Style note: This is a pretty dress with a bit of stretch for a good fit. Team with the Phase Eight pink knitted shrug to keep chills at bay and create the perfect outfit.

UK based, delivery to the UK and The Channel Islands only.

French Connection Pixies Peony Halter Dress French Connection Pixies Peony Halter Dress

The French Connection Pixies Peony Halter dress is a sleeveless jersey halter neck mini dress with an all over floral design and a frilled hemline. Available in these colour combos: Black/Tomberry/Tutti Fruit or Phantom Grey/Sweet Pea/Pink Lady.

Available in sizes UK 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16.

Fabric and care : 100% lyocell; hand wash only.

Code : 71OA3

Style note: This is a pretty summer dress that is both feminine and romantic.

UK based, global shipping available.