Monday, June 28, 2010

In Full Bloom

Here at Decades, we knew very little of Annabelle Vinbert's magnificent work when we stumbled upon a nice collection of her hippie-chic and ready-for-resort dresses. Yet after doing a little research, we tracked Vinbert down and spoke with her by phone in France. We found that like many other designers, Vinbert gained her start in fashion learning the basics after watching her parents succeed in the textile business. From stylish quality-made suits to durable coats, Vinbert assisted at the family owned brand Winberg, which we like to call the French Max Mara. While still a teen, Vinbert learned many of the skills she needed to start her own company in 1975, Annabelle Paris. Pulling inspiration from both Thea Porter and Yves Saint Laurent, Vinbert formulated for herself the right combination of designer influences.

At the ripe age of 22, Vinbert infused high quality with mixed prints on sensual fabrics. Her work extended to include silk lingerie, evening wear, and resort wear. This eclectic fashion mix is evident in this amazingly effortless lily printed gown. The cut of the dress is beyond forgiving to a variety of body shapes and the silk mousseline fabric only adds to its fluidity. The geometric stripes in navy adds a sense of movement and pizazz to an otherwise organic piece. If the dress itself isn't enough, the scarf should more than heighten your fashion senses. Just imagine yourself driving down California's PCH donning this leisurely yet chic frock. Grab a pair of shades and your look will instantly read COOL.

Annabelle Paris lily print gown with geometric stripes, c. early 80s. Modern size 4 to 8 SOLD

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