With the promise of Spring on the horizon, Violet Grace breaks down her most coveted wardrobe pieces from up-and-coming designers and shows you how to wear them.
As a creative director and fashion influencer, Violet Grace knows what it takes to transform individual items from your wardrobe into show-stopping outfits. Be it a new take on old classics, the perfect pair of sunglasses or an evening gown with unexpected wow moments, Violet’s curiosity for accessories and emerging trends brings a unique sophistication and element of fun to fashion. Here, she breaks down the international designers and key styles to celebrate for SS22.
“The texture of a piece is one of the first things I look for when putting a look together.”
Both contemporary and classic in its glamour, Solace London are known for their bold, confident and refined designs. Founded by Laura Taylor and Ryan Holliday-Stevens in 2013, these longtime friends have crafted a stakement-making brand, known for its precision cuts. This off-the-shoulder gown is the perfect example thanks to its oversized sleeves, ruched detailing and fitted waist.
“It takes this idea of ‘just a black dress’ and throws it out the window.”
To complement the sleek sophistication of the floor-length dress, Violet recommends accessorising with pieces that are understated but still draw the eye like the Alexander McQueen Croc Bag and a pair of Aquazzura heels.
“This bag is perfection, with the knuckle-duster element providing a manicured moment. Keeping the shoe strappy with the jewelled stilettos balances out the weight of the shoulder detail in the dress. It’s always about balance.”
Bysha Bubblegum Dress
Finn Maxi Dress
“Cat-eye specs are flattering on every face shape and accentuate your cheekbones and lips.”
Undoubtedly the must-have accessory this summer, Violet says the statement shape can be integrated into your wardrobe by paring things back and letting the frames do the talking.
The LA-based Anine Bing label is made for those seeking a timeless yet rebellious approach to style. “Sometimes put-together simplicity is the most elegant option and for me, this look exudes French-girl chic.” says Violet.
Black Tiger T-Shirt
Lili Oversized T-Shirt
Flying Military Jacket
“This piece is all about the body and accentuating those feminine curves.”
While pairing a figure-hugging piece with simplistic heel for an everyday casual look is always a great option, Violet says opting for a statement shoe like The Attico’s Perine Pump with its blue lucite heel allows your individuality to shine through. The Attico was, afterall, born out of a shared love for glamour and sparkle by its Milan-based founders.
“Having a statement shoe with the dress not only expresses your personality but also draws the eye down the full length of the dress and adds a nice finishing touch.”
Silvye Mini Dress
Paired with a bold dress, skirt or top, a nude heel is, as Violet says, “a gift that keeps on giving when it comes to being a wardrobe staple: they go with everything.”
For an updated twist on the classic pump, Grace recommends the Tom Ford padlock stiletto, which creates an eye-catching detail while also allowing a statement look like Solace London’s fiery red Giana skirt and Nahla top to sing.
“Tom Ford is one of those brands that epitomises sexy-luxury. I adore the lock and key detailing on this pair and think the golden stiletto heel is perfection.”
Laid back luxe
For a spring look that’s casual and off-duty chic, Violet points to the Isabel Marant canvas tote, which offers style and functionality in equal parts.
“I can already picture this Isabel Marant tote perched on a Sydney cove beach with me this Summer: full to the brim with strawberries, sunscreen and books.”
Teamed with a summer print dress and sandals, it’s a perfect look for the social media grid.