The season’s must-have international designer pieces curated by Violet Grace

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.

ATTICO LAWRENCE MAXI DRESS

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.

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SOLACE LONDON DRESS, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN BAG, AQUAZZURA SANDALS

SOLACE LONDON DRESS, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN BAG, AQUAZZURA SANDALS

Textural transcendence

“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.”

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SOLACE LONDON

Bysha Bubblegum Dress

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Finn Maxi Dress

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Marlowe Dress

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Ruby Dress

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ANINE BING SUNGLASSES, TOP, JEANS, SANDALS, BAG

Summer sun

“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.

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ANINE BING

Max Pant

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Black Tiger T-Shirt

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Lili Oversized T-Shirt

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ANINE BING

Flying Military Jacket

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THE ATTICO DRESS AND HEELS
THE ATTICO DRESS AND HEELS

Feminine form

“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.”

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THE ATTICO

Diana Shirt

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Devon Mule

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Rem Sandal

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Silvye Mini Dress

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SOLACE LONDON TOP AND SKIRT, TOM FORD HEELS

SOLACE LONDON TOP AND SKIRT, TOM FORD HEELS

Statement stilettos

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.”

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ISABEL MARANT DRESS AND BAG

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. 

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ISABEL MARANT

Cilabadi Modern Trench

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Zewel Logo T-Shirt

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Milendi Skirt

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Paolo Oversized Jacket

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