Magazine article Ebony

Sizzling Summer Sensations. (Ebony Fashion Fair)

Magazine article Ebony

Sizzling Summer Sensations. (Ebony Fashion Fair)

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Warm weather has arrived, so catch up with the fashion happenings and plan your party wardrobe so you will be sensational at the summer soirees. With inspiration from world-renowned designers, you have much from which to choose. Shimmering chiffon is always a great choice, and some feel that the more layers the better. In fact, layering continues to be the craze, with chiffon caftans layered over long column dresses as well as mini tube dresses, and tunics layered over skirts and pants. Halter and decolletage necklines are favored, while ruffles and lace (at necklines, on sleeves and as belts) give a romantic air. Fabrics range from silky sheers to hand-painted to antique silk and heavier cottons. And dazzling hats and layered belts are the must-have accessories. Add sizzle to your social calendar with sensational summer cocktail attire.

Elegance flows with Migual Androver's breezy ankle-length ensemble of black silk chiffon caftan layered over form-fitting, two-tone orange column gown with deep V-neckline and handkerchief hemline. Note: black sandals.

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Raspberry tunic with white crisscross halter-neck and crocheted trim on asymmetrical hemline, worn over long white skirt with lace accents, by Liz Collins.

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Left: Strut into summer's most talked-about soiree in Donna Karan's ensemble of sheer white caftan with hand-painted splashes of pink and orange worn over white mini tube dress. Note: Abstract metal bracelet.

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Right: Make a bold statement in late summer in Miguel Androver's long-sleeved, A-line gown with desert horizon print.

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Right: Shimmering blue, knee-length, Victorian-inspired cocktail dress has yellow ruffle and bows accenting decollete portrait neckline and elbow-length sleeves, by Mark Montana. Accessorized with attention-stealing straw hat adorned with blue and yellow accents and peacock feathers. …

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