Whether I feel like being a free-spirited urban street wanderer, a beach goer or simply wanting to cool down from the sweltering Australian summer heat, a free flowing, slithering Armani Exchange silk blend maxi dress would be my pick.The maxi dress in general has an interesting history with it being planted on the ‘dresses that changed history in Western fashion’ timeline around the late 1960s-1970s post World War II, in line with aspirations of women’s liberation and the idea that women should dress for themselves as opposed to dressing for suitors. Around the late 1960s, longer hemlines, softer shape and more surface design were features of women dresses. It was said the Laura Ashley maxi dress signalled a sea change in the mood and direction of British and indeed, international fashion. The New York Times also highlighted a cotton lace version by Oscar de La Renta that he created for Elizabeth Arden Salon.
With its elongated silhouette and back keyhole detail, the Armani Exchange Silk Blend Maxi Dress, turns its back on shorter hemlines and instead moves towards a more austere sensibility that’s a bit edgy with distinct urban overtones, retaining the softness, fluidity and movement of the maxi dress that spawned the 1970s.
Dress: Armani Exchange Silk Blend Maxi Dress
Shoes: Tony Bianco Black Kappa Shoes