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Our favourite labels for special dresses
Theresa from the sisterMAG team has gone on a search and collected our favourite labels for dresses of all kinds, which you can find here in sisterMAG. Part of the feature: Diane von Furstenberg, Valerie Kattus, Sessùn, Givenchy, Maje, Sandro, Self Portrait and Zazi Vintage. Find out why these labels are just the right address for your new favourite dress!
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Our favourite labels for special dresses
On hot summer days when the temperature is well above 25°C, there is nothing more comfortable than a light summer dress. There are many labels that later turned into big brands and played a big role in the history of the dress. Diane von Fürstenberg for example managed to make both slimmer and curvier women feel confident in her famous wrap dress. Even though summer dresses are often wide and airy, their cut is crucial so that the dress hugs in all the right places without losing shape.
Every year, new labels pop up with new cuts, offering well-fitting shapes for every female body in great fabrics. Have a look at the following labels – both established and new – to see how they each revolutionised the fashion world.
When talking about dresses, Diane von Fürstenberg can’t be missed. The Belgian designer rose to fame in 1970s New York with the design of her wrap dress, which she turned into a global brand inextricable from today’s fashion world. Classy chic or relaxed cool – the colourfully printed jersey dresses with their wraparound waist hug every unique body shape and flatter the figure. They’re still incredibly popular, and while a new DVF dress is not a high-street buy budget-wise, they are definitely worth the investment!
In her small studio close to Vienne, young designer Valerie Kattus tailors dresses with immense craftsmanship. From the first design to cutting, joining the single parts and small embroidery: there is nothing that isn’t done by Valerie herself. Every dress is unique: some are classic Dirndl, some relaxed dresses, and some evening gowns. Valerie only uses high-quality fabrics, puts a lot of love into every design and also listens to her clients’ wishes. A great investment for special occasions.
People who love French style, will not be able to get past Sessùn dresses. The label, founded by Emma François in Marseille in 1996, has a style clearly shaped by its French heritage and convinces with French charm and playfulness. The dresses go from streetstyle designs with floral and other prints to very chic, simply striped designs. The label also pays attention to the strain they’re putting on the environment, focusing on reducing their impact and growing the company in a sustainable way. All we can say: Les robes sont oh là là!
No other fashion label has been in the spotlight of the fashion world like Givenchy, partly due to the woman who had been head designer of the French label up until recently: Claire Waight Keller.
Especially after creating Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, the label garnered attention. Next to the Ready-to-Wear lines (focused on dresses), the traditional label is known for intricate embroidery on its haute couture lines, which are produced in hours and hours of work by busy craftsmen and -women. Every piece comes from a unique design – hence the prices. But the dresses are worth every penny and remain our favourites that can be worn over and over again!
Oh, how we love French labels! Maje is one of those that our team can’t get enough of.
The label, founded by Judith Milgrom in the late ’90s in Paris, wants to dress working women. And the number of shops they have proves their success: there are currently over 400 Maje shops all over the world! Many of their dresses are loosely playful and perfect for everyday wear but the collection also always features more elegant pieces. Those of us whose wardrobes are kept entirely in shades of black and grey might not immediately find something at Maje since many designs are incredibly colourful – but there usually are some calmer prints, too. And a fun fact: the cool French label Sandro, usually found right next to Maje in stores, was founded by Judith Milgrom’s older sister! A French family with lots of great taste in fashion!
Another brand famous for its dresses is the British brand Self Portrait. Founded by Han Chong in 2013, a graduate of the Central Saint Martin’s University in London (fashion greats like Stella McCartney, Greek designer Mary Katrantzou and Alexander-McQueen-designer Sarah Burton studied there), is the number one choice for chic dresses. Every bridesmaid will find her frock at Self Portrait – infused with a touch of cool chic and lots of elegance. Ruffles and lace feature abundantly, while cool lace patterns also make an appearance. Say yes to the dress!
Last but not least, we’re currently loving the Berlin-based label Zazi Vintage by Dutch Jeanne Margot de Kroon: As a proponent of slow fashion, her designs are all produced sustainably with fair wages for her seamstresses. Next to dresses, the label mainly makes coats. Every piece tells its own story (from the family that produced it to the reason behind the name of the final piece) that can be read on the website. Her transparency is clearly successful and the designs are now available in over 30 countries. The inspiration for her dresses and the prints woven into her fabrics are taken from trips to Asia where Jeanna visits her seamstresses on production. We think it’s absolutely worth it to invest in a gorgeous dress with a history by Zazi Vintage!