Verrier dress is very close

Madelene sent me the link to this dress (thanks, Madelene!) and I like it very much. I’m not sure if I’d wear it — okay, who am I kidding, I’d wear it, it’s got a Peter pan collar and pockets — although I’d feel better about it if it were red with pink accents, and not mostly that pink. I’m starting to feel a little long in the tooth for pink and Peter pan collars and pintucks.

I looked up the designer — Ashleigh Verrier — and found out that she’s 1) 23 and 2) her mother is her muse. So what does that mean? Is this dress for 23-year-olds, or for people who could be the mothers of 23-year-olds? (I did the math, and even at the limit of biological possibility, I could not yet be the mother of a 23-year-old.) Her collection (click on the image for the slideshow) isn’t bad. and according to new York magazine, her thesis collection was picked up by Saks last year.

I do like this dress, but I think it’s not quite there yet. It’s still a little too predictable. It’s a terrific shape, but I would like this better in a wild chiffon print, or in a lightweight wool bouclé. What if the hems on the skirt and sleeves were left ragged, or were intentionally made ragged with bias chiffon? What if, instead of tucks, there were lace inserts? There’s a lot more that could be done with this dress, to move it a bit more away from April Cornell.

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