Tuesday, September 30, 2008



Images, Words by Judith Ecochard

How Holly Dunlap manages to improve on an already terrific line of shoes, bags and ready-to-wear is beyond us…

But this is her best assortment of wearable glam hostess dresses, jumpsuits and ornate sandals and handbags to date.

And she thinks so too!

“It was a really Blue Lagoon collection…” with sparkling cool blue waters of the Indian Ocean… and flattering lime/plush green colors dominating a summery rainbow palette.

THINK: Fun, flirty, American attitude---and yes, all sizes will look great in the easy wear clothes. And you don’t have to live on the beach!

THE LOOK FOR SPRING 2009: We love jumpsuits…and Holly Dunlap serves up our favorite one pieces. The short sleeves, safari-ish front pockets, a defining sash waist----all in lavender or pale bluish green----are made of a falls just right on the body- stretch silk/lycra fabric that is slimming but not clinging.

There’s a sleeveless, diagonal side tie multi-shade one too-that will look awesome when worn over tanned skin.

A few long airy dresses and cloud white sundresses with a touch of ruffles- round out this strong presentation.

Ethnic Indian print and tie-dye patterns are also cleverly used in shoes…but the hands down knockout is the jewel/shell encrusted precious clutch.



ADDED PLUS: A personal friend owns the famed House of Lavande vintage jewelry shop in Palm Beach...and lent the models some pieces. We chatted with the owner, Tracy Smith who started her own collection about four years ago. “I made a business of it as my collection grew.”

INFO: HOUSE OF LAVANDE-317 Peruvian Avenue, Suite 201, Palm Beach