Friday, December 26, 2008

On the Panel

Survey says? Paneled dresses are hot! Think bold color blocking, lace insets, and cleverly placed strips of fabric that either reveal or conceal, as needed.
At left: Baby Phat; this photo courtesy; other runway pics via except where noted
Chado Ralph Rucci
Cher Michel Klein, via
Cushnie et Ochs, via
Malo, via
Jil Sander
Dries Van Noten
Think about a paneled frock to round out your current wardrobe!
Diane von Furstenberg Jacinta dress, at
Opening Ceremony lace panel wool shift, at
Cynthia Steffe Sloan color block dress. Visit
American Retro Landing dress at
Tofu silk sheer panel layered flute sleeve dress, at
Richard Nicoll contrast panel dress; this and next 4 at
Development Fitzgerald lavender tank dress
Missoni sleeveless floral panel shift
Jonathan Saunders Somerby dress
Missoni color block dress
Tory Burch Venna dress (at right). Go to
Yves Saint Laurent wool tweed panel top and pencil skirt, at Neiman Marcus
Rachel Roy Liza dress; this and next at
Last Look: L.A.M.B. Belgrave multi-strap leather boot with hidden platform.

Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!


37 comments: said...

Hi CC,

What a lovely lot of modern, but very elegant dresses!


xoxo: Janet

leeselooks said...

happy holidays cc!

i always think calvin klein does amazing color panels + blocking.


Patri Jorge said...

vine a dejarte un beso grande por Navidad y a desearte lo mejor para el Año Nuevo. Un abrazo grande

Anonymous said...

i hope you had a lovely christmas! that first dress if fantastic!

La C.

La Belette Rouge said...

Some really lovely examples here, dear CC. You are definitely on the panel of fashion experts.

Sharon S said...

Hi there-the Dries Van Noten is soo gorgeous!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

Frankie said...

Hot indeed! Your selections are always spot on! Excellent work, yet again x

yiqin; said...

You always have the best posts! I love the see through one. really interesting! :) Merry xmas!

Anonymous said...

oo these are really fun, I want one!

Homme Times said...

Panels are so cool! Everytime I hear the word oanels though, I keep thinking "solar panel" lol. I love the Balenciaga one.

I.M. said...

simply awesome.. the dresses are fabolous. i love the one from Giles and Balenciaga

Fifi Flowers said...

Panels in just the right place are quite slimming... hmmmmm... what locations would be best... minimize thighs... minimize junk of trunk... oooooh... good to accentuate areas too... WOW... nice breasts... ooh la la!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday too!

Reena Rai said...

Wonderful images as always. I love the panels which protect the models modesty, that's how I would wear it. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas honey x

Seeker said...

Hmmm, thank you again for calling my attention for something, my dear.
Some of those dresses are so gorgeous!!! Hmmm... I must think maybe of something DIY...

Hope you'll have a nice holidays season until New Year


Angela said...

CC hope you have a very happy holiday. so funny, i was just looking at the same pair of lamb boots.

Marian said...

CC hope you had a beautiful xmas dear! love all these panelled pieces.My faves are the austere Jil Sander design and the futuristic Balenciaga.
big kiss,

Anonymous said...

very cute pictures, very true. i made a similar dress:)
merry days //bec

Allison said...

I am positively drooling over those gorgeous boots.

I hope your holiday was fantastic C.C.!

Countrybelle said...

such a timeless style. and it's one that is so "how on earth do you wear that in real life?" so thank you for the adorable suggestions. just gorgeous.

WendyB said...

Nothing thrilled me till we got to the boots, but those thrilled me a lot!

Thu said...

i'm kind of drawn to the red and black dress with the white belt.

Secretista said...

I love this. So my style!

Miranda said...

i loveee panels with mesh lace and satin

ash said...

Happy Holidays!
Love those boots!
Thanks for sharing

Jillian Hobbs said...

very modern and gorgeous!

Jadore-Fashion said...

i always love the choices of your post--feels like dream--if i can own them, i can enjou watching then ;-) love the Rucci pair and those LAMB boots!!! hope u xmas went well!!!

Syd said...

I hadn't even thougth of panels until now. Cool.

Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. Thank you for your encouragement. Greatly apreciated.

Wishing you a great new year!

Lisa said...

Ooh those boots!

Songy said...

the panels are quite strategically used in Rucci dress aren't they?

Lil Midget said...

Looks very futuristic I think :) Love the red and black one and the boots


Happy holidays!

Nemerae said...

Gracias =)
Qué tal vas con el Español?? jeje
Me encantan los 4 primeros outfits :P

Anonymous said...

I love how some designers have made the look very space age. This look is beautiful!

Fashion Moment said...

Beautiful dresses, for real, darling.


Frieda l'écuyère said...

I'm so happy to discover Fifi Flowers, thanks ! And I like orange legs !

Anonymous said...

wow i could wear most of these dresses!

MizzJ said...

Love this trend ever since I saw it a few seasons ago, it's sad that it hasn't really picked up in my local city :( Jill Sander embodies this trend perfectly, while I'm pleasantly surprised by how cool and modest that Baby Phat dress was!

Fashion_Girl22 said...

It's so cool how shear panneling as been around since the 80s, but still manages to look oh so chic in 2008-2009.
I love that black dress half way down, net to the pink. It's so innovative. Great post as usual!

It was fun going to your recent posts after being away for a while. I hope your Christmas was a equally fabulous! Happy New Year CC!