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Inspired by the feminine looks of emerging fashion designer Cristina Ottaviano, Svitlana’s post “Get Chic this Upcoming Fall Season” illustrates her experience working alongside the designer to assemble chic and sophisticated looks to complement special occasions hosted right at home.

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Choose your inspiration – Before I host any type of event, I always chose a source of inspiration to subtly highlight in the food, décor and of course, my personal style. The inspiration for this collection was a painting of Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais. Cristina Ottaviano’s New Collection aligned perfectly with my inspiration, as her designs are delicate, timeless and graceful. Her debut collection has it all- lace, silk, wool, chiffon, tulle, leather and even fur.

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Make a statement – Dressing up a classic look. My dress was a long-sleeve A-line which is dressy enough to host a Christmas or even a New Year’s Eve soirée. The eye-catching, lacy Oxford collar with a skilfully embroidered black beading is the epitome of elegance and sophistication with a subtle touch of decadence. The tulle overlays zigzag lace pattern with hand-appliqued beading work on each line which makes this dress an instant classic.

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You can be comfortable and sexy. The built-in corset, something the designer perfected in her collection, shows off your figure and offers comfortable support without overly constricting the movement.

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Bring the attention on your favorite part of the look – If the neckline is the attention-grabbing element, skip the excessive jewelry and let the dress speak for itself. If you would like to showcase the details of the lace collar like I did, wear your hair pulled back in a sleek pony tail or bun to really showcase the details of your dress.

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Don’t over accessorize – Choose one bold piece for an interesting addition to a monochromatic look, let the dress speak for itself. I wore emerald green clips from Dolce & Gabbana’s collection.

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Svitlana Flom

Editor-In-Chief of Art de Fete

Photos: Anya Foto-Anya Roudenko.