Little Dress on the Prairie
Why is Mara von Trapp on the mind??
Because summer in London leaves much to be desired. We’re making up for the the grey and gloomy – not to mention muggy – weather by wearing printed, flowing dresses through the streets. We’re watching Little House on the Prairie on loop, playing The Sound of Music soundtrack in the background, and shopping for the coolest bohemian floral frocks.
Tassels, ruffles and a subtle grayscale print – the Australian sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmerman sure know how to take a summer necessity and adapt it to the city. You don’t need much to make it work, just add a pair of white trainers and you’ll be climbing ev’ry mountain in style.
The romanticised vision of Victorian dressing that designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi have been pursuing for two decades has become the template for our favourite summer frocks. This peachy number, with an asymmetrical hem and a high neck, is definitely on the list of our favourite things for this summer.
You don’t need to be 16, going on 17 to shine in this open-back Valentino gown with romantic lace panels. Its full skirt and a Memphis Group-inspired print are to create a showstopping effect, whether you’re wearing it on a daytime stroll or for an evening date.
The savannas of the American Midwest, where Ingalls set her Little House novels, are given a psychedelic makeover in this dress from Massimo Giorgetti’s last collection for Pucci. The myriad layers of printed silk are made for sashaying around to the sound of music.
Wild edelweiss from the mountains is swapped for pink peonies on this dress. Vilshenko’s crêpe-de-Chine printed dress with bell sleeves is a wardrobe staple that will look great beyond the (supposedly) summer months. Wear it with a pair of lace-up sandals, or as the days grow colder, layered with a trench coat and cowboy boots.
Text by Dino Bonacic