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The True Dramatic, Harper’s Bazaar

The True Dramatic, Harper’s Bazaar

1. Focal Point

The bound white slit at the upper thigh marks the Focal Point of the True Dramatic. The white binding tape becomes essential in a dress of such few details.

3. Ornament

Ornamental Rhythm is achieved with the narrow ivory strap of the small purse and the matching narrow bangles and multiple matching rings.

2. Line

The long clean uninterrupted narrow Alpha Line of the True Dramatic is achieved here in the long ivory line that runs from under the arm all the way to the hemline.

4. Fabric

Fabrics for the True Dramatic are firm, medium-weight, smooth and of a balanced weave, in order to manifest a long clean sculpted Alpha Line.

The Elaborate Natural, Escada

The Elaborate Natural, Escada

1. Focal Point

The fur trim joins the sweater at the low hip Focal Point of the Elaborate Natural, providing unmistakable emphasis in the correct place.

3. Line

The drama of the long unified silhouette of this Style is heightened by the addition of a horizontal Line, such as you see here in the fur trim of the cardigan.

2. Fabric

The soft textures of this outfit would be even better in heavier Fabrics. The slight sheen, unbalanced weaves and solids rather than prints are great.

4. Ornament

The red purse demonstrates that Ornament for the Elaborate Natural need not match. The straps of the shoes would be better if they were wider.

The Elaborate Classic, Vogue Paris

The Elaborate Classic, Vogue Paris

1. Focal Point

The large ornately embroidered exterior pockets clearly and creatively emphasize the hip Focal Point of the Elaborate Classic.

3. Line

The Fabric differences mentioned above necessitate the width of the belt, although this width does contradict the medium Alpha nature of this silhouette.

2. Fabric

The common weave, weight and smoothness of the silk-wool turtleneck and velours-Lamé skirt would be more effective if they were the same Colour or shine.

4. Ornament

The belt would become Ornament rather than a “Fabric bridge” if it were an unrelated Colour. In the absence of a strong shoulder, the earrings work to carry the eye upwards.

The Elaborate Gamine, Max & Co.

The Elaborate Gamine, Max & Co.

1. Focal Point

The high hip or hipbone is the Focal Point for the Elaborate Gamine. Here, the Focal Point is clearly marked by the bottom of the red sweater.

3. Line

The three-part Silhouette of the Elaborate Gamine is especially obvious with the red sweater. The loose fit of the three pieces gives an Omega or open Line.

2. Fabric

The cable knit and fur textures drape softly and the use of print adds interest for the Elaborate Gamine. Similar Fabric weights ensure Fabric harmony.

4. Ornament

Ornament for the Elaborate Gamine is often minimal. The interesting cable knit of the sweater substitutes for Ornament as well as providing texture.

The True Natural, Tory Burch

The True Natural, Tory Burch

1. Focal Point

The long sweater overshoots the Focal Point of the dropped waist, although the horizontal pattern at the base of the sweater helps.

3. Ornament

The interesting mix of patterns of the sweater and skirt works well as Ornament. The matching purse, knee socks and shoes create rhythm.

2. Line

The balanced weave of the medium-weight knit wonderfully sustains the narrow, straight silhouette of the True Natural.

4. Fabric

Medium- weight texture is the key to the True Natural Style, but Fabrics should also be soft, matte and of balanced weave, as you see here.

The True Classic, Madison Headrick

The True Classic, Madison Headrick

1. Focal Point

The waist is the obvious Focal Point of this casual coat. Notice how the widths of the horizontal quilting reinforce this by narrowing as they approach the belt.

3. Line

With so many horizontal and vertical Lines, this is a complex outfit for True Classic, so the strong emphasis at the waist resolves and focuses the ensemble.

2. Fabric

Fabric harmony is a key consideration for the True Classic. The change in texture from the coat to the sweater is almost a distraction, although the monochrome Colour helps.

4. Ornament

The matching gold accents of the belt, snaps, zippers and tips of the hood cord establish ornamental rhythm that obviates the need for more Ornament.

The True Gamine, Clean Lines

The True Gamine, Clean Lines

1. Focal Point

If the waistband of the skirt were wider, it would mark the True Gamine Focal Point of the slightly raised waist better as well as include an Omega element.

3. Fabric

The leather skirt would be more successful for the True Gamine if it were lighter in weight, although it is smooth and of a balanced weave.

2. Ornament

The striped print of the top illustrates how the True Gamine uses Ornament on the top but not on the bottom (or vice versa) in order to emphasize the use of separates.

4. Line

The horizontal Line in the top forecasts the Omega Line of the circle skirt. Here, there is a stronger Omega element in the skirt than in the top.

The Refined Natural, Casual Fur

The Refined Natural, Casual Fur

1. Focal Point

This slightly cropped fur jacket approximates the Refined Natural Focal Point of the high waist through the ending point of the lapels.

3. Ornament

The simple seaming on the jeans as well as the soft texture from the fur create the details that carry this ensemble. This look is ornamented mostly by the layering of the fur jacket.

2. Line

The silhouette of this look is quite Alpha, with the fitted jeans and fitted sleeves. The layering created by the lapels of the jacket and the flare of the jean bring the layers so integral to this Style.

4. Fabric

The medium-weight firmness of the jeans is very effective, contrasted with the moderately firm texture of the jacket. This is good because The Refined Natural mixes fabric types.

The Refined Classic, White House Black Market

The Refined Classic, White House Black Market

1. Focal Point

The Refined Classic Focal Point of the very high waist, just below the empire waist, is marked by the bias cut ruffles adorning this soft blouse.

3. Fabric

Fabrics need to be lightweight, matte, of balanced weave and soft. A visible weave gives you all the texture you need. Bias cut was invented for this Style.

2. Ornament

The principle of rhythm or matching is essential to the Ornament for the Refined Classic, with bracelets and hat picking up the dark accent at the shoulder.

4. Line

The slightly wide bias ruffles and emphasis at the slightly wide shoulder straps provide the softly Omega or open silhouette of the Refined Classic.

The Refined Gamine, Marciano

The Refined Gamine, Marciano

1. Focal Point

The cropped bra top establishes the Focal Point with a curved line across the bust-line, in keeping with the curved clean lines of the Refined Gamine.

3. Ornament

The studs inlaid into the top work because they are small, closely spaced and match the earrings. They serve as ornament, strengthen the line and add intensity.

2. Line

The top and skirt have clean, well-defined lines in this Alpha ensemble. The straps add intensity and keep the emphasis from dropping to the midriff.

4. Fabric

This medium-weight smooth-finish fabric is probably stretch, but its tight weave and obvious body make it a good choice for a Refined Gamine.