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Victoria Beckham, The True Gamine, Christian Dior Couture for Elle Magazine

Victoria Beckham, The True Gamine, Christian Dior Couture for Elle Magazine

1. Focal Point

This wide belt emphatically and appropriately expresses the slightly raised-waist Focal Point of the True Gamine.

3. Fabric

Fabrics for the True Gamine need to be lightweight; firm rather than soft; with a smooth finish; and of balanced weave. As you see, prints are very effective.

2. Ornament

The matching black belt, sunglasses and headscarf show wonderful rhythm of Ornament; the angled ends of the headscarf even repeat the shape of the print.

4. Line

The peplum top establishes the Omega Silhouette for the True Gamine. The horizontal print and wide collar substitute for the normal square neckline.

Shalom Harlow, The Refined Natural, Elegant and Sophisticated Vintage

Shalom Harlow, The Refined Natural, Elegant and Sophisticated Vintage

1. Focal Point

The collar and cuffs bracket the Focal Point (the bottom of the rib cage), but a more emphatic emphasis would strengthen the Refined Natural Style.

3. Ornament

Ornament for the Refined Natural should always express rhythm or matching. The matching fur collar and cuffs double as Ornament here.

2. Line

The Narrow Alpha Silhouette is revealed in the slim sleeves and fitted bodice. A side-to-side differentiation is partially achieved with the side slit of the skirt.

4. Fabric

Print combinations are a key element of the Refined Natural Aesthetic. Fabrics are firm, textured, of balanced weave, matte and medium in weight.

Natalie Portman, The Refined Classic, Vogue America, by Peter Lindbergh

Natalie Portman, The Refined Classic, Vogue America, by Peter Lindbergh

1. Focal Point

The pleated panels cross at the high waist Focal Point in this stunningly graceful Refined Classic evening gown.

3. Fabric

There are few Fabrics more effective than silk for the Refined Classic, since it combines softness, light weight, a balanced weave and a slight sheen.

2. Ornament

Although the lace headscarf and earrings are effective, the true Ornament here is the beautiful pleating of the silk fabric that is carried throughout.

4. Line

The gentle Omega Silhouette is visible in the full pleated skirt and the wide panel-straps of the bodice. The pleating also adds detail.

The Refined Gamine, Lupita Nyong’o, Vogue Magazine

The Refined Gamine, Lupita Nyong’o, Vogue Magazine

1. Focal Point

The empire waistline is the Focal Point of the Refined Gamine. This dress is gathered under the bodice but the waistline would be even better a little higher.

3. Ornament

The Earrings relate well to the dress but the necklace really doesn’t, reducing its effectiveness because the Ornamental rhythm is missing.

2. Line

A narrow Alpha Silhouette and side to side differentiation are both distinctly visible in this wonderful Refined Gamine dress.

4. Fabric

Fabrics for the Refined Gamine need to be medium in weight, firm rather than soft, smooth rather than textured, and of balanced weave, as you see here.

Anna Zakusylo for Vogue Turkey by Emre Unal, September 2010 The True Romantic

Anna Zakusylo for Vogue Turkey by Emre Unal, September 2010 The True Romantic

1. Focal Point

The low, scooped neckline establishes the Focal Point at the chest and the stunning fur piece emphasizes it even more.

3. Fabric

Lightweight, balanced-weave, soft textured Fabrics are most effective. Monochromatic Colour schemes drastically boost the power of the ensemble.

2. Ornament

Ornament for the True Romantic is achieved through the glamour addition of this fur stole, but the matching sunglasses and large scale necklace add too.

4. Line

Simplicity of Line and a narrow skirt are completely transformed by the addition of the matching fur piece with its Omega silhouette.

Rihanna for Glamour Magazine, The Elaborate Romantic

Rihanna for Glamour Magazine, The Elaborate Romantic

1. Focal Point

The strong halter neckline brings an effortless and very appropriate emphasis to the throat Focal Point of the Elaborate Romantic.

3. Fabric

The lightweight, smooth soft Fabric works beautifully here. The contrast of white fur with black would work even better if the fur contained both white and black.

2. Ornament

The black band at the neck substitutes for a necklace in this glamorous evening jumpsuit. The metallic earrings and belt buckle match and also harmonize with the white fur.

4. Line

The narrow Alpha Silhouette with a wide Omega element at the bodice that is achieved by the glamorous fur is the ideal Silhouette for this type of Elaborate Romantic.

Gemma Arterton, The Refined Dramatic in Donna Karan New York for InStyle US

Gemma Arterton, The Refined Dramatic in Donna Karan New York for InStyle US

1. Focal Point

The Refined Dramatic Focal Point is the fingertip, hinted at by the trailing sash. The dropped shoulder achieves the secondary Focal Point at the shoulder.

3. Line

This gown’s Omega (not fitted) Lines and V-neckline are excellent. The Fabric drapes in soft, unstructured folds at the shoulder and down the body.

2. Fabric

The skillfully and artistically draped folds of this beautiful chiffon gown help to overcome the Fabric have unbalanced weave and overly light weight.

4. Ornament

Ornament a low priority for this Style. The wavy tendrils of hair work well as Ornament, which does not need to match or even allude to the garments.

Constance Jablonski, The Elaborate Natural in Burberry Prorsum for Vogue Turkey

Constance Jablonski, The Elaborate Natural in Burberry Prorsum for Vogue Turkey

1. Focal Point

One of the dark stripes on the skirt appears to mark the upper thigh Focal Point of the Elaborate Natural. A stronger Focal Point would be better.

3. Line

The clean, unobstructed Lines of this skirt and top, in conjunction with the square neckline and wide straps, perfectly define the Style.

2. Fabric

Soft, heavy, textured Fabrics in unbalanced weaves are the mainstay of the Elaborate Natural Style, achieved wonderfully here.

4. Ornament

Ornament that is large in scale; that does not match the garments; that is worn low on the body; adds a great accent to this Elaborate Natural ensemble.

Lily Aldridge, The True Natural in Michael Kors at The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT

Lily Aldridge, The True Natural in Michael Kors at The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT

1. Focal Point

The separates in this True Natural outfit meet at the slightly dropped waist Focal Point of this Style, giving the Focal Point great attention.

3. Ornament

The narrow belt repeats the Colour of the skirt and also reiterates the slim Alpha Silhouette, establishing rhythm of Ornament in an important way.

2. Line

The narrow Alpha Silhouette combines with side-to-side interest and a high crew neckline, all elements that define the True Natural Style.

4. Fabric

Fabrics should be medium in weight, lightly textured and matte, soft and of balanced weave, as you see here, except that the skirt is slightly too firm.

Margot Robbie, The True Classic, on Set and in Character for ABC’s Pan Am

Margot Robbie, The True Classic, on Set and in Character for ABC’s Pan Am

1. Focal Point

This dress conforms naturally to the human body, providing the emphasis at the waist that is the True Classic Focal Point.

3. Line

Vertical emphasis combines with a defined high scoop neckline and a natural shoulder line to express the True Classic Silhouette.

2. Fabric

Fabrics for the True Classic are most becoming when they are of balanced weave with slight texture and also balanced between soft and firm.

4. Ornament

The importance of rhythmical matching in Ornaments such as earrings, gloves and handbag, is visible in this wonderful True Classic ensemble.