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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.

The True Dramatic, Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

The True Dramatic, Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

1. Focal Point

The True Dramatic Focal Point, at the wrist, is effectively marked in this ensemble by the wide matching bracelet worn asymmetrically on one arm.

3. Ornament

The clean lines and matching white Colours of the Ornaments establish necessary rhythm as well as an important monochromatic Colour scheme.

2. Line

The narrow or Alpha Silhouette, straight clean Lines and extended sharp shoulders make this dress a wonderful choice for the True Dramatic.

4. Fabric

Smooth finishes, medium weights and firm, balanced weaves allow this dress to achieve a wonderful statement of the True Dramatic Style.

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.

Sarah Jessica Parker, The Elaborate Classic in Oscar de la Renta at The Met Ball 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker, The Elaborate Classic in Oscar de la Renta at The Met Ball 2014

1. Focal Point

The first horizontal line of the underskirt of this fabulous ball gown indicates the lower hip Focal Point of the Elaborate Classic.

3. Line

The generally Alpha (fitted) character of the Elaborate Classic is apparent in the very tight bodice and is referenced by the narrow straps and back detail.

2. Fabric

All the important Fabric qualities for this Style are here: firm, balanced weaves; smooth and shiny finishes; and slightly heavy fabric weights.

4. Ornament

The White Flower in the hair, worn appropriately low at the back of the head, would be even more awesome if it did not match the ensemble.

The Elaborate Gamine, Alexa Chung at The 2013 Met Ball

The Elaborate Gamine, Alexa Chung at The 2013 Met Ball

1. Focal Point

The Focal Point for The Elaborate Gamine is the hip, in this look it is achieved with the black hot pants underneath the dress.

3. Line

Line is a very interesting element for The Elaborate Gamine. It is best when their silhouettes break into three parts, bracketing the Focal Point.

2. Fabric

Fabrics for The Elaborate Gamine are best when they’re soft and textured. This look is a great example of how effective texture is for this style.

4. Ornament

Ornament is a wild card for The Elaborate Gamine. Accessories don’t necessarily have to match and can be quite bold. A bold accessory would enhance this 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.

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.