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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 Classic, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vogue Magazine, Mario Testino

The Elaborate Classic, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vogue Magazine, Mario Testino

1. Focal Point

The Elaborate Classic emphasizes her outfits at the true hip, as you see done here where the peplum is the Focal Point.

3. Line

The Elaborate Classic Line is medium-Alpha or fitted. This Silhouette also marks four points: shoulder (or neck), waist, hip, and foot (here, the floor).

2. Fabric

Fabrics for the Elaborate Classic are firm rather than soft, of balanced weave, smooth rather than textured and of medium-heavy weight. Shine is good.

4. Ornament

Ornament is used here to establish intensity, but without needing to match the outfit. Here, the tie at the waist is also part of the Ornament.