• V says

      Thank you! The dress is a halter style with very long ties you can do with as you please. I wrapped and knotted and twisted, and there you go. Have never worn it that way before.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  1. says

    I don’t even know where to start with this look. I’m in complete awe. I love an exposed back to begin with but the positioning of the straps is just stunning. Also the skirt over the dress…WOW! Your styling is impeccable as always and these shots are truly breathtaking. Thanks for the inspiration!! xx
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    • V says

      Thank you Brooke! This is the first time I’ve worked the straps this way on this dress. They’re adjustable…good thing I took photos cause I don’t know if I’d remember how to tie them that way again!

  2. says

    I love when the design of garments are reinterpreted. It’s the kind of dress that’s great for a night out with your hair loosely whipped up. Although it bears one shoulder + drapes uniquely in the front, it’s something unexpected and sexy about the asymmetric open back. It’s that extra detail that can make your look go from just ‘interesting’ to unforgettable! Nice touch with the skirt-over-dress idea too by the way!


    • V says

      Hello Raven…thanks hon! I agree that reinterpretation is a beautiful thing. And I did reinterpret this dress. It’s been in my closet for like seven years, I think. I’ve reworked it into a shorter dress and a halter with a draped cowl, but never like this. That’s half the fun, isn’t it?

  3. says

    I love this pictures – you look so beautiful in these shots! Actually to me they really have a feel of Cathy in Wuthering Heights feel to them. Where did you get that amazing dress?

    • V says

      Aw, thank you! There is a little Wuthering Heights, now that you mention it. I can see that.

      I got the dress at a local boutique about seven years ago. It’s nothing fancy, but the ties are about thigh-length and can be reworked a gazillion different ways. That’s what I love about it.

      Thanks again for your comment!

    • V says

      Thank you so much Ioana…Ms. Jetsetter! I still wish I could be in your suitcase for all those wonderful trips.

      I really appreciate the time you took to check in and comment. And I want you to know your Melissa/VW heels haunt me regularly. One day I’m going to order them!

    • V says

      Lasca, welcome and thank you! Everything else is old, but the necklace I picked up the other day. Banana Republic has had some incredible pieces the last couple years. And the best thing is that they do very limited quantities.

      • lasca says

        limited quantities – that’s not good for me though!
        If it doesn’t up in the sole solitary London branch I might have to try my hand at making one myself. Its all the crystal points – beautiful!

    • V says

      Hey doll, I appreciate that! Without the skirt, the dress is too gown-ish. Not what I was looking for. Who knew it would end up being so well-received?!

    • V says

      Thank you Lynzy! You are so kind. I truly appreciate your comment and support. And anytime you want to unload that lace-back tank, call me.

  4. says

    WOAH. V, words fail me. this is sheer perfection. that dress is a dream, timelessly stylish with that modern twist. and it flatters your body perfectly. that second photo is so elegantly sexy.

    amazing job. i think this is one of my favorite photoshoots from you yet!

    • V says

      Kristy, thank you so much. Means a lot coming from you, because you’re an amazing stylist and photographer. I have to say this is my current fave too. I wrote this above on another comment, but it’s so true: sometimes it just all comes together. The light, the clothes, the shot, the editing.

  5. says

    Beautiful!! What a way to make a dress look fabulous and comfortable all at the same time! The belt and necklace were perfect finishing touches!

    Another fabulous outfit!!

    • V says

      WOW! OK, I am hugely flattered. Thank you so very much, Jennifer! Cracks me up, though. I’m totally high fashion…in my backyard! Ha!

    • V says

      Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Thank you Beautiful I wish I knew your name. Will you give me one initial?

      I so appreciate the award. I am honored.

    • V says

      You don’t miss a THING do you? Love that. You got it. But of course you did.

      Thanks B…I appreciate the compliments, banter, support, all of it.

    • V says

      Ms. March…you picked up on it too! Love that! Read Beverly’s comment above. You’re a smart cookie. Thank you so much for your kind words.

    • V says

      Thank you my dear! You’re right…that’s one of the best things about backless numbers…that little unexpected zing when you sashay out the door.

  6. says

    Simply fabulous !!!! I adore this look and the sophisticated effects you have created! That necklace and the belt are perfect too.

    Can I just say : i am jealous of your tiny waist!! ;)


    • V says

      Keith, thank you my dear. I am so appreciative of your kind words and readership. Hope the week was good for you too!

  7. says

    Incredible look. At once classic, could come from almost any era, and yet unique and modern. The open back, the unusual lattice work is so fresh. Then I read you got creative on a halter and even more impressive. The layering of the skirt over the dress, under the dress, I can tell, but this approach to dressing seems very NOW. Zietgeist-y, if you will. And you and Madonna playing the Morrigan….ah, I love my Celtic lore, is awe-inspiring.
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    • V says

      Bella, thanks doll! I did get creative with the dress, it’s true. I have to do that to keep myself from getting bored. Sometimes things just work out, you know?!

    • V says

      Hi Tash, thank you very much and welcome! Don’t think I’ve seen your name here before. If you ever come across a piece that is a halter with a cowl-style neckline and very generous ties, you CAN recreate it! You never know.

    • V says

      Aw, thank you Wendy. I appreciate the compliment and the fact that you stop by my little ol’ blog on a regular basis.

    • V says

      Thank you Amy, and let me reiterate how much I love the outfit in your last post. It’s totally fresh and pulled together, but the Doc Martens are an unexpected, youthful twist that I totally love.

  8. says

    aesthetically pleasing in every way. the colors, the structures, the curves, the strength…and emotion (like a brooding beauty). creativity at it’s greatest. is that ruching that i see? love!

    • V says

      Daisy darling, you do see ruching, your eyes do not deceive you! The skirt has two drawstrings that run down the front of it that you can use to adjust the length and the amount of ruching. It’s a totally cheap skirt, but one of my faves.

      Thanks, sweetie!

    • V says

      Hi Kara, thanks so much for popping by! I like your blog too…loved the hat post. I think a visit to is in order for me!


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