It's a wrap - the inspiration behind the eluroom wrap dress style Houli

It's a wrap - the inspiration behind the eluroom wrap dress style Houli

I love a wrap dress.  A versatile style which flatters all shapes and sizes and can see you through from desk to dinner 52 weeks of the year.  Diane Von Furstenberg built a whole business on it.  What I have found not only in the wearing a a wrap dress but in the creating of them in the 30 years I have worked in the fashion world is finding one the fits and stays.  There a so many variables, bust size, shoulder and waist proportion.  Many a time I have resorted to wearing a tank or cami underneath to avoid unwanted exposure.  Sometimes there are so many fastenings, hooks and eye or press stud to keep it together the whole purpose being the effortlessness of the dress is lost.

This pattern took me a while to figure out and I had some help from and amazing pattern cutter to perfect the proportion.  

It has a twist and wrap feature which makes for a brillant adaptable styleing to suit, let me put it out there, pretty much any body shape.  

Watch this to see how it's done.

You can tie it under the bust or wrap it through to the top of the hip the choice is yours and its pretty much impossible to have those inadvertent moments of exposure.

Not only is it a new shape but I am working with new fabrics.  All of them are dead stock which means if I didn't use them they would end up as landfill.

A red silk georgette, this one comes with a slip as it is shear.  This was an unused Burberry fabric - can you imagine.  Red is a key colour this season, I think it's a classic colour and one I go to for POWER.


nettie wearing houli the wrap dress in red


A printed silk which comes from one of the leading Italian print houses.  

Rebecca wearing houli the wrap dress in jewel print

Of course a metallic is an essential and I maintain everyone needs one metallic piece in their wardrobe.  Why not start with this.  

Rebecca wearing houli the wrap dress in metallic silver


Make the occasion with what you wear.


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