Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Let's Get Ready to Party

Photo: Maria Dahn Facebook

For the ultimate fashionista, there is nothing more exciting than the classic cocktail party, VIP event, or store opening. Each of these fabulous occasions requires a party dress to impress, and fortunately, Buenos Aires has a plentiful variety of stores and showrooms offering everything from the traditional LBD to gold studded minis.  If you're on the hunt for your perfect party dress, you're in the right city.

Through their use of sheer lace, sparkling paillettes, and a fitted cut that emphasizes your best features, the dresses at Sisters Solnicki are showstoppers. Located in the ultra chic Galeria Promenade, the line designed by Marina and Jessie Solnicki is unforgettable. Expect to look sexy yet classy in these short, thigh-baring garments. I can't get over the sea blue dress studded entirely with glittering beads, reminiscent of a 1920s sensibility. It shines like the sun and is guaranteed to draw attention.  I certainly couldn't live without my black lace, deep V-neck cocktail dress by the Sisters. Lined with a gold slip that adds a hint of color, there is nothing in the room that will compare. The party dresses by Sisters Solnicki are nothing if not incomparable.
From her exclusive boutique also inside the legendary Alvear Palace Hotel Promenade, designer Agustina of María Dahn has created one of the most popular lines among young people in BA.  Through the use of solely imported fabrics purchased each season in New York, she has utilized her Parsons education to create a line that's fun and fresh. Each of her dresses is accented with a ruffle here or a sequin there to give your dress a unique feature. One of my favorite elements of her collection is her use of color. Forget about a plain black dress, Agustina will always add a touch of excitement, whether it's gold, sea green, or hot pink. Even her LBD is dotted with colorful beading. At María Dahn, be prepared for low cut backs that give her pieces a feeling of sensuality and refinement. While you're there, don't miss her daywear collection filled with handmade sweaters, sundresses, and even some cute leather jackets.

The epitome of elegance, Evangelina Bomparola uses smooth silk in all her delicate creations. This season is marked by a menswear theme, with black and white being the dominant colors in the collection. My favorite piece is her tuxedo jacket cut beautifully for a woman's body. It can be paired with black trousers and bold jewelry for an alternative option at your next event. Unexpected yet mysteriously intriguing. On the more traditional side, Bomparola also offers exquisite full-length gowns in pure silk and chiffon for your most formal celebration, and of course, your classic LBD.

Perhaps the most well-known party dress store in Buenos Aires, Salsipuedes ("Leave if you can"), has three locations in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods. The look at this store is bright colors, lots of ruffles, and hippie chic. They offer a wide selection of dresses from long gowns to short cocktail, all with the signature Salsipuedes funky, youthful spirit. Each boutique also sells select jewelry pieces and some cute bags to pair with your new dress. Consider it your one stop shop for your next event.

From graceful to edgy, you can find the dress of your dreams in Buenos Aires. It might be time to start planning your birthday party, if only as an excuse to stop by one of these stores. Leave if you can.

Your BAShopGirl

Sisters Solnicki: Galeria Promenade Alvear: Av. Alvear 1883 Local 17
María Dahn: Galeria Promenade Alvear Av. Alvear 1883 Local 28
Evangelina Bomparola: Av. Alvear 1923
Salsipuedes: Honduras 4814

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