The Dilli Grey summer maxi dress has become a signature for us – that pure sunshine hero piece that our customers love to wear and we want to transpose that feeling beyond the holidays into your Autumn wardrobes...
So, for AW19 we have creatively collaborated with some of our favourite style influencers and bloggers to create some new styles with a seasonal update. Our first launch is with Emma Paton from style and lifestyle blog, Finlay Fox. Dilli Grey founder, Vickie El-Rayyes and Emma share an affinity for the 70s boho luxe look – channelling vintage silhouettes of statement sleeves, block prints and easy maxi shapes.
Together they drew up their dream autumn dress, collaborating with our artisan printer and tailor in Jaipur to create this hand-block printed, 100% cotton maxi dress for the new season. Referencing iconic 70s designers including Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell, the oversize paisley print comes in a warm, pomegranate with blush pink detail. The dramatic balloon sleeve gives a romantic feel, starting with a small puff shoulder and ending in a gently elasticated neat cuff. The gathered empire-line waist flows into a simple full skirt (with pockets!), finishing mid-calf to ankle, depending on height.
For the journal, Emma has created 4 different looks for the dress, to give some styling ideas to get the maximum wear out of it this autumn:
Right now I'm layering it up with a denim or leather jacket but keeping bare legs, adding fun socks (I love these sparkly wool/silk ones from COS, £10) and my favourite trainers from ethical brand, Veja.
Forest green, olive and khaki tones are everywhere this season and go so well with the rich pomegranate of the dress - a lightweight trench is a great layer for September showers on the school run and I love these white ankle boots from M&S (past season).
I love the hiking boot and dress combo (boots are current season M&S) for toughening up a pretty dress (and practical for winter too!) - I'll wear with socks now and ribbed tights come winter. A simple, skinny polo neck is a brilliant way of extending the wear of cotton dresses throughout winter. Try a striped one for a bold print-clash.
Charcoal grey is one of my favourite neutrals for autumn and balances out the warmth of the berry tones - picking out the grey of the cardi (hand-knitted by ethical brand, Maison M) in accessories brings the look together and makes for a great, relaxed weekend look. I love these clogs from Kitty Clogs Sweden for a 70s vintage vibe.
Pomegranate Paisley Dress, £99 - shop now
Style note: Emma is 5'7 and a UK size 12.