There are few dresses as versatile as the slip dress. The style championed by Kate Moss in the mid 90s, speaks multiple style languages. It can be layered up or worn against bare skin and seamlessly moves from day with flats, to cocktail hour with heels and into late night lounge mood. The alluring languor of the slip dress feels so right for now. Consider it an antidote to frenetic times.
“I was so drawn by my silk bias cut nightdress – it just felt so good to wear for day or evening,” says Serena Bute of her slip dress revelation. The piece was one of the triggers behind the debut capsule of dresses in the new Spring Summer 2020 collection.
Bute recalibrated that glamorous 1930s inspired night-dress into three distinct styles: a fluid ankle skimming bias cut slip dress with a deep plunge v neck trimmed with a narrow contrasting velvet ribbon; a backless version with spaghetti straps and lace trimmed décolleté and a cap sleeve design with a sweeping skirt and concealed pockets.
VERSATILITYThe dresses, fashioned in sensuous crepe satin, are truly versatile pieces that can be teamed with a signature silk Serena shirt or slipped under an oversize bomber for an understated yet distinctive look. The palette ranges from gentle tones including soft buttermilk and powder pink to deep navy and fuchsia and they look gracefully cool with sneakers or strappy sandals, even combat boots.
An effortless, breezy mood permeates the entire collection. Bute continues to tweak and update hero pieces with intricate detailing, refined cuts and innovative fabrics including plaid, gingham and summer sweet broiderie anglaise. New to the fold, are silk pyjama sets comprising of a panelled oversize silk shirt that team with slouchy patch pocket pants with piped side seams. The colour ways are eye catching with fresh sugar almond colours such as spearmint and daffodil yellow or lilac and blueberry.
The signature Bute jogger (wide or extra wide) is refreshed in dynamic colour ways such as black and fuchsia, cobalt blue and yellow and finds an ideal partner in a three quarter length sleeve stretch silk collared shirt with a flattering slim torso. Crisp cotton is cut into horizontal panelled shirt and piped trousers for relaxed day wear while the emphasis on utility shines in a patch detailed carpenter’s pant in sunshine yellow and fluorescent pink. A smart black and green plaid also stars in classic trousers and a newly introduced swing back shirt with a pretty lace vent.
With a mission to design a multi tasking summer blouse, Bute struck on a romantic bodice shape with a drawstring neckline and body-skimming torso and fashioned it in cotton lace and silk. With its hip skimming length, the blouse is the perfect match for cuffed hem play-shorts or slipped under the new cupro silk blazer as office smart attire.
Bute’s fuss free school of fashion is made with a modern woman’s life in mind, dressing her for every occasion and journeying with her through life.