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Dress code

Laura A. Ball
Models wearing creations by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab wait back stage prior to taking to the catwalk during his Haute Couture spring-summer 2006 collection presentation in Paris Wednesday Jan. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

For some women it’s a staple. For some women it’s obsolete. For some women it’s little and black. For all women it’s a statement, bearing strength and fragility at once.

Come spring, the dress does not wait for an occasion. It waits neither for day nor night. It’s romantic, feminine, voluminous, exaggerated, a must-have. Perhaps it’s white and lacy, nipped at the waist, flowing long to the floor, trimmed with a bow. It might be black and corsetted with ribbons and ruffles, cocktail in length or even a light, gauzy apron dress with plenty of frills.

In any case, the dress du jour is awash in femininity with delicate and hand-crafted embellishments. It’s embroidered, hand-stitched, even resembling a tablecloth or a crocheted doily at times. It’s soft and ethereal in crepe, silk, chiffon, cotton. It feels great against bare skin.

If it’s not black or white, it’s goddess-like in lavender or gold or fairy-tale in pale pink or sea foam green.The modern-day dress is not a tale of male seduction but a story of sophisticated self-love, full of happy endings and new beginnings.

Arts & Entertainment Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14641, or laball@vaildaily.com.

Vail, Colorado

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