Lisa Marie Fernandez Laure Dress — As Seen On The Cover Of ELLE’s October Issue
New York-based fashion stylist Lisa Marie Fernandez launched her eponymous label with a collection of body-conscious swimwear constructed using neoprene and boasting scuba-inspired silhouettes. For Fall 2012, however, the up-and-coming designer has also incorporated smart dresses with an activewear influence and a minimalist aesthetic that’s almost bold in its reliance on faultless construction and flattering fit. One such piece is the Lisa Marie Fernandez Laure Dress ($595 at Shop.LisaMarieFernandez.com), pictured above, a cerulean blue number made of 85% nylon and 15% elastane, allowing the piece to hug the body in all the right places while also smoothing and compressing when necessary to accentuate curves while making them look their very best.
Remember all the color-blocked, fluorescent Body Glove swimsuits that appeared in fashion magazines in the 1980s? Or the wetsuit- and scuba-inspired one-suits swimsuits donned by supermodels like Elle Macpherson on the cover of 1988’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition? Well, these certainly have informed Fernandez’s aesthetic, as have the belted bikini bottoms that became closely associated with Bond Girl style after being donned by Ursula Andress and Halle Berry in 1962’s Dr. No and 2002’s Die Another Day, respectively.
All these influences, along with a hint of the wetsuit Lynda Carter wore in the 1978 “Bermuda Triangle” episode of the classic “The New Adventures of Wonder Woman” series, are evident in the new Lisa Marie Fernandez Laure Dress, which features small cap sleeves, a rounded neckline, and zigzag stitched placed in key areas that elongate and slim the silhouette while also accentuating the bosom in a cheeky but refined manner. A chunky zipper along the back, meanwhile, allows for quick outfit changes.
Best of all, though there’s a clear vintage scuba undertone to the Laure Dress, it’s nowhere near as overt and gimmicky as some of the garments we’ve been seeing from other designers (among them Michael Kors), in large part due to the single color choice and the decision to eschew any literal references like oversize center zippers or belts with push buckles. In fact, when Britney Spears wears it on the cover of Elle magazine’s October issue, the starlet looks like she’s heading to a cocktail party or runway show — not a surf convention. By blending together aquatic motifs, sportswear influences, and a downtown chic aesthetic, Lisa Marie Fernandez has made the Laure dress a body-conscious bombshell of a dress — perfect for a real-life bombshell like Miss Britney.