My summer memories are tied to outfits. There was the neoprene magazine cover print dress (sadly, not Versace) I wore as an eight-year-old to my camp's farewell banquet; the tight cheetah tank and clubby bandage skirt I wore as a (spicy) teen to another camp dance; the butterfly-patterned romper I lived in during my internship days in New York City. And while we still have a ways to go until summer 2018, I already found the dress that I'll make mems in this year.
Enter this silky spaghetti strap slip dress from Los Angeles-based label Delfi: It's smooth, lightweight, falls below the knees — just the way I like it — and is covered in bright, tangerine-and-merigold colored florals. But it's got more going for it than a flirty print: The dress is ethically produced in the U.S., and its vintage, roomy silhouette is inspired by the late designer Mariano Fortuny's penchant for pleats and free-flowing, luxe garments. In fact, Delfi designers, Shushan Szakolczay and Jasmina Hadzimujagic, named their brand after Fortuny's iconic Delphos gown: The garment's loose pleating rejected the prominent tight, corset dressing of the early 20th century.
Savannah Slip Dress, $398, available at Delfi Collective.
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