BEHIND THE DESIGN- BALL GOWNS & BLOCK PRINTING

You know when you put on that one dress and have the Disney princess moment, aka finding your wedding gown (or prom dress if you’re not married)?  Well, guess what? It has officially happened to me twice, and the second time had nothing to do with a wedding.   Two days ago I tried on the most impossibly chic, feminine, and beautiful piece of clothing I have ever worn.  The high-low ball gown skirt is such a stunner. This is a one-of-a-kind design by a local up-and-coming Milwaukee-based designer; Amu Cherian.  I was lucky enough to meet her at a local blogger event. Needless to say, when I saw what she had on and heard she designed it, I was beyond impressed and could not wait to see some of her other pieces in person.

I had the pleasure of visiting her studio and seeing most of her collection. Her clothes are striking, well-priced and function as wearable art.   While Amu’s pieces may be inspired by traditional Indian clothing, they have modern silhouettes, unexpected color combinations and interesting details; she uses custom designed stamps, and block-prints the fabrics with a mix of colors, creating unique, eye-catching patterns.

Not only is she creating show-stopping clothing, but she is also using her business to help the community.  Amu donates 10% of her sales to women-dedicated non-profits, with a focus on helping those who have been sexually trafficked.  She is definitely a designer to watch.

The Looks

I’ve shared a few of my other favorite pieces that Amu designed. The mint circle skirt is such a fun piece. It’s playful, flirty and feminine. I love the mint and navy color combination together with the gold accent. I styled it with and without a blazer (similar here) and kept the top simple. If you are on the shorter side, and wear it with a blazer, you can likely get away with this for summer-office attire since the blazer tones down the skirt. I’ve paired this with open-toed booties, linked similar ones below, a gold tassel necklace to add a little interest to the top since I did white on white. I have on simple pearl drop earrings, and a lace-inspired cuff that has repeating patterns as a slight nod to the skirt. I kept all accessories gold to accent the skirt. I’ve linked everything below.

I love the navy wrap pants. They tie in the back first, and then the front, allowing for an adjustable waist to accommodate pre and post-brunch body-types. I love the white block-print pattern on the navy. It’s clean and simple. I’ve styled the pants with a Rebecca Taylor pleated top and strappy heels. I am wearing my go-to summer tassel earrings (p.s. these now come in black-hooray!).  I love these white tassels! I added a white-based arm party and simple neutral clutch;  all linked below. This is the perfect look for a luncheon or evening cocktails and dinner. The pants would also be great with a simple tank and sandals for a casual look. The pants can be dressed up or down, and the fabric is lightweight and breathable for summer.

The ball gown skirt was on loan for the day and this one is not available for sale since it’s a one-of-a-kind, but that’s part of the fun. You can commission Amu to create your very own. If I was wearing this to an event,  I think this skirt would look best with a simple cream tank top or a more structured, slimmer button down, but the skirt is so amazing, you can almost get away with anything on top.

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