Collette Dinnigan's Feminine Designs

Australia’s most famous designer has mastered a feminine look that’s both modern and timeless.
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Beautiful Beading

Dinnigan loves the subtle effect of matte beading, which generates texture without adding wild shine. Collette Dinnigan scallop dress with beads, $4,950; collettedinnigan.com for stores
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Best Dressed

Dinnigan’s palette is mostly a melange of soft, dusky tints, chosen because they flatter the skin, mix and match easily with brighter shades, and layer well to create interest. Collette Dinnigan silk and lace beaded dress, $4,090; collettedinnigan.com for stores
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Strap Happy

A bit of shoe sparkle keeps the look light from head to toe. Jean-Michel Cazabat glitter metallic mesh shoes, $545; Alberle, 773-477-1101
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Fragrance Favorite

Dinnigan loves light, floral, ultra-feminine scents, whether they’re in the perfume she wears or the candles she burns daily in both her home and office. Annick Goutal Eau de Camille perfume, $115; saks.com
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Burn for Your Buck

Collete Dinnigan candle, $65; collettedinnigan.com for stores
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Night for Day

"It’s all how you put it together" Dinnigan says of incorporating dressier fabrics into daytime looks, and loves the idea of diaphanous fabrics for day. Collete Dinnigan silk shirt, $670; collettedinnigan.com for stores Lafayette 148 wool blend pants, $298; lafayette148.com
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Ear Candy

A little bling goes a long way. Crislu cubic ziconia and sterling silver studs with platinum finish, $60; macys.com
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Hommage to Yves

Dinnigan cites iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent, a master of tailoring, as a big influence on her clothes. The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge, $95; amazon.com
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Vintage Detailing

Dinnigan is charmed by fashion history, and her designs hearken to eras gone by. Whether it’s the pattern of her embellishments (lots of deco) or the shape of her jacket, the look is decidedly modern but with an Old World flair. Collete Dinnigan lace and crystal dress, $1,950; collettedinnigan.com for stores
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Hair Apparent

Have a bit of fun by adding a touch of whimsy up top. Club Monaco feather headband, $29; clubmonaco.com for stores
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Bag It

Let the bag you carry have the last word on embellishment. Jamin Puech embellished purse, $535; jamin-puech.com for stores *LOVE COLLETTE’S FEMININE DESIGNS? CHECK OUT OUR WOMAN OF STYLE REBECCA TAYLOR*
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First Published Fri, 2009-10-23 13:11

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