Elegant and sophisticated, with a distinctive old Hollywood glamour, Kay Unger dresses lend timeless beauty to their wearer. Full of rich, glossy fabrics, delicate beading, svelte silhouettes and saturated colors, the Fall Collection hits all of the right trends. Shopping for the fall dresses begins with a review of the 2 dress categories and then learning where to find them.
Day: Her collection is divided into Day and Evening wear; as you might have guessed, the Day wear is less formal (although by no means casual) and has a host of patterns with a warm color palette. Like all of her clothing, the style is refined with understated luxury. The cuts are simple, with most of the hems around knee length and sheath fit. Some are sleeveless with bright floral patterns, but the majority have some sort of sleeve in an earthy hue or pattern. The only animal print is a naturally-colored leopard on short, long-sleeved tight dresses. Many of the outfits have a distinctly professional appearance, making them perfect for work. She hits the combo texture trend by mixing a sheer silk with a rougher fabric on the bottom in style 10D4618, with beautifully soft color blends of olive, taupe and coral. Of course, no fall collection this year would be complete without a few vibrant red offerings, which she does with chic aplomb.
Evening: Contrary to common sense, the bright colors come out in the Evening wear more so than the Day wear. Bright teal sequined dresses, rich dark hues of crimson and emerald on glossy satins, dark one-shoulder draped navy gowns that reflect the light…everything speaks to the glamour of the 1930’s and 40’s, the most popular era for evening wear this fall. Opulent beading and luxurious fabrics lend a rich glamour to the gowns. A fabulous dress is the 123436 that has a flapper vibe with its hanging beaded tassels on the hem and beaded overlay. Its partner, 123433, has a more glamorous aura with a sheer beaded shoulder and sleeve top and A-line skirt. Draped tops and blouson blouses create light, airy silhouettes in saturated colors, with some gowns brushing the floor. Shiny gold and silver metallics light up the stage. The one shoulder is a favorite on both short, sheath dresses and long, draped gowns.
The best place to start is the Kay Unger website. Click “Collections” and you will see the Day and Evening wear sections; start browsing to find the style of dress that you like best. You can then go to the “Store Locator” section and plug in your location to find the store nearest to you. Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus carry her line as well, with Neiman Marcus offering the larger and more opulent collection by far. You can also head over to the online fashion search engine Shopstyle.com to see what other stores carry her collection. EDressme.com, an online designer store, carries a number of the dresses, as does Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord and Taylor. Shopstyle, which hunts through online stores and boutiques to find the item you want, will periodically update its results; check back every once in a while.