With Poleci, sisters Diane Levin and Janice Levin-Krok set out to bring more color, comfort, and hipness to contemporary women’s clothing. Originally from South Africa, the designing duo launched their label in 1994 and soon put sunny SoCal style on the map for New York scenesters. Ultra-feminine ombre chiffon dresses, softly tailored blouses, sleek pants, leather trimmed skirts, and flattering tops come in luxurious fabrics and textures. Leather trim, beading, and other embellishments make most of Poleci’s sculptured pieces appropriate for both the office and the after-work party. Live in or visiting NYC? Be sure to pay a visit to the label's flagship store in the Meatpacking District, which celebrates "the art of dressing" with its chic and modern interior design.
The Ultimate Dress Shop: Little White DressesNow's the time to send your LBD on vacation and embrace the just-as-versatile warm-weather version: The Little White Dress. Whether you opt for crisp cotton or soft, feminine lace, this seasonal staple will carry you through just about any occasion the outdoor season brings (and no, you don't have to wait until after Memorial Day to wear it!). Take it to a polished, sophisticated place with a tailored blazer and heels, or get into the music festival groove by adding a boho twist. And as late spring days stretch into lovely, long summer ones, the only accessory you'll need is glowing skin.
—TRACEY LOMRANTZ LESTER, Editorial Director