Rated 5 out of 5 by sorairo I agree - this is a real gem!
Amazing color, amazing embroidery, well made gorgeous dress. I wanted to wait but other Payal Pratap's $500.00 dress was sold-out, I did not think this dress would make it to the sale rack. So I decided to get it now, I wish I paid less (as always!) but I must admit that it is worth the money you spent.
Here are few things I would like to address.
When opened the package, it was smelly, chemically. But it's gone after airing for a night. The fabric smell itself stays (if you really try to smell) but this to me is similar to a wet wool swear when I hand wash it, or when I felt wool. So it doesn't bother me at all.
A little bit hard to go through the belt area, but not that bad does not bother me at all.
I say TTS. I am normally 10 and purchased a "L" size, it has a little give yet slimming effect! Upper chest area is a little loose. I am 36C. This dress has seams on the side, so easily tailor-able.
<L size Measurements>
Shoulder (highest poit) to Hem: 38" / 96.5cm
Shoulder - Belt: 14.5" / 37cm
Belt: 17.25' / 44.00 cm
Armpit-Armpit: 19" / 49cm
Hip: 22" / 56cm
July 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by isabel A real gem. I love that its so different, the colors are bold, which I love. But you would want to size down, unfortunately I'm sized out again, I'm 5'4 and a little over 100pds, 34b, I got the xs, the top is clearly made for a bigger bust, the model must have her dress pinned. I was more than willing to get it hemmed a few inches(that was expected) but not sure if I want to have the whole dress altered at this price. Still on the fence, if you're lucky enough to be able to fill this dress and splurge go for it. The one down side was that the zipper was a little hard to work, should be a little better working zipper at that price
June 27, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by mkfallon Stunning, pretty ... smelly
1. I've been drooling over this dress ever since I saw it in the Anthro EU site a few months ago, so I was thrilled that it made its way stateside!
2. Design-wise, it lived up to my hopeful expectations. The threadwork is detailed and beautiful. Everything is accurate to the website photo in terms of colors and look. It's cobalt blue with plummy shades of red, purple, rose, orange and green. The bodice is intricate and eye-catching. Truly, just gorgeous.
3. For sizing, I've heard the Indian designer Payal Pratap runs small, so I decided to size up to a Medium and I think this was the right call for my body-type. Interestingly, the dress felt almost tailor-made in my measurements (34F/27/37) which is rare as my natural bust is larger than my waist and I usually have to nip and tailor to get dresses to fit just right. From reading the other reviews, it sounds like sizing is all over the place. I can only speak for myself and say that going up to a Medium was perfect -- but if I had to venture, I'd say regardless of the size, this dress is likely going be better suited for larger-chested ladies with smaller/defined waist to hip ratios. Curve-enhancing but still provides enough definition for a feminine silhouette.
4. The dress is a lightweight silk with viscose lining. Dry-clean only. I didn't have any issues with the back zipper. I found the font of the dress to be slightly low-cut compared to the model, so it might make it a little less versatile if you were looking at this for an office-type of dress. At 5'5" it came to the middle of my knee.
5. It absolutely slays me to write this, but I ultimately had to return the dress because the chemical smell was so strong, seriously! A few reviewers here and also on the EU site commented on the same. I didn't believe it until it arrived, but the dress seems to be coated with a very pungent industrial smell akin to a grease fire. It's so potent that the smell actually lingers in the room even when the dress isn't there (and I even left it out for a few days first to air). SO sad! For the relatively high price of this dress, I didn't think it was worth it to take to a professional and see IF the smell would come out. And it was too much to just try to live with as is. The dress is truly stunning, I just wish it wasn't so smelly. That was the deal-breaker. What a stinkin' shame.
July 7, 2013