The latest book sensation (at least on the female front!) is erotic, not what you would call well-written, yet completely, utterly addictive. I got hooked on the series recently – and started thinking about Anastasia Steele’s style evolution, which blossoms along with her intense, submissive-dominant relationship.
Ana starts off a simple, virginal girl, a 21-year-old student who has never had a boyfriend. When she meets Christian Grey during an interview, she is docile and unsure of herself, literally tripping and falling into his office. Her modest purple shift dress comes at graduation, a loaner from her bestie-roomie, Kate.
As she develops in the book, Ana becomes more confident – and dresses the part (thanks to Christian’s billions and a personal shopper at Neiman Marcus). Enter the daring silver mini-dress! Her friends talk her into it, and Christian gets in a fight at a nightclub over a guy groping her in it. The change has arrived. She starts revealing she’s no submissive; actually, it’s she who is the real dominant in the relationship.
Just another example of dress imitating life! Here’s how to recreate Anastasia’s dual sides. Are you more DVF or Hervé Leger?
1. Diane von Furstenberg Capreena Mini Dress At Saks Fifth Avenue for $325.
Co-Op Barneys New York Side-Zip Knee Boot At Barneys New York for $565.
Christian Louboutin Tuba Boot At Barneys New York for $1,435.
2. Hervé Leger Metallic Foil V Neck Dress. On ShopBop for $1,450.
Manolo Blahnik Netochka Sandal At Barneys New York for $885.