Our special occasion season has definitely kicked off early. Instead of crackers and mince pies, our minds are full of thoughts of spring weddings and the summer social season. This week the gorgeous Veni Infantino collection has started to arrive. From the fashion house of Ronald Joyce, this gorgeous Italian-inspired label exploded back on to the occasion wear scene last year. We sold out in a matter of weeks. If the 2017 collection is anything to go by, it could be even quicker!

Why Veni Infantino?

Already proving star of the show is this gorgeous dress and frock coat combination, style 991009. In taupe and ivory, it is exquisitely smart in terms of colour combination. This neutral tones also complement an ivory or champagne wedding dress really well.  The shift dress shape underneath the coat is so easy to wear. And yes, it does have cap sleeves to cover the tops of your arms.

The other gorgeous touch that I love is the mix of delicate lace and satin trim on the dress which is also mirrored on the frock coat cuffs, lapels and hemline. Such gorgeous attention to detail without being over embellished.

For me, the shorter hemline on the frock coat works well too as it shows a hint of the dress beneath. It also means the frock coat doesn’t drown you by being too long or over-bulky.

Of course, if the frock coat and dress is not for you, there are lots of other gorgeous outfits in the 2017 collection. The whole collection seems to celebrate an understated elegance which I think is perfect for occasion wear. A feeling of sophistication from a bygone era. This is not surprising when you delve into the history of the designer.

Internationally acclaimed designer Veni inherited her flair for fashion from her Italian grandmother. She must have been one amazing lady. Thank goodness those fashion genes were passed on to her grand-daughter for us all to benefit from in this day and age.