Seven Easy Pieces

Take a note from Donna Karan and dress to the sevens

In the time it takes to update your Twitter status, you could be finalizing the components of an amazing summer wardrobe. Wandering around the mall without a precise shopping list nowadays can be dangerous. For the girl on the go, the Las Vegas lifestyle demands a wardrobe that is quick, effective and can move well, even during the hottest months of summer.

Summer’s “Seven Easy Pieces” should include:

  • Alice + Olivia racerback jumper in black
  • Cynthia Vincent three-quarter cardi
    (to be reused in fall)
  • Rachel Pally long Fortuna dress
  • Elizabeth & James artist shirt
  • Helmut Lang draped twill shorts
  • Haute Hippie ruffle miniskirt in black
  • Diane von Furstenberg Vern dress

Not to be confused with Marina Abramovic’s performance art series “Seven Easy Pieces” at the Guggenheim in 2005 (worth a Google for cocktail party conversation), designer Donna Karan garnered much success by offering seven easy pieces, which could all be mixed and matched to create a fully integrated wardrobe. In this installment of the Modern Muse I propose SEP 2.0, and all the items can be chicly purchased via the Internet.

Our investigation begins with a thorough look at some online shops, which have come a long way from scouring eBay for a possible faux handbag. These days we have everything from Net-a-Porter, where a Proenza Schouler cocktail dress can show up in three to five days for $1,520, to a Zac Posen dress from Target for $80. The possibilities of an easy fabulous wardrobe at any budget are endless.

SEP 2.0 Summer 2010 should include: a jumper, a vest, a long comfy dress, a blouse, shorts, a lightweight skirt and something fancy for evening. Keep all the items in the same color palette and make sure they fit well. Sites such as offer free three-day shipping with free return shipping. Trying on clothes in the comfort of your own living room can be the ultimate luxury.

The beauty of crafting a wardrobe is that it cuts down on the time spent thinking about putting together outfits. Find your own style profile, price point and move all the winter clothes out to prepare for a functional, well-oiled summer closet.

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Photos by Danielle DeBruno/Desert Ice Studios Photo assistant/studio manager: Heather Morton Hair and concept: Marshall VanIerland/Kelly Cardenas Salon Hair assistant: Devon Pollich Makeup: Natasha Chamberlin Makeup assistant: Maya NozakiModel: Xian Mikol/Pinkerton LA A special thanks to Julia C. Shintaku, aesthetic director, The Spa at Aria