September. The start of fall, the signal of a fresh start, and the month of THE Issue; September brings with it not only a seasonal change, but a moment when one can reinvent themselves. These fave five major power pieces not only bring their A-game to the plate, but timelessly show everyone who is in charge, season after season.


RECESS Los Angeles Vintage Dress Code Statement Piece Major Player YSL Saint Laurent Ruffle Lace Waterfall Gown

This sheer lace ruffle gown by Yves Saint Laurent is just as fresh and cutting-edge now as it was in 1987. Flashes of skin through a ruffled high-low hem, off-the-shoulder neckline, and peek-a-boo unlined lace body all come together in a timeless-yet-trendsetting style that is perfectly at home today, bearing the hallmarks of Yves Saint Laurent's young and fresh spirit- including all of the intricate construction details that point to the legacy of a heritage brand. This dress makes any event memorable- as in, all you'll remember is wearing this dress.


RECESS Los Angeles Vintage Dress Code Statement Piece Major Player Stephen Burrows Gold Asymmetrical Disco Gown

This gold lamé one-shoulder disco dress by Stephen Burrows embodies the era of infamous Studio54 nights, a time when fashion danced. Slightly sheer, this free-and-easy pullover-style dress in metallic gold tinsel was made to move with the body, cut close and devoid of uncomfortable zippers, restrictive boning, or even lining. This dress was probably created while Burrows was at Studio54- he designed what he thought his dance partners should wear. This dress comes infused with party vibes, and we believe everyone needs to own a piece that makes them feel alive.


RECESS Los Angeles Vintage Dress Code Statement Piece Major Player Gucci Tom Ford 1996 Runway White Gown Jersey Cutout

Iconic. Unforgettable. This white jersey gown by Tom Ford for Gucci's 1996 fall/winter runway is THE iconic statement piece that comes to mind when we think of Gucci's most memorable moments throughout history. Synonymous with sexy, Tom Ford knows that sex sells- and the strong statement of the singular cutout and hip pendant is forever seared into our minds.


RECESS Los Angeles Vintage Dress Code Statement Piece Major Player Chanel Numbered Little Black Cocktail Dress

This Little Black Dress by Chanel is the ultimate investment piece. The haute couture creation is numbered, with impressive, intricate hand-done construction details throughout; we believe it to be from the mid-60's to 70s. The creator of the original LBD, Chanel herself was famously quoted, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” The chic, simple style has proved to last the test of time, and we don't see this piece ever falling out of fashion.


RECESS Los Angeles Vintage Dress Code Statement Piece Major Player Bob Mackie Beaded Plunge Batwing Gown

This Bob Mackie beaded batwing gown has all of the entrance-making drama that we have come to expect from the "Sultan of Sequins." Mackie's flair for the flamboyant has spanned his entire career, which started with stage costumes for Marlene Dietrich and grew to include Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Temptations, Whitney Houston, and most famously, Cher. With a client roster like that, it is certain his creations were fit for queens- they were designed to stand out from the crowd. We'd reach straight for Mackie whenever we need to make an entrance, exit, and everything in between.


by Erica Sanae

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