Marsala Moment

Marsala Moment

When Pantone announced its spring 2015 colors, I took note. When the color Marsala was one of the top choices, I was puzzled. I typically associate this color with autumn; the changing leaves and the chill in the air seem to signal a need for warmth and comfort, and that is where the color of wine comes into play. However, as the red family is one of my favorites, I nudged myself to embrace this wine color for spring. I had to look no further than to this beautiful dress by one of my favorite French labels, “Sandro.”

What makes Sandro a stand-out design house for me, aside from their mid-price, is their feminine, chic, and stylized dresses, shoes, jackets, and pants. I first discovered them in Bloomingdales where they have a “leased” boutique. This means that Bloomingdale’s sells the line, but the design house, in this case, Sandro, controls the inventory, price, staff, and selection. Sandro will be opening its own boutique on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills this summer.

Owned and operated by the Jewish Moroccan-born Parisian Evelyne Chetrite, the company was founded by both Evelyne and her husband, Didier, in 1984. She currently designs with her son Ilan.

Back to the dress; as you can see from the photos, the color is rich, warm, and classic. The fabric is very comfortable, no tugging required. These unbelievably gorgeous Valentino shoes go so perfectly with this dress that nothing more needs to be said… and, thankfully, they were found on sale at Neiman Marcus at the end of the winter season. I could not believe no one had snapped them up!

Marsala is apparently trending this spring, and although I have not seen much of it on the racks, I am satisfied with this purchase which will take me through the summer and into the fall.

  Sandro Dress , Valentino Heels, similar for less  here , Lanvin Bag, similar for less  here ,  Celine Sunglasses , Calypso St. Barth Bracelets, Ippolita Ring.  Sandro Dress, Valentino Heels, Lanvin Bag, Celine Sunglasses, Calypso St. Barth Bracelets, Ippolita Ring.


  • This color is as delicious as any dish I’ve had doused with Marsala wine! It also reminds me of a David Austin rose, ‘Heathcliff’, a red/scarlet that defines the word crimson! The color also embodies the consuming passion of the tortured romantic hero of the Bronte novel! Swoon!

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