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The New York–based designer-to-watch Nedenia Hutton Craig recently unveiled the second collection of her DEE HUTTON [deehutton.com] line at the VERDURA jewelry showroom in New York City. The collection, billed as “an ode to old world craftsmanship and the intimate customer experience of sumptuous atelier salons,” features  separates, cocktail dresses, and evening gowns. Craig’s unique approach also endows women of style with the freedom to customize their own pieces. 

Nedenia is no stranger to style and substance—she comes from a coterie of women who appreciated beauty in all its iterations. Her bio on deehutton.com tells us that her  “great grandmother, Marjorie Merriweather Post,  was often described as the epitome of grace and style. Her grandmother, Dina Merrill, is a famed actress and a deeply committed philanthropist with a place in the international best-dressed Hall of Fame. Her mother, Nina Rumbough, a former fashion PR executive, is now an accomplished fine art photographer.” She married this legacy with a degree from Brown University in Art History, graduate study at Parsons, and apprenticeships in the studios of Vera Wang, Alice & Olivia, and Peggy Jennings to create the works of art in DEE HUTTON.

Below, Nedenia shares with Women’s Voices for Change the motivation behind the collection (you can view the full Look Book here) and selects five essential pieces that appeal to the stylish woman of any age.

 

“Each collection is a reflection of my vision for the perfect wardrobe.  It’s a collection of ideas, but my customers are able to build on those influences, or let the creation reflect their own idea.  I created DEE HUTTON so I could offer women the luxury of choice.  A sleeve? Of course! Lift up the hemline? Yes, your legs deserve it!  Pink is your favorite color?  Let me source the most perfect shade.”   

I remember going with my mother to her favorite designer’s studio.  The ability to work with a designer on your perfect  look was the ultimate shopping experience. Now, only brides get that level of focus and service.  I wanted to bring that luxury back to every woman. And, selfishly, It’s my absolute joy  to make everyone feel like their most powerful, alluring self.”
Nedenia Hutton Craig

 

DEE HUTTON BANDIT DRESS[2]This is my idea of the ultimate cocktail/party dress.  I call it the Bandit.  It’s crisp, chic and timeless. And it twirls.  No matter your age, a skirt with a twirl is a must.

DH 2 Bandit GownAnd then there’s the gown version.  For me, this silhouette is grand yet modern. I can’t imagine this dress ever going out of style.  It would look amazing with a cap sleeve as well.

dressOffice to Evening.  This dress is seductive and still totally appropriate with a jacket for day.  At night, it’s perfect cocktail attire. It’s womanly and sophisticated , but the trim in colored pops of leather brings a modern edge.

DH 2 Gramercy CoatMy dream coat. It’s constructed, yet easy.  Like a chic luxurious blanket that you can wrap yourself up in.  I like to belt it around one of the cocktail dresses for chilly evenings, but throwing it on with jeans and a turtleneck is very “chic without trying.” It is universally flattering and comes in about 20 different colors.

DH 2 T Shirt GownThe T Shirt Gown.   The ease and casualness of the cut, juxtaposed with glamorous fabrics like lamé and satin charmeuse,  perfectly encapsulate modernity in evening wear.  It’s a showstopper without really trying.