The Piece: A lusciously fluid silk shift dress out of Miu Miu's Spring 2009 collection, it showcases a Roman tile pattern for an ancient-meets-modern mood. Think the crumbling Colloseum colliding with a languid summer sundress, high museum art blending with an easy date-night look, the toga-party frock upon receiving a dreamy upgrade.
The Collection: When she sent her collection down the runway, Miuccia explained, "It's an investigation of our history, of our European past." The result is an incredibly youthful revision of the old-school Italian mama turned art connoisseur. With a powerful mix of patterns and prints juxtaposed against pretty, airy silhouettes, equally suitable for a festive afternoon or rollicking cocktail party, the collection is deeply loyal to Miu Miu's original vision. Indeed, The New York Times has called Miu Miu "the master of the look of not-quite right."
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How to Style It: Instead of going the expected route, with a Roman goddess-inspired, loose yet intricate updo, contrast the dress' old-world motif with sleek hair and a strong face worthy of a Helmut Newton vixen. Achieve a flawless complexion with Saint Laurent's new Fusion Ink Foundation ($60 at Barneys New York), and use Make Up For Ever's Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow ($22 at Sephora) to paint a heavy, deep-set, winged lid.