Chiara Boni’s comfortable luxury is sleeker than ever

Chiara Boni, fourth from left, with Neiman Marcus Westchester models. Photograph by Bob Rozycki.
WAG revisits the Italian fashion designer’s travel-friendly line at a fashion show held at Neiman Marcus Westchester.

Models wearing Chiara Boni’s seasonal collection strutted down the runway to the beat of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” — appropriately so.

Each garment proved more stunning than the next.

The cobalt blue proved to be a real show-stopper. Photograph by Bob Rozycki.
Many of the dresses featured sheer sleeves. Photograph by Bob Rozycki.

It was a festive moment at Neiman Marcus Westchester, capturing the essence of the Italian fashion designer’s brand, La Petite Robe, which WAG first covered in the June 2016 issue about global travel.

Boni is still traveling, wheeling a suitcase filled with clothes that boast confidence, comfort and a hint — or a few — of sexiness.  

Her use of jersey, which has become a signature of her brand, was chosen with the traveling woman in mind — as well as today’s modern, do-it-all diva. Selected to promote feel-good vibes through easy fit, the material is a kind of elegant second skin. 

“Life is so complicated,” Boni says. “I try to make it a little easier.”

Indeed, the no-nonsense jersey is machine —washable, breathable and wrinkle-free, for a trusted — and uncompromisingly alluring, grab-and-go option. This way, the wearer can focus on her dazzling plans with sure conviction that she looks her best. 

“You know it’s special when you have a customer say, ‘These dresses changed my life,’” says Jeff O’Geary, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus Westchester, who opened the fashion show. 

No wonder Boni’s high-comfort, low-maintenance styles have hugged the figures of everyone from Emily Ratajkowski and Paris Hilton to Lisa Vanderpump, Niecy Nash, Oprah Winfrey and first lady Melania Trump. 

Peplum styles add feminine flair. Photograph by Bob Rozycki.
Select styles feature leather, offering an edgy contrast in texture. Photograph by Bob Rozycki.

New this season are such wow factors as larger-than-life bows, off-the-shoulder sass, pops of luxurious color, bold bell sleeves, sultry sweetheart necklines, mesh motifs and zipper accents. Boni incorporates a touch of unexpected color into the inset of sleeves for an interesting, eye-catching moment, while peplum styles create flattering silhouettes, camouflaging a common problem area (the hips, hips, hooray).

Aside from classic black — Boni’s personal favorite — colors include cobalt blue, olive green, fuchsia and scarlet orange, which are all incorporated into dresses for both work and play as well as sleek jumpsuits.

Boni was the full embodiment of her clothing in action, sporting a beautiful floor-length black jumpsuit — she prefers a monochromatic look to prints — with translucent sleeves that molded her arms. She jazzed up the solid black with chunky jewelry on her wrists, a personal twist.

“My philosophy is that a dress has to go over a woman,” Boni explains. “So the dress doesn’t have to be too much, otherwise you aren’t able to see the woman inside…There can’t be a dress where you only see the garment walking and you can’t see the woman inside.” 

Because, for Boni, the attention should always be on the woman, first and foremost — but clothes should be a close second.   

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