The traveling woman’s wardrobe

Maintaining a beautiful wardrobe while traveling can be stressful. But Italian designer Chiara Boni has a solution.

Boni — who brings her collection to Neiman Marcus Westchester June 8 to benefit Green Chimneys — is the brains behind Chiara Boni La Petite Robe. The brand, whose name means “The Little Dress,” has been dubbed the “ideal travel wardrobe” for its low-maintenance, high-comfort styles. Each piece is made using an eco-friendly, stretch jersey material that is breathable, wrinkle-free and machine-washable. This eliminates the upkeep required of most luxury wear. And, most important, it’s figure-flattering — whether that figure belongs to Fran Drescher, Dita Von Teese or Oprah Winfrey, who are among Boni’s celebrity clients.

A bonus:  The clothing can be easily folded into its corresponding organza pouch and placed in luggage — or even a purse.

What emerges, Boni says, is “timeless” in every sense of the word, adorning women of all ages in all seasons. The brand’s versatility complements the professional meet-and-greet, jet-setting and, with a pair of spiky heels, the ladies’ night out.

Boni, a Florence native who launched La Petite Robe in 2007, has been working with jersey since the 1980s, prior to its use in the mainstream market.

In the early ’70s, she received recognition for her first collection, “You Tarzan, Me Jane,” sold in a Florence boutique.

Her Spring/Summer 2016 Collection — including dresses, pants, skirts and jackets as well as couture — came to life when she asked herself: “What would I wear?” The collection features bold, monochromatic looks, Boni’s signature. She adds texture with prints, lace inserts, mesh, bows, origami details, mermaid silhouettes, peplums, off-the-shoulder styles and cutouts — ensuring that the woman on-the-go is always glam-on-the-go.

Neiman Marcus Westchester in White Plains will showcase Chiara Boni’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection June 8 to support Green Chimneys, a nonprofit aiding children with special needs. (See story on Page 51.) Ten percent of all sales from the runway fashion show will go to Green Chimneys, in addition to personal donations made during the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. event, which will be held in Dress Collections, Level Two. For more, visit or

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