In a visual kaleidoscope of flowered silk chiffon, lace and trims, with luxurious prints and patterns, designer label Nancy Mac’s 2016 Summer Ready-To-Wear Collection adds Italian edge to the romantic mood emerging from the catwalks. These dresses and separates are inspired by vintage, but it’s the illusion of vintage, sweeping in a whole new aesthetic.

The results are mesmerising: lace dresses with sculpted Forties collars, scalloped hems and taffeta, sleek lines of silk satin fêted in summer-border print, reef lace, hand-finished, Italian candy stripes and Fifties floral day-dresses in silk-cotton—using the wonderful era of expressively luxe post-war dressmaking fabrics as a playground in hues which harmonise and flatter.

In a word: profusion. Here is the season’s visual feast: a collection with English roots and Italian style—none of which is surprising given the personalities involved: the sisters behind the Nancy Mac label are English, living between Italy and the UK and using their designs to express personality and emotion. And since prints are back in force on the Milan catwalk, these are the dresses to make you feel more romantic, more stylish, more infinitely summery, and ultimately more fashionable.

Read on for the Summer 2016 Collection . . .

Silk cut
Florals bloom in our wardrobes to mark the new season. They are just the thing to wear to summer's social occasions: weddings, the races, parties, barbecues and, of course, Chelsea Flower Show.

From the retro to the exotic, here are stylish ways to wear blooms to your every occasion, starting with the new Nancy Mac Sable dress, a sumptuous pure silk satin midi, a fresh summer garden look in green and cream hydrangea print.

It has a great shape—an elegant, midi-length bias-cut which hangs beautifully, a flattering neckline with silk covered buttons and ruched-detail sleeves.

Length 125cm.
Sizes UK 8-18.
Code SM01NM16.
Usual price £175.
Club Members' price £115.

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Romantic notion
Fairytale scenes in a subtle two-tone jewel effect are created in the sleeveless v-neck Kristen lace dress.

Hand-finished reef lace is picked out in romantic roses and scrolls laid over a contrast teal lining. The hem is irregular—a major new trend. The result is pure romance.

Pictured with velvet shrug (and below on its own in bronze and sugar violet).

Length 120cm.
Sizes UK 8-18.
Code KL01NM16.
Beauty calls
Fashion has fallen in love with lace, with the absence of substance. There's a new Italian softness here in the Nancy Mac Summer 2016 Lace Collection, as layers and sheer fabrics bring lightness and shade to a flattering line. Complex textures and couture detailing bring rich flavour to this new way of seeing.

The Olivia dress is a whimsy of gold-toned platinum lace over duck-egg blue lining. The effect—with its Forties neckline, lace shawl-style collar and scalloped lace hem—is one of English romance with Italian style. Also in moth and pink (pictured below), Montecarlo green, orchid, and Celeste blue—and with long lace sleeves in shades of black or currant.

Length 110cm.
Sizes UK 8-16.
Code OL01NM16.

Amethyst ring
Beautifully crafted in romantic bronze rose and scroll lace layered over sugar violet, the Nancy Mac Kristen dress ensures a sweetly charmingly feminine silhouette for day or night in stunning accents of amethyst and rose gold.

Designed in a sleeveless silhouette with a pleated A-line skirt, the dress is lined in stretch sugar violet for a two-tone jewelled effect. The hem is irregular—a major new trend. The result is pure romance. Perfect with leg-lengthening nude courts or barely-there two-strap sandals.

Length 120cm.
Sizes UK 8-18.
Code KL01NM16.
Flower power

A mixed bouquet of florals are hot property this summer, along with a host of other prissy details which have not enjoyed such a spell in the style spotlight since the Sloane Ranger Handbook in 1982. All of which provides a burst of sunshine, and airy distraction, no matter what the weather.

Fresh-faced, here is the 1950s style full-skirted Gabrielle day dress in purple candy and white silk and cotton. With its flattering low collared v-neck, three-quarter, cuff-detail sleeves and detachable sash belt, this is the embodiment of a summer dress. Also in Amalfi stripe (below), green candy floral, chocolate sketch rose, duck-egg rambling rose.

Length 106cm.
Sizes UK 8-16.
Code GP01NM16.

Butterfly hunt
Capture your summer cool in pure silk georgette as a profusion of jewel-coloured butterflies dance across the ivory silk georgette Mae tea dress and matching shrug. Wear as separates, or together for the full, butterfly-by-day effect.

The Mae dress has gently ruched half sleeves, adjustable tie waist and flattering v-neck. Also in Aqua Rose, Aqua Lace and Sweet Pea Lace.

Length 108cm.
Sizes UK 8-18.
Code MS01NM16.

Usual price £169.
Club Members' price £119.

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Imbued with natural spirit, the exquisite kimono shrug has been designed in Italy in sumptuous pure silk and picks out that dainty sheer design in a flattering silhouette, an all-over butterfly print and front tie fastenings. Perfect for pairing with everything from jeans and wedge heels or a dressy evening outfit. Also in aqua or taupe and in different patterns.

Length 66cm.
Sizes S/M and M/L.
Code BS01NM16.
Sheer joy
The SS16 designers are jumping on themes of transparency and sheer textures. The style is captured here in a stunning 1930s Japanese floral print from Nancy Mac, the pure silk Fleur shrug from the Summer 2016 Ready To Wear Collection.

Expertly crafted from luxurious silk georgette in shades of indigo and green edged with green silk satin, the silhouette is enhanced with traditional kimono sleeves.

This is one of those go-to pieces which instantly transforms a plain dress into something special—leaving just enough to the imagination. The result: pure romance and effortless style.

Pictured with Italian ivory pure silk slip dress by Luna Di Seta of Milan.

Length 66cm.
Sizes S/M and M/L.
Code FS01NM16.
English rose
Quintessentially English, gorgeously Italian, this pure silk georgette aqua rose garden Mae tea dress is a tribute to the rose garden—and perfect for a garden party.

Blooming with a vibrant rose print, this form-fitting midi dress exudes elegance in its sumptuous silk silhouette. This sheer silk dress has a gently flared line, gently ruched sleeves, adjustable tie waist and flattering v-neck. Highlight the gently flared hem by adding strappy sandals. Also in different prints and colours.

Length 108cm.
Sizes UK 8-18.

Italian accent
The English rose garden: a shower of petals in pure aqua silk georgette define the Nancy Mac silk kimono shrug in its gorgeous, watery-hued, Italian beauty.

Luxuriously crafted, it boasts a sumptuous design with a batwing silhouette, the pale hue accented with pale gold roses.

Perfect for pairing with the Mae dress (above), or a plain outfit, even with jeans and ballet pumps. Pictured here over Italian ivory silk slip dress by Luna Di Seta of Milan.

Length 66cm.
Sizes S/M and M/L.
Code AS01NM16.
Fine lines
The new collections are lining up to show their graphic style, and the Nancy Mac ready-to-wear offers chic takes on the angular in Anglo-Italian day dresses featuring multiple stripes in silk and cotton. The simplest ideas are always the best. Consider it a fresh start to the summer season.

Here, the perfect Italian summer day-dress—this is the one to wear as you motor along the Amalfi coast. It is the 1950s retro Gabrielle dress in crisp silk-cotton white, green and navy stripes with a dash of dot (also pictured above in purple candy and white floral).

Sizes UK 8-16.
Length 106cm.
Code GP03NM16.

Paris fans
Nothing is more chic than a clean silhouette and the Nancy Mac Paris fan dress, adorned with a mesmerising repeating fan print, adds extra elements of illusion and femininity.

Here in French navy and biscuit, the elegant, over-the-knee-length, bias-cut dress hangs beautifully. It has a flattering neckline with silk covered buttons and ruched-detail three-quarter sleeves. Silk viscose crepe. Also in other patterns and colours.

Sizes UK 8-18.
Length 125cm.
Code PF01NM16.
Dance the polka
Polka dots and lace, all in one outfit? A classic case of inventive chic from Nancy Mac in this form-fitting Alessia dress in soft blue polka dot silk-cotton trimmed with ivory embroidered lace. It features lace delicate lace detailing and capped sleeves. Expertly crafted, it features a charming contrast polka-dot print complemented with cotton lace detailing for a feminine finish.

Perfect for any summer soirée, simply partner with loose curls and embellished accessories to complete the look. Fully lined, it hangs well and falls elegantly below the knee (the model is 5ft 10in tall!). Also in other prints and colours. Silk-viscose crepe with cotton lace trim.

Sizes UK 8-18.
Length 98cm.
Code AL01NM16.
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