Model on a staircase

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Finely Wrought
New World energy joins forces with Old World charm in a skirt that bridges continents—and guarantees grand entrances.

Separates that look like a dress (Chris Benz top, $595, and skirt, $1,295) are the best of both worlds: A stretchy, slouchy, off-the-shoulder hip-length top in the palest iced coffee explodes into a three-tier mega-ruffled skirt in a color that's a couple of shades stronger. Hoop earrings and a thin bangle (Suzanne Kalan; KC Designs) subtly suggest a Spanish influence, and the platform shoes (Sergio Rossi) are great for dancing—as people sometimes do on the 16th-floor rooftop terrace of this fanciful and eclectic building. Known as the Palacio Barolo, it dates back to 1923 and was designed by an Italian architect whose inspiration was Dante's Divine Comedy.
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