When I think of the ultimate hostess dress, I think of a retro dress, perfectly tailored, with a little flair. I think of London-based designer, Orla Kiely’s perfectly pretty Spring 2013 line of dresses. They’re exceptionally adorable and in my opinion exude the “ultimate” hostess dress. I was instantly enamored by the design and style so much that it reminded me a little of our delightful Palm Springs. This video confirms and captures the Palm Springs inspiration behind this line. I fell in love with Orla’s style when I saw Kate Middleton wearing this. I know these dresses are pretty pricey, but it’s always nice to have some inspiration when shopping for the perfect party dress. Madewell has some great styles as well, that are half the price and still uber chic! I’ll be checking for Orla sales often as I would love to have one of these beauties in my closet. What do you think of these? Do you have a favorite dress designer?