PARTY WEAR 101: DRESSING FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON
Party season is back in full swing and whether you’re invited to casual cocktails or a grand evening gala, it’s the perfect excuse for a new designer treat. From tailored suits and sparkly slips to that all-important finishing touch, this guide to going out outfits will have something for you to ring in the year stylishly.
Whatever the time, wherever the place, a dress is always a fail-safe, and lucky for us our favourite designers have a whole host of options from simple to sequinned. Balenciaga brings the theatrics with knee-length numbers in spandex and tweed as do Rotate with their ‘Icon’ Collection. A dress discussion needs a Hervé Léger mention whose bandage designs fuel nights with nineties nostalgia.
Sometimes a dress code can leave us lost – what if we’re too formal or too underdressed? These confusing moments call for something casual but not without a scene-stealing twist. Versace’s Medusa can make any tee feel party-appropriate as can the Double-F monogram of Fendi. If loud logos are not to your taste, trust the subtlety of Issey Miyake’s pleating.
Why reserve suits for formal events when there are so many options from relaxed to refined? Palm Angels caught our attention this season with a star-spangled blazer for women whilst Thom Browne made us smile with his ever-playful take on men’s tailoring. These suit essentials may stand out but for a traditional three-piece, we turn to Paul Smith.
Maybe you have your outfit pre-picked and all that’s missing are party-proof shoes. You’ll last on the dance floor till the very last song in Christian Louboutin’s Adolon Junior Leather Sneakers or look stylish on the side-lines in the Kate 100 Pumps.
Would it be a festive look without something sparkling or plated in gold? Vivienne Westwood and Gucci think not as they present signature pieces with pearlescent orbs, logos and ghostly engravings. Rhinestones and silver tones aren’t solely on jewellery as Alexander McQueen proves with Four Ring Bags speckled in small Swarovski crystals.
With all these statement pieces for men and women plus more on our New In page, you have many reasons to celebrate throughout this special season.