TIME TO SHINE

The party season is upon us, and with it comes the promise of sumptuous jewel colours and mysterious tones, punctuated with sparkles and statement accessories. Don’t out-do yourself though, this season’s approach has a minimalists’ touch and is nothing short of understated glamour.

TIME TO SHINE

STYLE TRAIN

Go all out in a maxi dress with a dramatic train, it’s a real floor-sweeper.

Kerensa dress

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PLEAT DREAMS

Pleated detail to the back of a dress is an unexpected twist to any party tale.

Kerensa dress

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INTO THE BOLD

A sparkling LBD benefits from a powerful shot of electric blue.

Kori dress,  Georgine clutch

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THE LONG & SHORT OF IT

Balance the proportion of a short dress with long gloves and a high  neckline.

Kori dress, Luna gloves

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SEQUINS STRIKE

Strike a pose in the season’s sequin of choice – multi-faceted, pewter and not too shiny.

Mer embellished dress, Reine shoesBailey gloves

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MOOD MAKER

Steely tones of graphite and pewter raise the bar for understated glamour.

Mer embellished dress, Bailey gloves

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BOY MEETS GIRL

Slip a tailored coat over the shoulders of a sparkly dress – it’s a match made in heaven.

Emma dress, Dakota coat

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BUBBLE & CHIC

With bubble-like proportions this quilted dress has shape, volume and texture.

Inda dress

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SILVER LINING

Forget gold, take silver instead with this two-tone sequin-embellished jumpsuit.

Juana jumpsuitTiffany clutchLotta boots, Adrienne bracelet

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THE SHOWSTOPPER

One of our favourite ever party dresses, red hot sequins with a cool white collar offer a hint of the Sixties.

Alison dress

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COLLAR POP

Off-set those sparkling sequins with the cute (detatchable) collar, it instantly tones down the shine.

Alison dress

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SHIMMER HIT

Metallics come molten this party season, with dark and shimmery graphite our metal of choice.

Mara dress, Alaina belt

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PARTY POWER

Take a tailored approach to party dressing with a well-cut tuxedo suit – it’s a powerful statement.

Dejan blazer, Milo body, Gem necklace

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AN ARTFUL TOUCH

An abstract print with flashes of chiffon, this beautifully-cut dress in bottle green speaks of the season.

Loretta dress

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HOT SHOE SHUFFLE

If your dress is understated step into statement shoes. Lace-up and dramatic will do the trick.

Loretta dressIzabel shoes

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SUBTLE SPARKLE

Sparkles don’t have to be loud. Take cue from this subtle sparkler with its simple shape and intricate detail.

Tali dress, Lucy clutch

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JUMP TO IT

A dramatic alternative to the party dress, the jumpsuit has Seventies glamour down in one.

Sebastian jumpsuit, Elodie necklace

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The party season can be such a predictable time of year, sartorially. Roll out the sequins, make the hair bigger and the make-up brighter and you’re good to go. Right? Hmmm, we’re not so sure…

Following the lead of our in-house design team and the ‘feeling’ in fashion right now, we’re taking things down a notch, without sacrificing on sparkle and glamour.

In the midst of a minimalist, understated and beautifully-executed season, it would seem quite out of step if we steam-rollered our way through the party months in anything less than complementary.

So how do you do it? How do you approach party dressing without getting caught up in the standard ‘Christmas party’ wares?

Our head stylist, Gail Holland, suggests that it all starts with the styling, and not just of your outfit.

“Hair and make-up this season should be pared back with a harder edge than usual,” says Gail, “it’s all about minimal hair and pale skin with a focus on the eyes.”

And when it comes to what to wear, “choose darker tones like graphite, midnight blue, bottle green and black and team them with bold accessories in prune or flashes of neon – it’s all about contradicting your look,” Gail continues.

Of course, if you’re looking for a splash of colour, striking reds, pale greens and silver all do the trick; just keep to the same principle of balancing these statement pieces with toned-down styling.

While this simple approach is important, you shouldn’t lose the Christmas sparkle completely. Play with sequins, add chain-layered jewellery and do slip on a statement shoe.

This season ours come dipped in glitter, sprinkled with crystals and in jewel tones, exclusive prints and luxurious finishes.

It’s time to shine – just not too brightly.