Dress Code: Something Special…


What makes a look party-worthy? Fluent in glamour, elegance and elements of the unexpected, we spotlight this season’s most coveted late-night looks.

As the invites start rolling in, curate your party wardrobe with pieces that can be remixed as required. Special occasions require a show-stopping style element and with that in mind, the appeal of opulent velvet, high-brow suiting and decadent embellishment become more attractive than ever. Don’t know where to start? Bookmark these styles as the blueprint for your special occasion wardrobe…


Inky black hues can appear understated but a deep neckline promises to peak interest. Traditionally, velvet dresses have long been wedded to a cold-weather disposition but in a sleeveless silhouette the Veronique confirms its multifaceted potential. Proving you can show off without showing too much skin, the gently tapered shape plays out best in sweeping proportions.

Lean Into The Retro Revival

Tap into this season’s acute obsession with the Seventies with a nostalgic silhouette. A forever-in-fashion jumpsuit is firmly on the agenda after-hours (especially in an enticing Merlot hue), while a tailored jacket perched over your shoulders keeps things feeling modern. Accessorise with patent accents to keep the look on the ‘dressy’ side.


Formal by nature, structured suiting leans towards a more masculine disposition - especially in jacquard prints that are impossible to ignore. As late nights turn into early mornings, the impression of strict tailoring evolves and when worn with a coquettish camisole, becoming an easy option for any suitable soiree.

Up Your Accessories Ante

A notorious calling card of the festive season, diamante-encrusted accessories dethrone more architectural shapes with the promise of mega-watt sparkle. This season’s take on the trend? An art deco angle approach in both form and fashion. If it’s not the occasion to go all-out, balance the bells and whistles with a backdrop of deeper, classic cuts.


Nothing acknowledges the frivolity of party season like a playful print. Rendered in a glossy fabrication, the abstract feather design of the Diona dress becomes instantly more fluid – and feminine. If needed, temper the energy of a graphic pattern with simple accessories that add a more sober note, allowing you to take the look comfortably into after-work function.