As party season approaches, it’s time to rediscover a love of the maximalist trend and make after-dark dressing your main focus again. Press pause on everything you know about looks that work from 9am to nightfall and embrace the opportunity to go all out come cocktail hour. Here, we celebrate the pieces that promise to make a lasting impression.
It’s time to celebrate the most glamorous time of the year. Are you ready to party?
There’s something about a look that disregards gender that makes it especially effortless and for this very reason, the tux continues to remain a major player in just about any after-dark edit. Imagined in velvet and styled with rock’n’roll flair (all-black accessories and artfully dishevelled hair) it’s clear to see that this is suiting that’s been made with midnight in mind.
Subtly sheer, spliced with barely-there metallic detailing and finished with gentle distressing, this season’s answer to chic one-piece party dressing is proof that there’s no such thing as basic black. A youthful take on AW17’s favoured devoré focus, a playsuit that ticks these boxes not only promises relevance for the initial event but it works for the after party as well.
The art of print is a tricky one to master but the secret to keeping the look relevant for cooler climes is to opt for a rich, autumnal colour palette. Don’t be afraid to go graphic to ensure you stand out against a sea of ever-present all-black alternatives in the room. Our styling tip? Supersize your heels to contradict mini hemlines and opt for sleek outerwear silhouettes to soften the impact of a bold pattern en route to the party.
Get swept away by evening’s high-octane glamour as fashion looks to the 1970s for influence. There’s a jumpsuit for every dress code and it’s wide-legged tailoring and slashed one-shoulder necklines that make a particularly strong statement after dark. Effortless, elegant and altogether striking, this is a look that fuses a vintage influence with a touch of the contemporary.
REINVENT THE RULES
The perfect black blazer forms the cornerstone of any smart wardrobe but it’s time to re-think its role and reinvent the rules of tailored styling. Whilst a longline jacket and pencil skirt combination may slot naturally into your workwear rotation, when adorned with ruffles and teamed with glistening pewter or champagne fabrications, the result is more city sophisticate than corporate climber.
INTO THE WILD
Inject a little exoticism into your evening attire with a dress that nods discreetly to animal print in a way that’s apparent only on close inspection. Falling gracefully to a shin-grazing silhouette, imagined in a rich red hue and finished with devoré detailing, this particular look is one that captures a host of AW17 trends in one.
When a dress design combines lace and devoré detailing in perfect harmony, the result is a luxe take on bohemia that suddenly feels cold-weather appropriate. Capturing creativity in its most eclectic form, it requires little by way of additional impact save for a dramatic smoky eye and the right pair of heels.
There’s nothing quite like a white jumpsuit to fast track your wardrobe into the season’s retro revival – cold colour in winter is, after all, the ultimate no-fuss way to make an impact. Whilst a frosty hue offers something particularly memorable, as does a daring play on shape. Plunging necklines make the strongest statement and add depth to an otherwise sleek silhouette.
A TOUCH OF SPARKLE
Whilst hyper-shine fabrications hold eternal after-dark relevance, it’s muted iterations that steal the spotlight for now and put an elegant spin on the look. Delicate beading adds a touch of sparkle to a little black dress, emphasising the power of quiet sophistication and its relevance not just now but for many-a future party season.