There’s something rewarding and wonderfully nostalgic about mastering the art of dressing up for an occasion. As we approach that time of year when it becomes all the more important to put a little extra effort into your looks, we look to high-octane pieces to set the tone for party season.
It’s time to cast your thoughts ahead to winter’s calendar of evening events and invest in those wardrobe heroes that will see you through the season.
AN UNEXPECTED TWIST
This season’s most innovative take on eveningwear is tailored women's separates with a subtle dusting of metallic shine. Crystal-embellished jewellery will highlight this detail but this look requires little more in terms of accessories – it’s a stand-alone statement.
A CLASSIC UPDATED
There’s no more classic evening option than the black dress but there’s a real art to lending this look a relevant slant. Minimalistic silhouettes can result in pared-back perfection so don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to accessorising. Shoes in rich velvet will nod to AW16’s defining trends in a considered manner.
It’s time to forget what you thought you knew about tailored styling – there’s a new power pairing on fashion’s landscape. This season’s shearling cover-ups will make an unexpected addition to sleek suit-inspired shapes and result in a soft overall aesthetic. Opt for a sleeveless gilet cinched close to the waist for a look that translates well from car to canopy.
Floor-sweeping skirt lengths make a stand-alone statement and bring maximum glamour to any evening repertoire so when it comes to styling, less is more. Let figure-skimming cuts and intricate lace dresses steal the focus by simply adding a delicate smattering of jewellery and natural make-up.
There’s something slightly sporty about tipping lace (especially that of a monochrome nature) and it puts a dynamic spin on this season’s silk tops. In contrast, languid lines and a sheer composition give the overall look a sultry spin and the result is an evening-ready look with youthful appeal.
If there’s a faster route to contemporary chic than precision tailoring then we’re yet to find it. This season, sharp cuts and slim, satin lapels reference the classic tuxedo. When styled with feminine accessories and smoky eye make-up, this charismatic two-piece captures modern glamour at its best.
A TOUCH OF FROST
Luxe fabrications and clashing textures form the cornerstone for many-a premium winter look and tonal frosty hues, from whimsical white to dove grey, offer a fresh take on the aesthetic. Faux-fur accessories add instant impact with little effort required.
When combined, sheer splicing and glistening embellishment spell out after-dark glamour in the most traditional sense of the phrase. A tailored jumpsuit is this season’s most sophisticated riff and it makes a striking alternative to the dress when it comes to black-tie invites.
Metallics make their annual return to the spotlight in time for party season and there’s no better way to kick-start the celebrations than in a dress that adds star appeal. For additional flair, layer up in crystal-embellished jewellery and drape a faux-fur coat over your shoulders as you step outside.
A trophy jacket will add instant edge to a pared-back ensemble and this season’s cropped silhouettes make the perfect partner to high-rise a-line skirts and trousers. Lace panelling and cropped sleeve lengths counteract boxy cuts, resulting in a masculine-meets-feminine alternative to more classic styling options.
THE HIGH-OCTANE HERO
Graphic lace and metallic accents make for an enchanting mix that’s perfectly suited to cocktail party styling. When applied to figure-skimming silhouettes, there’s something altogether alluring about this look.
The richness of crimson goes hand-in-hand with a festive spirit and when worn from head to toe, it makes for an unapologetically bold look. Bare shoulders and an exposed décolletage are the most elegant way to balance full-length silhouettes so keep jewellery understated – a statement ring is the necessary addition to any red party dress.