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WHEN DARKNESS FALLS - Women's Party Edit

30.10.15

Evening dressing can be a fine art and with event season drawing ever closer, now is the time to prep your wardrobe and ensure your looks are perfectly in line with the occasion. A showcase of floor-sweeping gowns and chic mini-length dresses, When Darkness Falls is set to inspire a host of elegant after-dark ensembles.

This season, the collar bone spotlights as the new erogenous zone, and a one-shoulder dress is the perfect player in the game of reveal and conceal. Balance proportions and style the Leticia dress with bare legs and open-toe heels.

The Kora maxi’s velvet and chiffon panelling captures a certain languid glamour saved only for the most high profile of evening events. Add a colour-pop manicure and a sleek box clutch for a considered combination.

For a nod to 1920s vintage glamour, look to the navy Rosario dress. Tiered fringing adds interest to the shift silhouette and works best teamed with semi-sheer black tights and a glistening beaded clutch.

Sheer mesh panelling is subtly seductive and it splices the Verona dress at the neckline to striking, graphic effect. Keep things simple to let the bodycon silhouette steal the focus – an exotic clutch and smoky eye make-up will make the perfect companions.

A sharply cut tuxedo is the epitome of modern cool and when teamed with a languid silk blouse and a smattering of fine jewellery, is kept wholly feminine. Plunging necklines offset mannish shapes so undo an extra button of your underneath layer to highlight your décolletage.

Woven with metallic yarns in a feminine rose-gold hue, the Melanie dress carries couture-esque connotations that make it the perfect hero piece. Jewellery-inspired detailing leaves little need for accessories so keep them to a minimum for optimum elegance.

A trail of light-catching sequins adorns the Jackson blazer, upgrading the loose silhouette from easy daywear to evening terrain. Teamed with a shoulder-baring metallic top, it’s retro revival at its most opulent.

Plush velvets make a comeback for AW15 and when imagined in rich jewel tones like burgundy and emerald, are undeniably elegant. For a modern spin, contradict the Flora top's subtle sheen with a metallic mini skirt and an oversized cocktail ring.

When draped nonchalantly over your shoulders, an oversized tailored coat makes the transition from androgynous to artful. Wear the Arlenis to counteract a bodycon dress and create a modern mix of volume and shape.

There’s nothing more classic than a little black dress, but when studded with high-shine button embellishment, it takes a contemporary turn. Balance a dropped waist with towering heels to elongate the silhouette.