Party Dress Wishlist

We’re rocketing through November towards Christmas and the party season, which inevitably means plenty of festive gatherings and occasions. Whether you’re heading out for a work dinner, a big family reunion or a night on the tiles with a bunch of your best friends, you will need a selection of party pieces that will have you looking and feeling fabulous. The A/W runways always offer an eye-catching and covetable array of party dresses, and 2015 was no exception; the collections from New York, London, Milan and Paris popped and fizzed with fantastical colours, textures and silhouettes. Many of us couldn’t hope to own some of the best looks on the runways, because prices for premium pieces can run up to thousands of pounds; however, they provide ample inspiration for when we’re shopping for ourselves with our own budgets. If, however, we had a dream budget that allowed us to invest in three partywear pieces this season, these are the looks we would definitely go for.

Balmain x H&M

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It’s only been a matter of weeks since this haute-high street collaboration hit stores but for those of us who missed out, the wound is still sore. The website crashed, stores were inundated with fashion-hungry customers and most of the collection exceeded the usual prices offered during H&M collaborations, with some of the dresses costing over £300, making shopping the collection futile anyway. There were, however, some opulent, baroque pieces that instantly caught our eyes and were worn by fashion favourites Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid in the much publicised advertising campaign. We love the heritage-inspired black and gold dress worn by Kendall in this campaign shot, which was subsequently worn by her sister Kylie at the collection’s official launch (shop similar styles at Mary Jane Fashion). A fun, statement mini-dress, it is flirty but empowering, with a strong colour palate and an intricately constructed texture. We’d team it with a pair of over-the-knee-high boots and a sleep up-do.

Emilio Pucci

InDigital Pucci

Universally renowned for swirling and whirling prints in bright colours, Emilio Pucci took a sultry turn this season with a collection that shimmered with heavy embellishments and fiendishly dramatic hemlines. This dress in particular would be our go-to: sporting a bandage style with strips of gold, silver and blue embellishments over a sheer black overlay, the dress plays a sultry game of peek-a-boo, whilst retaining some sophistication with elegant long sleeves and a high slashed neckline. This piece would be great for wearing on the dancefloor; all of those shimmering sequins would have us sparkling and glinting away all night long.

Saint Laurent

InDigital Saint Laurent

Under the leadership of Hedi Slimane, the heritage French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has taken a dramatic turn for edginess. With vampy eye makeup, shaggy bobs and fish-net tights, these looks are not for the faint of heart; but when worked with proper gusto, will have you looking like a rock chick worthy of the title. We love this monochrome, patchwork dress complete with a slit up the side. With a basic cut, the harlequin palate does all the talking, whilst a contrasting petite ladylike finish is given in the form a thin-strap belt. Like the models on the runway, we’d team this look with a shaggy coat; we would, however, also swap-in the ripped and torn fishnets for a pair of sheer tights. The heavy, feline eyeliner would be an absolute keeper.


Out With A Bang

withIn the temporally challenged world of fashion, three days counts as every week, more or less like canine days. The boys’s “week” that finished in London on Wednesday night showed us why. So much sensation so efficiently shoved into the sort of short space of time that it was no wonder the closing-evening festivities struck a notice of triumph. Paul Smith, Tinie Tempah, and GQ editor Dylan Jones—each and every in their own approach a figurehead of town’s menswear renaissance—hosted a dinner at Sketch. It was a seven-a long time-of-man situation: over there, Marshall Lester, who, many years ago, backed London icons Katharine Hamnett and Michiko Koshino; over here, Harry Kinds, 1D’s serial sexologist.

Two things in point of fact stood out for me. In his speech, Tinie Tempah saluted the dedication of all the people who labored all through Christmas to make certain that designers would have their stuff in time for the shows. Given the way in which the trade slams to a halt whereas Italy and France experience their grande vacance, that was once some extent smartly-made. The opposite putting thing? Comedians! Tony Award winner James Corden shared a desk with Types and Michael McIntyre, who will have just found out that he was once remaining year’s most a success stand-up guy, with a take-home of £21 million. One thing else to have a good time: Savile Row’s sweetest soul, Richard James, was turning…oh, who’s counting? It can be just a number…however the dimension of the cake hinted at the seriousness of the anniversary. The rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” used to be a reminder of how intimate and supportive British model people are. It is not merely a subject of everybody figuring out everybody else’s industry—it can be simply that folks care.

Then all these caring sharers received up and walked over to Loulou’s, Robin Birley’s rococo rabbit warren, the place Tom Ford was once throwing a party to mark his dedication to London’s primacy in fashion’s international pecking order. And what stood out there used to be how Tom turned the freshest boîte on the town into a (prolonged) domestic affair, with chums and collaborators like Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, Colin and Livia Firth, Sharleen Spiteri, Sam Taylor-Wooden, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld in attendance. And Harry Kinds and the comedians, after all (with the addition of Graham Norton, who’s no longer with the aid of definition a comedian but who’s however an extraordinarily funny man).

“New movie, Tom?” we asked. “No, I’ve been having a child,” he answered. He and accomplice Richard Buckley have been the most effective roughly advertisement for parenthood. It is taken years off them both. Tom’s longtime Ms. Fixit, the sensationally sequin-clad Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, twigged that secret two infants ago. Thoughts you, she insisted she’d be first on the dance flooring, and at midnight, we had been still waiting.

—Tim Blanks