Q.I’ve got a million invitations piling up on my mantelpiece! What are the trends I should pay attention to for this season’s party wardrobe?
A.Flesh-baring is strictly reserved for the summer; stay chic (and warm) by covering up. Long fitted sleeves and higher necklines are given a glamorous update with luxe fabrics, embellishment and winter floral prints – Project D has a fabulous selection in flattering cuts. For maximum impact, opt for the new ankle-skimming lengths, which are easier to move in than a full length gown, but just as glamorous and just right to flash your shoes. Ginger & Smart’s teal dress is an easy option. For modern elegance and comfort, try a cut-out style supporting the front of your foot for a long night rather than the traditional toe-lacerating sandal. One-shouldered dresses are flattering and continue their modern classic status by emphasising a fine collar bone and shoulders rather than obvious cleavage. Alternatively, channel the Great Gatsby with a 1920s aesthetic – shorter hemlines but looser fitting shift shapes adorned with delicate sequins and beading. Rachel Gilbert’s party dresses are high-end embellishment without the couture price tag.
For added warmth try a mohair cape – a more bohemian alternative to fur. If you have the height, then make an entrance in an evening jumpsuit. Make sure you define your figure in a tailored version to keep your silhouette sleek. Finish the look with a sparkling oversized clutch. Ditch the delicate pearls and diamond sets by drawing attention to one strong accessory. If in doubt, an embellished cuff rather than a necklace will keep your neckline subtle and more comfortable than heavy earrings. For a selection of options, visit members’ fashion boutique, ROUS ILAND at 11-12 Dover Street. www.rousiland.com