Party please!

20 December 2017

by Isabelle Ohnemus

Party please!

Photo: Oscar de la Renta/ SS18/ New York

You don’t need us to tell you that party season is well and truly upon us. Shimmer, shine, sparkle and more with our edit of what to wear when night falls.

Best DRESSed

Step up, the ruched cocktail dress or metallic party dress. If you’re looking for wardrobe hero pieces, look no further. It’s all about ruching, shirring and shine to create texture and volume. Thanks to the catwalks, gathered textures offer a new noteworthy direction. Feel party-ready with silk, satin and silk renditions. When it comes to application, ruched centre-fronts are form-flattering while sleeve detailing lends proportion play.

Shop On EyeFitU: Winter Party Dresses AW17/18 (London): Twin-Set

Skirting around

Prefer separates for party season? The embellished skirt is the way to go – as seen first across the SS18 runways. Think clustered adornments for a directional look or all-over sequins and oversized gems for wow-factor. Sparkly embellishment decorates trending asymmetric designs and classic pencil skirt styles.

Shop On EyeFitU: Party Skirt (London): P.A.R.O.S.H.

Bags of style

You’ll need to carry your essentials to whatever party deserves your presence – do so with the box clutch. A rectangular style is the box du jour. With an elongated portrait profile, there’s more room for metal overlays and pearl applications for conversation-starter finishes. For added party appeal, choose smooth liquid metal plates or shimmering metallics.

Shop On EyeFitU: Party Bags (New York): Givenchy, Christian Louboutin, Dries Van Noten

If boyish charm is more your thing, test carry the evening backpack. Now with a festive spin, find yours covered in stud embellishment, metallic shimmer, or gold embroidery. The casual shape is elevated for an occasion edge via heaps of metal hardware and a smaller size.

Shop On EyeFitU: Party Bags (Berlin): ASOS

The micro trend to know about now is animal detailing. This translates to party season with kitsch novelty bags updated with all kinds of creatures. Look out for butterflies, elephants and 3D paws; as gold clasp closures they offer a decadent feel or check them out as resin embellishment, which dramatically pushes the animal theme.

Shop On EyeFitU: Party Bags (London): Karl Lagerfeld, Rebecca Minkoff

Goodie two shoes

Finish off your party look with embellished platforms. Stylish yet oh-so-comfortable, chunky heels balance sexy open-toes. They’re feminine, luxe and regal in opulent fabrics such as bright satin and plush velvets. Prove more really is more with pearls, crystals and studs meeting on-trend statement-making knotted uppers.

Shop On EyeFitU: Winter Pumps (London): Red Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana

Faux fur heels are also a playful option for party footwear. Long-haired faux fur is the newest rendition with fun pompom placement begging to be noticed too. Stick to a minimalist silhouette, such as strappy sandals or pumps, allowing room for experimentation via material contrast and bold color.

Shop On EyeFitU: Party Pumps (Berlin): ASOS

For a tougher look bursting with attitude, the thigh high boot will be the party footwear of choice for you – as championed at Vetements and Balenciaga. Transformed from ‘80s silhouettes, the day-to-night item sees more extreme surfaces such as elastic materials and second-skin aesthetics. Lend fetish appeal with pointed toes and stiletto heels (with brocades a fashion-forward finish).

Roundup done, over to you to shop… then party!