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    From metallic to stretch-crepe and silk, our edit of holiday dresses covers top trends and will see you light up the night

    KalkiGolden girl
    The quirky and stylish Kalki Koechlin fairly sizzles in this whisper of an evening gown. Fashioned from silk crepe and net and featuring sequins and beads on tulle, the racy outfit is just the thing we have come to expect from Gaurav Gupta. Available via Evoluzione. Rs.2,00,000. Details: 28333627

    Laser show
    From the pre-summer spring 2015 collection, this sleeveless leather dress from Alexander McQueen features side panels buttoned to the skirt with laser cut floral detail. Approx Rs.4,13,629 at alexandermcqueen.com. The brand is available at Collective. Details: 28332128

    18k gold rock
    candy gelato necklace by Ippolita, Rs.4,42,885 approx, bergdorfgoodman.com

    Red signal
    With racer cut gowns and neoprene creations featuring cascading frill, Gauri & Nainika rule the red carpet. Take this red mermaid gown with X-straps for a spin and watch how the flared, layered sides command attention. Rs.1,80,000 at the new standalone store in Delhi. The brand is also available at Collage. Details: 28291443

    Code black
    Masters of the metallic trend, Delhi designers Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna return with dresses and separates in their favourite black. This shift turns the wearer into a warrior woman of sorts, where sheer meets metal tones. Rs.42,500 at Evoluzione. Details: 28333627

    NAMRATA-JOSHIPURA-SEP-20140Armed for revelry
    The glamorous Namrata Joshipura has whipped out an entire line of glittering NYE-ready dresses this season, many of them in stark black. They come with a hint of metallic sheen, and in the case of this dress, sheer sleeves studded with sequins in a futuristic pattern. Rs.17,800. The brand is at Evoluzione. Details: 28333627

    Can can moment
    Stylist Neha Taneja’s powder blue dress comes with a grey sheen and dramatic black bow in the back. The asymmetrical number in tafetta forms a pleasing silhouette that is popular with Bollywood divas, and is yours for Rs.16,500 at perniaspopupshop.com

    Silver interlude
    Make a big entrance, by opting for this one by Kate Unger New York. This long-sleeve cocktail dress created from metallic lace, should ideally be worn with a pair of starkly contrasting red garnet earrings. The dress features an elegant scooped neckline and back. Rs.35,513. Details: neimanmarcus.com

    Tallow snakeskin sandals from Jimmy Choo.  Rs.56,631 approx, mytheresa.com

    Metal age
    Rajesh Pratap Singh’s experiments with metal and fabric saw inky black, mirror work and metallic stripes on his dresses for Spring Summer 2014. Fall was even more exciting with metallic vests and skirts. From the same line, comes this unusual take on the flapper dress, with metal sheets. Yours for Rs.65,000 at Evoluzione. Details: 28333627

    Evolv-1--RsInked fantasy
    This one-shoulder dress in royal blue sees discreet embellishment on the shoulder, courtesy nalki work. Designed by Abstrakt, the taffeta fabric and the flared silhouette is flattering to almost all body types and works for dance marathons. Plus this one doesn’t break the bank at Rs.9,800. At Evolv. Details: 42042474

    Solid impact
    Go classic and festive with this garnet sheath in crepe with patent details. The Emporio Armani Jeans dress can be paired with solid gold accessories and a cocktail ring. Plus, the solid colour lets you experiment with textured pumps. Priced at approximately Rs.18,160 on armaniustore.com

    Night shift
    Dazzling with gold and bronze sequins across the front of this shift dress, Atsu gives you reason to party. Taking inspiration from African and aboriginal tribes, this abstract overlay does enough to make you the centre of attention. The sleeves and V-neck keep it simple yet sophisticated. Pair with black pumps and a black clutch for best results. Rs.40,000. Details:  rocknshop.com

    Muted stripes
    Blending bling and black, Ranna Gill crafts the perfect evening dress. Essentially a simple black polyester dress, the dull gold and bronze sequins and cutdana embroidery on the front and hem make it a lovely festive option. Rs.16,933. At Khan Market, New Delhi. Details: 011 41757700

    Unusual canvas
    Turquoise and Gold’s flirty sequined numbers and swimwear are sported by Bollywood stars, with Sonakshi Sinha most recently pairing a gold batwing top with a long skirt. This dress, however, is a departure from bling and celebrates abstract print. Rs.11,250 at turquoiseandgold.com

    Signature cut
    French designer Roland Mouret is known for his origami-inspired folds. This wool Cicada sheath in green comes with sensational detail, a rear zip fastening and central vent. You can thank Mumbai’s Le Mill after you make it yours. Online and at the store for
    Rs.1,62,200. Details: 022 23684463

    Floral statement
    Avirate’s red and white bonded lace, fitted flare dress, is an inexpensive solution to last-minute party woes. The stores are at leading malls, like Phoenix Market City, and the brand is also available online at aviratefashion.com. Approximately Rs.3,600 online.

    SHIMMER-ANNA-SL-DRESS-IN---KJO select
    Filmmaker Karan Johar’s limited edition line for Vero Moda, Marquee, has resulted in several high-voltage numbers. This sheath, the shimmer Anna dress, is perfect for both the nightclub and if you want to strike a diva pose somewhere special. Yours for Rs.7,995. Details: 30083716

    Smooth as silk
    Striking silhouettes defined Saint
    Laurent’s Fall ’14 show as the A-line mini dress made a huge comeback. This silk and georgette number with pink and red sequins is a throw-back to the 60s. Just the right length for a larger overcoat or cape for the winter nights. Rs.6.2 lakh on netaporter.com

    Alternate shimmer
    Working sheer panels into a rose-gold body, this knee-length number from Sailex has enough sequins to get you party ready. With a concealed zipper, the dress works with minimal accessories. Rs.38,000 on perniaspopupshop.com

    Shall we dance?
    Swatee Singh’s festive line at Collage includes floor-sweeping gowns with simple silhouettes. They come in georgette and micro fabrics, with pricing starting at Rs.24,000 for georgettes and Rs.40,000 for the latter. This gown with a V-neck and gentle layers is both feminine and forgiving if you gain a few pounds this season. Details: 28291443

    Pleat control
    Amit Aggarwal’s rich teal draped dress comes with peplum and killer-curves detail. The fitted number includes sheer panels in the front and back, and an easy length. At Rs.15,800, it is a steal on Perniaspopupshop.com

    Skater chic
    This poly satin skater dress from Varun Bahl features floral applique on net overlay. In a classic silhouette with a zipper at the back, it works for formal events as well, if styled with stark make-up and hair. Showcase the pink and ivory thread work. Rs.30,000 on perniaspopupshop.com

    Rachna Reddy’s tribal clutch, Rs.12, 031 approx, indelust.com

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