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    Our pick of wardrobe essentials for that perfect party ensemble

    Thereai??i??s probably no other night as popular as your year-end gala when you debut your New Yearai??i??s eveAi?? ensemble. The good news is that you donai??i??t need to find a professional stylist to help you find that perfect dress. While florals, geometric prints and other quirky design styles make occassional appearances in the fashion scene, we see couture drifting towards dark colours and metallic hues, encompassing a range of silhouettes and fabrics. From glittering sequins to sleek velvets, hereai??i??s the little black book of all things quintessentially Christmas.

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    French designer Christian Louboutinai??i??s signature red-soled wonders are a must-have this Christmas. This Pijonina
    peep-toe pump is a cut above the rest, with the flared collar adding a dash of drama to this otherwise simple piece. Made in Italy, these shoes stay true to the classy stiletto despite giving up the usual gloss for a muted suede look, something Pavithra Sagar, co-founder of Funky Fish is eager to try this season. Available in beige and black. Rs 65,500 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 01141017111

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    While designers Gauri and Nainika continue to trend with their cutout floral gowns (think Deepika Padukone at the Star Screen Awards
    earlier this month), Chennai-based designer Urmilla Agarwal prefers their anti-fit ruffle dresses instead. This one-shoulder red Amal pencil dress makes for a stunning evening outfit. Pair this with a simple pair of diamond earrings and matching pumps for a classy ensemble. Rs 38,000 at Evoluzione, Nungambakkam.
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    Going goth
    Priyanka Acharya, one of the names behind Sterling Musicals, Nungambakkam, hails leather as the fabric of the season. In that light, this leather corset from Alexander McQueen steers away from the usual jackets and pants as an unconventional choice. Keeping with the current popularity of dark tones, this moulded bodice, complete with hand-painted night flowers can be teamed with a muted short outfit and dark make-up for a punk rock look. Rs 1,73,854 approximately.
    Details: lyst.com

    Zipped up
    Stella McCartneyai??i??s Angelica blue-black floral jacquard full-length dress makes for a great formal Christmas choice. The sleeveless evening dress has a round neckline, an A-line skirt and a concealed zip at the back. The polyester number, complete with delicate diamond embroidery, offers a perfect fit and is best complimented with a pair of satin heels and a matching tote from the same label.
    Rs 1,40,230 approximately.
    Details: stellamccartney.com

    ai???Fringe is perfect for the festive season, be it capes or short tops; you can team it with either a sari, skirt or even with a basic pair of pants. Minimal accessories are in, but I canai??i??t seem to get enough of theAi?? choker trend.ai???
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    Fendiai??i??s embellished leather shoulder bag promises to add just the right amount of bling to an evening ensemble. The gleaming gold studs and blackAi?? cabochons set against smooth leather make this an all-season piece. The baguette comes with an inner canvas lining and enough storage space for essentials. The detachable braided chain strap helps turn this into a clutch as well, making it a party wardrobe essential. Rs 3,10,944 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 01146040777

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    Hereai??i??s one pair of shoes that can carry off a business lunch and a festive soirAi??e with equal panache. Bringing back Sex and the City memories, these Lucille heels from Sarah Jessica Parker use lustrous gray satin, complete with a playful bow at the back. They work well with formal ensembles or even a pair of distressed jeans. Rs 34,320 approximately exclusively on net-a-porter.com


    Shine on
    Dolce & Gabbanaai??i??s midi dress is embellished with a multitude of gold and silver sequins to create a two-tone effect. Made in Italy, this strapless design is built with internal structure for added support and lined in stretch-silk satin for a smooth, slim silhouette. Keep the accessories muted to let this one take centrestage. Rs 4,03,960 approximately at Kitsch, Mumbai.hh2
    Details: 02232445293

    Night shift
    Ditch the regular sheer maxis and glittering sequined outfits for this Janessa racer back jacquard gown by Alice and Olivia. Former model
    Bindiya Devi Talluri swears by black and gold for a late night out, making this a perfect choice for the Christmas weekend. We like the high neck and the structured fit. Rs 80,000 approximately.
    Details: aliceandolivia.com.

    Silver interlude
    Keep the boring pastels aside and choose this shimmery draped mini dress frim Halston Heritage. Cut from lustrous gunmetal stretch-lamAi??, its flowly silhouette and long ties that define the waist make for quite the party attire. Shahin Ansari, co-founder of Maalgaadi picks this metallic look
    as her pick for the weekend. Minimal accessories and make-up keep this dress in focus. Throw in a statement piece to finish the look. Rs 34,870 at Kitsch, New Delhi. Details: 01149098212

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    Opulent accessories are the call of the hour. This Italian-crafted piece from Jimmy Choo carries rich claret, midnight blue and brown acrylic
    printed feathers, including a signature snake chain wristlet strap. Embellished with ruby Swarovski crystals, the clutch is complete with push lock-
    fastened front flap and is best paired with an all-black ensemble. Rs 2,70,900 approximately at their store in UB City, Bengaluru. Details: 08041738404

    Class act
    Sanjay Garg, the man behind Raw Mango, urges you to play with wool this season. This navy military full-sleeve jacket from Platinoir makes for a simple yet sophisticated look for a winter evening, quite comfortably fitting that bill. Team up this coat, handcrafted with gold leaves and silk thread embroidery, with a pair of cigarette pants to complete a neat semi-formal look. Rs 12,000.
    Details: platinoir.com

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    With its leaping flames and lustrous finish, Italian footwear mogul Giuseppe Zanottiai??i??s signature Cruel series is seeing a dramatic makeover. Complete
    with a 4.7 inch heel and buckle-fastening ankle straps, besides mirrored patent leather, this piece is best paired with a simple black ensemble and brighturban-decay-box
    gold accessories, something former model Shayana Reddy will be adding to her wardrobe this time. Rs 1,09,920 approximately.
    Details: giuseppezanottidesign.com

    Lip lock
    Colours ranging from nude to rich block hues are trending this winter. If youai??i??re finding it hard to choose, Urban Decayai??i??s limited edition Vice lipstick stockpile is for you. With a 30-colour range and options from shine to matte, thereai??i??s something for everyone. The kit has enough room for the rest of your on-the-go makeup essentials as well. Available at Rs 22,000 approximately at Sephora, Chennai. Details: 28464646


    Text: Rebecca Vargese andAi?? Lavanya Lakshminarayanan


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