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16 party frocks to rock the wild nights ahead. Plus, a few jackets and other essentials for men

pg10_2Vintage check
This dramatic confection in ink-blue silk and gold tulle from master couturier JJ Valaya flatters all silhouettes. It can easily double up as a chic ethnic ensemble when worn with cigarette pants or a churidar. Known for his opulent designs, the Delhi designer has showcased the raw silk yoke of this dress with delicate zari and aari handwork in vintage gold and beige. Rs 14, 300. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

Orchid hunt
Working with weavers identified by the Taj group of hotels, Jay Ramrakhiani is known for his Benarasi saris. But he began with Western wear and has clients like Angelina Jolie on his list (a brocade jacket was recently shipped to the actress).  He combs through royal family archives and revives special patterns and weaves. This handwoven tulle evening gown has sequin orchids and Swarovski crystals. Available on order. Rs 25,000. Details: 09821055894 and jay.ramrakhiani@hotmail.com

pg10_16Alternative spin
Self-trained designer Nikasha Tawadey gives us this slinky red jumpsuit in crepe to ring in 2016. The modern silhouette is elevated by appliquéd leaves, thread-work and beaded aadha chand embroidery on the shoulder. Tawadey is a supporter of traditional embroidery and relies on artisanal participation for her designs. We suggest you keep accessories to a minimum. Rs 34,500. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

pg10_7Alphabet soup
Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou is known to experiment with digital print and textures. She gives purple a youthful spin with this silk blend dress with circle skirt and front inverted pleat. Don’t miss the embroidered alphabet design. The bustier dress is available at Le Mill in Mumbai and on the website. Rs 1,18,000.
Details: 022 22041925

pg10_9Lace theory
Dolce & Gabbana proves that you can’t  ever go wrong with lace. The elegant silhouette, with long sleeves and high neck is just what you need to make an impact against the hordes in tiny cocktail dresses. Choose a discreet pair of shoes for this one. Approximately Rs 1,41,600 at mytheresa.com

pg10_4Desert shine
This fiery bodycon dress with striking detailing, from the youthful Delhi label, Carousel by Simran Arya, is a conversation starter. The bold orange—a polyester blend with faux leather and gold zipper trim—is not for the faint-hearted. Team this sleek silhouette with a black and gold Fendi baguette and gold pumps. Rs 14,500. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

pg10_13A new plot
We bet you wouldn’t have seen this colour on any retail shelves near you. It’s a dried herb shade, a special collection created for the festive autumn winter season, by Encrustd in Bengaluru. Aptly called ‘Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around’, this ensemble will certainly see other heads turn, in awe. Rs 15,300 at Encrustd. Details: 8039511221

Mind the sleeves
Let it not be said that the men were neglected in this parade. Sarah Sheikh and Sandeep Gonsalves of SS Homme, the bespoke menswear label, have dressed Bollywood’s most wanted. Here they present watch mechanism cufflinks to complete the look. Rs 8,000. Details: 09820811263

pg10_6Blue effect
The blue suit gets an upgrade. Take this midnight blue tuxedo with blue lapel. It’s SS Homme’s way of saying you’re the boss. Rs 44,000. Details: 09820811263

Colour me bright
From Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, this Peekaboo clutch references the colour chart with a disco vibe. Wear it with a charcoal ensemble or bold red. Rs 1,50,000. Details: 011 46040777

pg10_5Flower power
Keeping with the trend, this electric floral print dress from designer Payal Pratap’s spring-summer 2016 line, Vintage Rose, is a classic. Featuring interesting cross-stitch print, the Delhi-based designer is known to also incorporate 3D printing and natural silks such as crepe, georgette and Dupion silk in her line. The better half of couturier Rajesh Pratap Singh, Payal has the likes of Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as clients. Rs 13,500, at Amethyst. Details: 28541917

Drape
conscious
Let style be your fashionable plus-one this NYE. From the latest Label Ritu Kumar collection, this floor-grazer has artisanal embellishment techniques that the designer is famous for. With an enticing low back, it uses georgette intelligently, making accessories redundant. Take along a pair of sky-high stilettos, though. Rs 12,250, at the store. Details: 28330833

pg10_14Moonlight romance
If you’re in the mood for something delicate, this semi-sheer cobalt blue and red ensemble from Samatvam by Anjali Bhaskar is perfect. The net skirt and top set from the Delhi label is so beautifully crafted with resham that it looks like a dress, but can be worn with separates. Pair it with a white tee for New Year’s brunch the next day. Rs 22,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

pg10_10All tied up
Add some dots to the party with this printed butterfly bow tie from the label that stocks cufflinks, lapel pins and pocket squares. Rs 1,299 at thebrocode.in

Spark of rebellion
Can’t have an unforgettable party without someone making bold sartorial choices. Take this silver slim fit blazer from Paul Smith. Made from metallic linen, it has texture and calls for tailored trousers. Rs 81,100 approximately on mrporter.com

Future watch
Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna’s An Early Frost celebrates the colours of a cold forest, from mist and ash grey to moody charcoal. This dress, with the signature linear pattern is in keeping with the Star Wars vibe and has the high-waisted skirt and raw opulence that is typical of this collection. Plus, the designers’ eye for detail and mastery over texturing is evident . Rs 36,500 at Evoluzione. Details: 28333627

pg10_15Metallic connect
Short and flirty, the metallic accents in this black-and-gold dress from New York brand Proenza Schouler will add to the brilliance of a December evening. With a deep V-neck, it is uber feminine. Wear it with pearls to dinner with the family or to count down to the New Year with your friends. Rs 1,91,520 approximately. Details: shopharpersbazaar.com

Red signal
There is a reason why celebrities love Gauri & Nainika. The siblings have a way with structuring dresses that guarantees drama on the red carpet and, in this case, your NYE party. This sleek peplum dress in neoprene gives instant confidence, even if you are not from the washboard abs club. And let’s admit it, nothing screams festive like this shade of red. Rs 40,500. On order at the store in New Delhi.
Details: 011 41671232

pg10_11Modern language
From Rahul Mishra’s spring/summer 2016 Paris collection, this beauty is in line with the Star Wars buzz. Exhibited at the French Embassy in October (the leaves fanning out from behind is part of the installation), it explores the idea of the Fourth Dimension and is certainly labour intensive. Rs 1,00,000 onwards. On order at Evoluzione.
Details: 28333627

pg10_3Boho vibe
Bohemian queen Malini Ramani—famed for her tribal- inspired prints and bold aesthetic—has kept it quite subtle with this knee-length number. With elegant thread embroidery elevating the inky LBD, it is versatile and can be dressed up for a special evening. Team it with some fuchsia heels for dramatic effect or opt for all-black accessories. Rs 17,400, at Collage. Details: 28291443

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Princess

diaries
Suneet Verma’s first Western couture line presented last month, has the buzz of Hollywood and Studio 54 music. High in volume and made in silk taffeta, this number celebrates pastels and the hour-glass figure. And don’t miss the high shine from Swarovski. Rs 68,000 onwards. Details: 011 46060970

 

Shibi Kumaramangalam & Team Indulge

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