Our pick of wardrobe essentials for that perfect party ensemble There’s probably no other night as popular as your year-end gala when you debut your new-years-eve ensemble. The good news is that you don’t know 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, here’s the little black book of all things quintessentially Christmas.
Text: Rebecca Vargese and Lavanya Lakshminarayanan
French designer Christian Louboutin’s signature red-soled wonders are a musthave 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. `65,500 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 01141017111
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. `38,000 at Evoluzione, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Details: 28333627
From Bella Hadid to Samantha Ruth Prabhu, cutout gowns are the rage. Designed in a streamlined silhouette, this Solace London is a subtle take on the trend, featureing a cut-out bodice and polished silver hoop. Made from the label’s signature bonded crepe, this dress comes with a concealed zipper and a plunging neckline. Pair this with plain black sandals and a bright clutch for the perfect ensemble. `40,280. Details: polyvore.com
Stella McCartney’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 best complimented with a pair of satin heels and a matching tote from the same label. `1,40,230 approximately. Details: stellamccartney.com
Priyanka Acharya, one of the names behind Sterling Musicals, Nungambakkam, Chennai hails leather as the fabric for 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 makeup for a punk rock look. `1,73,854 approximately. Details: lyst.com