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Five Ways To Make Your Festive Looks A Guaranteed Holiday Hit

Even for a party of five, you still need to make a grand entrance.

Five Ways To Make Your Festive Looks A Guaranteed Holiday Hit
Image: Giorgio Armani

Sequinned dress? Snooze. You’re better than just the regular ol’ sparkly frock rehashed for the holiday season. Even though we’re all about to celebrate the end of an arduous year from the comforts of our home, ensure that you’re the belle of the ball with these five key party wear trends.

01 | Frills & Thrills

Make an instant statement with ruffles. Jonathan Anderson filled Loewe’s runway with delightful off-shouldered ballgowns of green, red or white jacquard, as well as adorable striped silk dresses with gold-studded bibs. The frills spilled over to Carolina Herrera, where oversized blue organza ruffles were cleverly culled into a petal-like formation, while Louis Vuitton rounded up the parade with sci-fi-ready crinoline cocktail numbers.

02 | All Hail, Marie Antoinette

Tapping into the French queen’s predisposition for extravagance, master of whimsy Jeremy Scott had Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid kitted out in pannier-like concoctions from Moschino — teamed with vampish knee-high boots! Also keeping all eyes on the hips through quirky shapes, sparkly embellishments and mouthwatering hues were Area, David Koma and Christopher John Rogers.

03 | Power of Flowers

With gorgeous embroidery, Alexander McQueen transplanted the humble pansy to nude-coloured tulle for one of Autumn/Winter 2020’s most mesmerising moments. Valentino, on the other hand, accentuated the blooms with sequins for extra sparkle. Roses were particularly favoured, with Marc Jacobs utilising them as hats while Dolce & Gabbana perched them on mannish suits.

04 | Fringed Benefits

More is more as the embellished fringe elevated this season’s standout party-ready confections, ranging from Dolce & Gabbana’s shimmering sensation to Fendi’s blush-hued fitted skirt and Giorgio Armani’s black velvet number. Schiaparelli glitzed up a cropped bolero jacket with assorted gold metal chains while Burberry set crystals against chainmail for a dose of tough-chick chic.

05 | Rainbow Hues

Banish the gloom outside with a carnival of colour inside. Keep cool in blue with va-va-voom strapless gowns (Oscar de la Renta) or chic ensembles that pair casual knits with sequinned skirts (Tom Ford). Play up your sunny disposition with pieces in warmer tones like scarlet (Balenciaga) and orange (Christopher John Rogers). Other palette pleasers include Miu Miu’s candy pink flowy frock and Saint Laurent’s aubergine-and-fuchsia ensemble.

This story first appeared in the December 2020 issue of A Magazine.

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