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khaleej times Friday, December 31, 2010


It’s party time Haven’t decided what you’re wearing to the biggest — and last — party of the year? Find inspiration below…

It’s All In The Details:

Stephanie Rivers


ew Year’s Eve, the biggest party night of the season, is upon us and in a few hours, we will all be celebrating the start of a new year. However, for those of you who have planned the venue, made your haute party list and checked it twice, decided what to eat and what to sip, but left your festivities dress to the last possible moment to capitalise on sales, Fashion has you covered with a list of chic finds that give you tons of options to shimmy, shake and shine while welcoming in the new year.

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The LBD:

Every stylish wardrobe needs a little black dress to take them through any occasion. The LBD is chic, safe and a favourite go-to for any fashionista worth her fashion cred. Opt for a LBD with a little sass to it, a little oomph. Fashion is loving William Tempest’s one-shoulder little black dress in 100 per cent silk with an asymmetrical inset panel. It is short but not too short and looks great with silver pointy toe stiletto heels and Swarvoskiencrusted matching cuffs. Available at

Colour Theory: Colour should be on everyone’s list for tonight, whether in small doses or in monotonal references. Opt for a bold colour that you will feel comfortable in and that compliments your complexion, hair colour and accessories. If you normally hate green, tonight would not be the time to start wearing it, rather if you always reach for black, try a navy or inky blue. If you like a coral in the warmer months, go for a soft red that is bolder than your coral but does not overpower you. Fashion is loving the red Preen one-shoulder asymmetrical dress with metallic exposed back zipper. The one-shoulder connects diagonally on the backside revealing just a smidgen of the back but maintaining its ladylike edge with its knee-length hemline and asymmetrical pleating. Pair with three Lucite bangles and chandelier earrings that barely grace the shoulders, shimmer against the colour and exposes an elegant neck with loosely upswept hair folded into a messy bun. Available at

I am the first to jump on the LBD bandwagon but feel when it is the party of all parties, one should go forth and be bold with colour and patterns. High on the hit list is the one-shoulder print dress with metallic sequin panelling from Mary Katranzou. The berry colour mixed with marigold, white and pink with splashes of grey is the perfect party dress to edge up the town in. Pair with suede ankle boots, or strappy platform mesh peep-toe sandals. Available at

House Party:

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Leggings paired with a flirty blouse and uber high heels is the right balance of chic and cool for a house gathering. Choose a patterned top with flirty details like ruffles, asymmetrical hem or lingerie-inspired details. Opt for softer colours like creams, bones, tans, blush, eggshell or pale greens. Select leggings that are either tapered jean leggings in a dark rinse, skinny cargos or standard stretch fabric leggings and accessorise the overall look with mid to wide belt width, in either leather, suede or ribbon. If your top is very feminine, select edgier accessories and shoes. Fashion loves the brush stroke and circular patterned ruffled capped sleeve top from New Look stores, along with their wide suede belt with perforated details. Available at New Look stores.

Club Chic:

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The Pattern Pop:

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For those who are venturing out just before the countdown to midnight, heading to the newest club land, Halston Heritage’s shimmering one-shoulder minidress with draped sleeve is the perfect dress. Its drape front with soft pleating is elegant and edgy. Pair it with diamond-encrusted hoop earrings (real or faux), leather and leopard strappy sandals, an oversized metallic envelope clutch, a saucy metallic knit beret and silver rings with crystal embellishments for the index and ring fingers. Available at

Pants Chic:

Ladylike Élan: Some venues require a fashionista to step up her game and turn up the glamour quotient. If your party fits that description, reach for a body-con silhouette with a ladylike neckline and knee-length hemline from Herve Leger. His cream confection — a square neckline, cap sleeve bandage dress with vertical bodice panels — makes for an elegant dinner party dress, after party. Available at

Fashion is loving shoes that bring a little something extra to the fashion table. The fab four were chosen for their cool quotient, their pop of colour, their edgy design and sheer beauty.

The Colour King

The Funky Feather

The satin marigold pump from Kurt Geiger is the perfect pop of colour to any monotonal outfit. Kurt Geiger stores.

This edgy platform with feather ankle details is the edgy detail that your leggings are in need of. Kurt Geiger stores.

The Silver Surfer

This sleek silver stiletto with mirror finish by Rupert Sanderson is the exclamation point to your one-shoulder asymmetrical minidress. Pairs equally well with your body-con dress or wide-legged trousers.

Animal Magnetism What is more feminine than animal prints and strappy sandals? Well, honestly, the two together in one shoe. Bionda Castana’s zebra print strappy sandal with back zip detail is perfect for a ladylike silhouette, an edgy minidress, leggings and a shirt or a long caftan.

Photos:, Kurt Geiger


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Weekly fashion column chock full of advice for New Year's Eve last minute shopping finds.