Tis the season to sparkle…

Party season is almost upon us.  Here are a few tips from me on how to stay merry and bright throughout the party season…

Don’t be foiled… the key trend that stood out for me this season at both Paris and London Fashion Week is metallic everything. No excuse needed to sparkle at the Christmas party then!  Saint Laurent had fitted metallic mini dresses under oversized fur coats, Tom Ford mixed sequins with feathers and leopard print, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen took us to the moon and back with her fairy-tale fantasy collection of embroidered metallic butterflies and sparkling floor length dresses.

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Yes Saint Laurent AW16

Lace Me up…Sarah Burton mixed galaxy inspired patterns with lace ruffles that fell of the shoulders and lace bralettes were part of a dress or worn under oversized tuxedo jackets. Burberry styled lace slip dresses as outerwear over pyjama style shirts. Celine, Dries Van Noten were all big on smalls this season! Think old school Dolce & Gabbana slip dresses, velvet tuxedo jackets and lace bras, less cleavage though! Too provocative for you? Then slip a lace cami under an off the shoulder knit or wear knits with lace details.  Or try this Havetolove lace detailed polo neck jumper.

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Dressing down is the New dressing up… Derek Lam AW16 was all about dressed down partywear; knitwear under a luxe metallic party dress and heavy flat boots. As ‘dressing down is the new art of dressing up’ try metallic knitwear or a sequin top with boyfriend jeans or a slogan tee (a fave with all bloggers) and throw on a metallic bomber to finish. Throwback to the original rock chick, Isabel Marant mixed knits, leather look trousers with zips or leather minis. Balmain styled metallic skinny pants with ruffled knits. A trend that makes going from the office to the party much easier, don’t forget to add on a velvet choker to accessorise.

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The original rock chick at www.havetolove.com

Ruffle my feathers…80’s inspired ‘Prince’ ruffles are everywhere. As an eighties baby I love the era and with homage to my Rara skirt, think ruffles and metallics with varsity jackets. Henry Holland gave us grown up Rara metallic skirts, Saint Laurent had one shoulder ruffle dresses with wide waist belts, Chloe toughened up their romantic ruffle boho dresses with biker boots and Gucci had scrunched knitted ruffled capes over brocade dresses.

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House of Holland AW16

Party like its 1999….Take inspiration from Moss the Boss (Kate Moss) in the 1990’s and her slip dresses worn under fur coats. Whether it be a bomber jacket, fur coat (opt for faux if you prefer), or a puffa coat dress down your party dress with an oversized coat. The Alexander McQueen fall catwalk saw a ‘blanket dress’ that can only be described as a blanket draped over a dress. Balanciaga’s puffa coats were oversized and Chloe saw coats worn over floaty feminine ruffle nude dresses. So wrap up, good news for us Northern gals and take a look at this luxe fur hooded puffa coat 

Crushing on Velvet…reworked away from its previous dark gothic undertones, this A/W sees velvet with a vibrant hit of colour. Luxurious jewel tones of red, green and gold sit alongside classic black teamed with romantic hints of pleats and ruffles. Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana all coveted the black velvet dress, a must in your party season wardrobe this year. Gucci teamed with voile sleeves and pink pussy bows whilst D&G contrasted with peek-a-boo black lace. But props go to Prada for vamping up their velvet with metallic embellishment.


Velvet bodycon dresses at www.havetolove.com

Prowling on the catwalks of AW16…is everything from leopard print to feathers to fur. We all have a little bit of animal print in our wardrobes, if you haven’t get some! I have a vintage leopard cape, a shirt, shoes and a bag that I can bring out nearly every season. A homage to Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana, leopard was seen on almost every catwalk. Prada had leopard print coats with fur sleeves, Acne used yellow hues of leopard print on their oversized coats. Leopard print is not as fierce when it comes to accessories and you can’t go wrong with a leopard print tailored coat over a party dress as seen on Givenchy this season.

Animal print dress and jacket www.havetolove.com

Check out my latest fashion columns giving you a lowdown on all the latest trends and must-have party pieces in North East Times and La Di Da magazines.  Pop in to our Gosforth boutique for a glass of mulled wine, a personal boutique experience and free gift wrapping or shop online at Havetolove.com with Free delivery.

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