Party people: turn up your Christmas style with these inspired Brown Thomas finds
There's no getting away from the uber glam Studio 54 vibe sweeping the fashion world - and all the sequins, sparkle and oversized bows have arrived in time for the festive season, writes our Fashion Editor
Party season is no different to the rest of the year in that it pays dividends to assemble a capsule wardrobe on which you can rely utterly. Capsule wardrobes are built on the back of categories like 'super useful' which, during the party season, translates to 'get-you-noticed' dresses and we've plenty of those in our Brown Thomas shoot today.
I would suggest that another category in the party capsule wardrobe has to be something velvety. If I had my way, everyone would rock a little Stevie Nicks velvet nostalgia all year round. Meanwhile, the third category has to be amazing earrings, the ultimate secret weapon you can pull out of your tiny bag to take your whole look up a notch.
Speaking of velvet, bravo to designer Richard Quinn. Famed for his high-octane digital prints configured into extravagantly voluminous shapes with serious amounts of swing, this season the designer pared back the silhouette but, thankfully, didn't hold back on the drama as his florals migrated over to the world of luxe-feel velvet.
Our Weekend Magazine cover picture, above, styled by Darren Feeney, is an homage to Quinn's take on glamour for the modern woman. It's easy to understand why international style icon Amal Clooney is such a big fan of the London-Irish designer whose father and mother hail from Donegal and Meath, respectively.
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What makes for a great festive look this season? Well, sequins go right to the top of the list and glisten with attitude.
The red-sequinned dress, main photo, comes from 16 Arlington, an exciting label which delivers a lovely aesthetic. It was the brainchild of two fashion graduates who met in Italy and now design in London, combining chic Italian handwriting with cool Scandi tailoring. The label's arrival into Brown Thomas was marked by an array of flirty, playful ostrich feathers decorating hemlines and adding a 3D 'experience' to wearing the clothes.
Another new label in store this season is Paco Rabanne which is doing sequins, too, but in an intriguing mix of large paillettes strung together in a chainmail-style linking system.
Statement bows are pretty perfect for the season of gift-giving and finally, if you liked the Richard Quinn dress, you'll love the neon pink top and velvet dress (above) from Les Reveries, a brand worth watching from talented New York-based sisters Ai Ly and Wayne Lee.