Friday, November 26, 2010

Cocktail Dresses for New Year's Eve

Still searching for that hot dress to wear on New Years Eve? Here's an aspirational/inspirational post for you. Even though my picks are from the Spring Summer 2011 collections, it's enough to clue you in as to what to look for, the next time you go shopping. You are likely to find fall colours like deep plum, wine, burgundy, purples, dark grey, navy, midnight blue and bottle green besides, nude, caramel, blush and gold. The style and colour you choose eventually, weighs heavily on the event you plan to attend. Like if it's a yatcht party, choosing a flirty chiffon mini dress may not be the way to go on a windy night. Keeping the weather in mind, you are also quite likely to pair your dress with stockings or panty hose.

It need not be a dress, it could also be hot pants with a blazer or jacket, a jumpsuit or a frou frou skirt! You can never go wrong with a sparkly little black dress, the ideal party favourite for New Years Eve and also a safe choice. Nothing speaks red hot like a sizzling red dress. White can also look tres chic, but make sure you wear your little white dress with neon, multi colour or metallic accessories, or else it could easily come off looking like daywear.

Remember, you have to find a dress that not only looks good, but also feels comfortable to dance in! In that sense, tight body con dresses though sexy may constrict movement. A pencil skirt or dress would be nice for an intimate dinner outing, but not if you plan to let your hair down and dance till the wee hours of the morning. Choosing the right pair of heels is also crucial, ideally, pick something you're used to or buy something and give yourself some time till you get used to it! Try to pick an outfit that doesn't require you to wear spanx, body shapers, girdles or a corset. The freer you are, the easier you'll feel.

Prints are huge this season, from floral to graphic digi prints, go bold if you have it in you, and pick a firecracker print to spice up your night while bringing in the New Year. Lace is another big trend, besides sequins, cut-outs, feathers and tulle. Wear shoe boots to make your lace dress look edgy or team with a cropped structured or bolero jacket; think frayed edges, fringe and zipper detail. If you live in a very cold climate, consider matching your dress to your coat. A gold trench or wrap dress, tuxedo suit, sequin pants are other practical yet chic alternatives.

Have fun shopping and enjoy dressing up for what's perhaps the most important night of the year to party.

Edgy black numbers from Turkish designer Azru Kaprol's Autumn Winter 2010 line

LBD option from Indian designer Varun Sardana, Spring Summer 2011 

Australian designer Aurelio Costarella Spring Summer 2011

Rue du Mail Spring Summer 2011 mini skirt

The ultimate party dress: from Aussie designer Gail Sorronda's Spring Summer 2011 line

Belle of the ball: Chanel Spring Summer 2011

Long black, sexy, lace dress from Chanel Spring Summer 2011

Sexy and risque: Chanel Spring Summer 2011

The quintessential party dress this season, from Hannibal Laguna Spring Summer 2011

Belt this Elisa Palomino Spring 2011 dress and team with black or gold sandals and accessories

Fringe party dress from Rue du Mail Spring 2011 

Go risque and edgy in this lbd, a la Lanvin Spring 2011

This sexy cute lace mini dress from Emanuel Ungaro's Spring 2011 can be worn over a  shorter silver lycra tube dress or can be teamed with a black boyfriend blazer

Needs lining, but this lace number from Emmanuel Ungaro Spring 2011 is bound to turn heads! 

Can't go wrong with this outfit from Valentino Spring 2011, so perfect!

Dance the night away in this lbd from Sharon Wauchob's Spring 2011 line

Dose of colour from Jason Wu, Spring 2011

If your black playsuit looks as chic as this one from Spanish designer Kina Fernandez Spring 2011 piece, then go for it!

Easy and practical, but nonetheless chic from Gianfranco Ferre Spring 2011

Perfect for a dinner date or an intimate gathering: Gianfranco Ferre Spring 2011

You'll feel like partying a lot in this Gucci Spring 2011 jumpsuit!

If you don't like dresses, Balmain offers a practical alternative, pair or wear as separates

Another chic alternative, from Juan Carlos Obando, a bustier top with a long Salsa skirt, look sexy dancing!

The sheer metallic wrap from L'Wren Scott Spring 2011 is perfect to keep the chill at bay

Look edgy and trendy in Portuguese designer Ana Salazar's Spring 2011 lbd

Sequined embellished number from John Richmond Spring 2011

Zac Posen makes party dresses that every girl wants

Yes this Elisa Palomino Spring 2011 dress needs black or nude lining or you could wear over a black bandeaux tube and a tulle can can skirt

Light up the night in this firecracker print dress from Spanish designer Elio Berhanyer's Spring 2011 line

Take a cue from Balmain, and wear embellished hot pants with fishnets, team with a sequined jacket and pumps

If you have the legs to show, these sequined hot pants from Balmain is the way to go!

Set the night ablaze in this Georges Hobeika Autumn Winter 2011 Couture shaded sequined number

Spanish designer Maria Lafuente proves just how sexy a short, strapless red dress can look

Red+Lace need not look 'hootchie mama' as Spanish Designer Ana Locking shows

Red + Cut-outs = perfection in Spanish designer Ana Locking's chic offering for Spring 2011

The evergreen short, red, feather dress: from Aussie designer Fernando Frissoni Spring 2011

A classic red look from Hannibal Laguna Spring 2011

Zac Posen's perfect dancing dress

Uzbek designer Igor Chapurin's rich plum number

Zac posen's feather goodness

Hot pink + feathers = Nina's Ricci gorgeousness

You'll be covered up from the top in this adorable hot pink Nina Ricci number ;)

A pink party dress = still a great party dress, team with neon or metallic shoes and accessories to add the right punch!

Sequined goodness from Gianfranco Ferre Spring 2011

Flapper feathers from Nicole Farhi Spring 2011, wear with bronze or silver sandals. 

Team this elegant white dress from BCBG Max Azria dress with neon or gold accessories

So chic! BCBG Max Azria Spring 2011

These white dresses from BCBG Max Azria maybe a risque choice for New Years Eve, you are bound to get it dirty, but look how chic?!? Only fitting for an intimate evening out with friends, in a closed space!

Japanese label Commuun show how to accessories a white party dress

Zebra crossing on times square in this sequined Gianfranco Ferre dress, wear with neon accessories.

Azru Kaprol's embellished white frock worn with opaque tights and gloves

Warm up your tiny dress with a feather shrug and stockings as this Emmanuel Ungaro Spring 2011 look shows

Cummun's wrapping paper party number packs quite the crunch!

Go rock chic in Balmain's silver capri pants 

An embellished Balmain mini skirt, another 'non-dress' option

The perfect cocktail dress for a night out, simple and safe, from Rye du Mail Spring 2011

My personal favoutite, a seductive cut-out dress from Spanish designer Jesus del Pozo, would have to be lined, but not to conceal the cut-outs!

Simple, sexy, easy: from Vionnet Spring 2011

Another easy chic offering from Vionnet

 Can't go dare-bare in this Vionnet? Wear another short dress inside or hot pants and a tube

Yes Jeans can look good on New Years Eve, as Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel shows

This shaded aqua number Juan Carlos Obando is a breath of fresh air!

The perfect beach party dress from Spanish label Devota & Lomba, fun print and flirty

Multi colour goodness in green from Naeem Khan Spring 2011

Can't get anymore perfect than this EDITION by Georges Chakra dress, Wow colour and style! 

Colour bomb at Gucci with a metallic accent belt

Another sexy party number from Gucci Spring 2011

Minus the jacket, bag and shoes, this sparkly peachy orange blossom number from Elle Saab is perfect for a night out around town.

Turkish designer Gamze Sorcoglu shows how a sizzling silver hot pant is perfect for clubbing

And if hot pants are too risque, then we have silver sequined capris!

This pale colour ruched party dress from John Richmond can look de rigeur for New Years Eve

Elle Saab points towards the chic, sequined shorts suit look

This is how you rock a jumpsuit on New Years Eve, as Lebanese designer Elle Saab shows in this embroidered number

Roksanda Ilincic's luscious and elegant silk organdi draped dress

Victoria Beckham's simple and chic elegant silver pencil dress is not too form fitting, which  makes it a little easy to move in.

A clubbing hit, from EDITION by Georges Chakra

Aussie designer Alex Perry's embellished mini dress

This nude and silver dress from Collete Dinnigan's Spring 2011 line 'screams' understated elegance

An unconventional but chic offering from Carven Spring 2011

Nude is hot this season as Carven shows, wear with gold shoes and accessories

Aussie designer Aurelio Costarella's yummy nude caramel number, wear with gold accessories

This gold tuxedo dress from Gianfranco Ferre spells Madison Avenue chic

Wear a short suit like this John Richmond one with a sequined gold bandeaux tube or bustier or cami inside

The perfect gold nude party number from Nicola Finetti

Alex Perry's sequined corset dress sizzles!

Can't go wrong with a metallic gold dress this good, as EDITION by Georges Chakra proves

Structured Gold dress from Uzbel designer Igor Chapurin

Can't go wrong in an evergreen, sparly, gold sequined number as Aussie designer Aurelio Costarella shows.

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