evening

Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum Dress, LK Bennett Alexia Patent Leather Box Clutch and LK Bennett Palma Gold Leather Sandals

Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum

This look is an evening look comprising a dress by Milly, aka Michelle Smith, the New York designer, ably accessorised by LK Bennett Clutch and Shoes.

Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum Dress

This new season black lace dress from Milly is sleeveless, featuring a round neck and keyhole detail at the back with a button fastening to the back of the neck. It has a peplum waist, a continuing trend from last season, and it falls to above the knee.

The lace is sheer, but the body of the dress is lined, revealing a sheer scalloped lace hemline. The sheer look is also a trend that we will be seeing a lot of this season – sheer without being too revealing being a key new season look.

The dress fastens with a hidden side zip fastening.

Black lace dresses are timeless and I love the fusion of sophistication and sex appeal that this dress offers. Ideal for an evening out, party or black tie dinner, the dress would look fab teamed with the clutch and sandals detailed below.

LK Bennett Alexia Patent Box Clutch LK Bennett Alexia Patent Box Clutch

LK Bennett Alexia Patent Leather Box Clutch

This LK Bennett Box Clutch is a cannister shaped structured clutch bag, covered in patent leather. It has sleek, tubular lines with a gold frame and a push clasp at the top. Available in black or taupe, the bag is gusseted inside and features the LK Bennett Tudor Rose emblem on each end.

The clutch is big enough to contain a small coin purse, credit cards, keys, mobile phone and a lipstick and its structured shape keeps all your bits and pieces safe.

Both the black and taupe bags would go well with the above dress, but my personal preference would be to go for the taupe for the contrast effect. The taupe clutch also looks good with the Palma sandals below.

LK Bennett Gold Leather Palma Sandal LK Bennett Gold Leather Palma Sandal

LK Bennett Palma Gold Leather Sandals

The Palma sandals are strappy gold leather sandals with a continuous asymmetrical strap which wraps around the ankle. They have a slim, stiletto heel, open toe and simply slip on to fit.

More of a stylish work of art than a pair of shoes, these heels are perfect for evening use. However, their simple lines and lack of unnecessary embellishment also means that you can use them on smart day wear occasions too.

Like taupe and black, gold will go with most outfits; just be careful about teaming it with other metallics.

AllSaints Restrain Dress, Fiorelli Rustle Clutch Bag and Morgan Icone Shoes

AllSaints Restrain Dress AllSaints Restrain Dress

I’ve kept clear of black for this evening look. It sometimes seems that the whole world wears black for evening occasions, but there really is no need to wear it all the time. Sometimes it’s fun to wear a lighter colour so that you actually stand out against the sea of black! So with this caveat in mind, I have teamed together the AllSaints Restrain Dress in nude, the cappucino and white Fiorelli Rustle Clutch and the Morgan Icone Shoes.

AllSaints Restrain Dress

This AllSaints evening dress is hand embellished with three broad rows of silver and rose gold sequins. The sequins are distributed randomly for fluidity, and no two dresses are alike.

The dress is sleeveless and fastens at the front with a lace tie  to the v neck. It’s a loose fitting style which falls to above the knee, and would look good teamed with pale or nude tights.

Please be aware that this dress is sheer, so you may want to wear it over a slip – the Ballet Bandeau slip, also in nude and also from AllSaints, would be suited to this purpose.

Fiorelli Rustle Frame Clutch Bag Fiorelli Rustle Frame Clutch Bag

Fiorelli Rustle Frame Clutch Bag

This is a frame clutch with a silver clasp set into the frame. It is textured with tiny fronds of fabric hanging down as though they were embellishing an exotic bird, and the hexagonal shape draws in the eye.

The clutch has a hidden shoulder strap (useful if you need your hands for carrying food and drink) and there is also a zip pocket inside for keeping a few bits and pieces secure.

Morgan Icone Shoes Morgan Icone Shoes

Morgan Icone Platform Sandals

These attractive sandal by French brand Morgan team together a brown and deep red upper with gold hardware and a shiny gold high heel and platform sole for an opulent look.

The shoes feature two buckle fastening ankle straps so that your feet are held securely, and there is a further buckle fastening strap over the toes for the perfect fit. With the wide platform sole that effectively reduces how high the heel feels when wearing, these are certainly a great choice for dancing the night away.

MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress, Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch and By Malene Birger Leopard Jewelled Shoes

MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress

This look is predominantly evening wear, although the dress could be transitional. It’s an understated look with key festive details making it ideal for the office party or Christmas meal.

MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress

This MaxMara Arno dress cleverly uses two differently textured fabrics to create a 3D, slightly opulent effect. The main part of the dress is made from a black jersey fabric, yet the central panel down the back and the front of the dress is made from ruched satin.

The dress features long sleeves and has a vent at the back for ease of movement. The waist belt is detachable and the dress is partly lined and fastens with a hidden back zip.

Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch

Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch

I love this new season clutch from Anya Hindmarch. Clearly intended to be carried at Christmas parties and other seasonal occasions, this clutch is covered in tinsel and baubles – they are actually metal bells!

The black version is featured on the right, which is my choice to go with the dress and shoes, but it is also available in silver. The clutch has a gold chain handle inlaid with leather so it can be carried as a wristlet. Inside, it’s lined in leather and features zipped pockets and credit card slots to keep your valuables secure.

The bag features the iconic Anya Hindmarch Carker lock on the front, so everyone will recognise your bag’s designer credentials.

By Malene Birger Galante Monochrome Crystal Leopard Shoes By Malene Birger Galante Monochrome Crystal Leopard Shoes

By Malene Birger Galante Leopard Jewelled Shoes

Don’t you think that the ubiquitous plain black courts can sometimes be just that? A little too plain? Well don’t worry, because By Malene Birger have come to the rescue with their snazzy, jewel embellished, monochrome leopard print courts.

These shoes have a classic shape, yet the leopard design and crystal embellishment really set them apart from the rest, and they add to life to any plain black outfit. In combination with the clutch above, they let the world know that it’s party time!

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Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Bubble Clutch and Sam Edelman Niland Platforms

Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress

This look is a 24/7, day thro’ to evening look which has as its centre piece the lipstick red Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Dress, accompanied by the 3.1 Phillip Lim Bubble Quilted Clutch and the Sam Edelman Niland Platforms, both in black.

Red and black is a dramatic and eye catching combination, ideal for wearing when you don’t have a second chance to make a first impression.

Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress

This sleeveless, above the knee dress is made from a stretchy jersey fabric which has a draped neckline. In true Anglomania style, the hemline is asymmetrical. The dress features a v back – which is not so low that you can’t wear a bra – and has a concealed back zip fastening.

I like this dress because it’s one of those 24 hour dresses which is ideal for style mavens on the go.

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Bubble Quilt Clutch 3.1 Phillip Lim Black Bubble Quilt Clutch

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Bubble Quilt Clutch

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that clutches are solely for evening wear. This new clutch from 3.1 Phillip Lim, with its gorgeously tactile finish and discrete gold hardware, is an oversized style which is also great for day wear too. The clutch is 38cm wide and it also has a zip pocket inside.

The bubble wrap effect is just on the front of the clutch – the reverse is plain black leather and there is a slip handle on the back so you can carry the bag in this way if you choose. You can also fold the top of the clutch forwards (if you haven’t over filled it) to display the contrasting black leather against the bubble leather.

Sam Edelman Black Niland Platform Court Shoes Sam Edelman Black Niland Platform Court Shoes

Sam Edelman Black Niland Platform Court Shoes

Sam Edelman has certainly become a popular shoe designer of late and the Niland is a classic style, which is frequently reintroduced, sometimes with variations to the colour or texture of the leather.

These shoes have a very high 5″ stiletto heel, which fortunately is mitigated by the equally impressive 1.5″ platform sole, so the shoes feel as though they just have 3.5″ heels. In a classic and timeless court style, Sam Edelman has added his signature originality by virtue of the the droplet shaped cut out detail at the toes, creating a more discrete version of a peep toe. Perhaps we should call it a glimpse toe!

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AllSaints Conical Tee Dress, Fiorelli Silver Jewelled Clutch and AllSaints Dixy Shoes

AllSaints Conical Tee Dress AllSaints Conical Tee Dress

What with it being the party season an’ all, I didn’t think I needed an excuse to come up with another glam party ensemble, where I’ve combined two items from AllSaints – the Conical Tee Dress and the Dixy Shoes, with a rather glitzy white and silver bejewelled clutch from Fiorelli, called the Julius (because you want to Caesar it, perhaps?).

AllSaints Conical Tee Dress

This dress is a cap sleeve mini dress which features dense hand embellishment with shiny black beads, sequins and chains. The base fabric is sheer and there are three areas around the centre of the dress which remain unembellished, allowing a sexy glimpse of skin. It’s nice and short, and the shiny beads reflect the light making it ideal for the dance floor. It’s available in sizes 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 and the model in the photo is wearing a size 8.

Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch

Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch

The Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch adds a bit, well a lot actually, of festive glitz to the look. The bag is actually white with a silver faux python print and the centre is embellished further with sparkling clear jewels. The bag has a kiss lock fastening in silver tone and also a (concealed) shoulder strap for lots of carry options.

One of the things that I particularly like about this bag is the included interior zip purse, which is perfect for storing your key and a few pound coins safely. The bag also has a further slip pocket, perfect for a credit card, and it is fully lined in Fiorelli signature fabric.

AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes

AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes

The AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes are a new AllSaints style for the Autumn Winter 2012 season. The leather upper has a metallic finish, created by combining a patent leather finish onto a suede background. This is known as “caviar” skin. As with most AllSaints footwear, they are made entirely from leather, featuring a leather lining and a leather sole.

The clue to the height of the heel is given in the name of the shoes, the 145 referring to 145mm or a towering 5.7″ (this varies slightly according to the size of the shoe – the size 37 is 145mm). They also thankfully have a wide exposed platform sole to mitigate the height a little.

With both the heel and exposed platform covered in the same caviar leather, these hand finished shoes are perfect for completing any seasonal look.

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Michael Kors Silver Dress, Lulu Guinness Red Lips Clutch, Charlotte Olympia Silver Glitter Shoes

Michael Kors Silver Foil Print Dress Michael Kors Silver Foil Print Dress

Ramp up the glamour with opulent metallic evening tones. For this look, I’ve teamed the Michael Michael Kors silver body con bandage dress and Charlotte Olympia silver glitter shoes, accenting the look with the fabulously oversized Lulu Guinness red snakeskin clutch.

Michael Michael Kors Silver Foil Print BodyCon Dress

This dress is a sleeveless and stretchy body con bandage dress in a silver foil print design. The dress has a scooped neckline and falls to above the knee. I particularly like this dress as the fabric is stretch but firm, so it fits flatteringly over your curves and highlights your best bits. It fastens with a zip at the back and is also hand washable, which is more convenient than the many dry clean only dresses around at the moment.

Lulu Guinness Extra Large Red Snakeskin Lips Clutch Lulu Guinness Extra Large Red Snakeskin Lips Clutch

Lulu Guinness Extra Large Red Snakeskin Lips Clutch

Lulu Guinness snakeskin clutches have been around for a while now. They come out each year in different materials, colours and textures but the snakeskin ones are the most enduring. This one is different though – it’s extra large, and is 32cm wide – double the size of the original, and great for girls who need to carry a few more things around with them on a night out.

I’ve chosen the bag to go with this look, because the silver colour of the dress and shoes make the bag really stand out for a head turning finish.

Charlotte Olympia Silver Glitter Platform Shoes Charlotte Olympia Silver Glitter Platform Shoes

Charlotte Olympia Silver Glitter Platform Shoes

Glitter shoes are de rigeur for an glamorous evening ensemble, and nobody does them better than Charlotte Olympia.  These beauties, with their high glitter covered stiletto heels and undershot glitter covered platform sole will certainly add sparkle to any evening ensemble.

The heels are staggeringly high, measuring a full 6″, but their height is partially mitigated by the 1.2″ platform sole.

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Markus Lupfer Peplum Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Bag, Michael Kors Bethany Courts

Markus Lupfer Black Peplum Dress Markus Lupfer Black Peplum Dress

Black and gold are great colours to team together for nights out – the slimming properties of black are legendary and gold adds just the right amount of opulence, which is perfect for an evening look.

Markus Lupfer Black Peplum Dress

The dress I’ve chosen for this look is this sexy little black peplum dress by Markus Lupfer. It’s a short dress, falling to about mid thigh and it’s made from a stretchy black jersey fabric which features sequin embellishment to the front and peplum and a striking, exposed, silver tone back zip fastening.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Tote Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Tote Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Tote Bag

The bag I’ve chosen is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Silvie Tote bag, which is a compact handbag made from smooth black leather, and featuring a striking gold coloured “Marc by Marc Jacobs New York” brand plaque on the front. Although compact and suited to evening (in addition to day) use, this bag is really well organised. It has two zipped compartments, a press stud fastening compartment in the centre and three interior pockets, one of which is zip fastening. It also has the flexibility of two top handles and a separate detachable cross body strap.

Michael Kors Bethany Peep Toe Courts Michael Kors Bethany Peep Toe Courts

Michael Kors Bethany Peep Toe Courts

The look is completed with shoes which perfectly echo the black and gold tones seen in the bag. The Michael Kors Bethany Courts area peep toe style in black suede, which feature gold piping around the inside edge of the upper and a matching shiny gold tone stiletto heel. The shoes also have a suede covered exposed platform sole for that all important extra height, and the heels measure a towering 4.5″.

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LK Bennett Charris Dress, Nina Clutch and Nelly Shoes

LK Bennett Charris Dress LK Bennett Charris Dress

LK Bennett Charris Dress

It’s time to go out and party in the LK Bennett Charris Dress. The little black dress is pretty much a party staple, and this new knee length version from LK Bennett is shift shape, given extra pzazz with the addition of a lace skirt.

It would look charming teamed with gold or black accessories, and in this vein, here are the  bag and shoes I’ve chosen to go with it.

LK Bennett Nina Gold Box Clutch LK Bennett Nina Gold Box Clutch

LK Bennett Nina Gold Leather Clutch

The Nina clutch is a stylish box clutch with a gold frame, covered in  black and gold textured leather. It has an options snake link chain strap and is full lined and gusseted with a slip pocket inside.

LK Bennett Nelly Shoes

These luxurious sandals define themselves with twisted gold textured patent gold leather, teamed with soft black suede and just the right amount of toe cleavage. The shoes have an ornate, laser textured heel and stay snugly on the foot thanks to the

LK Bennett Nelly Sandal LK Bennett Nelly Sandal

suede heel cup and buckle fastening ankle strap.