Best Dress. The Lost Art of the Cocktail Dress

February 22, 2008 • Fashion

Crisp cotton with flattering wide waistband: Miu Miu at Selfridges, £695 (0800 123400)


Utterly chic pleated silk dress, a real investment: Lanvin at Harvey Nichols, £1,100 (020-7235 5000)


Simple slimming shape with pretty back bow COS, £79 (020-7478 0400)


Vibrant red silk with a full, wide- pleated skirt KJ’s Laundry, £465 (020-7486 7855)


Stunning full skirt with boned corset at the waist: Alana at Harvey Nichols, £1,885
(020-7235 5000)


Gorgeous coral satin with a deep V-shaped back: Marni at Harrods, £475 (020-7730 1234)

I admit it. I’m a sucker for a special occasion. Any occasion to live with a bit of frivolity gets my undivided attention. So maybe that’s why I am a constant crusader for the cocktail dress. It makes dinner an occasion to dine and that happenstance meeting a soiree. — Joanne Molina

Photos: London Times

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