As the invitations to holiday parties pile up, the inevitable fashion conundrum rears its ugly head. “What do I wear?” Fear not ladies, no need to despair. Whenever I need inspiration I turn to the oracle of fashion, the haute couture. Think back to the glorious confections that floated down the Paris runways last July. I know many of you rely on your trusty LBD to carry you through the season, but I thought we might peruse the couture for ideas on updating this fashion staple.
Viktor & Rolf celebrated 20 years in business this past July with a return to the haute couture for the first time in over a decade. Their Zen rock garden was the perfect environment in which to present an entire collection in black neoprene that recalled the 1980s heyday of the conceptual Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. While most designers equate little black dress with tight and sexy, Viktor and Rolf remind us that elegant draping and high concept design can be equally – if not more – attractive.
The designers at Valentino took a crew neck, long-sleeved, below-the-knee little black dress and gave it strategic laser cutouts to create a strapless minidress trompe l’oeil effect. I’ve been a fan of the long sleeved evening gown for several seasons now and many of you know that I’m a huge advocate of this season’s must have just below the knee hemline. This dress would be perfect for any holiday party.
If you want something a little more vampy to go with your Lincoln Park After Dark manicure, then look to Alexandre Vauthier for inspiration. His clients include fashion bad girls like Beyonce and Rihanna. This barely there wrap dress with the thigh high slit harks back to the supermodel days when Cindy Naomi and Linda stalked the Versace runways.
Who better to turn to for a modern take on classic design than Raf Simons at Christian Dior? He has brought a fresh perspective to one of the most venerable names in Haute Couture. His hard edged strapless ball gown is simplicity itself yet utterly chic.
Wherever you find your inspiration for holiday dressing this season, know that you’ll be looking your best. Enjoy the holidays!
– Joseph Ungoco
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