For the grand ball
Get noticed by what you wear this season. Check out these fashion tips to dance the night away in style and elegance.
All over sequin spread is sailing strong.
IN ACCORDANCE with Bill Blass - "Fashion needs things to do and places to go." As the countdown begins and we bid another fashion season goodbye, we find that we have too many things to do... we have lots of places to go.
Chiristmas, New Year. The thought of grand balls rushes in `macro' excitement followed by the even macro question - what should I wear?
Style is all in the mix. Once the strategic choices about the `look', colour and fabric have been made, the rest can be left in impulse. You could take a pick off the rack or get an idea customised. But be comfortable. "If a woman is comfortable, she looks great. The clothes become hers instead of designer clothes," - Donna Karan.
Surface design techniques hover over shine and shimmer.
Go for a look that indicates one-piece ingredient. The micro, ankle and toe-length dresses should not feature in your party calendar. The length could vary from mid-thigh, to just above the knee to the calf. Be comfortable as you mingle with many, making new contacts. "Appearance is a powerful thing. Sometimes people can't remember a word you've said but can tell you exactly what you were wearing," A.M. Richards.
Straight skirts with delicate `princess' uppers are up on the style charts. Avoid back slits in skirts as well as dresses. Single slits on either sides or slits on both the sides work fine.
Let us see what you have at arm's length. Your dress could be cut sleeves or could have three-fourth sleeve length to bring in an element of dignity and class.
With the Indian ticket selling well, you could slip into an Indo-Western look also (kurtas teamed with trousers with long slits). A look that is friendlier with the Indian body above 30. Make sure that instead of a duppata, you have a stole to complete the ensemble.
The stole could have fringed edges in self-fabric, leather, suede or beads. As you sway on the dance floor, the tasselled lenses create interest as they get animated with slightest movement.
The fabric choice could indicate knits or wovens but with a rich face. Play with transparency and light. Lurex incorporated fire ribs, silks, viscose georgettes, and synthetics with Lycra contact, hint towards the right fabric story.
Heighten drama with radical simplicity in a monochromatic (single hue) colour scheme. Interest could be created with fabrics - transparent and opaque. Like you throw boleros in glossy, transparent fabrics over delicate, strappy dresses. The colour story reflects black (slims you and adds height), wine red and slippery steel. Stay away from last season's favourite - mid night blue. Avoid pastels.
Surface ornamentation techniques hover over shine and shimmer. Heat-set crystals in patterns or all-over crystal spreads... go in for lot of shine. Tone on tone crystal insets are also sailing strong along with sterling and dull gold.
Continue the sparkle in make-up ideas. Lots of gloss on lips in burgundy, tomato red and dark tan is what you need. Highlight your eyes and cheeks with shine-based healthy pink and dark camel. Silver shimmer body gel is just right to complete the look.
High heels that signal a woman a mile away are up on style charts. Dance all night in stilettos, tie-me-ups, cube heels and semi-round toes. Avoid heavy accessories. Do not carry a heavy-duty bag. A delicate, compact shoulder bag is just right to hold your secrets for the night.
As the countdown begins and you get ready for the grand ball, here's wishing you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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