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New Year's Eve Inspiration

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New Year’s Eve soirées are traditionally wrought with sequins, circulation-stopping bodycon dresses, hairspray and desperation.  Lest we forget 2012 was a year of great editorial exploration, so a different kind of party dress is the perfect way to ring in 2013 - without looking like a lost member of The Saturdays.

Leather and Lace

Leaving a lot to the imagination while retaining sensuality and tactile texture, this leather and lace look in burgundy is moody and modern.  The androgynous structure is party-ready when paired with sky-high heels, polished jewellery and a slick ponytail - non-fussed, high fashion party garb with runway appeal. 

High shine

A playful skater skirt in a reflective sheen is nothing if not fit for year-end festivities.  London-based fashion duo Felder Felder proves that their signature style, “Modern, sexy, cool” makes for a sophisticated look with a celebratory feel and untouchable attitude.  Paired with a printed blouse and killer heels this gold dress is both sexy and cool enough for dinner and dancing.

Dark and Alluring

No stranger to London Fashion Week, Kinder Aggugini brought his eclectic brand of sexy defiance to his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.  The party season would not be complete without a little gold foiling, and a lace mini dress with asymmetrical sleeves is a good place to put it.  The sheer bodice and burnished foil finish are intelligently contrasted with a masculine loafer but feel free to go with a sparkly heel if the location calls for it.  Best worn with a slick up-do as shown.

Fierce and Fabulous

After becoming famous for his sculptural dresses with bright metal trim, David Koma would become the go-to guy for a pretty and powerful ensemble.  If you’re lucky enough to be spending New Year’s Eve swigging bubbly at an A-list-worthy event, you can’t go wrong in this all black number with a peek-a-boo cut-out and sheer accents.  The opportunities for accessorising are endless – an armful of bangles, exaggerated cocktail rings or a jewel-encrusted clutch will add extra wow to an already stand-out piece.

The Alternative Ball gown

Patent is perhaps not the natural choice for a sweeping floor length dress but it does create an air of naughty sophistication.  A shiny bodice on a matte skirt or a solid sleeveless dress in ruby red contrasted with polished patent trim sound conventional enough in theory but leave a lasting impression of lewd luxe.  Ornate gold accessories would take this look up a notch, adding a twist of Baroque to a raunchy rock chic look.

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