When the invitation says Black Tie, don’t panic. Think beyond the ball gown. There are new evening options to explore this season that will make you stand out in a crowd, whether you’ve got one or ten invites. Add a pretty party shoe or slipper, a special evening bag and statement making designer gemstone or pearl and you’re ready for any festive evening event.
Thinking black tie? We’re thinking tuxedo. This season designers reinvented the classic look in smashing dress, jacket and pant versions. Channel iconic film noir actress, Charlotte Rampling, in designer Valentin Yudashkin’s edgy black tie mix – cropped jacket, sheer tuxedo shirt and slit ballroom skirt. Redefine the rules with designer pearl earrings or a solo chandelier drop, a lapel pin or brooch fastened to a bowed blouse, and finish with a modern pearl cocktail ring for an elevated evening look.
Elena Kriegner 18K Gold Interchangeable Pearl Earrings
Michou Vermeil, Mother of Pearl & Pearl Chrysalis Brooch
Lika Behar 24K Gold & Oxidized Silver Pearl Ring
Caroline Ballou 18K Yellow Gold, White Pearl Necklace
Follow the lead of designers Marc Jacobs and Donatella Versace – take lingerie looks once relegate to the boudoir – to black tie events. Case in point, up and coming designer, Marques Almelda’s, frothy pink satin concoction – bias cut dress aflutter with feathers. Slip on pretty designer pink gold jewelry set with sparkling pink quartz or diamond gemstones, pretty party shoes and you’re officially ready to flirt.