Puttin’ on the Ritz.”
Those famous lyrics made Irving Berlin’s song a huge hit in 1929 and they still resonate today. Especially in our first Holiday 2011 trend, appropriately titled: Puttin’ on the Ritz.
Key silhouettes: Release the inner flapper with witty shift dresses that have dropped waists that shimmy and shake in gold or silver, draped gowns in satin, chiffon or jersey suitable for “Dancing in the Dark” and short fringed skirts that add sass and style.
Strappy bias cut satin gowns amp up the Hollywood glamour quotient, while strapless gowns are the perfect foil for dazzling diamonds, such as Ken Lo’s jazz hot 18K white gold and yellow sapphire drop earrings or Denoir’s graphic Grillade 18K yellow gold and diamond drops.
The dressed up cape or topper in satin, sequins or faille offers a new alternative to the evening cover up, while fur boas and caplets–both real and faux—add the right mix of pizzazz and glamour.
Fabrics range from metallics that shimmer and shine–lame, sequins in gold, silver or white—to draped chiffon, jersey and satin, frequently in white, ice gray, black or red. Evening suits are turned out in velvet, faille or lightweight gabardine, can be worn bare, (the perfect place for a beautiful lariat or pendant), with a sequin or satin vest, or with a draped or wrapped top in satin, silk charmeuse.
Straight out of the Jazz Age – ostrich feathers, fringe, sexy slits and decorative beading – sequins, pailettes, jet – all dancing to the beat of the season’s fascinating rhythm.
The high heeled evening pump returns, (sans platform) often in sexy scooped out styles in black suede, satin or peau de soie, adding elegance and drama, perfect for dancing the night away while the sexy, strappy sandal is perfect for dancing the night away.
Evening clutches and minaudiers turned in satin, sequins and jewels, leave hands free for dancing or dining and short, elbow or opera length gloves in cotton, satin or suede.
Diamonds add sparkle and shine for holiday from Ken Lo’s 18k white gold and diamond pendants to Lika Behar’s 24k gold, diamond and oxidized silver necklaces to Sweta Jain’s 18k yellow gold and rock crystal long drop earrings, all sophisticated chic options that add dazzle to the season.