Belle of the ball

This fes­tive sea­son, pile on the beads and baubles and make it fab­u­lous.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By NADINE FER­NAN­DEZ star2@thes­

IT’S that time of the year when it’s all about Christ­mas and the nu­mer­ous din­ners, re­unions and par­ties. It can get a lit­tle daunt­ing for the wal­let es­pe­cially when you want to make a last­ing (and pos­i­tive) im­pres­sion in terms of your party en­sem­ble.

So what does the fash­ion­able-girl-ona-bud­get do when it comes to putting her best man­i­cured foot for­ward with­out break­ing the bank?

Metro­jaya and Park­son have sev­eral daz­zling op­tions to make this a gor­geous sea­son.

Fes­tive op­u­lence

Baroque is the word as seen at Metro­jaya.

When else can you go all out if not dur­ing this time of the year? Pile on the ac­ces­sories, go for the glam look and deck your­self out.

Work it in fab­u­lous tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als in the form of bro­cade and jac­quard. It’s all in the de­tails, so add some per­sonal touches in the form of ac­ces­sories. Som­er­set Bay, Zona, Laura Ash­ley and Vari­ante went baroque and it re­ally is about sump­tu­ous ex­trav­a­gance and stand­ing out.

In essence, go for Re­nais­sance de­tail­ing such as Vic­to­rian lace, shiny vel­vet and gilded em­broi­dery and opt for hues like gold and bur­nished metallics.

Give th­ese looks an added zing with hard case clutches from Rus­coe & Co, dainty bracelets and neck­laces from Monet and strappy dia­mante en­crusted heels from Zang Toi.

Jazz­ing it up

The fin­ery and fun of the 20s has roared into Park­son this hol­i­day sea­son. If the bound­less cre­ative en­ergy and of course, the ab­so­lutely gor­geous cos­tumes and jew­ellery from the movie The Great Gatsby in­spired you, here’s where you can pick up chic, el­e­gant pieces from Naf Naf, Mirabelle, Wal­lis and Melinda Looi.

Get into the spirit and mood of the jazz age with feath­ered head-geared, fringed dresses and trim­mings, dropped waist­lines, long neck­laces and drop ear­rings.

The look is very much free-spir­ited, daz­zling and with plenty of razzmatazz.

The col­lec­tions sees the spirit of Bo­hemia com­bined with the party hur­rah to cre­ate a pal­ette of black, gold, cream and sor­bet shades Throw on a long pearl neck­lace from Ma­jor­ica, don a hard­shell clutch from Miss Selfridge, pin a crys­tal en­crusted brooch from Denni onto a feath­ered head­band from Sal­abi­anca over your fringed and em­bel­lished outift and let the rev­elry be­gin!

Sym­met­ri­cal dress from Vari­ante by Leslie Variyan in Metro­jaya. Party it up: end the year with a smash­ing num­ber from Som­er­set bay in Metro­jaya.

Lace lit­tle black dress by Zona in Metro­jaya.

Fuschia ruched dress by Vari­ante in Metro­jaya .

bring back the flap­per girl style in this miss Selfridge dress in Park­son.

Glitz, glam and gold as­sem­bles from Som­er­set bay in Metro­jay.

an el­e­gant af­fair with out­fits from Laura ash­ley in metro­jaya.

you can’t go wrong with a feather in your hair and a fringed dress by naf naf in Park­son.

Tas­sels at the end of a cap sleeve dress by melinda Looi in Park­son.

Flo­ral lace dress by Som­er­set bay in metro­jaya.

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