‘Tis the sea­son to be DIF­FER­ENT

SHE Carribean Magazine - - TRENDS -

PARTY OR RING­ING IN THE NEW YEAR, IT'S A BUSY TIME FOR US ALL AS WE WHIP OUT OUR TRUSTED PARTY SEA­SON CLAS­SICS. SO AS 2015 DRAWS TO A CLOSE, THERE ARE TRENDS WE SHOULD BRING INTO 2016 AND OTHER ‘CLAS­SICS' WE

y ManRe­pelle t E If you feel in­spired to kick your an­nual party sea­son habits this year, there is plenty di­ver­sity in fash­ion trends to help. Have no fear—there's more to this sea­son's Fall/Win­ter looks than fur, wool and Christ­mas knits to ex­cite us here in the Caribbean. There are even some styles we can in­cor­po­rate into our warm cli­mate wardrobes from trends that speak a lit­tle to us all.

One of th­ese has to be the trend for bold prints. This sea­son, some fash­ion de­sign­ers seem to have had a love child with the in­te­rior de­sign world. Strong ref­er­ences to fab­rics and mo­tifs usu­ally found within a Dior pro­vide a great trend for the party sea­son, and quite ap­pro­pri­ate for our Caribbean climes.

If in­tense fab­ric pat­tern, sparkle and shine are too much for your in­di­vid­ual style, per­haps most en­dear­ing and sim­ple of all is the slip dress. Nineties re­vival doesn't have to mean choker neck­laces and ca­sual crop tops. A clas­sic slip dress can pro­vide chic el­e­gance as proven by Nar­ciso Ro­driguez, and more im­por­tantly, it's easy to wear to any event this party sea­son.

For my vote, the de­signer who has pos­si­bly pro­vided us with the ul­ti­mate party sea­son dress this year is Pra­bal Gu­rung in his A/W '15 show. His slip dress with its nat­u­ral shine and adored red colour is a per­fect piece to adopt in the Caribbean and can be eas­ily styled to suit in­di­vid­ual tastes. Fur­ther­more, it has a feel of ‘debu­tante,' also a favoured look this sea­son.

Al­though it's good to leave the old clas­sic party pieces be­hind and rel­ish in in­di­vid­u­al­ism and new styles, I be­lieve we should still hold onto one thing—the old-faith­ful adage, ‘New year; New me.' What­ever trends or pieces you de­cide to wear this party sea­son, be sure to ex­press your in­di­vid­u­al­ity and per­haps carry the in­spi­ra­tion into your wardrobe for fu­ture sea­sons.

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