Take it to the max

A safe lit­tle black dress? Not on your life. These party icons prove that em­bel­lish­ment is the new black.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - Words by Char­lie Gowans-eglin­ton

Crank up your party dress­ing

This sea­son, dress­ing up has been cranked way, way up. You know how Coco Chanel fa­mously said you should al­ways look in the mir­ror and take oŠ one thing be­fore you leave the house? Well, for­get that this sea­son and do the op­po­site.

Anna Dello R usso

ADR’S style might be out there, but she’s re­fined the art of the clash. Pink vs red, se­quins vs quilt­ing, evening wear vs hik­ing gear – on pa­per, this should be a mess, but high­con­trast clash­ing is just the thing to stand out. Ex­am­ple: the cherry and fuch­sia num­ber at the au­tumn/win­ter ’17 Ba­len­ci­aga show. Try ny­lon against se­quins, leather against feath­ers and denim against neo­prene. YOU’LL NEED: A Pan­tone chart, door-knocker neck­lace and Daily Pa­per.


“What would I wear if I were a box of candy?” is, we imag­ine, a ques­tion Ri­hanna asks her­self daily as she pe­ruses the rails of her wardrobe, then opts for a metal­lic, draped dress, strappy heels and yel­low­gold jewellery. If – be­fore you learnt what you ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ wear – you al­ways wanted to dress up as Qual­ity Street pack­ag­ing film, then do it now. YOU’LL NEED: A very large choco­late foil.


If we could turn back time, we would party with Cher. Or, per­haps, fol­low her around the shops and work out where she got her wardrobe from. Max­i­mal­ist party dress­ing doesn’t get bet­ter than a sheer se­quinned dress. YOU’LL NEED: Nude un­der­wear (or a very thor­ough full­body wax).

Grace Jones

For their spring/sum­mer ’18 show, Chanel, cham­pion of tweed skirt suits and quilted bags, sent what can only be de­scribed as fu­tur­is­tic Per­spex go-go boots down the run­way. We sug­gest you ditch your go-to leather an­kle boots in favour of more max­i­mal­ist op­tions, with Grace Jones as your muse. Look for tex­ture, length and a com­pletely see-through up­per. YOU’LL NEED: A max­i­mal­ist head­piece – be­cause more re­ally is more.

Bianca Jag­ger

Stu­dio 54 reg­u­lar, and so­cial and hu­man rights ad­vo­cate Bianca Jag­ger knows how to nail a look. Back in the ’70s, that meant riding horses in the club, se­quinned dresses with match­ing berets and Rolling Stones’ Mick on her arm – and she’s still nail­ing it to­day at age 73. YOU’LL NEED: A rock star plus-one.

Iris Apf el

The gen­eral ex­pec­ta­tion is that ladies ‘of a cer­tain age’ should use ‘taste­ful’ and ‘time­less’ as their style key­words. It seems Iris Apfel threw away that rule book. She’s a walking en­dorse­ment for throw­ing ev­ery­thing at an out­fit. Why dress down leather trousers when you can dress them up with feath­ers in the same sharp shade of crim­son? YOU’LL NEED: XXL accessories. There’s no such thing as too much here.


Few women could have sur­vived wear­ing a struc­tured leather bell dress to an event. But few women are Zen­daya. Ar­chi­tec­tural shapes, head-to-toe se­quins and bold colour make up the wardrobe of this 22-year-old. With the help of stylist Law Roach, she’s been spot­ted in looks by Akris, Au­gust Getty Ate­lier and Ver­sace, and showed o— lots of must-see hair mo­ments. Al­ways la­dy­like with an edge, she cer­tainly knows how to make an en­trance. YOU’LL NEED: A fear­less at­ti­tude – and a wardrobe to match.

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