Dreamers of rev­elry

The new co­hort of la­bels that know how to spin a party piece have a unique verve in com­mon. Look no fur­ther to find new ways to dress for evening.


Amina Muaddi flares the heel of her cre­ations so they are al­most a car­i­ca­ture of party shoes; Michael Halpern of Halpern smoth­ers al­most ev­ery­thing fear­lessly in se­quins; while Marco and Kikka Ca­paldo of 16 Ar­ling­ton do a pair of gloss pants as slick as melted wax. Welcome the next names in evening at­tire, fore­ground­ing fri­vol­ity over ex­ceed­ingly de­mure agen­das. Make no mis­take, though, they pay re­spect to the past icons of af­tereight. Halpern ex­ploded in a pro­fu­sion of se­quins straight out of the de­sign blocks from Cen­tral Saint Martin’s only two years ago, but his mother used to dance at Stu­dio 54 and he’s ac­tu­ally a New York na­tive, so has an au­then­tic, not imag­ined con­nec­tion, to the days of disco. Kikka’s sen­si­bil­ity is ‘Scandi un­der­state­ment’, so tem­pers the flou of feather-trimmed gowns at 16 Ar­ling­ton with un­com­pli­cated sil­hou­ettes. They don’t sit at the heads of huge busi­ness op­er­a­tives just yet, but they make up an ad­ven­tur­ous co­hort, un­afraid to stick to their own per­spec­tives. Like Les Héroïnes by Aus­tralian-born Vanessa Coc­chiaro, now based in Paris, a de­signer who em­braces the ul­tra ro­man­tic and ren­ders the ma­jor­ity of her floor-skim­ming gowns and jump­suits in free-flow­ing fab­rics – noth­ing tight, noth­ing gauche. And London-based la­bel Rixo, which carved a niche in high-qual­ity silk print dresses at ac­ces­si­ble prices (look out for its shell bags come spring). They all prove stick­ing to your thing is a win­ning for­mula.

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