PARTY CITY

A booked-up so­cial cal­en­dar calls for a wardrobe up­grade. Start with feel-good fine jew­ellery and fin­ish your look with a pair of dreamy shoes.

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WHEN I THINK BACK to all the par­ties I’ve hosted over the years—rau­cous house­warm­ings, cheer­ful Friends­giv­ings and cathar­tic Galen­tine’s nights—the pre­cious rit­ual of get­ting ready is just as mem­o­rable as the cham­pagne-fu­elled shenani­gans that fol­lowed. Host­ing a party can be stress­ful—wor­ry­ing about the in­evitable mess, the playlist, last-minute can­cel­la­tions—but flick­ing through the hang­ers in my closet and de­bat­ing what to wear be­fore any­one ar­rives is pure an­tic­i­pa­tory joy.

A host­ess out­fit must be many things: It should ap­pear glam­orous but spon­ta­neous— as seem­ingly easy and un­fussy as a rus­tic fig galette; it should look good from ev­ery an­gle in case there are can­did pho­tos; and it should be memor­able (at least to the wearer). I don’t re­call much of my 2014 New Year’s Eve get-to­gether ex­cept the swishy beaded vin­tage top I had on be­cause it pho­tographed beau­ti­fully and its sparkly tas­sels were a per­fect fit for the oc­ca­sion.

But what does it mean to get dressed up in 2018? Ath­leisure con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate, Ba­len­ci­aga’s su­per­size Triple S sneak­ers have a longer wait-list than any heel, and a pair of drapey silk py­ja­mas regis­ters as be­ing as fancy as a cock­tail dress. For­tu­nately, the fall/win­ter run­ways of­fered some worthy op­tions for the as­pi­ra­tional host­ess. There’s Michael Halpern’s high- oc­tane se­quins, which he calls “in­ap­pro­pri­ately glam­orous.” The dar­ling of Lon­don Fash­ion Week fear­lessly plays with colour and vol­ume—his clothes are per­fect for of­fer­ing a fleet­ing sense of es­capism in trou­bling times. This month, Halpern is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Top­shop on a lineup of dresses, blouses and trousers that ex­ude ’80s glam. For ro­man­tics, there’s Brock Col­lec­tion. What could be dreamier than lac­ing your­self into one of the brand’s raw-edge silk corsets, pin­ning on a flower and ty­ing a rib­bon in your hair? And for the min­i­mal­ists, there’s the ever-cool (and Cana­dian) Beau­fille, whose puff-sleeved shirts and dresses chan­nel a low-key glamour that won’t look out of place if your guests show up in hood­ies and jeans. The added bonus of dress­ing up to host a party? The loom­ing win­ter weather is ir­rel­e­vant—no need to worry about tran­sit and its dic­tates of prac­ti­cal shoes and coat spoil­ing the look. And if that’s not rea­son enough, do it for the In­sta­gram shot.

On stand­ing model: Dress and bolero jacket ($182 each). On sit­ting model: Body­suit ($97) and vel­vet pants ($182). All Top­shop x Halpern (top­shop.com)

Polyester jump­suit, Top­shop ($135, top­shop.com)

Rayon, polyurethane and polyester blouse, Beau­fille ($595, at far­fetch.com)

Leather sneak­ers, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand ($664, at NET-A-PORTER.com)

Acrylic-bead ear­rings, Poppy & Pe­onies ($39, pop­pyand pe­onies.com)

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