The hot sto­ries of the week, in­clud­ing: Vic­to­ria Beck­ham’s im­pec­ca­ble guide to nail­ing the party sea­son; 10 ways to win at Sole DXB; meet the 13-year-old Emi­rati au­thor-in-the-mak­ing; and in­tro­duc­ing the voices be­hind a pas­sion­ate pod­cast dis­cussing third

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THERE’S SOME­THING ABOUT

the end­less events of the fes­tive sea­son that can do strange things to even the most con­sid­ered dresser. This time of year, out-out looks tend to veer be­tween safe reg­u­lars (bor­ing) or ev­ery­thing shiny/ em­bel­lished/se­quinned (too much). If you find nav­i­gat­ing this sar­to­rial mine­field hard work, you’re in good com­pany – so does Vic­to­ria Beck­ham. “I’ve been to my fair share of par­ties,” she told Grazia last week as the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions went up in her Dover Street Lon­don store. “So I know party dress­ing can be tricky!”

But years of be­ing at the top of guest lists have taught VB a thing or two. Hav­ing found her con­fi­dence and forte as a de­signer, Vic­to­ria has nailed the mod­ern night-out wardrobe by amp­ing up clas­sic, flat­ter­ing sil­hou­ettes (midiskirts, shirts, long-line blaz­ers) with bold colours, luxe fab­rics and un­ex­pected styling twists. Case in point: the fire-en­gine red en­sem­ble she wore last week. It was a look that was bold but pol­ished; grown-up but glam­orous; ef­fort­less but im­pact­ful. The midiskirt and boot combo was true to her daily style, while that holly-red hue proved you can do fes­tive in a so­phis­ti­cated, nonglit­tery way. In other words, it was a pro party look. Here, Vic­to­ria tells us how she’ll be mas­ter­ing the fes­tive sea­son…

KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

“I’ve learned it’s about pieces that make you feel good and con­fi­dent when you wear them,” says VB of her #1 party dress code de­mand. “My col­lec­tions are all about mak­ing my cus­tomer feel like the best ver­sion of them­selves, and I wouldn’t of­fer some­thing to my

cus­tomer that I wouldn’t wear my­self – so my pre-SS19 col­lec­tion is full of tried-and-tested party so­lu­tions.”

A HANDS-FREE BAG IS BEST

Can you imag­ine Vic­to­ria try­ing to dance around a bulky pile of hand­bags? Us nei­ther. In­stead, she urges opt­ing for a neat cross­body style (more con­ve­nient than a clutch for hold­ing drinks). Vic­to­ria’s favourite is her Eva bag (above). “It’s nice and com­pact for a party but big enough to fit all your es­sen­tials and it has a cross-body strap so you can do some hands-free danc­ing. I usu­ally have my phone in there, a com­pact mir­ror, per­fume and a nude lip­stick that goes with ev­ery­thing.”

THE 5-9 SUIT IS YOUR NEW SE­CRET WEAPON

We didn’t know we wanted a white suit un­til we saw VB wear­ing one to an LA awards cer­e­mony re­cently, mak­ing a com­pelling case for the after-dark suit. “I’m a big fan of tai­lor­ing for a party. I think a tux is a great in­vest­ment piece that you’ll wear all year round and it’s the per­fect al­ter­na­tive to a tra­di­tional party dress.” And how to work it? “I some­times wear mine but­toned up with noth­ing un­der­neath, show­ing a lit­tle skin, or open with a silk cami. If a full tuxedo feels a lit­tle too much, you could opt for a tuxedo minidress, like the one in my pre-SS19 col­lec­tion. It’s the per­fect bal­ance of el­e­gant and fun.”

DON’T BE AFRAID TO LET LOOSE

When a video emerged of Vic­to­ria danc­ing on a sofa to ‘Spice Up

Your Life’ at a Vogue party dur­ing Lon­don Fash­ion Week, it nearly broke In­sta­gram. “I’ve been so lucky that I’ve been to lots of amaz­ing par­ties over the years. But re­cently I cel­e­brated 10 years of my brand with a great party with Bri­tish Vogue and that felt re­ally spe­cial,” she says of the night. “It was just after my SS19 cat­walk show, and I was sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily.”

AC­CES­SORIES ARE A GREAT GIFT­ING IDEA FOR LOVED ONES (OR YOUR­SELF)

“It can be tricky buy­ing clothes for some­one else, but I think there is some­thing for every­one in this col­lec­tion; from the 10th an­niver­sary lim­ited-edi­tion fash­ion jew­ellery col­lec­tion to a state­ment pair of shoes, or a clas­sic half-moon hand­bag,” says Vic­to­ria. “There’s a lot of re­ally spe­cial pieces that I would be happy to find un­der the tree!” Hint, hint.

THE BEST PART OF GO­ING OUT IS GET­TING READY

VB al­ways looks im­mac­u­late, so what’s her se­cret to get­ting ready for a big night out? “Leave enough time! There’s noth­ing worse than rush­ing around just be­fore you have to leave.” But don’t take it too se­ri­ously, says Vic­to­ria. “En­joy it – some­times the best part of go­ing out is the get­ting ready. As for when I get home – shoes off. Im­me­di­ately. Es­pe­cially if I’ve been danc­ing.”

WEAR CLOTHES YOU CAN HAVE (AC­TUAL) FUN IN

“I think com­fort is so im­por­tant – you want to feel like you can have fun in what you’re wear­ing, that you can move and dance and re­lax.” That said, Vic­to­ria draws the line at flats. “I al­ways wear a heel to a party – if you can’t dress up at Christ­mas, when can you?” Hear, hear!

Vic­to­ria’s red hot out­fit, all from her pre-spring ’19 col­lec­tion

Roll-neck Dhs2,280 Skirt Dhs4,700 Boots Dhs5,900

Pen­dant neck­lace Dhs1,200 Bracelet Dhs1,200

Sun­glasses Dhs1,450

Dhs5,900

Bag

All avail­able from vic­to­ri­abeck­ham.com

Neck­lace Dhs885 San­dals Dhs3,250

Vic­to­ria with Ed­ward En­nin­ful and David at the Vogue party

Shoe­boots Dhs2,850

Dress Dhs6,100

Dhs455 Keyring

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