Lace and luxe for evening

Elisa Cowen previews the evening­wear col­lec­tions coming to a store near you for spring/sum­mer 2013

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Fashion -

VIN­TAGE glam­our, a 1960s edge and a party sprit that harks back to the Ju­bilee and Olympics — th­ese are the keynotes for evening­wear this sea­son. At Af­ter Dark and Af­ter Dark Plus, in north Lon­don, Dou­glas Griver notes that: “Lace ap­pliqués on tightly gath­ered tulle and chif­fon give fab­ric in­ter­est, while jewel colours are of­ten flesh-lined to soften the tone and give a young, sexy look. Cap sleeves are a favourite, but tip­ping-the-shoul­der fichu neck­lines are this sea­son’s must-have.”

At Ju­dith of Wanstead, in Es­sex, “it is ex­cep­tion­ally colour­ful this sum­mer” with ma­te­ri­als from linen to man-made and cot­ton stretch, from names such as Joseph Ribkoff.

John Charles is a favourite at Mary’s of En­field, in Hod­des­don and this sum­mer the la­bel is fo­cus­ing on the Jackie O look, sub­tle pas­tel shades such as heather and blos­som and del­i­cate vin­tagey lace de­tail.There are also strik­ing flo­ral prints which have that sum­mery, spe­cial-oc­ca­sion feel.

Draped fuch­sia dress with sparkle and belt de­tail, Ju­dith of Wanstead, prices as be­fore

Svelte and se­quinned from Ju­dith of Wanstead, prices as be­fore

Goldie wrapover lace de­sign by Bern­shaw £315

Etoile slinky dress by Bern­shaw, £359

Camille short dress with cut-out by Bern­shaw £275

Lace-over­lay dress, Ju­dith of Wanstead, where prices range from £300 to £2,000

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