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Womenswear: High-Octane Fashion

Our favourite fashion houses prove that all that glitters isn't gold
By: Harriet de Vere

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By: Harriet de Vere
High-Octane Fashion

High-Octane Fashion

Our favourite fashion houses prove that all that glitters isn't gold

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We’re getting a much-needed boost from some frivolous, feelgood pieces. Hand-picked off-shoulder dresses and studded shirts from Shrimps and Ganni will bring a sense of fun to the most intimate of gatherings, whilst Dries Van Noten’s decadent detailing is guaranteed to be good for the soul.

“Count on Shrimps to steal the spotlight – Simone Rocha’s mismatched, mother-of pearl earrings are the perfect accompaniment to the British brand’s childlike, scatterbrain take on glamour.”

“Dents’ shimmering opera gloves are the can’t-live-without winter accessory you didn’t know you needed – do ladylike the new season way and layer over Erdem’s bewitching, floral silk gown.”

Christopher Kane Velvet Crystal Bow Dress

“Christopher Kane does grown-up attire for after-dark like no other. Adorned with an OTT, crystal-smothered bow, this off-shoulder gown will catch every light (and eye) in the room.

“Bernadette makes another winning case for nightwear-as-eveningwear with this crimson slip dress. No matter the time of year, no one can resist a low back - especially set off by Simon Rocha’s dripping, icicle-like earrings.”

“Play the decadent minimalist in Loewe’s Lavalliere gown. Draped satin construction and a pussy-bow neckline show Creative Director JW Anderson’s ability to riff on well-mannered, classic silhouettes at its peak.

“Balance the rock-and-roll styling of ALEXACHUNG’s leather mini-skirt against Erdem’s pretty Peter Pan-collar shirt - proving that preppiness and glamour are not mutually exclusive.”

“Joseph has been a go-to for simple British luxury since its ‘70s inception. This silky trench coat takes an everyday staple into evening – an elevated, frivolous piece of tailoring that adds a sumptuous layer to this most-perfect of slip dresses.”

“If you want playful, you go Ganni. Paired with artist Anissa Kermiche’s decadently tasselled earrings, this shirt is a youth-infused, high-shine take on the Western styles that were seen on the season’s catwalks.”

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