Mega dresses, discocore bags and rhinestones

    (Turn)

(Turn)

The weather is gloomy and the news even gloomier, and yet the holiday season glistens temptingly on the horizon, its promise of glamorous nights and extravagant outfits helping us through the fall of discontent. “Women want to dress up and go out again,” says Heather Gramston, womenswear manager at Browns Fashion. “We expect it to be a huge party season.”

    (River Island)

(River Island)

Wondering what to wear? More this season is definitely more: “Our client is drawn to special occasion outfits, choosing emotional and edgy pieces to make them feel good,” says Liane Wiggins, womenswear manager at Matches Fashion, which has expanded its eveningwear section 113% for winter.

    (Ilta Studio)

(Ilta Studio)

So whether you’re planning an outfit for a big night at the office, a drink at home, or a night out on the tiles, here are six of the top trends you need to know.

disco core

    (Silvia Astore)

(Silvia Astore)

From Beyoncé’s house and disco inspired album Renaissance, from its giant disco ball and ’70s silver lamé dress-infused imagery, to Kim Kardashian’s recently launched Skims disco line (yes, she brought back the iconic American Apparel disco pants), ultra-shiny Studio 54 fashion is back big; as evidenced by the 2.4 million views for “disco fashion” on TikTok.

    (Jonathan Simkhai)

(Jonathan Simkhai)

The Google search for disco pants alone has soared 145% in the past three months, and the season’s party editions are brimming with glittery, peppery pieces. “Expect sparkles, feather details, sheer materials and crystal galore for evening wear this season,” says Gramston. Wallflowers do not need to apply.

Platforms

    (Matches fashion)

(Matches fashion)

“For me, the shoe trend of the season is over-the-top mega platforms,” ​​says Gramston, who reviews Browns’ dizzying styles at Valentino, MACH & MACH, Amina Muaddi and Prada. And Wiggins agrees: “For Fall ’22, we’ve expanded our selection by +416%, with options for all occasions, including metallics, patents and velvets.

    (Anthropology)

(Anthropology)

We recently launched exclusive festive velvet heels with Mach & Mach and D’Accori continues to be a best seller offering great pop colors and embellished styles. For more budget-friendly elevation, try the ’70s platform OG Terry from Havviland, a London-based label whose multicolored shimmering “Non Stop Disco” style (£295) Carrie rocked in the recent “And just like that,” New knotted velvet numbers from Australian brand Loeffler Randall (£390), or Kurt Geiger, who have plenty of party rigs for under £100.

From mini to maxi

    (De La Vali)

(De La Vali)

Once the preserve of discerning revelers, jumpsuits and jumpsuits are set to become the ghosts of Christmas past this season, as good old-fashioned party dress enjoys a fair and proper renaissance. Shelves will be overflowing with absolutely fabulous dresses – Matches, for example, has increased its “remarkable dresses” offering by 56% – and the best of the bunch come sweeping the floor or well above the knee.

    (Nafsika Skourti)

(Nafsika Skourti)

“We champion glamorous silhouettes, sequins, velvet and crystal embellishments to meet the needs of our customers who want to make a statement this holiday season,” says Wiggins.

Blingy bags

    (Matches fashion)

(Matches fashion)

If you’re sticking with your trusty LBD, why not brighten it up with some sparkly arm candy? Whether it’s a delightful design embellished with rhinestones, something silver or Paco Rabanne’s signature chain mail, this winter’s coolest clutches are high on shine and therefore very happy.

    (Marina Raphael)

(Marina Raphael)

Beneditta Bruzziches, Marina Raphael and Cult Gaia are the names to know for high-quality rhinestone totes, but dazzling rhinestone finds abound.

Feathered boleros

    (Coast)

(Coast)

Nothing ruins a glamorous outfit like a scruffy raincoat thrown over it, and with temperatures finally dropping, rushing from bar to bar without a jacket is no longer an option. Fur is still a comfortable yet cool choice, but for those looking to expand their evening wear wardrobe this winter, a feather bolero is definitely the way to go.

    (Mango)

(Mango)

Influencer Camille Charrière’s collaboration with Mango, which went live today, features a cropped one that comes in apple green or peach, while Coast and Karen Millen both offer a longer jacket shape ( almost identical) which comes in a whole range of colors, from muted dusty blue to bright fuchsia.

Recycled sequins

    (Phase Eight)

(Phase Eight)

Magpie dressing may have a moment, but the flakes, which are mostly made from microplastics, are polluting the planet. Luckily, there’s a growing movement toward long-lasting shine.

    (Germanic)

(Germanic)

Central St Martin alum Kevin Germanier uses only recycled sequins (along with crystals and beads) for his OTT party pieces, sourced from leftover fabrics at factories in China, while others Big names Conner Ives and Matty Bovan rely on the Sustainable Sequin Company, which sells sequins made from recycled plastic. Even Phase Eight has added several recycled sequin dresses this season and intends to recycle all of its sequins by next year.

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