Like Beirut on Thursday, and before that Mumbai, London, Madrid, New York, ... this is a city of light which suffered a harsh blow, but I am sure that there shall always be light, love and help there despite the armies of darkness who would like to have us all disappear back into the Middle Ages... If it were up to me, well we'd keep partying and having a fabulous time, all the while bombing the hell out of the strongholds of the lunatics. And I am sure there is an increasing number of people who, like me, feel that the time for prayer, hope and wait-and-see is over, and that our governments should commit to action.
But hey, enough of this, I am sure you didn't come here to read my thoughts on recent events... How about we think about what to wear to those fabulous parties we will keep attending to shush the naysayers who would like to lock us all up?
One of everyone's key dates on the social calendar leading up to holidays is the office party, but also for a lot of us the client end-of-year cocktails, the team dinners etc. These are usually pleasant affairs, but unlike parties with friends and family they are slightly less relaxed: keep a gracious demeanour, look like you've made an effort but still look professional, try to steer away from the office gossip or the one who drinks a bit too much, don't be the one who drinks too much, etc etc...
First, you can never go wrong with classic black. It's the most flattering colour, it is easy to recycle, and it will look good in any occasion. I love a midi dress this season, and brocade is just gorgeous, isn't it? This would work well for a cocktail or black tie do, and is perfect for client events.
- Black brocade midi dress, Halston Heritage
- Fur collar, Mr & Mrs Italy
- Black silk clutch with crystal clasp, Wilbur & Gussie
- Black platform sandals, very Miu Miu like, but thankfully for my wallet, from Topshop
If, like me, you like something a little more interesting, then the Cosmo collection from Valentino pre-AW2015 is magical. It is a bit pricey, but, like the roses and almond blossoms from a few seasons ago at D&G, I am totally in love and I think I might splurge. It will look fabulous with navy heels (and tights please, a work party doesn't really call for bare legged and mini dressed...) and will be wonderful at a cocktail or a team dinner.
- Cosmo printed dress, Valentino
- Navy suede pointed toe pumps, Gianvito Rossi
- Yellow Metropolis mini bag, Furla
Finally, if you are more of a trousers kind of girl, then consider a jumpsuit. This one comes with an embellished bodice, and is strapless, perfect for the party feel but maybe you will want to keep your shoulders covered with a little tuxedo jacket, at least until everyone has had a few cups of champagne?
- Jumpsuit with embellished bodice, Reiss
- Jewelled box clutch, L.K. Bennett
- Cashmere and lace wrap, Lucy Nagle at NotOnTheHighStreet.com
- Tuxedo jacket, Reiss
- Embellished pointed toe pumps, Jimmy Choo
So there, my little edit for work parties coming up... Do you have any pieces you're eyeing for your upcoming cocktails and client dos?