Press pause on that holiday packing check list for a moment and instead cast your mind ahead to hazy summer days spent in celebration as we take to the picturesque city of Marrakech for our new editorial feature. Event season is fast approaching and with it undoubtedly comes a plethora of invites that require not just an RSVP but a carefully-planned outfit as well. From polished, city-ready tailoring to dresses that invoke a sense of wanderlust, our event edit is home to the pieces that will ensure it’s not just the occasion but the outfit that’s memorable as well.
A NATURAL SELECTION
No matter how tempting the jumpsuit, it’s still the dress that continues to hold the top spot as our most-loved occasionwear option. Eschew what you think you know about design, however, as here we see directional detailing elevate classic cuts, complex folds transform simple silhouettes and artistic splicing add a dash of the unexpected. Directional? Yes, but rest assured; universally flattering hues make this choice a natural selection.
STRIKE THE BALANCE
Amidst the hustle and bustle of many-a European city there are small, serene oasis’ to be found and this kind of destination requires a look that strikes the pretty-edgy balance. Choose richly-coloured dresses and tops that feel right for somewhere other than home and accessorise with sumptuous suede and gold jewellery; combined they’ll spark intrigue and create a luxe overall aesthetic.
ACCEPTABLE IN THE 80S
A white jumpsuit will forever remain the star of the outfit show, adding a hint of vintage inspiration to your occasionwear line-up whilst channelling the casual-cool mood of summer. If you’re not keen to go down the separates route then this might be the hit of inspiration that you need… it’s the epitome of fashion-focused elegance and it lends itself well to simplistic styling; a pair of metallic heels will offset the look in authoritative style.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Sometimes the simplest looks can be the most effective so don’t eschew dusky neutrals in favour of saccharine shades if brights aren’t usually on your spectrum. Languid lines lend themselves well to a palette of this nature and the two design traits combine to create a dreamlike aesthetic that will bring a sense of softness to city ceremonies as well as sunset soirees.
PUT YOUR TRUST IN FLORALS
The wrap is back this season but not as we know it. Expect irregular hemlines, explosive pattern and a kaleidoscope of colour, combined to create something that’s far removed from the typical 1970s-infused connotations that surround the silhouette. When it comes to print, put your trust in florals but forget delicate and ditsy, instead opting for something more graphic to capture the season’s eclectic spirit.
PART HERITAGE, PART EVENING GLAMOUR
Satin suiting nods to pyjama dressing in the most polished manner possible, elevating a typically relaxed look and fusing one of the season’s most impressionable trends with something more classic. That said, there’s little more perfect-an answer to SS18’s modern romance than tailoring with sheen. Embrace the summer’s unexpected focus on metallics and layer with similarly shimmering separates.
The 9-9 power pant flaunts its versatility with wide-leg silhouettes bringing a sense of nonchalance to event dressing that feels both modern and distinctly wearable. Satin fabrications in rust-coloured tones lend strong shapes a sensual touch and invoke a certain sense of wanderlust that’s saved solely for this look. Silk shirting, half-tucked and styled with shoulder-grazing earrings, steers the aesthetic firmly away from beach bohemia and more towards cultural chic.
GO FOR GLOSS
Sun-drenched days call for something that will glimmer in the light as you walk… enter knife-pleat satin. Tapping into one of the key silhouettes of the season, a full-bodied skirt, cut to graze the calf, will welcome fluidity and movement to day-long events and maintain its relevance for evening as well.
The suit is the cool-girl’s off-duty uniform this season and when imagined in white, it equals instant warm-weather cool. Refreshingly simple, it’s an easy look to elevate, be it with a pop of on-trend colour or the flash of a metallic accessory, and it’s the latter that we’re in favour of now. Why? Because silky, mirror-like fabrications are arguably the most effortless way to shine at whatever high-profile diary entry that you might be dressing for.