Christmas Party Dress Ideas & Accessories

Things to put on your body – Christmas edition

So I’ve been moved permanently to fashion? When I mentioned this to a friend they started laughing at me. The jokes on them though, because yesterday I actually ironed my shirt before putting it on so I’m clearly one with this industry now.

I was going to write this article about how it’s November and we all need to start doing your Christmas shopping now or else your family will burst into flames. I was also going to use SARCASM until I looked at my calendar and realised it is November the 21st as I write this. November 21st. It’s time to panic.

I had already bought most of my Christmas gifts for this year well ahead of time and was sitting on my laurels smugly, but unfortunately the recipient then found and opened them so I’m sort of back where I started. Still, it’s not so bad. I don’t have to worry about a lot of things this December, mostly because I am selfish and have no intention of seeing anyone apart from my mother. I’m sure that you guys will be poncing out to whatever horrendous party you’re inevitably going to be invited to though, and if you’re going to be out in public this December then you’re going to need some fancy new threads. If you’re going to spend the next month being constantly pestered by people you probably don’t even like that much, you might as well look nice doing it.

Yes, yes. I can see it now. Elegant party people sauntering round tasteful loft apartments, exchanging delightful noel fafferies and gift bags full of foot lotion. Ah, stuffing puffed pastries into your mouths with all the abandon of a carefully scripted supermarket advert. Delightful. Christmas is the time of year everyone pretends they’re not poor and blue-collared. If you don’t want to be caught out on the ruse then you’re going to need something nice to wear for that.

In fact you should probably have two. Like sand, ferrero rocher gets everywhere. You’re going to get chocolate on at least one of them. I may not know a lot about what’s appropriate to wear for myself, but I’m sure good at judging other people. I’ve picked out some of my Christmas favourites for your enjoyment. If you’re tired of resorting to the LBD every time you’re threatened with dressing up then try one of these fluttery outfits instead.


These black and white pieces are more approachable than the little black dress, plus look how happy and nonchalant those models are! My favourite is the JS Collection spaghetti strap on the left but sadly, was blessed with a cup size unbefitting of such a neckline. Those with a rack will do better with the Nine West scalloped hem, lest they get marauded by drunk Uncle Peter. Pair with a leg wax and some nice earrings. Both currently on sale at Macy’s.


Little Red Dress. Just as classic but with a more festive feel to it. The sleeveless sheath on the left has a beautiful pleated ray on the waist and can be accentuated with as many accessories as you can carry without falling over. The satin cocktail dress on the right will make you feel like a starlet and has the added joy of coming in both blue and green as well as red, all of which look fabulous. Satin rocks. Both by Calvin Klein.


This Suzi Chin chiffon empire dress comes in chocolate or uh…tomato. Nothing witty here, that is just a gorgeous dress. Has the benefit of being all fluttery as hell while accentuating a larger figure. Oh yeah, that would look fantastic on a bigger chick, mmm ye–ahem! The Evan Picone marilyn cocktail dress comes in a variety of colours too but I think the green would be perfect for Christmas events. It’s currently on sale. Both available at Macy’s.


If you’re feeling particularly daring, why not wear this pristine white Suzi Chin dress into a room full of drunk people holding food? Or if you want a piece you can wear to more than one place try the black Ellen Tracy belted piece which has the added bonus of making you look kind of like a spy. Both currently on sale at Macy’s.


Last night I had a dream that I was wearing a necklace made out of tinsel and it delighted the hell out of me. After a quick totter around the internet I’d like to introduce you to the chintziest piece of junk ever, the ‘Brilliant A-Ray necklace’ from Pam Hiran. It’s like staring into the sun and it will make you look fabulous.


Apparently the pewter look is back in style now too. The hoops on the right are called ‘boyfriend earrings’ and I have no idea what that means. I’ve heard of the boyfriend sweater and the boyfriend jeans among other things, all fabulous for desperate women or girls who want to date…well, girls. I’m just having a hard time understanding what ‘boyfriend earrings’ are supposed to be. Still, they look nice.

I own one pair of shoes I bought from eBay about seven years ago and I don’t even wear them. I have nothing much to say about these pumps. I do really like the buckles though.

Ooh, look! A bag and a watch. It’s Christmas so you clearly need a bag and a watch because you probably don’t already have these and you don’t use your phone to tell the time and I’m tired of writing this now. Sod it. I’m going back to Skyrim.

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Ralph Lauren Rugby vs H&M 2011 Fall Fashion Collection

I was going to write this one about art but then I realised I would have to actually put effort into it so I went for the jackets instead. It’s okay for me, but if you start choosing clothing over work you’re going to get in debt. Remember that.

Anyway, here we go again. Fall clothing designs, this time the Rugby range from Ralph Lauren, and I don’t…I mean, well who is this article even aimed at? Editor? Can people who read our free magazine actually afford Ralph Lauren? Can anybody afford Ralph Lauren? Well, whatever.

I was going to be all objective about this and take it seriously this time but then I saw the price tags and thought, “Ahaha…fashion.”

Oh? You can’t afford a hundred dollars for a sweater? Neither can I.

Listed under their ‘Fall Must Haves’ are four-hundred different kinds of jacket, meaning either they’re doing it wrong or something important happened while I was sleeping. And oh, look! We’re going British country chic this time! Fall colours and fabrics? No? Just…just farming then. Okay. I get it. It’s because our farmers are trapped in a miserable haze of perpetual Autumn.

These are the kind of casual-yet-dressy outfits you’d pick if you lived in a weekend-away brochure. It has the design, fit and style of country living at only three times the price. For the people who will spend a hundred dollars on a rugby shirt, I’m going to let you in on something: there is more to country life than leaning on stiles and gazing over yonder ruddy fields.

I know, I know…you’re staring at this $300 alpaca wool vest and envisioning a weekend cottage getaway in Yorkshire, strolling down pebble pathways with your significant other, wearing matching flat-caps, eating crusty bread. You might even see a real horse too! From across the field! You sure as hell won’t be riding one in $178 pants. Throw away that kind of money on a pair of pants and you won’t be doing anything this Autumn, including leaving your own house or visiting the back garden. Autumn is the season of sludge, rain, wet leaves and hidden poodle doodles. It’s just not practical.

Take a look at the ‘repaired’ slim boyfriend jean. Now, I’m not exactly sure what this name implies. Distressed, perhaps…repaired? That makes no sense to me. Either way, for $148 they will screw up your jeans for you. Fantastic. You must be the most lazy person in the world that you can’t ruin your own jeans by yourself.

This collection amazes me. I don’t really understand why anyone would pay so much money to look like they just woke up and threw something on when you can get that same look for pocket change. Hell, I look like that every day and I haven’t bought new clothes in months. I suppose a lot of people do say that a name-brand purchase always means good quality, but at $400 for a ruffled dress they’d better be lacing it with bloody adamantium.

Okay – formal wear, I get that. If you’ve got somewhere fancy to be then by all means, purchase those expensive outfits that you feel you need. That nice suit for a function, an elegant dress for a dinner or a tailored suit for a business meeting. I suppose that at least several times in your life you’re going to need clothing you didn’t pull out of a bin bag, that’s fine. But why would you spend so much money on casual clothes? You know what’s even more stylish than this $300 herringbone jacket? Not being a total tool with your money.

You either have somewhere important to go and you need something nice to wear or you’re just hanging around and you want something casual – and then there’s no need to dress-down and price-up, especially not when there are so many cheaper alternatives available.

Every time we go through this I suggest the cheaper alternatives. Thrift stores and low brands are just as adequate for everyday items. Yes, I get that they’re not going to last you the next five years but if you’re so keyed in to what you’re wearing that you need an entirely new wardrobe because the season changed, then regardless of the amount of money you drop on it, you’re going to be purchasing something new when next year rolls around anyway. What’s that? Hipsters have overrun your local charity shops? That’s okay! Supermarket brands are just as good with most collections based on the same base designs anyway. I know George at Asda, named Best Supermarket Fashion Range at the Prima High Street Fashion Awards, is currently testing the waters over in your heathen country and with any luck they’ll soon release their brand all over the states.

Until then, why not try something else? Like H&M:

H&M Autumn collection jeans ($19.95). Wear them round the house, to the pub, to the park, wherever. At that price it doesn’t even matter. Wear them anywhere and eventually, one day, just one day…you will wear them out by yourself. And it will be so much more rewarding.

$108 / $14.95

$248 / $17.95

$598 / $34.95

$178 / $49.95

I have never regretted not being able to swear in these articles more than today.

Ralph Lauren, Rugby:
H&M US Store:

Steve Jobs Dead: Apple Co-Founder Dies At 56

From the HuffingtonPost

Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO, has died at the age of 56.

Apple has posted this statement on its website:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

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New York Fashion Week Day 3 Recap

A lot of the images currently on the MB Fashion site aren’t working right now so I can’t do so much on the several designers whose work isn’t currently accessible. I was going to wait until the pretty dresses popped up later and give you a ridiculously late article but then I thought why? I don’t care.

So, day 3 of the New York Fashion Week draws inexplicably on and on with loads more designers showing their new Spring collections. What can I say? That is a lot of clothes. Enough to fit in two or three or maybe even four wardrobes. At some point I think the designers expect people to wear these items out to work or to lunch and I don’t think all of them properly thought this through.


Monique Lhullier

Monique Lhullier started the day with a live steam and then showed later in the evening. She had some amazing things to look at. Hers was a collection of mostly dresses, including some amazing evening dresses made out of messy-printed fabrics. The best of these was the white and blue dress shown below of ink being poured into water, cut in ultra-formal style.


Pink Tartan

Kimberly Newport-Mimran was the third designer of the day and her collection was pretty retro. A few of her dresses looked like they were taken straight from the 60s and others were just tweaks of older designs. Sometimes I don’t understand why anybody bothers buying new clothes anymore. I think the only piece that was different was the jacket and short pants look shown below, and that is quite ugly. I was also left with the worry that somebody might really try to bring shiny trousers back.


When I saw the models in jerseys and baggy sleeves I didn’t think I’d like this collection at all and as I rifled through, a few of the pieces were downright ugly. However, the more I look at these outfits and the more I keep scrolling back and forth, the more they’re starting to grow on me. I actually like the idea of being able to wear something as practical and sporty like the whatever-sporty-thing-this-is as casual wear.

Pairing a blazer with shorts should never be acceptable though.


It just doesn’t make sense to put that much see-through material into an outfit you’re expecting someone to wear outside. Still, silly catwalk rabble aside, the ADAM spring collection is great if you don’t need to work or do anything practical. It seems like it would be perfect for lazing around your inexplicable beach-front house and spending forty minutes picking out watermelons. Or going to bed.


Well, that about wraps it up for day 3 of the New York Fashion Week. That was pretty interesting. Boy, do I really love looking at all those clothes. All those adjective-adjective-adjective clothes. I wonder what amazing new things they’re going to do with skirts and shirts next.

Check back for more articles. Maybe tomorrow we’ll see some hats too! That’d be neat.


NY Fashion Week, 11th

Katya Leonovich
Lela Rose
Derek Lam
Tracy Reese
Diane Von Furstenberg
Jen Kao
Custo Barcelona
Tommy Hilfiger
Timo Weiland




Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: [Link]

Pink Tartan – [Link]
Monique Lhullier – [Link]
Lacoste – [Link]
Son Jung Wan – [Link]

New York Fashion Week – Day 2 Recap

Ah, it’s the third day of the MB Fashion Week and I still have no idea what I’m talking about. There’s only so many dresses I can look at before I run out of adjectives and have to start admitting that, yes, it’s just a piece of clothing. I’m also becoming suspicious as to how long Fashion Week actually goes on for. It can’t be…an actual week, can it? Anyway, let’s get on with the second day of the Spring 2012 – wait, SPRING? IT’S SPRING? Now I’m going to have to go back and rewrite the first article!


The 9th kicked off with the first of the features from Emerson. Hers is a modest collection of flouncy light fabrics in greys, blues and monochromes. Not a single piece reached below the knees. I don’t know where you guys are going to be this Spring, but here in the UK we won’t be having shorts-weather for another, oh, decade? (Depending on how long you leave your car running.)

She then came out on the runway for a wave wearing baggy trousers and a jacket, so I don’t even know.

Emerson - ny fashion week


Electric Feathers

Electric Feathers followed up with what appears to be some very Grecian-inspired designs in a myriad of colours and fabrics, a lot of which were very shiny, so that was nice. They paired their anciently elegant sweeping styles with hideous flat shoes for an overall look that left me feeling incredibly confused.

ElectricFeathers - ny fashion week


General Idea

Some men came down the runway and they were wearing shorts and fake ties and bright or pastel colours. Some of them had sunglasses and hats on but not one of them didn’t look like a tool. Then the designer Bumsuk Choi came out himself, looking incredibly stylish and fashionable, and once again I don’t even know.



Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor’s models looked a little otherworldly in her collection. Her lengthy-yet-sparing items were mostly in ethereal yellows and pearl colours. Tragedy struck halfway through when one of her girls turned sideways to complete a circuit and vanished into thin air. The search is still ongoing but will have to be called off soon for the next runway show.

RebeccaTaylor NY fashion week


Mara Hoffman

Hoffman’s clothing is…actually kind of exciting. Her outfits are mostly bold printed silks with colourful patterns or incredibly classy white pieces brought out by ethnic-styled jewellery and silly shoes. She’s clearly taken inspiration from a few different cultures here and clashed them altogether in a fun collection. Totally useless for casual wear, though.

MaraHoffman - ny fashion week


Nicole Miller

Miller’s collection consisted of well-cut outfits in a range of hideous patterns, whose atrocity was rivalled only by their clashing colours. It looks like she robbed the set of an 80’s dance club scene. I saw something very similar to this on my aunt once, but at the time I chalked it up to the fact that she’d just moved in with a hippy and all the healing crystals were making her go a bit funny.

NicoleMiller ny fashion week


Cynthia Rowley

I was too distracted by the shiny gold runway to properly look at the clothes because I was checking the models for upskirts. Didn’t find any though. I think there were some…skirts or dresses or something? Also some snazzy printed silks and I think one of them had a handbag. I don’t know.

CynthiaRowley - ny fashion week


Falguni & Shane Peacock

Oh, here they are! Ridiculously silly catwalk fashions that we can’t be seen dead in because we live normal lives and have to carry our own luggage. I suppose that feathered swimsuit is all well and good but I just can’t see myself going to the supermarket wearing a plastic harness and a robotic disco eye.

Couldn’t find a picture yet, but I’m pretty sure this sums it up well enough for now.


Okay, that kind of concludes day 2 of the MB Fashion Week and I am slowly losing the will to live. Join me tomorrow so we can look at more dresses and pants and things, where I will also be asking the question ‘Why do all the models look so depressed?’

I deserve a nap. In the spirit of fashion week I think I shall put a hat on.


NY Fashion Week, 10th
Monique Lhullier
Pink Tartan
Jill Stuart
Son Jung Wan
Vivienne Tam
Farah Angsana
Charlotte Ronson
Rafael Cennamo
Eva Minge


Links & Sources

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: [Link]

Emerson: [Link]
Electric Feathers: [Link]
General Idea: [Link]
Rebecca Taylor: [Link]
Mara Hoffman: [Link]
Nicole Miller: [Link]
Cynthia Rowley: [Link]
Falguni & Shane Peacock:  [Link]

New York Fashion Week – Day 1 Recap

Yesterday I was notified that I’d be covering the NY Fashion Week for you all, which started, well, yesterday. After promptly forgetting about it I went to bed, waking up at 3pm today only to discover that apparently things still happen even when you’re not looking at them.

As punishment for sleeping on the job I was forced to actually do some work and under duress I hammered out an article only to later discover that I’d written it about the Autumn fashions instead. Well, I did warn you all about sticking me on dress duty. Repeatedly. From a mountaintop.

I’m not sorry. I am but a small-town girl who has not yet even experienced Autumn, let alone started considering my Spring wardrobe. (Hint: it’s the same one I’m wearing now.) I’d apologise to you all but I’ve never taken the blame for anything in my life and I’m not about to start now, so I’ll just give you this complete rewrite.

Now, as far as I can tell the inspiration for this/next/whenever Spring fashion is ancient Greece. This is sure to mean fluttery fabrics abound, things-that-are-almost-togas, long senatorial outfits, belts made of rope, silly revamps of the bound sandals and probably some ridiculous twisty-towel headdresses.

That said, I’m still looking forward to seeing some stupid catwalk outfits and I’m still hoping someone will fall over. Fingers crossed!


Nicholas Kunz

So the first designer on show at the New York Fashion Week was Nicholas K with a collection I’m definitely now able to say…looks exactly like his Autumn collection. But flouncier.

Keeping with all the layers and casual scruffy hang of his last outfits he’s gone with the same overall theme as his previous collection and yet it’s not as exciting now. It just doesn’t feel as honest and unpretentious as his Autumn clothing did. These are fabrics for warmer weather. They look the part, being light and airy, and if you can go light and airy then all those different layers suddenly become totally unecessary. What was previously charming and snuggly is now just a design gimmick.


Porter Grey

Porter Grey has finally decided that it’s going to be casual wear and has given us some incredibly normal outfits. Do I like them? Not really. The shorts and blazer below look like boxer shorts and the dress in the middle has all the tailoring of a wrapped towel without the waist. That said, Porter Grey might have a tendency to create clothes that are unremarkable and will suit a wide variety of situations. Sadly, most of those situations are for advertising yachts.


BCBG Max Azria

Needless to say, I only wear dresses that are absolutely festooned with ruffles and so my preferences lean more towards the formal wear further down, but what makes the BCBGMAX Spring outfits so great is their versatility. They wouldn’t look out of place at a casual gathering but are still lovely enough to feel quite special. Definitely a favourite.


Richard Chai

So Richard Chai has pulled some sort of gender swap with his models this year, decking his girls in masculine colours and shoes and the men in bright pastel colours. Apparently the idea was that as long as they put makeup on the females everybody would know who was what. Experiment failed.


Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji once again brings us some beautiful pieces with this classic evening-wear for the ladies. These gorgeous gowns are elegant enough that you’ll probably never be able to afford them and dramatic enough that you wouldn’t have anywhere to wear them even if you could. That said…oh, pretty…



The irony of what I previously wrote about Candela is just hitting me now after mixing up their Autumn and Spring fashions. The statement, I probably couldn’t tell the difference between these designs and ones we’ve seen countless times… was oddly prophetic. The craziest part about this is that even after discovering the new collection I would still say the same damn thing. These retro outfits are okay, but a pointless showcase that could have been better used for someone new with fresh ideas.

Well, there we have it for the first day of the New York Fashion Week, again. I’ve already written the article for the second day so I’m not going to promise you a lot of things I won’t bother sticking to. At the rate we’re going by the time we get to the last days I’m just going to be doodling all over the webpage.

Anyway, check out the second article for some excerpts from the more heavily packed 9th schedule which has plenty of other designers to look at. And a robot.


NY Fashion Week, 9th

Electric Feathers
Luca Luca
Rebecca Taylor
Mara Hoffman
Helen Yarmak
Tommy Hilfiger
Nicole Miller
Cynthia Rowley
Falguni & Shane Peacock

Links & Sources:

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: [Link]
Nicholas K: [Link]
Porter Grey: [Link]
Richard Chai: [Link]
Tadashi Shoji: [Link]
Candela: [Link]
Getty images: [Link]