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The designers reinventing evening style

The designers putting on a modern spin on evening style, from tulle dresses to glittering separates

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The perfect evening look should make you feel chic, confident and, crucially, like your best self. Does it speak to your personal style? Will it still feel relevant in years to come? If you’re looking for a new-season update, a monochrome dress, liberally embellished in sequins works beautifully with accessories in a range of shades including metallic silver or gold. For a more perennial style, opt for a sleek silk or satin gown in midnight blue or black. And if that isn’t standout enough for you, try ultra-pretty embroidered tulle – wear with delicate strappy sandals to amp up the romance. So, which designers should be your go-tos? Read on to discover the latest trends and the designers making them…

All that glitters

With their show-stopping high shine, sequins imbue any outfit with party-ready glamour. What are the modern updates to look for now? Rasario’s slim-fitting black dress features a daring front split and sheer panel around the waist, while Nervi’s ‘Katrine’ dress has a white and silver fil coupé chiffon top that creates a chic contrast with the black skirt. Alternatively, if you prefer the versatility of separates, Rodarte’s coordinating checked blouse and skirt make a bold statement when worn together, or can be styled with different tops, pants or skirts for a sophisticated switch-up. For the perfect finishing touch, look no further than Jeffrey Levinson’s collection of unique and covetable clutch bags. Inspired by design elements from some of the world’s most iconic luxury sports cars (the designer was an executive with Jaguar Cars), the sculptural pieces are red-carpet staples that take a minimum of 20 hours to craft, making one the ultimate luxurious addition to your look.

Cutting edge

The forever-in-fashion column gown never fails to make a sophisticated statement – it looks just as good when worn with a fuss-free up-do and pared-back makeup as it does with a high-octane blow-dry and glossy red lip. At once timeless yet of-the-moment, this season’s one-shouldered and cutaway styles from insider-favorite labels Cushnie and Redemption are a modern wardrobe win. Finish your look with a few pieces of fine jewelry and a sleek metallic clutch bag by Jeffrey Levinson for easy elegance – we particularly love the 18-karat gold-plated style for its irresistible shine.

Sheer delight

This season’s embroidered sheer fabrics are an easy way to inject your closet with a romantic edge, yet are modern enough that they still feel elevated and grown-up. With its simple silhouette, Andrew Gn’s mini black number is an ultra-cool option when you want to make a subtle style statement, while Monique Lhuillier’s blush tulle dress and matching cape are the ideal after-dark choice – the full skirt makes the dress perfect for dinners followed by dancing.

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