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The Fashion Memo

Your guide to elegant date-night style

Whether ‘date night’ involves a gallery visit, a special-occasion meal or even a weekend away, you can leave the wardrobe planning to us. By FRANCESCA HARLING

Model wears dress by Monse. Clockwise from top left: earrings, Sophie Buhai; mini dress, Blazé Milano; Goldie Red 25 lipstick, Gucci Beauty; bag, Paco Rabanne; mules, Porte & Paire; bag, Saint Laurent; shoes, The Attico; coat, Faz Not Fur

The dinner date

Nothing says elegant yet seductive quite like a luxe silk or satin dress. A ’90s-inspired slip dress makes an understated impression that is guaranteed to wow your dinner date. It’s easy to fall in love with Materiel’s vermilion number, with a plunging neckline that is the perfect counterpoint to its flowing, fluted skirt. Contrast the light-as-air feel by adding a textured coat on top: a faux fur coat is your go-to for an extra dose of glamour, while tweed and mohair jackets will pare things back for a more casual feel. For a luxe finish, complete the look with strappy gold sandals and matching gold jewelry.


The gallery visit

Whether you’re pondering over oil paintings produced by an Old Master or making your way through a contemporary light installation, you’ll want to look artfully, yet effortlessly, chic. A precision-cut blazer is your perfect ally for a pulled-together style that is still comfortable. A silk blouse lends an opulent feel, so layer your blazer over Chloé’s graphic number – the ladylike necktie ensures a refined look – and complement the rust tones with leather pants in an earthy tone. Bottega Veneta’s slouchy shoulder bag is an ideal day-to-night accessory should your gallery outing end with a cocktail or two.

Model wears pants, and blouse, both by Chloé. Clockwise from top left: bag, The Sant; blazer, Frankie Shop; necklace, Rasa x Anna Beck; shoes, Rejina Pyo; bag, Bottega Veneta; shoes, Aquazzura; pants, Vince
Model wears sports bra, Girlfriend Collective; hoodie, Stella McCartney; leggings, Ernest Leoty; sneakers, Veja. Clockwise from top left: jacket, Adidas by Stella McCartney; sports bra, Ernest Leoty; belt bag, Perfect Moment; parka, All Access; sneakers, Veja; quartz bottle, Glacce; boots, Grenson; leggings, All Access

A sporty expedition

Off on a romantic ski holiday? Or perhaps you’ve arranged to hike up the Grand Canyon? Whether you end up in a chalet or on a mountaintop, we’ve got you covered. Both comfort and warmth are essential when channeling your inner explorer, so quilted jackets trimmed with merino wool are your golden ticket for remaining cozy yet chic. Balance puffer jackets with fitted pants to elongate your silhouette – seek out flared bottoms that add a cool ’70s edge. Chunky combat boots that give you grip and stability happen to be very on-trend right now, enabling you to conquer whatever your adventure entails, while looking photo-ready. Complete the look with a luxe cashmere hat and matching gloves.

The weekend getaway

Are you heading off on a romantic weekend away? Elevated day dresses – such as Zimmermann’s whimsical floor-length floral gown that was inspired by creative director Nicky Zimmermann’s childhood memories – can take you from daytime to dinner. By day, pair it with neutral-hued accessories, such as Mark Cross’s rattan and leather box bag and Prada’s coffee-colored, block-heeled sandals. For after hours, look no further than Laura Lombardi for exquisite, ethical jewelry. Each piece is meticulously hand-crafted in New York using recycled brass that has been delicately plated with gold.

Model wears dress by Zimmermann. Clockwise from top left: bag, Saint Laurent; Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish color corrector; necklace, Laura Lombardi; bag, Mark Cross; sandals, Aquazzura; heeled sandals, Prada; skirt, Caroline Herrera


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