…I love dressing up. I’ll embrace any and every opportunity to make an effort, even if it’s just supper with friends – which, over the last couple of years, is all there has been to dress up for. This summer, however, events are back; weddings, birthdays, drinks, dinners – ’tis the season for celebrating. After so many evenings spent in tracksuit bottoms, now’s the moment to embrace glitz and glamour in their full glory. So, we wanted to put together an extra-dazzling issue full of inspiration to get you back into the swing of occasionwear.
We kick things off with our occasionwear Trend Report, in which we’ve combed through the SS22 catwalks to find the chicest looks with wow factor. From molten metallics and statement bows to cocktail suiting and the revamped LBD, there are timeless ideas that work for every event.
Do you have an occasionwear dilemma on your hands? If so, you’re not alone. We’ve been inundated with questions about event dressing from our readers, so in our Ask Laura feature, I’ve compiled the seven most-asked and put together my fail-safe style solutions. I hope you find something that helps!
Once you’ve found your perfect party outfit, it’s time to think about accessories. Not only will the right shoes and bag take an already impressive look up a notch, they can breathe new life into a well-loved piece and even transform everyday styles into something extra-special. On pages 5 and 6 we’ve rounded up this season’s showstoppers.
Speaking of showstoppers, our obsession with cocktail jewellery has been well and truly reignited. Turn to page 7, where we’ve handpicked the most exquisite earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings that are guaranteed to add glamorous glow to any party look.
Finally, we’re delighted to welcome Carmen Borgonovo back to the ICONS Update. As the co-founder and creative director of Borgo De Nor, Carmen is well-versed in the art of the perfect party dress. I am a huge fan of her personal style, too, especially when it comes to events: think sunshine colour, cha-cha heels and beautiful accessories. She shares what’s on her hotlist on page 4.
We’ve had a lot of fun putting this issue together, so I hope you have just as much fun reading it. Whatever occasions are in your calendar, this season the dress code is “don’t hold back”.
Laura (& Petro) xxx