The modern way of acing formal wear (a la Grace Coddington’s embroidered silk PJs at this year’s Met Gala) is not about dress length, but how fancy – feathers, jewels et al – you look. By Imran Jalal.
1 Mademoiselle Prive Coromandel Dial Panache Azure 18K white gold watch with diamonds on alligator strap, $360,300, Chanel Fine Jewellery 2 Chanel No. 5 EDP, $108 3 Lace and feather off-shoulder dress, Topshop 4 Piers Atkinson velvet and lace mask, $900, Pedder On Scotts 5 Flame18K white gold ring with yellow and white diamonds, $60,700, Larry Jewelry 6 Tom Ford Lips And Boys Theo lipstick, $50 7 Cotton-blend top, Vivienne Westwood 8 Polyamide capelet with beads, $99, Mango 9 Erilyn Bell polyester, silk and nylon-blend ballgown skirt, $1,800, Alice + Olivia 10 Lilyth leather sandals with velvet, satin and tulle, $1,375, Jimmy Choo
11 Fowler Motif beaded silk dress, $1,650, Alice + Olivia 12 The Jeweller’s Secret 18K white gold pocket watch with mother-of-pearl, pink sapphires, pearls and diamonds, Harry Winston 13 Velvet tuxedo jacket, Topshop 14 Paris Nouvelle Vague 18K yellow gold necklace with lapis lazuli and diamonds, Cartier 15 Starsome nappa leather minaudiere, Bonia 16 Duke metal necklace with crystals, $1,550, Swarovski 17 Omnia Indian Garnet EDT and miniature spray, $318
18 Estee Lauder Carousel Solid Perfume Compact in Pleasures, $999, Level 1 Robinsons The Heeren 19 Diva High Jewellery 18K pink gold watch with coral, onyx and diamonds, Bulgari 20 Cascade 18K white gold waterfall necklace with yellow and white diamonds, $324,300, Larry Jewelry 21 Lierre de Lumiere 18K white gold watch with diamonds, Boucheron 22 Violet jacquard and tulle bustier gown, $10,560, Alexander McQueen 23 Leather shoulder bag with crystals and Plex, Miu Miu 24 Polyester ballgown skirt, $1,240, CH Carolina Herrera 25 Gedebe Veronique velvet pumps with crystals, $1,100, Pedder On Scotts Photography Elvina Farkas/Anue Management, assisted by Mich Tan & Lucas Milone Styling Imran Jalal, assisted by Hema Hair Ken Wong/Duo Makeup Benedict Choo, using Shu Uemura Model Milena Z/Mannequin Location W Singapore Sentosa Cove Outfit & brooch Chanel Clutch Kate Spade An adapted version first appeared in Female’s December issue, out on newsstands now. Like this? These dainty necklaces, braclelets and rings are perfect for a dinner date.