#1: The Party Dress: The Ready-To-Wear “Couture” Dress 


Because Cristobal Balenciaga-style silhouettes – voluminous, sculptural, bell-shaped – make anyone look dressed up. Now, they’re on midi, slip-on-and-go dresses at brands from MSGM to No. 21. Molly Goddard silk crepe babydoll dress, price unavailable, Dover Street Market Singapore. Plexiglas and PVC mules, $1,350, Givenchy

…Or The Relaxed “Bridal” Gown


Think weekend-friendly, lace numbers in white or cream that are peppered throughout the Resort collections (Dior, Chloe, you name it). Hey, if it’s good enough for a nuptial celebration, it’s great for any occasion. Lace tunic, price unavailable, Chloe. Plexiglas and PVC mules, $1,350, Givenchy

Photography Zaphs Zhang Styling Imran Jalal Hair & Makeup Sha Shamsi using Ketine and Tom Ford Model Marinet/Mannequin

#2: The Holiday Essential: The Camp Shirt


Not by way of kitschy Liberace, but the loose, straight-cut, short-sleeved top that’s the foundation of Hawaiian and bowling shirts, distinguished by a soft collar. In graphic, yet sophisticated motifs, and polished fabrics like crepe de Chine (Michael Kors) and nappa leather (Miu Miu), Resort 2018’s renditions elevate vacation staples like shorts and maxi skirts – tourist chic the Aman, not “oh man” way.

Michael Kors Collection
Miu Miu

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#3: The IT Party Shoes… Are Ballroom Inspired

Fans of Dancing with the Stars would be no strangers to these sandals – typically T-bar, with flare-shaped (read: steady) heels that go no higher than 8cm (read: ever steadier), and made for a long night on the dance floor. The design lets one turn and swirl in ways to rival Nicole Scherzinger while staying stable, and now brands such as Diane von Furstenberg and Bally have their own flashy, fashionable updates. For that, we give the trend a perfect 10.

Nappa leather sandals, $1,290, Bally. Silk dress, Emporio Armani.
Leather sandals, Gucci.
Leather sandals, $500, Diane von Furstenberg. Mohair skirt with feathers, $4,520, Prada.

Prices unavailable unless stated.

Photography Zaphs Zhang Styling Imran Jalal Model Darina/Mannequin

This story first appeared in Female’s December 2017 issue. 

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