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Purple Reign? Here Are The Best Buys In Pantone's 2018 Colour Of The Year

Global colour authority Pantone has just declared its colour of the year for 2018 – and it’s the bluish purple shade called Ultra Violet.

Rihanna, being the trendsetter that she is, immediately gave her nod of approval with a purple on purple on purple look on Instagram – immediately hitting up two trends at once (colour of the year and matchy, tone-on-tone). As for Riri’s striking lip colour, there’s no word yet on the exact shade but she did tag her own cosmetics label, Fenty Beauty, so stay tuned, because it’s likely to sell out.

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While red and green are the usual festive colours, why not try for purple this season?

#1: Metallic mesh mini crossbody bag, $45.90, Zara
We love this cute mini crossbody bag – adorable size aside, the liquid metal finish is totally party-appropriate. #2: Metal drop earrings, $33.90, Topshop
Who says you can’t mix party with a dollop of cool art-girl vibes? #3: Belted asymmetric silk-mousseline blouse, US$1,110 (S$1,500), Balenciaga,
Worn on Balenciaga’s F/W’17 runway, we’d suggest laying this over a pair of jeans. #4: Lurex sweater, Kenzo
Add this shimmery Kenzo number to the sweaters we want to live in for this rainy season. #5: Tencel and linen-blend wrap midi skirt, US$237 (S$320), APiece Apart,
This wrap skirt might just be the closest to the exact shade backed by Pantone. #6: Leather Puzzle bag, Loewe
When we first saw the bags in pastel hues come down the Loewe Spring/Summer 2018 runway (one of our favourites for the season), we were immediately smitten. My bet – it’s going to be one of the biggest bag hits of the season – plus it ties in well with the pastel trend that’s huge for S/S’18. #7: Satin and leather sandals, $775, Longchamp
Remember those minimalist black strappy sandals that have been everywhere (on the red carpet and in stores) for the past two years? As much as they’re versatile, we’d like something a little extra for the party season and this ultraviolet pair by Longchamp fits the bill nicely. #8: Ultraviolet matte lipstick, US$9.99 (S$13.50), H&M
The name says it all on this H&M lippie. #9: Pink gold with diamonds, amethysts and rubellite Divas' Dream necklace, Bvlgari
Want to really glam it up this festive season – or any other time, for that matter? This cascading stunner from Bvlgari will certainly do the trick. #10: Cotton-blend glitter socks, $110, Vetements x Reeboks Edition Classic,
Glitter socks instantly add some fun and school-girl charm to any outfit and can be paired with both sneakers and heels. #11: Glitter leather pumps, $475, Jimmy Choo,
Why not go all out and pair the socks with glitter pumps as well? Plus – under $500 for Jimmy Choo pumps?! Sign us up. #12: Out Of This World nail lacquer, $23, NCLA, Sephora
We’ll be painting this shimmery, holographic shade to attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi screening this weekend. #13: Polyester dress, Kenzo
While this veers closer to a more red-based purple, there’s no denying that this is the ultimate purple party dress of the season.   #14: Fur slides, US$44.99 (S$61), Fenty Puma
If you’re not a heels kind of girl, pairing glitter socks with these louche fur slides make for an unexpectedly cool combination as well. Like this? Check out our super desirable Christmas wish list from Hermes (aka timeless and really can’t go wrong), the best runway looks from Chanel’s latest collection in Hamburg, and the three up-and-coming young labels that do the coolest party clothes. Main image: @badgalriri Instagram