The Best New-Season Partywear Is Bright, Shimmering & Risque

By Jessica Beresford
Photo / Samiira Wali for volume seven of Viva Magazine

One unanimous theme for the new season is loud occasionwear, the kind you can’t help but make a statement in.

Bright flashes of colour, shimmering details and risque sheer gowns proliferated the runways, as did over-the-top accessories.

Bottega Veneta’s runway show featured slinky lingerie-inspired dresses accented with sequins and feathers

Dresses in single, bright colours also played a starring role: Valentino’s collection featured a round of hot-pink looks, including a draped floor-length gown and embellished mini; lilac frocks appeared on the runway at Jil Sander and Acne Studios; and fire-engine red punctuated collections by Versace, Alexander McQueen and Alaïa.

“Everyone is ready to party again,” says Muse Boutique owner Olivia Vincent Healy, who stocks brands including Budapest-based Nanushka, Los Angeles-based Anine Bing and Sydney-based Matteau.

“I love a bold red dress most of our designers have added one to their collection for resort.”

Viva Shops

Step on to the dancefloor in an outfit that gets the party started.

Saturated in satin: Ruby satin mini dress $369.

A high-octane matching set: Jojo Ross silk top $339 and trousers $349.

Budget-friendly but beautiful: Zara metallic thread knit dress $75.90.

For the relaxed yet sophisticated at heart: Poster Girl draped crystallised top, $1085, from Desordre.

Go hands-free and dance away: Emma Jing silk ruffle belt bag $249.

The retro option: Missoni dress trousers, $1399, from World.

For sequins, sequins, sequins: Blair Wheeler houndstooth sequin dress $975.

Gloriously long and sumptuous: La DoubleJ sequin dress, $1450, from Muse.

For something shiny: Georgia Jay bag $470.

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