And so the countdown to New Year’s Eve begins. From Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly, take outfit inspiration from fashion’s most iconic women, says Vogue’s fashion features editor Ellie Pithers
“Little black fitted shift dresses, ropes of pearls, low-heeled courts, glittering earrings and elbow-length opera gloves – Audrey Hepburn had her elegant evening look down pat.
“With a figure like a Paris mannequin and the couture tastes to match, Hepburn’s classy, classic style has ensured her permanent place in fashion history. Luckily it’s a formula that’s easily replicated: choose a fitted black dress as a blank canvas for ladylike accessories and you’ll be well on your way to party perfection.”
“The 1946 film Gilda gave the world the image of Rita Hayworth as we remember her now: a total knock-out. In a bustier satin dress, hip cocked, cigarette in hand, red hair flowing around her sinuous shape, she became every male’s fantasy – a stark contrast to her everyday style of high-waisted slacks and comfy shoes.
“There’s a lesson there: evening offers a window of opportunity for unabashed glamour. Offset a curve-enhancing dress with a faux fur shrug and plenty of jewels and unleash a more sultry persona.”Shop now
“If dresses leave you cold, make Katharine Hepburn, the ultimate icon of borrowed-from-the-boys dressing, your style icon. An early female adopter of trousers, she favoured a wide-legged style and radiated confidence – the crucial accessory for any party (alongside this season’s oversized earrings).
“For a modern update, why not try a pair of wide-legged trousers with a lacy camisole top, or a jumpsuit paired with some strappy heels and a statement clutch?”Shop now
“Everyone’s favourite fairytale princess played her royal role with aplomb, fully embracing every facet of her Olympian beauty. Whether dripping in jewels or wrapped up in a silk scarf to disguise a bad hair day, Grace Kelly exhibited self-possession like no other.
“She knew her best asset was her trim waist and drew attention to it at every opportunity, whether in a tight-fitting satin sheath dress or a flowing full-skirted gown. Channel her goddess-like allure with a feminine silhouette, flushed cheeks and a slick of pink lipstick.”Shop now
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