Published: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 9:20:19 AM

It's party time!

Making a statement: Hugo Boss

Making a statement: Hugo Boss

The time is nigh to bid adieu to 2013 and ring in the New Year — but of course, in fabulous style.

TODAY, being Christmas, it’s all about strengthening the bonds between loved ones. It is a beautiful occasion for celebrating the holiday season in high spirits and joyful abandon.

Then comes the 31st – now, that is when the true partying starts. New Year’s Eve countdowns are often the best excuse to go all out and have fun. That said, they warrant for everyone to look their most to stylish too.

What to wear, you may ask? It really depends on your plans for the night. If you’re heading to a club, then expect everyone to be in their trendiest garb. Having a cocktail soiree at home? Sophisticated glam is the right way to go.

There are a myriad of choices to be had. Various chic options can very well help you end the old year in style and start the new year with a bang. It’s just a matter of picking the right outfit.

Here’s a look at some of the collections from different fashion brands that can help get your party on.

DKNY’s designs meet every guy and gal’s needs.

Modern deluxe

DKNY Jeans has a range of clothing that can pretty much meet any need. It just depends on how a person mixes and matches them, as well as style up different pieces for a specific look.

The brand’s womenswear mixes cutting-edge fabrics with innovative denim treatments. While structured trenches and biker jackets are paired with softer shapes, tweed-like cottons come mixed with cupro.

Go soft in draped tops and skirts, or feminine dresses. Otherwise, toughen it up with a military-inspired jacket or a cape with touches of denim. Innovative prints play throughout the collections too.

The menswear embraces modernity with classic shapes. Easy fits, architectural colour blocking and traditional silhouettes, these are given a new twist with standout piecing details.

There is the casual route – cargo pants, coated denim, chambray and Herringbone, or with regular denim, grey selvedge and graphic prints. Formal finds include jackets paired with geometric prints, heat press-coated denim and festive knits.

Clean lines from Calvin Klein.

Sleek and dressy

Calvin Klein features a clean aesthetic – circa the 1960s. This is however updated with pared down, effortless and thoroughly contemporary designs throughout the offerings.

Architectural, dimensional shapes and a juxtaposition of hard and soft lines, plus textures, depict the core of the womenswear range. Details such as buttons are kept minimal or removed totally to illustrate its clean, unfettered leanings.

Want to layer? Look out for cocoon coats with rounded shoulders and without collars, tailored lapel-less blazers with nipped waists, and pair them with tapered pants cropped at the ankles, amongst others.

The menswear keeps things trim and tailored, with graphic square necklines making strong appearances throughout. Leather accents on jackets, as well as discreet zipper detailing are some of the highlights.

Sophistication personified: An elegant Giorgio Armani design.

Personal attitude

For Giorgio Armani, it’s all about a strong and precise image for the men, and one that defines an independent spirit for the women. It draws on an autonomous way of dressing in regards to one’s personality.

The brand brings together the contradicting aesthetics of sportswear and classic menswear. For instance, neoprene envelops rich materials such as velvet and suede – a contemporary combination that redefines the idea of techno and sartorial.

Ladies can look to simple lines, with perfect cuts and a play on materials. Decidedly avant-garde, the designs enhance the figure and make for a look that pays tribute to sort of a calculated eccentricity.

Jewelled jackets, trouser and skirts-cum-bermuda shorts, as well as long, hip-hugging skirts that end in a bias cut, these are easy pickings for fashionable pairings. Well-tailored suits make for easy, dressier options too.

Hugo Boss gets innovative with its use of materials.

Contemporary picks

Hugo Boss features radical shapes and new proportions. In its Hugo range for men, there is a combination of tailored elements, but with innovative material mixes. This is described to be an idea where freedom meets dress codes.

Shoulders are generally big – as observed in key pieces like a wine red biker jacket. There is even a pullover and scarf combination that can act as a trendy stand in for a jacket.

In the Boss range for women, there is a fusion of artistic luxury and surrealism. With structured cuts and organic details, its womenswear classics are updated with menswear elements.

Skinny pencil skirts and sleeveless silk dresses show off layers and layers of dots, lines and blossoms that recall the brushwork of watercolour painting. The sleek design of a corsage dress is disrupted by a buoyant strip of leather.

From left: Designs by Stella McCartney, Acne, Alexander Wang and Marni.

In the mix

Other labels to look into for women include Stella McCartney. The label brings movement to life with elongated skirts creating a dynamic silhouette, as well as with exaggerated volume tipping the balance of silhouettes.

The collection from Marni is austere, with a romantic edge. It plays with ideas of volume and flatness, severity and grace, opacity and shine. Prints are graphic yet atmospheric, suggesting backdrops and scenarios for other stories.

Alexander Wang’s collection has a feeling of warmth, familiarity and softness. It denotes a vision of the core basics – such as a T-shirt, sweatshirt, denim jacket, a bomber, sweat pants – yet chic in design.

Acne presents a collaboration between artist Katerina Jebb, the Musée Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris and Acne Studios. What is highlighted is a range of fashionable “artworks” and abstract interpretations, but extremely wearable all the same.

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