by Maripet Ledesma Poso

– Audrey Hepburn


Sure, you have your reliable little black dress to get you through the festive season. But why not surprise your friends, or even yourself, and show up at a party in a ‘full-on holiday’ mode? Go for silver, sequined, or generally bright outfits — but make sure to leave room for some major accessorising. Always.


Whether you pick the dress first, or you go for one dramatic accessory — a necklace — for example, and build your look around it, the important thing is to have fun with what you’re wearing. “Rely on your sense of balance and aesthetics,” shares Sandra Chang, director of Raffles Yacht and an avid jewellery and fashion enthusiast. “Go for beautifully cut garments and beautifully done jewellery that once you put them on, you forget about them. And then you enjoy the party.”


On the cover, we celebrate chic minimalism at its finest. But this doesn’t mean we stay away from sparkle. Nothing can dampen the brilliance of Lazare Diamonds, not even a full-sequined black and silver coat. The RollerGlam series with its stunning tension setting and elegant simplicity focuses on what matters most, the beauty and brilliance of diamonds.


For a more dramatic look, go for big, statement pieces — the more sensational, the better. Caratell’s new Cinderella Door necklace and Damiani’s Legame bangles and ring set call for a black tie event. On the same note, never ever be afraid of colours. Pair your vibrant dresses with equally colourful jewellery. Stack your favourite cocktail rings. Or wear the sparkliest of sapphires. Chopard isn’t one to shy away from using big, bold gemstones for its selection of party rings. From 24ct aquamarine to 13ct Paraiba tourmaline, these cocktail rings are perfect conversation starters at any party.


Van Cleef & Arpels, on the other hand, believes in the power and romance of red gemstones. Whether you go for a stunning pair of ruby drop earrings or exquisitely designed rings, a pop of brilliance is a must for festive dressing. As Audrey Hepburn also aptly said: “There’s a shade of red for every woman.” Find yours.

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