Today's two looks were inspired by Alexander McQueen's Fall 07 collection, which featured loads of trends that translate well into holiday party attire. For the first ensemble, we took a cue from the grecian folds on the green dress and found a simple, single shoulder, gold dress. Then we added a few gorgeous pieces of malachite-colored jewelry, neutral snakeskin pump, and a pale nude gloss (the exact shade that was worn on the runway).
McQueen also used a fair amount of sparkle in this collection, primarily via gold, silver, and copper embellishments. He also included some noir shine, like the sequined bodice on the above, midnight-colored maxi dress. We found a black, backless, sequined dress at Tophop that seemed to be channeling McQueen, as well as a sleek pair of heels and a vintage-inspired star cuff. While obviously there's no room on this outfit for the metallic studded belt, we couldn't resist showing it as well. Finally, the black chapeau is a nod to McQueen's fondness for hats and his beloved friend Isabella Blow.
1. Delia's Marilyn Dress ($44.50)
The uncomplicated metallic knit dress comes with a removable tie belt (not available in stores, it's exclusive to the catalog and web store).
2. Banana Republic Inlaid Square Bracelet ($34)
BR's green resin bracelet is one of our new favorite pieces. It has a fantastic Art Deco vibe and is an incredibly rich shade of green.
3. Banana Republic Oval Ring ($48)
Again, the jewelry guys at Banana knock it out of the park with this green onyx ring in a gold vermeil setting.
4. M.A.C. McQueen Lipglass ($14)
This lip color was created especially for the McQueen Fall 07 runway, as a pale counterpoint to the exaggerated Liz Taylor/Cleopatra gorgeous eye makeup. The shade is called White Magic and it is a limited edition product, so grab it while you can.
5. Max Studio Troy Heels ($142.95)
The four-inch heel and slightly rounded toe of these snakeskin-style pumps are very versatile.
6. Topshop All Over Sequin Dress ($150)
The elbow-length sleeves, boat neck collar, and knee-length hem look quite prim, but the black sequins and backless design are quite feisty.
7. Steve Madden Becki Pumps ($99.95)
While they come in many colors, the black/gold patent heels with woven details seemed most fitting.
8. Urban Outfitter Bird On The Wire Hat ($28)
In a wonderful move, Urban is currently stocking some amazing vintage-style cocktail hats, each one cuter than the last. Our favorite, for sure, is this black one which is festooned with feathers.
9. Kenneth Jay Lane Star Cuff ($115, also available in gold )
As stars are on the upswing (look for them this spring), we couldn't help including this enameled black cuff. It also perfectly echoes the model's hair adornment!
10. BCBG Leather Belt ($128)
If sequins aren't your think, swap the above dress for a plain black one and cinch on a gold-and-silver studded belt, like this one. It will make a boring frock fun, we promise.