New Year’s Eve Femme Fatale

- By Andrea Mestrovic – 

New Year’s Eve is a turn away and each year the entire what-to-wear episode is a repeat: sequins, up-to-there minis and starry gowns.  This year’s femme fatale is sealing 2011 with a kiss and in a tux!

We’re not preaching anything new here: the power of the tuxedo and its grandiose beauty is timeless.  There is something distinctive about the strict lines, effortless tailoring, and of course lapels, that make women feel lean, sexy and tough(er). It doesn’t have to be an unadorned, minimal black tux, although Carrie in SATC 2 nailed it in Christian Dior Petite Taille tuxedo and Trival headpiece; it can get much more twisted and dazzling when it comes to the yearly awaited twelve o’clock celebration.

Left: Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2011. Right: Haider Ackermann Fall/Winter 2011

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A whole line-up of designers, from Yves Saint Laurent and D&G to Michael Kors  and Haider Ackermann, marked this as the Fall 2011 most important trend. Our own Olivia Palermo sported a menswear angle at the NYC screening of Midnight in Paris last May and she is no stranger to tuxedos.

Left: Yves Saint Laurent "'Le Smoking" tuxedo, captured by Helmut Newton, 1975. Right: Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2011

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Tom Ford’s rouge, all-over velvet tux paired with a Chantilly lace blouse is incontestably bold enough for NYE. Wide, peaked lapels bear a compelling 70’s glam rock reference. Michael Kors did a sequin tux pant harmonized with a crisp, low-cut blouse and a bulk jacket, creating a fantastic balance of lines, and for our purpose, reaching new highs in comfort NYE wear.  Mango’s now notorious gold, contrasting lapel tuxedo worn by the phenomenal Scarlett Johansson in one of the company’s ad campaigns, is another clever choice for NYE, if not for its sensational color and contour than for its high-sheen reflective fabric and approachable price point.  Haider Ackermann’s inimitable interpretation of the 2011 tuxedo is perpetually unfading – and a favorite NYE pick.  He managed to create an unprecedented force with opulent, deconstructed tuxedos that come to life with each stride.  But be prepared for the stare downs; these commanding tuxes demand attention.  Lastly, don’t forget your sky-high, glitter galore, ultra womanly stilettos to complete this rather regimented look.

With such a plethora of suited options, leave the mini-dress at home and ring in 2012 with some pants on.

Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering fab finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic

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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea

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