Evening skirts : Made for an evening to be remembered
Evening skirts have glided, waltzed and shimmied into our hearts, and they are definitely here to stay. With the exception of maybe a steel-cage crinoline skirt, we are being seduced by all manners of its kind.
We think it was Rosie Assoulin who first turned us to the charm of a long evening skirt, but really, what hasn't she tipped us onto? Rosie made bishop sleeves cool. Volume is an element, like Assoulin has displayed, that has no rivals when it comes to feeling special. Maybe it's tapping into some deep underlying urge to start dressing like a 16th century princess? Who knows, who cares! We are hooked on the idea of dressing up in an evening skirt, and it appears we're not the only ones.
Gucci brought back the perm-a-pleat in shiny metallics, with the gold skirt that spurred on a million micro-trends, especially after being seen on Alexa Chung worn together with a cropped rainbow sweater. However, the evening skirt need not just be princess-inspired, it can be disco-inspired too! Just ask Alessandro Michele, who brings us to the topic of sequin skirts, because if you frequent certain nightclubs in Paris right now, the amount of long-limbed fillies trotting in with a sparkly skirt are in numbers worthy of mentioning. Sequin skirts and tuxedo jackets are a very Parisian way to do dressed-up, from dance floors to galas to Fashion Week dinners. A sequin skirt can just as easily do coffee and pastries the next day, with a denim jacket, a pair of sneakers and the right attitude. Imagine what a silver sequin skirt could do for your social calendar?
A long velvet skirt certainly has a dose of attitude, as does a bias-cut silk skirt, the latter associated with the kind of charisma that exudes from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the red carpet. Wearing either, seems like a model-esque way to do minimal evening wear, most likely because of how beautifully it shows off your shape. A bias-cut silk satin skirt, to us, feels like an entirely new thing to wear, which makes it doubly exciting when matched with little heels and crop tops, and well… you get the picture.
A golden age in evening wear
Valentino has taken the evening skirt in a direction reserved for himself, which is up towards the heavens. We were fascinated by his beautifully intricate lace skirt in a shape that ends far above the navel, creating a high-waisted silhouette that shows just a slither of skin. It seems like such a new way to do evening wear, but it most likely originated from Valentino's consistent source of influence, Hollywood's golden age. A lace and tulle skirt by Valentino uses the delicacy of the fabric, with an elegant straight cut that ends at the calf. It is an evening skirt that could even be worn by a summer bride, maybe for a relaxed afternoon ceremony.
Dolce and Gabbana, famous for their undergarments as outer-garments, for flying in the face of minimalism and for bringing the style of an Italian widow as far away as Texas, do a classic pencil shape, season after season. Black lace or glittering embellishment is their language, one we never tire of hearing. High summer generally brings fuller shapes that are more daytime friendly, yet their classical evening skirt is a feminine but killer staple for special events.
On the topic, anyone with an event coming up – a ladies lunch, a ball, a gala, Fashion Week – get ready to get excited! We are probably a little over-excited, it happens when you've spent a season coming up with a dozen new ways to wear your favourite evening skirt, but we trust you'll share our enthusiasm in the next few months of occasions. See you on the dancefloor.