I remember watching a Diane Keaton in Manhattan as a child and hating everything she wore. I wasn’t a fan of Keaton’s long khaki skirt, embellished blouse and trademark blazer. And then something changed. I went to a cocktail event about a month ago and realized that Keaton might have had the right idea. While I was dressed in a plain black cocktail dress, everyone else had something else going on. I saw bits of burlap, knife pleats, sequins, nudes, earth tones, whites and loose fitting blazers. Keaton’s insouciant style was definitely present. Black tie, casual and business events are perfect for playing dress up and adding your own twist. I haven’t ruled out black dresses forever; they’ve just been spruced up. Well done, Keaton. For us, creative cocktail means whatever you want it to mean. It means being in your own lane and throwing caution to the wind. If you go with your instinct darling, you’ll never go wrong. Here are my picks for dresses perfect for festive black tie events. Don’t be afraid to play around with your accessories as they’re the meat and bones of the look. Throw a blazer on, a lace shawl, a sequin bolero, gold clutch and slouchy sweater.
Issue NY EV1684 is a gem on its own and oh so perfect with a loose fitting cream blazer and a burlap or linen clutch. Dress it down with a taupe cropped slouch sweater, mesh ankle socks and a pair of vintage leather saddleshoes.
Niteline 441060 is also perfect on its own or with added accessories. Make it creative cocktail by adding a cream cardigan a geometric gold chain and suede grey pumps. Add a vintage inspired ring and a strand of pearls to complete the look.