Seventies disco party dresses are big news with the return of the Halston label and Studio 54 vibe in full swing. There is also an exciting collection of Studio 54 inspired party dresses, bodycon dresses and evening maxi dresses at Boohoo.com.
Studio 54 was all about flamboyance, hedonism and opulence with clothes that sparkled right across the dance floor. Studio 54 which was originally a theatre in New York, then a radio and television studio before being opened as a discotheque in 1977. It eventually closed in 1986 but not until it had seen many of the celebrities of the time strutting their stuff on the dance floor. Among the cool crowd that frequented Studio 54 were Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Mick and Bianca Jagger. It was also associated with some of the fashion names that are still very well known today including Calvin Klein and Halston.
In its heyday, the nightclub became famous as being the place to be seen with the “movers and shakers” you know you had arrived when you were invited to the nightclub and for that reason it became even more popular especially with the VIPs of the day. during its short life as a club it became arguably the best known nightclub in the the world in the late seventies and credited with being instrumental in the rise of disco music and the culture that surrounded it.
In terms of fashion and style Studio 54 was definitely the place to be in the late seventies and Studio 54 style has become synonymous with the sparkly maxi dresses and sequined outfits of the time. Apart from the eye catching party dresses, Studio 54 style included seriously big and fluffy hair and lots of makeup.
How to get the Studio 54 look
Sparkle, glitter, sequins and long flowing dresses are all reminiscent of Studio 54. Think bell sleeved mini dresses, asymmetric one shouldered party dresses and statement accessories. Jumpsuits and maxi dresses were also big news. Anything that means you can really shine on the dance floor and dance your socks off in should fit the bill.
This beautiful satin dress is available in black or natural and will definitely shimmer as you shimmy with an amazing pleated skirt that adds movement as you walk or move. It also has a very flattering and elegant tie neck.
This dress is a very simple design but what it lacks in shape and structure, it makes up for in sparkle. This dress oozes sex appeal and is great for those who want to show off their figures. It is available in both blue and charcoal.
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Boohoo have definitely captured the disco vibe with this one shouldered dress which is made from a shimmering leopard print fabric. Wear with black tights, stiletto heels and a wide belts for cool disco diva outfit.
This week we saw seasons change, not only meteorologically but also from a fashion stand point too, and such is the ying and yang of life, that whilst one may feel a cold shiver at the impending prospect of yet another dreary Autumn, this is completely offset by the warm glow of excitement and anticipation that such a change can only mean that a new AW11 season of spectacular fashion has arrived for us girls!
Believe me when I say that this AW11 season is truly something become excited about too, as it seems that over the past year or so the general interest in vintage clothing has taken a foothold in the fashion conciousness of the nation, but this is the season it goes totally main stream… with the likes of Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Lanvin and Marc Jacobs all featuring glamorous vintage inspired collections inspired by the mid 20th century.
A Vintage performance For Boohoo
Boohoo of course are no slouches when it comes to reflecting the catwalks trends of the season, and as usual have completely nailed AW11 key vintage clothing looks complete with their own spin in their newly launch collection. At their recent press launch they allowed the fashion journalists and bloggers (including yours truly) loose on the collection before it hit the online store and we were all suitably impressed with the stunning collections all with their genesis firmly routed in the eras common to the vintage clothing influence of 1940’s 50’s 60’s and 70’s.
Classic Styling With A Twist
So what of the Boohoo vintage clothing collections? Below we’ve highlight three of the collections that we predict to be the biggest hits for boohoo this season. In these themes, Boohoo draws inspiration from three distinct eras, but add their own modern twist to make them uniquely Boohoo.
The 60’s pop collection draws on the time when twiggy was at the height of her (1st) modelling career, everything was mini, including the skirts, dresses and at the car of course, sloping shoulders, bracelet sleeves and beehive hair doos were all the fashion, and will be again this season.
70’s country is a an eclectic mix of California hippy influenced casual meets hedonistic Studio 54, with maybe a little glam thrown in, mixed with a smidgin of Purdy and the quintessential 70’s pussy bow blouse (Remember The New Avengers anyone?).
Finally, for Vintage Emporium think Fur Stoles, pencil skirts and cinching waist belts thinner than your index finger. These were the days of 1940’s and despite rationing and shortages the fashion was exuberant, outgoing and ever so slightly outrageous, and will surely turn some heads on the high street on a Saturday afternoon!
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Lipsy As we know are the brand for Party Dresses and that is recognised by the celebs who flock to the store to get the latest look with the likes of American Celebutante Kim Kardashian, and our very own Cheryl Cole and Alexandra Burke who is a self confessed Lipsy-a-holic.
Hot in the Lipsy hit parade this week based upon popularity in store are these stunning party dresses, but the thing about it is that all but one of them are one shoulder dresses.
That suggested that an awful lot of us are loving that asymmetrical look right now, and no the wonder as it’s just a great on trend glamorous look that shows no sign of slowing down.
This wonderful Lipsy One shoulder drape dress has a great Grecian look defined by the layering and draping which is very popular at the moment, match with a pair of gladiators and you’re sorted, we mean gladiator shoes not the hulky Russell Crowe type of Gladiator of course.
This Lipsy Asymmetric Jersey Mini Dress Is also a great look, something quite different than the rest but will get you noticed. An alternative the Little Black Dress this Lipsy Asymmetric Jersey Mini Dress has a forgiving shape for a fuller figure and is also reminiscent of the vintage Halston 1970’s look which is making a great comeback at the moment too.
The next party dress is just a wonderful example of a summer party dress, The Lipsy Chiffon Draped Panel Dress is cool breezy and light, perfect for a balmly evening or perhaps a stuffy hot venue. The dress ties in with a key look at the moment which is draping and could have stepped straight from the catwalk shows of Peter Pilotto whose signature style is draping and considered to be the master of that particular style, none the less the Lipsy Chiffon Draped Panel Dress will be significantly cheaper than one of Pitlotto’s originals.
The Lipsy Beaded Detail One Shoulder Dress is a classic hollywood look with the classic asymmetrical style white draped dress and contrasting waist band. It also featured beaded embellishments on the shoulder to add interest. This party dress is just great for a Wedding or Garden party, ideal with a giant black circular hat and killer heels and a subtle clutch for that Joan Collins look!
Finally we come to a Lipsy classic Lipsy One Shoulder Pleated Dress looks absolutely wonderful and shows off your curves too. Its asymmetrical pleated detail on the front follows the lines of the dress and also ensures your profile is controlled shapely, made even better through the contrast waistband
Retro party clothes are inspired by clothes of the past ranging from the forties to the eighties and are a fun way to dress in a unique and individual way. Although retro party outfits from all of the decades are right on trend at the moment, there is so much choice that you should have no problems in standing out and looking a little different from everyone else. You can also add your own modern twist to give your retro party clothes a completely unique feel.
Pick your decade
Each of the decades has its own character from the pretty practicality of the forties to the more glamorous fifties, the swinging sixties and the flowing relaxed styles of the seventies with a bit of disco diva look to boot. Each of these eras has some fabulous party dress styles which will look amazing this spring.
Forties – Tea Length Dresses
The forties was a time of make do and mend in Britain and dresses were pretty but practical. The skirt lengths were below the knee which is an incredibly flattering and on trend but if you want a slightly more up to date look you can also opt for a tea dress with a slightly shorter skirt length like this Cindy bead neck tea dress by Boohoo. Look for cute and fun prints and team with a brightly coloured cardigan or biker jacket to bring the look right up to date for 2011.
Fifties – Halter Neck Dresses
The fifties were characterised by the Hollywood era when glamour and elegance ruled. Fifties styles of dress are big news this spring and you can choose from a simple floral printed dress with a flared skirt for a more casual party or some full on glamour for a really special occasion. Halterneck dresses with full prom style skirts are perfect for partying in and would even work well for a spring wedding, we love this Halter Belle Prom Dress by Oasis. If you want to really work the look you could even add a pair of ladylike gloves. These dresses need to be worn with heels for maximum effect.
Sixties – Mini Shift Dresses
The styles of the sixties had a simple silhouette which is incredibly simple to wear. You can opt for mini shift dresses with or without sleeves in bold and bright colours and run prints. Party dresses with chiffon overlays are also a great style from the sixties that works particularly well. A Peter Pan collar dresses are also very fashionable at the moment and are great for parties. we love this lace Peter Pan collar dress by Rare Fashions.
Seventies – Maxi Dresses
Decadent maxi dresses of the seventies no only look great but are also really comfortable and easy to wear. They work well for both daytime and evening parties and if you want to really turn up the glamour you can opt for an embellished or one shouldered style. We love this purple frilled maxi dress by Dorothy Perkins.
If you are a little nervous of wearing retro style party dresses then a plain shift dress will look amazing for a special occasion in the spring with this floral hat by Oasis.
Rise Fashion have been making party dresses for many years for some of the best know UK fashion retailers. Since May 2008, Rise Fashion has been offering party girls the chance to buy an extensive range of party dresses to suit every taste from their Rise Fashion website. Their dresses are unique but also inspired by the latest fashion and trends. They are the sort of clothes that will get you countless compliments and really make you stand out from the crowd with lavish embellishments, eye catching prints, sequins embroidery and beading. The innovative and creative designers at Rise draw their inspiration from around the globe but never lose sight of the fact that their dresses should be really wearable and make the wearer feel like a million dollars.
If you are looking for a dress that is a little bit special and little bit different from the others that you will find on the high street but still really on trend, Rise is a great place to look. The latest collection features a sixties style shift dress with chiffon layers and beautiful beading, one shoulder dresses in a range of colours and styles, elegant maxi dresses and a sequin dress for girls who really want to sparkle on a night out. There are also some great versions of the latest style in laser cut dresses with scalloped layers.
Last season Rise launched an exciting collaboration with singer Beverley Knight who has been a fan of Rise fashion for many years and has a passion for beautiful clothes. The collection features a range of party wear including celebrity dresses and a jumpsuit in rich colours including midnight blue, grey and purple. Each of the dresses has its own elegant and lavish features including waterfall layers and beading. There are also some elaborate boleros which make great party cover ups.
Rise Fashion have some amazing party dresses available in their sale at the moment. Check these out!
Sashana Dress – the rich colour and elaborate embellishment of this dress makes it an unusual and eye catching alternative to the little black dress.
Alysha Dress – the vertical stripes and empire line of this party dress make it really slimming – perfect for covering any Christmas over indulgence!
Olga Maxi Dress – From the Beverley Knight collection, this perfect for those who want to wear celebrity dresses.
You can also buy a range of Rise Elite dresses from Dorothy Perkins and they have some great sale offers at the moment if you are looking fo a bargain. Rise Elite is a premium collection and perfect for when you are looking for something a little special. It features signature detailing like embellishments for a glamorous edge. Here are some of our favourite pieces at the moment.
Rise Elite Grey Dress – a fresh and light style that is right on trend for spring with its pleats and neutral colour
This summer the polka dot dress is the ideal choice for all sorts of occasions from party dresses to dresses for the races and even casual dresses. Polka dots are striking, they are cute and they are also very retro, another key trend for the summer. Here are a few of our favourites.
This style of dress is very fifties and with its slightly longer hem is perfect for more formal occasions perhaps if you are looking for a wedding guest outfit or dresses for the races.
There are so many different styles around this summer, you could find it difficult to make up your mind which polka dot dress to choose. The great thing is that polka dots can look good on everyone, you just need to pick the perfect polka dot dress for you. Here are a few pointers.
Which colour polka dot dress?
Black and white is by far the most common and classic style of polka dot dress but it can also make some complexions look a little drained so look out for some other alternatives. Red and white is a fun and striking choice for smart dresses or casual dresses and pastel colour polka dots are great for dresses for the races or a wedding guest outfits. Navy and white is also always a good alternative to black and white.
How big are the polka dots?
As a general rule larger polka dots work well for wedding guest outfits, raceday outfits and party dresses. Smaller polka dots work well for a smart dress or work wear. If you are petite smaller polka dots will be best for you as they won’t drown you. The bigger the dots the bigger the impact so pick your polka dot dress depending on the look that you would like to achieve.
There are so many different polka dot dresses available that you shouldn’t find it difficult to find one that really compliments your body shape. If you have an hour glass figure, a fitted shift dress style will look amazing and you can also add a belt to highlight your waist. If you have a slim build, a high necked fifties style fit and flare dress will look fabulous, for apple and pear shapes, tea dress styles are perfect.