Make a Statement

Whenever we go to a party- though we may not always admit it- we all want to dress to impress. Sometimes though, that fail-safe LBD just will not cut it and we need something a little bit more risky- a little more exciting! For the upcoming party season nothing can quite beat the latest statement dresses seen in the collections for A/W 2011. Almost everywhere is doing them after influence from shows like Balmain, who sent their artfully-disheveled models strutting down the catwalks in heavily embellished mini-dresses slit almost to the navel and Christopher Kane's collection for Versus where models paraded about in near-indecent dresses in sumptuous fabrics and colours! (pictures courtesy of

The look can be very tricky to pull off and will only look good on model-bodied types but when worn well it can look so chic! The trick is all in the styling. Obviously keeping hair and make-up pared down is an essential so as not to look like you are trying too hard and shoes should be equally edgy to channel the fashion side
of the look rather than the sexy aspect.

Now for how to get the look on the high-street!

These dresses are not easy to find on the cheap as they can tend to look a tad trashy but if you are willing to splash £100-odd on a dress to serve as that perfect party number then the high street has plenty to offer you.

Here is my pick of the best statement dresses out there!

(Clockwise from top left- Reiss leather and lace panel Anoushka dress- £129, Antipodium 'The Power of Glove' dress (available at Harvey Nichols)- £175, French Connection all-over sequins dress- £160, Topshop mesh tunic- £28, Reiss Anoushka dress (as before), Warehouse all over sequins silver shift at asos £150)

I think these versions are just as gorgeous as the ones on the catwalk. Just put with a pair of peep-toe lace up boots and tousled hair and you will definitely have all eyes on you!

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