Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Minimalism is back on the runway for spring/summer 2016. What better way to express eternally classic glamour than the French Riviera theme of Bal du Soleil? The black tie affair gives ample fuel for fashionistas and attendees to express with their most tasteful evening wear yet.
La Côte d'Azur is known throughout the world for its sun-splashed resort chic, natural beauty and glamorous joie de vivre, where crisp neutrals and solid colors in classic silhouettes stand out, and nautical themes resonate.
Hopefully these few tips will leave you feeling confident and intrigued to challenge your creativity.
Bows, lace, & defined waistlines accentuated a heightened femininity in gowns presented on runways at some of this season's most influential shows recently. Color dominated over pattern, but stripes and polka dots stand eternal near the sea. Makeup is clean and elegant, think Grace Kelly, and red carpet hairstyles take on a French note with sleek up-dos, side parts and elegant twists, or for a counter-point, a flowing Marie Antoinette mane.
Show off that St. Tropez tan! If you’re more on the daring side, tossing tan lines to the wind, plunging décolletées continue to make their way into today’s hottest looks. For a more demure approach, go for the high neckline and bare shoulders & back!
Be bold with statement piece accessories, tassel earrings and fabulously beaded clutches, and don't forget a pair of drop dead stilettos. This year, modern chokers to classic pearls can make the simplest looks pop without going out of your comfort zone.
If you’re anything like myself, you’ll want to accept the real challenge for this year’s gala - it’s all about the inimitable style of les francais!
The bottom line: Just have fun with it - we already know you're fabulous! We can't wait to see you and your outfits at this year’s Bal du Soleil on Friday, August 5. See you there!
- Berkeley Combs, Style Consultant