Through her new ladies’ evening-wear collection, designer Antoinette Di Carlo of Montreal-based gown and bridal brand, Di Carlo Couture, explains, “I want to tell a story with my designs, and the best way to do so is to combine different colours, layering effects and beadwork to create delicate and original pieces.”
In fact, the story is of utmost importance when it comes to formal wear. If we all opened our closets and perused our stock, we’d be able to recount a series of stories: Why did we need it? Where did we find it? Why did we choose it? Where did we wear it? Why have we kept it? Eveningwear is special, and with the right accessories and alterations we can continue to revel in its splendour for years to come. For those starting a new and exciting social chapter this season, we’ve collected a few cues to get you on your way.
Di Carlo Couture
Di Carlo’s latest collection features strong pops of color including bright yellow, periwinkle and metallic influences. Each bespoke gown is one-of-a-kind with hand-finished details encompassing Di Carlo’s acute attention to detail. (The brand’s famous Canadian clientele include Jessica Mulroney, Cheryl Hickey and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau.) Boho chic and flouncy dresses are also highlights for the ladies, especially in the summer, when romance and lightness are key. Upscale gypsy-inspired Etro comes back this season with plenty of patterns in its iconic paisley to set you apart.
Di Carlo Couture
Max & Co. – Max Mara’s special sub-brand dedicated to young women – remains a firm favourite for go-to summer outfits for special day events, like swanky garden parties. Switching gears to the gents, the Roman house of Brioni is always smart, classic black tuxedos to elegant suits in earthier palettes. The Spring/Summer 2018 collection, featuring a dapper Harvey Keitel in its campaign, affirms soft yet decisive masculinity with its menswear pieces combining the brand’s sartorial wealth with a contemporary appeal.
A sand-coloured jacket paired with a cornflower blue shirt and navy tie spell out guest wear perfection. Ermenegildo Zegna has gone decidedly casual chic this season with a more relaxed silhouette in light textures and earth tones. Retro checked patterns inspired by Brit flair are on offer this season from the likes of Canali and Salvatore Ferragamo, the latter also being a great option for formal shoes.
The Neapolitan house of Isaia, considered by many to be among the top players in Italian menswear, rang in its 60th anniversary with a colourful offer in sapphire, burnt sienna and coral, proposing a mix of bright shades for the top and light cream trousers – pure class.