Alas, it has come to my very last outfit post of the year and signals the end of my holiday fashion edit. To commemorate such a milestone occasion, I decided to pull out all the stops and hold back nothing with seductive red. Red is a colour that evokes many emotions, such as anger, passion and mystery and has proven to attract attention even on the smallest scale (1). With the help of such a eye-grabbing shade, I went the extra mile with my accessories to demonstrate a look perfect for an extravagant masquerade ball. If you are lucky enough to attend one this New Years Eve, make sure you employ this fiery hue and end the year in sartorial splendor.
Dating back to Medieval Europe, the masquerade tradition was known as a Carnival where the elites gather to celebrate. Back then, the celebration served as a parade for them to find a spouse when they unveil themselves from their masks at midnight (2). Standing atop the balcony of the Vancouver Art Gallery, it reminded me of the time I dressed up as a Lady of the Court for literature class in high school and pretended to be a heroine in a Shakespearean play. Somehow, I was very attracted to the era and the notion of costumes, ballgowns and the extravaganza of the event which has inspired this new years eve outfit. As times change, the masquerade ball is now just a lavish party thrown for the sole purpose of a good time; however, a mask is still used to retain the Venetian tradition of mystery and intrigue (3). To keep people guessing, I wanted to wear my best party frock in a haute red satin sheen that calls for an unexpected seduction. To be able to dance the night away with ease, I opted instead for a short and sweet fit and flare dress with a Peter Pan collar and deep back V to fully embrace the biggest event of the year.
Since it is New Years Eve, I was not afraid to go a little overboard with my accessories and incorporated as much glitz and glam as I could. With that said, I still needed to be mindful that my standout piece would be my gorgeous crystal embellished mask which I snatched up at Nordstrom when they first opened in Vancouver. This mask was unique in the sense that it was like a piece of jewelry instead of a conventional masquerade mask. A true show-stopper, this dazzling piece sparkles and shine like nothing else and even more so when adorn with a glitter ribbon. In the theme of gold and opulence, I paired the look with matching art deco crystal embellished earrings, a giant cocktail ring and pave rose gold bracelets to complete this high fashion and head-turning ensemble. Perfect for Halloween, Christmas and New Years, this mask will certainly help send out 2015 in a fitting blaze of glamour (4).
Thank you so much for reading and for following me on my holiday series this month. I hope you have enjoyed my outfit and gift ideas. Until next time stay chic and glam and I will see you in 2016!! Cheers:)
Dress: Zara (similar Here & Here)
Mask: Cara (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (Nordstrom) (similar)
Bracelet: Alexis Bittar (shopbop) (similar)
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