These days, Saturday nights spent dining alfresco are likely the fanciest event of the week. It’s time to dress accordingly. Rixo, one of our go-to purveyors of well-priced, high-style dresses, has trotted out this Dani dress just for such occasions. Made of silk, printed with graphic flowers, it benefits from long sleeves, a gathered waist, and a bit of a ruffle—earning extra style points from the open back. Just add a cropped cardigan, and you’re ready for one of those outdoor tables. ($485, net-a-porter.com)
The Dinner Dress
Take two veterans of Marni and the former fashion director of British Vogue, put them all together in a design studio, and what do you get? A supremely stylish coat. Lucinda Chambers, Molly Molloy, and Kristin Forss, who has recently stepped back but remains close to the company, named their brand for the West London street associated with David Hockney during the 70s, and their colorful collection of statement pieces does the great artist justice. After receiving dozens of compliments on a printed dress from the brand, your AIR MAIL style correspondent is about to take her commitment to the next level with their new Blanket Zip coat. Made of emerald-green wool, with raglan sleeves and a cozy, 60s-era silhouette, it’s a versatile and optimistic topper for work- and weekend-wear alike. ($1,890; colvilleofficial.com)
We could never resist a pair of smartened-up black pumps; the Marion style, from Malone Souliers, is already occupying prime retail space in our shoe rack. Trimmed with patent leather, and with an adjustable strap, they add a bit of height without the pain factor, and the sleek shape is intended to further flatter the legs. Ideal for office life, they’ll do double duty this season on the social circuit, pairing just as nicely with dresses and trousers as they do with a spot-on suit. ($595, net-a-porter.com)
While we love a deep matte-red lip, it occasionally looks a bit off-kilter on Zoom. (Perhaps it’s finally time for a ring light?) Chanel has introduced a nourishing alternative with its new Healthy Glow Lip Balm, from the Les Beiges collection. It’s lightweight and supple, gliding on with ease and leaving behind just a flush of color that won’t result in garish smudges all over your water glass. For safety’s sake, just go ahead and order two—one for the desk drawer, one for the handbag. ($25, bergdorfgoodman.com)
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