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Pure eveningwear

Lace, metallics and a penchant for colour drove women’s evening and party wear at Pure London.

After Six

After Six focuses on day-to-night pieces for autumn 11, rather than an eveningwear-only collection. Exposed zip details and studs are seen on ruched jersey dresses, some with a sheer décolletage panel. Scarlet, electric blue and berry tones such as aubergine and raspberry are important, as are dulled-down metallics.

Prices: £59 to £150

Contact: 020 7436 2882

Anoushka G

The emphasis at Anoushka G for next season is on decorated shoulders, with embellishment in the form of beading and sequins. Amethyst, olive and blush pink are the main colours along with silver and gold. The one-shoulder silhouette, covered shoulders, and lace detailing both as an overlay and as panelling are also important.

Prices: £75 to £295

Contact: 020 7432 7656

Forever Unique

Pleated chiffon, tiered and layered chiffon prom dresses are adorned with diamanté jewels or embroidered flower necklines at Forever Unique. A one-shoulder mini dress has a wired hem in blush pink. Fuchsia, white, nudes and aqua are anchor the palette, while animal prints are a focus.

Prices: £60 to £150 for the mainline, and £250 to £500 for Forever Unique Couture

Contact: 0161 836 5200

La Femme

Asymmetric shredded skirts and one-shoulder, open-back dresses are key looks for autumn 11 at US eveningwear brand La Femme. Core styles include wire-hem skirts, ruched bodices and strapless sweetheart necklines. Rich jewel colours such as turquoise, royal blue and purple lead the way. Gold beading adds detail.

Prices: £75 to £200

Contact: 0800 014 8941

Linea Raffaelli Privée

Better known for its mother-of-the-bride offer, Linea Raffaelli has introduced Linea Raffaelli Privée, a lower-priced, contemporary collection which straddles eveningwear and occasionwear. Highlights include a stretch-lace overlay dress with spaghetti shoulder straps. Lace, beading and faux fur are used on silk and jersey crêpe.

Prices: ¤190 (£100) to ¤350 (£250)

Contact: 00 32 13 77 14 76

Love by Enzoani

1950s and 1940s shapes are the silhouettes of the season for Love by Enzoani. Standout pieces are a jacquard-weave tailored dress teamed with a metallic beaded belt, a sleeveless, lace shift dress in turquoise and a mustard version with a black hand-cut lace finish. Three lengths are available.

Prices: £79 to £250

Contact: 01792 564710

Ian Stuart

A watercolour print in a grey and dusky pink palette is new at Ian Stuart for autumn 11. 1950s styles dominate the collection, with calf-skimming full skirts or fitted knee-length options. Olive green, cream and mauve stand out, while a ruched silk taffeta dress with a fur-lined cover-up is a highlight.

Prices: £340 to £750

Contact: 01977 620532

Issue New York

Silver and gold mini dresses stand out in Issue New York’s autumn 11 collection - the hooded gold style pictured was worn by US reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Stretch lamé, satin stretch and silk taffeta are adorned with feathered hems, floral appliqué and silver sequins. One-shoulder maxi dresses are also available.

Prices: £100 to £150

Contact: 00 1 21 27 19 49 00

John Charles

One-shoulder fitted dresses with beaded shoulder detailing that stop on the knee make a statement for autumn 11 at John Charles. Metallic greys on silk jacquards and textured tonal prints are strong. Highlights include a silver silk dress with a beaded and sequin bust, worn with a cover-up.

Prices: £199 to £320

Contact: 020 8888 8833


Mascara takes vibrant emerald green, scarlet red and midnight blue and juxtaposes them with soft hues of vanilla and peach. Embellished necklines are high for autumn 11 and the exaggerated sweetheart shape is also key. Lace, whether all over or in the form of panelling, is central to next season’s collection.

Prices: £39 to £120

Contact: 020 8965 1522

Michaela Louisa

Slinky jersey and stretch satin are the key fabrics for Michaela Louisa, with magenta and purple among the most popular colours. Waterfall-detail fronts with ruffles around the hems emphasise texture, while embellished cuffs

and shoulders provide extra detail. A highlight is a lamé stretch dress with stretch-lace overlay.

Prices: £33 to £133

Contact: 020 8888 7000


The silhouette at Greek brand Zinas is 1940s-inspired - fitted to the knee and long with a fishtail skirt. Leather is used all over or mixed with lace and tie-dye cotton. Jewel-centred studs and cone-shaped studs embellish leather. A muted palette of black, cream and nude prevails and leather, lace and silk tulle are the dominant fabrics.

Prices: ¤190 to ¤750

Contact: 07931 719707


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