New Year’s Party

It’s time to welcome the arrival of a new year again, whether you choose to celebrate at a black tie gala or kick it at home with loved ones, you will need a new outfit! Here are Bag Snob’s favorite looks of the party season for snobs of every taste and budget :

The High Maintenance Snob:


Black tieBottega Veneta’s single strap “Goddess gown”, the name – self explanatory, the look – timeless. A gorgeous evening gown with gathered bust details and pockets on each hip, now you have a place to put your hands when posing for the papparazzi. $2,480 at net-a-porter

highmaincocktail2.jpgCocktailAlexander McQueen’s embroidered tulle cocktail dress is a true work of art. Layers of nude silk and tulle with black floral embroidery floating delicately on top, it is an item for a serious collector of fine clothing. As I always say, collecting handbags and clothing is an art, as evident by the current exhibit of Nan Kempner’s couture collection at the Costume Institute at the Met. If you happen to be in the city, you must go view this magnificent collection. Alexander McQueen Dress $8,280 at net-a-porter.

highmaincasual.jpgCasualLoro Piana’s crystal cufflink silk blouse is understated glamour with subtle feminine allure, I love it when a woman wears cufflinks, it just oozes self confidence and major sex appeal without trying too hard (I often steal my husband’s cufflinks, it’s so much fun to share jewelry with him!) Pair this silk shirt with leather pants and you’ll have a sublime outfit for a casual party with friends. $785 at Vivre.

highmainbag.jpgSnob worthy bagBottega Veneta’s metallic suede box clutch is an immaculate finish to a fabulous outfit. $1,980 at net-a-porter

highmainshoes.jpgThe ShoeRene Caovilla’s crystal strap shoe with 4 inch stiletto heel is the ultimate in high maintenance glam, imagine having to wear these all night wiating for the ball to drop! $995 at Vivre

The Sensible Snob:

sensibleblacktie.jpgBlack tieVera Wang’s satin v neck empire gown with pleated ribbon detail is stylish and elegant. We love Vera, who else can transition from designing wedding gowns to designing mattresses without being cheesy about it? The price is so reasonable you’ll be able to splurge on shoes and a nice evening bag. $760 at net-a-porter.

sensibcocktail.jpgCocktailAnna Sui’s metallic cocktail dress really gets us in the mood to party. The little bow is tres adorable but not too cutesy and the low v back is sexy without being skanky. It’s a yummy little dress to party the night away in. $304 at net-a-porter

sensiblecasual.jpgCasual- Sass and Bide’s satin blouson top with a pair of skinny pants and fab wedges is a hot look for our LA or Miami readers. The navy piping and lace up front detail on silk are flirty and fun touches to the classic silk blouson. $325 at net-a-porter

diorwedge.jpgThe Shoe-Dior’s metallic wedge in shimmering snakeskin is seductive and sexy for any occasion. Wedges are here to stay so get yourself a nice pair to party in. It’s also on sale at eLuxury for $375 with original retail of $650.

anyaclutch2.jpganyaclutch3.jpgSnob worthy bag- Anya Hindmarch’s gorgeous metallic frame clutch will keep you organized as you drink the night away. If you are like one of my girlfriends who will remain nameless and loses her credit cards at nightclubs, you will love the card slots, bill slot, and zippered compartment inside the clutch! Anya Hindmarch has been making bags with lots of useful compartments since she was a little girl, with this chic little clutch you won’t need a wallet!$295 at Saks Fifth Avenue

The Frugal Snob:

frugalevening.jpg Black tie- You’ll be white hot in Vera Wang’s Grecian style gown in ivory draped jersey. The horizontal draping at the waist will make you look tiny and the small train in the back will make you feel like a princess. On sale for $304 at net-a-porter

frugcock.jpgCocktail-Milly’s sexy little solange silk strapless dress will make you the envy of the party, especially if they find out you got it on sale for $144. At net-a-porter

frugalcasual.jpgCasual-Rock the night away in Munthe Plus Simonsen’s silver metallic shrug. On sale for $74 at net-a-porter

frugalbag.jpgSnob worthy Bag– Disco glam is back with this gunmetal mesh clutch from Scoop. If you haven’t noticed, we’re big on metallics and this is an easy and inexpensive way to get the look. In fact, at $98 you should buy one in every color! at net-a-porter


  1. Kelly McCall/Ray Souders
    December 28, 2006 / 9:57 am

    Greetings Bag Snob Lovelies!

    I’m so glad you took the time to talk about what is hot for New Year’s dressing! Recently, we had the chance to get together with some of our other fashion stylist friends. When the discussion got to the subject of eveningwear, the group talked about how Short dresses for evening is the freshest look. It’s great for petite women because it makes them look taller and Tall women get the chance to enjoy the length of their legs. It made some sense to me, because the long dresses with trains have been a problem at many events. Too many people stepping on your train in a crowded room! I also liked the idea of short because of the beautiful shoes that are out there, you would never see them on a long dress! Food for thought? I would love to hear how other people feel about this idea. Wishing all of the Bag Snob fans a great 2007! XOXO, Hello Kelly

  2. Bag Snob
    December 28, 2006 / 10:33 am

    darling HK/VR, thank you for your refreshing insight on the current state of fashion!

    I certainly agree with you and your fashion stylist friends regarding short for evening (black tie optional, cocktail, etc). However, I feel in extreme formal situations, it is out of respect for the event and for the hostess to go long. I especially love long gowns because it is old world glamour in the ranks of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Myrna Loy (who was rarely without her sweeping gowns, even through the depression era of the ’30s.)

    I love trains too – there is nothing the Bag Snob adores more than making an entrance- I wore a vintage Givenchy gown to CCB with a small train and did not have a problem with people stepping on my trains, not even my husband! Perhaps I am more careful but long gowns are a look I will embrace for a lifetime regardless of trend! ( I ordered 3 long and fabulous Lanvin gowns for spring 🙂


    Bag Snob

  3. Kelly McCall/Ray Souders
    December 28, 2006 / 8:46 pm

    Darling Stylish Snob,

    I must agree with you that long gowns are classic and nessessary for many formal occasions. And I do love nothing better than that delicious enterance in an elegant long gown.(It is so wonderful to draw all the attention to you when you enter the room!)I do not believe that long gowns should ever be considered out of fashion, it’s something that will never happen. The grace of the evening gown will always be a hallmark of a fashionable, elegant woman. Short is just an interesting option for other exciting evenings out in the party world. XOXO, HK and VR

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