Costume designer and stylist Gamila Smith shares her tips on how to put together some fun and flattering looks to ring in the New Year.
For a poised and elegant look, try this Ani Lee fuschia strapless dress. Smith says, “The color and style are both eye-catching and the dress shows off the model’s shoulders. The jewel tone of the dress is not overpowering and is appropriate for a special occasion.” This look is a bit daring with a plunging neckline, but also exquisite, especially when accented with some cool accessories.
This white look signifies a clean start for a fresh new year. The sequins covering the dress reflect the light and movement and the shape of the dress shows off a woman’s figure. “Instead of black, try wearing white sequins with rhinestone elements. The look is modern and makes a powerful style statement,” states Smith.
Our model, Amanda, looks amazing in this body-skimming white sequin dress by 20 Cluny. Mismatched Paula Rosen earrings in silver and gunmetal with crystal balls add a fun and unexpected element. Another option is to pair it with Lizzy French lace earrings, for a more sophisticated look. Add an evening bag from Laurie Levin and classic black pumps by Charles David and you’re ready to go!
The last look (below) was Smith’s favorite to style, with separate pieces that combine for a sexy, edgy look. She encourages women to be bold and dress to impress, “Mix and match different textures to tell an exciting storyline.” Here she does just that, creating an original look from head to toe.
“I decided to pair the gold sequin Isabelle Marant jacket with the chiffon leopard mini from Of Two Minds – a very French look.” The model looks incredibly hot with the Chanel-inspired Charles David sandals, which add a sophisticated element to the ensemble. A basic grey tank top from In Habit, paired with the classic hat (grey rabbit hair) from Eugina Kim made the outfit a bit Charlotte Gainsbourg. “You can wear this outfit to a cocktail party, then dinner and dance the night away without having to change a thing,” says Smith. We couldn’t agree more.
Adding a few accessories further enhance the cool factor — Avante Gard brass crystal cuff, Glynneth brass tassel cuff, Paula Rosen rope necklace. Black silk sandals with removable broach by Charles David complete this sexy, rockin’ look. Smith exclaims “This is how every style- conscious woman should ring in the New Year!”
Gamila Smith is a top wardrobe stylist to the stars and costume designer on numerous film and television projects in Los Angeles. A graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Gamila has worked with music legends and celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry and Sophia Loren, to name a few.
Model Amanda Fields of LA Models rocks three great looks for New Year’s Eve. Clothes and accessories were provided by Traffic Women Beverly Center, shoes by Charles David Beverly Center and make-up by Sephora Beverly Center.
The model’s make-up look was created by Sephora make-up artist Helen Phillips at Sephora Beverly Center. To get her glowing look use TARINA TARANTINO Jewel Eyeshadow Palette in Delightful ($32; Sephora), Sephora Colorful Blush in Cinnamon Spice 01 ($13; Sephora) and Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Kiss Lip Gloss in Hilary ($14; Sephora).
Liz Laing is a writer, Web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on Liz Laing.
Photos by Colette Blonigan.