Pictured: Valentino Rockstud crossbody.

It’s starting: the barrage of cocktail parties, dinners out, gala events, and more miscellaneous fêtes than you ever thought could fit in that little Smythson agenda of yours. As the holidays approach, our social calendars are getting joyously overstuffed—and the accompanying outfit-planning is getting a little overwhelming.

Never fear! Though the dress selection at Barneys New York could have you and all your party-going pals covered, there’s one designer we really lean on when the time for celebrating comes: Valentino. We put together three looks for three such events, and you’ll see—between the ruffles, the red, and the Rockstuds, this brand was practically made to pair with champagne.


Dinner Chez Vous

Rule no. 1 for hosting: Comfort is crucial. An LBD with the ease of a tee and mod flats should do nicely—those ruffled cuffs and a smattering of Rockstuds have that so-chic-and-so-not-trying mood covered.

The Black Tie Soirée

Leave all things slinky and sequined to other revelers and bring the drama in a sweeping caftan made for dancing. Pointy red leopard pumps add a festive touch, as will a matching chain-strap clutch and bright pout.

The Office Party

How to project fun and festive AND put-together and responsible? (Your boss will probably be present, after all.) It’s all about balance: Try a vibrant mini with a high neck and sweet bow tie, braided ankle boots, and a fresh-faced glow.