Introducing Our Evening Offerings

Your special events just got a lot more special. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Evening offerings within our Designer Collections, both online and at our Bellevue, Chicago, Tysons Corner and Vancouver stores. (But you can access these looks from anywhere; keep reading to find out how.) With decadent and gorgeous offerings from designers such as Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Reem Acra and Jenny Packham, whose crimson stunner is pictured here, we’re now perfectly positioned to dress you for black-tie dinners and fine occasions.

Jenny Packham runway look courtesy Jenny Packham

And, oh, the world of black ties and special events. The romance, the style, the champagne! We polled two of our featured designers to get their take on those special, and specially dressed, moments.

Jenny Packham

Your approach to evening style in three words:
This season: Old Hollywood glamour.

The best special-event restaurant or ballroom in the entire world:
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London and Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant—dinner is fabulous and the hotel is also home to London’s only sprung dance floor (where Queen Elizabeth II learned to ballroom dance with her sister, Princess Margaret). The hotel has the most beautiful view of Hyde Park.

Name a style icon (living or deceased, real or fictional) who best epitomizes your current evening couture collection:
The fall 2015 RTW collection is inspired by the artwork of the Spanish greats—in particular, the lesser-known, 19th-century artist Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta. The collection itself is rich in color and texture, and one of my favorite pieces is a midnight-blue, full-length, silk-organza gown with a crystal-and-pearl-embellished bodice.

The best way to accessorize your evening couture dresses:
I firmly believe the accessories should complement the gown rather than compete with it.

Shop: Jenny Packham (not available online)


Designer Bibhu Mohapatra

Bibhu Mohapatra

Your favorite champagne and vintage:
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, 2004

Your favorite soundtrack for a black-tie event:
“2046 Main Theme” by Shigeru Umebayashi

Your approach to evening couture style in three words:
Old-world, craft, now

The best special-event restaurant or ballroom in the entire world:
The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City

The best way to spend the day after a black-tie event:
A casual day in super-casual clothes

The best way to accessorize your evening couture dresses:
A bright smile

The modern definition of eveningwear is:
Old-world couture techniques in architectural shapes

Shop: Bibhu Mohapatra (not available online)

Learn more about our Evening stylist program and how to shop our Evening offerings,
even if you don’t live in one of the cities listed here

—Laura Cassidy