Trawling through party dresses for this selection, I realised five things: 1) I am extremely bored of LBDs. Which doesn’t mean I haven’t included them; 2) high sheen – in the form of lame, paillettes and metallics – is both popular and effective; 3) I have a strange obsession with flesh pink dresses, which, at first glance, will make you look naked when you walk in the room. You’ll need guts to carry these off and, simultaneously – and ironically, abs of steel; 4) Victoria Beckham has a lot more eccentric humour than I realised. Check out this season’s offerings and you’ll see what I mean. 5) The reason I love MGSM’s shimmery tunic is largely because it has the neck detail of a cricket jumper.

Astere printed flared satin dress, £2,035, Mary Katrantzou. www.harveynichols.com

Astere printed flared satin dress, £2,035, Mary Katrantzou. www.harveynichols.com

Arabella sequinned crepe dress, £1,530, Altuzarra. www.harveynichols.com

Arabella sequinned crepe dress, £1,530, Altuzarra. www.harveynichols.com

Two-tone belted lamé dress, 685, Victoria, Victoria Beckham. www.harveynichols.com

Two-tone belted lamé dress, 685, Victoria, Victoria Beckham. www.harveynichols.com

Maddison textured bodycon dress, £179, Reiss. www.reiss.com

Maddison textured bodycon dress, £179, Reiss. www.reiss.com

Ambrosia floral lace maxi dress, £420, Reiss. www.reiss.com

Ambrosia floral lace maxi dress, £420, Reiss. www.reiss.com

Navy and off white floral silk blend dress, £695, Issa. www.harveynichols.com

Navy and off white floral silk blend dress, £695, Issa. www.harveynichols.com

Karmyn Blooms Of Enchantment Silk Dress, £399, Ted Baker. www.johnlewis.com

Karmyn Blooms Of Enchantment Silk Dress, £399, Ted Baker. www.johnlewis.com

Lace feather dress, £130, Oasis. www.oasis-stores.com

Lace feather dress, £130, Oasis. www.oasis-stores.com

Blush embellished prom dress, £75, Dorothy Perkins. www.dorothyperkins.com

Blush embellished prom dress, £75, Dorothy Perkins. www.dorothyperkins.com

 

Two-Tone Lace Midi Dress, £75, Topshop. www.topshop.com

Two-Tone Lace Midi Dress, £75, Topshop. www.topshop.com

Pink 2 in 1 Floral Dress, £48, Girls on Film. www.dorothyperkins.com

Pink 2 in 1 Floral Dress, £48, Girls on Film. www.dorothyperkins.com

Heavy Jersey Flora Dress, £345, Joseph. www.joseph-fashion.com

Heavy Jersey Flora Dress, £345, Joseph. www.joseph-fashion.com

Tallulah wool crepe dress, £420, Goat. www.matchesfashion.com

Tallulah wool crepe dress, £420, Goat. www.matchesfashion.com

Pearlescent organza dress, £610, Marc by Marc Jacobs. www.harveynichols.com

Pearlescent organza dress, £610, Marc by Marc Jacobs. www.harveynichols.com

Paillette embellished crepe dress, £545, MGSM. www.harveynichols.com

Paillette embellished crepe dress, £545, MGSM. www.harveynichols.com