The Summer Dressing Rebels At The Serpentine Party
THE annual Serpentine Summer party saw a coterie of stylish attendees from the worlds of fashion, art, music and design, eschew a seasonal colour palette in favour of dark tailoring and dresses.
Rita Ora, Camille Charrière, Laura Bailey, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Jorja Smith and Alice Dellal all dressed to suit the mood of London’s inclement weather. “Summer black” was a thing.
The tone of the party was not dampened by the somber uniform of its attendees. Rather, each individual was a lesson in how to keep a level of sartorial cool – and stay warm – at soirées this summer.
Ora and Naylor-Leyland joined actress Ella Purnell in long-sleeved Chanel dresses that looked anything but plain. Sleeves were ruffled, voluminous and even – velvet! Ora’s form-fitting Chanel featured a high-neck velvet body, before cascading into an embroidered skirt. Mumsy it was not.
Others, like Bailey and Sieber, who were also clad in Chanel, chose their dress fabrics carefully. Layered tulle and lace can be deceptively warm considering its ultra-feminine appeal.
French influencer Charrière followed in the footsteps of a suited Edie Campbell, and draped a black tuxedo jacket over her semi-sheer lace dress. A classic wardrobe tip to toughen up evening looks, whatever the dress code.
With Chanel playing host, the house acted as fashion fairy godmother to many of the guests, ensuring that not only did they avoid getting goose bumps, they looked effortlessly stylish and in line with their own “summer black” trend.