November 23, 2012 6:37 pm

After dark

From 007 to snow-globe handbags, our third gift guide puts the spotlight on eveningwear
 
earrings
 
Watch
 Earrings, £370, by Prada

Bold earrings are back. These hoops combine a striking shape with delicate floral detailing. www.prada.com

 Watch, £2,200,by Georg Jensen

This steel and alligator-embossed leather chronograph makes a sleek addition to a man’s watch wardrobe. www.georgjensen.com

 
Velvet shoes
 
Shoes
 Velvet shoes, £1,110, by Tabitha Simmons

Inspired by London’s traditional pearly kings and queens, Simmons’ stilettos fuse craft and opulence. www.matchesfashion.com

 Shoes, £389, by Mr Hare

This suede and patent leather style updates the classic evening shoe. www.mrhare.com

 
Tuxedo suit
 
Silk tie
 Tuxedo suit, £2,700, by Tom Ford

Worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, this navy one-button tuxedo has a licence to thrill. www.selfridges.com

 Silk tie, £95, by Etro

For men who don’t do bow ties, this slim tie in cobalt paisley is a cool alternative. www.etro.com

 
Camisole top
 
Snow-globe clutch bag
 Camisole top £193; shorts £183.50, by La Perla

A sophisticated camisole set in fresh buttery yellow silk avoids the clichés. Available in two weeks. www.laperla.com

 Snow-globe clutch bag, £895, by Anya Hindmarch

Shake this glittering clutch bag to swirl the snowflakes – your very own white Christmas. www.anyahindmarch.com

 
Velvet dress
 
Silk dressing gown
 Velvet dress, £2,120, by Gucci

Hourglass shape and flattering midnight blue, with leopard pattern devore: Gucci delivers a timeless cocktail dress. www.netaporter.com

 Silk dressing gown, £810, by Derek Rose

For men who never let the sartorial side down, even at home. www.mrporter.com

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Patrick Grant on eveningwear: tailoring tips from Savile Row

“Every man needs a midnight-blue three-piece evening suit, and either an alternative jacket or pair of trousers so that you can create different looks. A velvet smoking jacket, say, or an evening jacket in tartan or silk jacquard.

“Another alternative is tartan evening trousers. US Vogue’s international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles has a complete tartan evening suit that looks amazing.

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“For a very formal occasion wear a black or dark midnight blue silk textured barathea or twill bow tie, not a flat satin one. If the event is less formal, you can wear a dark bow tie with a small pattern in it.

“Prince Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh and other smart dressers wear silk handkerchiefs, which shows élan. Silk handkerchiefs and bow ties make good gifts: have a simple white handkerchief embroidered with initials.

“Ideally, you ought to wear a patent lace-up shoe or a slipper, or, at the absolute minimum a highly polished closed-laced black leather shoe.

“For women, bags and jewellery are easier than clothes and I’m not a fan of long ballgowns. I’d steer clear of puff sleeves and taffeta but British designers such as Christopher Kane, Giles and Erdem do really beautifully crafted, almost couture-like dresses.”

Patrick Grant is creative director and owner of Savile Row tailors ETautz

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