If there’s one time of the year to rightfully claim that it’s what’s on the outside that counts, it’s surely now. The windows along Fifth Avenue are chock full of glittering displays — from Bergdorf Goodman’s, which drip with icicles, to the snowflake lights strewn across the façade of Saks.
For upcoming Christmas soirées, imminent New Year’s Eve bashes, and all other evenings out, we recommend taking a cue from the dazzling Manhattan streets. A pair of candy-colored Louboutins will have you literally walking atop the party, and conversation starters like Lanvin’s crystal belt will ensure there’s something chic to talk about. Let the party season commence!
One glance at Dolce & Gabbana’s crystal-and-lace pumps and your heart rate will surely quicken. The three-inch heels are crafted in Italy, natch, and will be the perfect mate to a tried-and-true little black dress. $1,495. 825 Madison Avenue; 212-249-4100; dolcegabbana.com
As a fourth-generation member of the Fendi family, it is no surprise that jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez’s pieces are constant people pleasers. Here she embellishes a leather neck collar with 21 hanging rubies and gold-plated arrows. This is an outfit onto itself, so wear it with a minimal black sheath and you’ll be set. $4,275. Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel, 1190 Broadway; 646-695-5680; openingceremony.us
The party is sure to follow everywhere when you’re sporting these show-stopping Highness Strass shoes by Christian Louboutin. They are flecked with hundreds of candy-colored stones, and clock in at a whopping six inches high. $6,395. 965 Madison Avenue; 212-396-1884; christianlouboutin.com
Leather and Swarovski crystals make a charmingly devilish pair on this box clutch by Alexander McQueen. A silver skull serves as a clasp to protect the refined nappa leather interior. $2,540. 417 West 14th Street; 212-645-1797; alexandermcqueen.com
Oscar de la Renta combines ladylike glamour with some serious sparkle on his Buckle necklace outfitted with faceted pave crystals in a gilt setting. This is the quintessential statement necklace, and will look stunning year round. $1,490. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue; 212-872-8708; bergdorfgoodman.com
Founded by a hatmaker in 1936, Parisian label Maison Michel has been turning out whimsical creations for nearly a century. For a New Year’s Eve ensemble in need of some extra oomph, look no further than the company’s darling Heidi Bear Ears headband crafted out of ladylike lace and pearls. $520. Kirna Zabête, 477 Broome Street; 212-941-9656; kirnazabete.com
The four letters on this Lanvin belt make this style a true conversation starter. It doesn’t hurt that the satin belt with glass crystals will also work to flatteringly cinch in any party frock. $2,780815 Madison Avenue; 646-439-0380; lanvin.com
In our opinion, stylish post-party wear can be as necessary as what you wear to the event itself. After donning sky-high heels to a Christmas cocktail fête, we promise these stud-encrusted booties by Modern Vice will be just the thing for your tired feet. $550. Cloak & Dagger, 441 East 9th Street; 212-673-0500; cloakanddaggernyc.com
3.1 Phillip Lim’s Pashli bag was a street style mainstay during the past New York Fashion Week. For his holiday collection, the designer revamps the satchel with silver and gold studs and a wonderfully soft rabbit fur flap. $1,250. Otte, 121 Greenwich Avenue; 212-229-9424; otteny.com
These patent leather Mary Janes (kitted out with black steel studs) are simultaneously sweet and daring. The style can easily take you from the office to last-minute holiday shopping around the city. $290. Bess, 292 Lafayette Street; 212-219-0723; bess-nyc.com