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'Tis the Season ...

... to try on bold new looks for the holiday party scene.

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The Artists:

Hair styling: Russell White for Eclipse Hair and Body Salon

Makeup: Tracy Ewell for Make Up Art Cosmetic Studio

Models: Nadja Hills for Model & Talent Plus, Christina Cuenca for AboutFaces Model & Talent Management, and Natalie Frances

Sources:

AboutFaces
Model & Talent Management 929 Julia St., 529-3223

Decor/Couture 4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060

Eclipse Hair and Body Salon 536 Bienville St., 522-3318

Feet First 5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525

Make Up Art Cosmetic Studio 7736 Maple St., 862-0005

Model & Talent Plus 1 Galleria Blvd., Metairie, 831-8118

Natalie Frances By appointment, 443-1370

Romney Photography By appointment, 366-1808

Vanda 8120 Hampson St., 314-6377

Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St., 866-9666
A dusty purple straight skirt with a high back slit is matched with a boat-neck half-sleeve shell with a picturesque flower at the neckline, both made of comfortable, soft suede knit, $539. Add some spunk with a long purple-and-white sweater coat with bright purple feathers at the cuffs and neckline, $149; both from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666). Take the look a step further with black leather high-heel sling back shoes by Stuart Weitzman, $99.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525). - ROMNEY PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • A dusty purple straight skirt with a high back slit is matched with a boat-neck half-sleeve shell with a picturesque flower at the neckline, both made of comfortable, soft suede knit, $539. Add some spunk with a long purple-and-white sweater coat with bright purple feathers at the cuffs and neckline, $149; both from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666). Take the look a step further with black leather high-heel sling back shoes by Stuart Weitzman, $99.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
Maroon thread crocheted into a party dress becomes even more special with a bikini bodice embellished with bugle beads by Anna Y K, $117; give it some sparkle with a wide mesh beaded choker, $200; both from Decor/Couture (4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060). Shimmering maroon strappy slides are made playful and celebratory with beaded flowers on the straps by Ann Marino, $44.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
  • Maroon thread crocheted into a party dress becomes even more special with a bikini bodice embellished with bugle beads by Anna Y K, $117; give it some sparkle with a wide mesh beaded choker, $200; both from Decor/Couture (4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060). Shimmering maroon strappy slides are made playful and celebratory with beaded flowers on the straps by Ann Marino, $44.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
Delicate beading on black silk over a gold satin lining sets a romantic tone made more moving by a flip-hem floor-length strapless evening gown that's sure to get lots of attention by Scala, $198. Draw the eyes up with a choker of tiny black beads and two dangling gold hearts adding more interest, $80, both from Decor/Couture (4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060). To complete the impression, add a black velvet headband with a beaded embellishment and a tuft of feathers, $32.99, and slip on go-with-everything mock snakeskin heels with a back strap by Stuart Weitzman, $99.99; both from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
  • Delicate beading on black silk over a gold satin lining sets a romantic tone made more moving by a flip-hem floor-length strapless evening gown that's sure to get lots of attention by Scala, $198. Draw the eyes up with a choker of tiny black beads and two dangling gold hearts adding more interest, $80, both from Decor/Couture (4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060). To complete the impression, add a black velvet headband with a beaded embellishment and a tuft of feathers, $32.99, and slip on go-with-everything mock snakeskin heels with a back strap by Stuart Weitzman, $99.99; both from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
A lusciously tailored iridescent purple silk blouse has a fully ruffled front and graceful bell sleeves, a perfect accompaniment for everything from denim to velvet, $179. Add some sparkle with silver crescent earrings with 14-karat-gold inset verticle lines and crystals, $69.95; from Vanda (8120 Hampson St., 314-6377).
  • A lusciously tailored iridescent purple silk blouse has a fully ruffled front and graceful bell sleeves, a perfect accompaniment for everything from denim to velvet, $179. Add some sparkle with silver crescent earrings with 14-karat-gold inset verticle lines and crystals, $69.95; from Vanda (8120 Hampson St., 314-6377).
A virtual rainbow of beads make up a four-strand choker centered with an elaborate design of jewel-colored stones, $489, from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666).
  • A virtual rainbow of beads make up a four-strand choker centered with an elaborate design of jewel-colored stones, $489, from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666).
Add fashionable whimsy to any outfit with a reversible purse with feathers around the top. One side features a brocade fabric with monkeys on it; the other is the same leopardskin-print as the wrist strap, $104.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525). -  - Spectacular in both look and feel are these easy-lace calf boots in a shimmery bronze color with fur on the front and a spunky heel by Italian designer Claudia Ciuti, $174.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
  • Add fashionable whimsy to any outfit with a reversible purse with feathers around the top. One side features a brocade fabric with monkeys on it; the other is the same leopardskin-print as the wrist strap, $104.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

    Spectacular in both look and feel are these easy-lace calf boots in a shimmery bronze color with fur on the front and a spunky heel by Italian designer Claudia Ciuti, $174.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
Diagonal lines mark the long and short of fashion in this splendid anytime party dress with one shoulder strap embellished with a sparkling rhinestone ornament. The hemline forms a graceful diagonal from above the knee to the ankle, with the back featuring a low neckline and artistic straps by Nicole Bakti, $273.99, from Decor/Couture (4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060). Add sparkle to your toes with black shimmer high heels with ankle straps and a row of crystals on top by Valenti Franco, $39.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
  • Diagonal lines mark the long and short of fashion in this splendid anytime party dress with one shoulder strap embellished with a sparkling rhinestone ornament. The hemline forms a graceful diagonal from above the knee to the ankle, with the back featuring a low neckline and artistic straps by Nicole Bakti, $273.99, from Decor/Couture (4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060). Add sparkle to your toes with black shimmer high heels with ankle straps and a row of crystals on top by Valenti Franco, $39.99, from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
A princess-style tailored three-piece suit made from silver Thai silk makes a sterling impression whether at a dressy business function or an after-hours party. Start with a fitted, back-zippered camisole with spaghetti straps and a built-in bra, $149.99; topping a fitted suit skirt with a sexy side slit, $139; and a waisted coat with a slightly flared flounce and fabric-covered buttons, $275. Add even more elegance with a necklace of peacock freshwater pearls of several sizes and sterling silver dividers and fastener from Bali by Priscilla Duffy Designs, $98, and matching drop earrings, $29; all from Vanda (8120 Hampson St., 314-6377). Finish the visage with black mock snakeskin in a sling-back shoe with artistic high heels by Stuart Weitzman, $99.99; from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).
  • A princess-style tailored three-piece suit made from silver Thai silk makes a sterling impression whether at a dressy business function or an after-hours party. Start with a fitted, back-zippered camisole with spaghetti straps and a built-in bra, $149.99; topping a fitted suit skirt with a sexy side slit, $139; and a waisted coat with a slightly flared flounce and fabric-covered buttons, $275. Add even more elegance with a necklace of peacock freshwater pearls of several sizes and sterling silver dividers and fastener from Bali by Priscilla Duffy Designs, $98, and matching drop earrings, $29; all from Vanda (8120 Hampson St., 314-6377). Finish the visage with black mock snakeskin in a sling-back shoe with artistic high heels by Stuart Weitzman, $99.99; from Feet First (5500 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

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