Fashion-able: What to wear to a holiday party

When picking outfits for holiday parties, it can be hard to choose between all of the rich colours and sparkly pieces that show up this time of year. It’s a great opportunity to make a statement, but your audience still must be considered. What works for your family party will look a bit understated for a bash with your friends, and for work, keeping the boss in mind is important. 

Here is our guide for getting dressed for all of the great parties between now and the end of December. Hopefully, you’ll have an excuse to wear all types of outfits this holiday season.

Work Parties
Work parties can be tricky to dress for. You want to look great and show off your personal style to the people that you spend most of your waking hours with. It’s a perfect time to get more dressed up than you normally would for a work function. But, your boss will be there, and you still need to hang on to the respect of your coworkers (right?). 
Our solution is the LBD. Every girl needs a Little Black (party) Dress, and it’s a no-fail base outfit for the white wine and sliders you’ll munch on while trading work gossip. 
Diane von Furstenberg’s Arita Leather Dress ($595) with jersey paneling is the perfect LBD for any work holiday party. With padded shoulders and a scoop back, this dress can be worn for either a day or night event. It’s simple enough for a corporate party, but the panels and leather add a bit of interest. 

If you need to cover up to feel comfortable, try a knockout jacket like Thakoon’s fabulous Ruffle Cropped Jacket ($2,585). Covered in lovely layers of chiffon ruffles and lined in silk, this jacket is just right for a merry dandy holiday. Buy the real deal, or use it as inspiration for something more affordable.

Friends Parties
This is where you go all out. Holiday parties are the best chance to show off your amped-up style. Forget wearing basic jeans or a LBD here. Anything goes with your crew. 

The romper/jumpsuit trend has hit runways from Stella McCartney to Alexander Wang, and now is your chance to work it like Agyness Dean. We like BCBGeneration’s Cut-Out Sleeveless Jumpsuit ($49) to celebrate the holidays with friends. Be sure to pair with heels to keep your legs looking long and lean.
For a major splurge, top the jumpsuit with Alice + Olivia’s Luiza Embellished Jacket ($796) for a look that’s hip and shimmering. The sequined and double-breasted jacket has padded shoulders and extended front hem. Wear this outfit and cause major fashion envy.

Family Parties
Holiday season is sequin season; the more you wear, the better. Sequins add glitz to your otherwise more conservative style when hanging with your aunts and uncles.
To shine at a family party, try this Sequin Jersey Skirt by Kensie ($58). Wearing opaque black tights will keep you looking covered up, even with the slightly shorter length. Style it in an unexpected way (and keep it grandma-friendly) by pairing it with Helmut Lang’s Cropped Sweater ($360). 
For a black classic that’s anything but basic, this sheer knit sweater with hole detailing features ribbed edges and long sleeves. Your sister will surely have her eye on this dazzling skirt and cool sweater combination. Beware, she will raid your closet.
What are you wearing to holiday parties this year? Tweet us: @rockitpromo.

We’re Not Just Pretty: Christina Krcevinac

We’re happy to welcome back Christina Krcevinac to the fourth floor, this time as a PR professional. Christina shared some of her thoughts and insights about working in PR at Diesel Canada as Communications Manager. 
How long have you been in your current position?
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I’ve been at Diesel for six years, and no two days have ever been the same. 
 
How does your company leverage PR?
The Diesel brand has become about more than just apparel; it’s a lifestyle brand. From our new Italian-made wine and olive oils, to our quirky home collection, and even our very own Diesel Fiat, every approach has to be new and unexpected. We have to keep the media on their toes, and excited about every project we pitch to them. We always want to give the media and consumer an unforgettable experience. 
 The sexy new Diesel Fiat.
 
What qualities are most important to you when hiring a PR team member?
Passion. Passion for the brand is most important. You can have all the right education, but a connection, belief and understanding of a brand is what will keep you getting your hands dirty, thinking out-of-the-box and making sure not even the smallest of details is overlooked. 
 
Who is your mentor or professional in the industry you admire?
Our president Joey Adler inspires me every day – as a woman in business, as a philanthropist, and her ability to always surprise you, when you finally think you know what she’s going to say. I learn from her every day. 
 
What are your feelings about how PR has been positioned in the media in more recent years, on popular TV shows?
PR is not all about cocktails and celebrities. You would never see Samantha on Sex and the City sitting on the floor in her couture, putting together gift bags, or missing a party because she’s in the back alley (at minus 40 degrees) waiting for celebrities to come through the secret entrance. There is a lot of gritty behind-the-scenes work before the red carpet or photo finish. 
 
What’s your biggest piece of advice for PR pros, both junior and senior?
Working in PR means anything can happen. It’s all about jumping over any hurdle that might come your way, and never letting your client see you sweat. 
 
What do you love most about your job?
That every day is an adventure and a new challenge. 
A little more from the fourth floor:

Website: diesel.com of course! You can shop, listen to Diesel:U:Music, and experience all that the Diesel planet has to offer.
Designer:
Sophia Kokosalaki, her Wild West-inspired Diesel Black Gold collection shown at New York Fashion week is the perfect mix of boho and rockstar.
Store:
DSquared2 in Milan – its like a little piece of Canada on the other side of the world! You can almost hear the national anthem when you walk in.
Book:
If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone (Thanks for reco, Deb G!)
Snack:
Vega bars (I never leave home without one in my purse!)
Season:
Summer. Especially in Montreal!
Sexy:
Confidence
Celebrity Crush:
James Franco
Inspiration:
Innovation
Drink:
Water – Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Motto in two words:
Go BIG
Idea of perfect happiness:
Good friends, good tunes, good food.
Indulgence:
Magazines… lots and lots of magazines!!!
Favourite tweeter to follow
: I might be the last person not on Twitter…

A visit from…Diesel

We’re secretly a bit excited for fall to arrive. We love wearing tall boots, warm sweaters and gorgeous scarves. We also love our jeans, but they’ve gathered a bit of dust during this long, hot summer (not that we’re complaining!). Now that cooler days are just around the corner, we invited Christina Krcevinac from Diesel Canada up to the fourth floor, to share her favourite pieces from the fall/winter Diesel collection. 

Christina has been the Communications Manager at Diesel Canada for over six years. She plans and executes events, coordinates magazine shoots and styling, handles press and hosts some of the world’s biggest celebrities at the annual ONEXONE event. Her obsession with detail often has her knee-deep in dirty work (sometimes literally) and she loves every minute of it.

The warm summer days are fading as quickly as your suntan, and it’s time to think about picking up some of your favourite wardrobe staples for autumn.

With shorter days and colder nights, denim is the best way to transition your wardrobe in time for fall. Extend your summer wardrobe by adding a hint of denim to your every day looks.

When it comes to denim, don’t always think jeans! This work-wear inspired fabric can add a little warmth and texture to your summer favourites, like a jean jacket paired over a silk slip dress. Layer your boyfriend’s jean shirt over shorts and wear with ankle boots. Or, add coloured tights under your super-short jean shorts.

 Elle Macpherson rocks Diesel jeans  (Matic 8B3) and ankle boots.

Once you have those staples down, take it a step further with the ultra-stylish denim (a.k.a. “Canadian”) tuxedo. This look is not just for farmers anymore! When done right, this denim-on-denim look adds instant fashion-forward street cred. Just don’t wear matching colors – pair light and dark fabrics, or distressed and raw treatments to ensure effortless style.

Adding denim to your nighttime ensembles dresses them down and makes them more relaxed. If you don’t want to be too casual, add a little polish with some chains (as shown on the Matic 8SV), sequence tuxedo stripe (Zivy 8S9) or studs. Stay in transition by getting a skinny pair that stops at the ankle or cuff them to just below your calf.

Matic 8SV

Zivy 8S9

Packing up your sunblock and flip flops becomes a little bit easier when you have purchases like these to look forward to.