Where do I find the best selection of cocktail dresses in New Zealand?

“The Cocktail Dress – where decadent or demure merges festivity with sex appeal”

Looking for that special cocktail dress?
The venue choices are getting more and more limited but fortunately Modes of Broadway are well versed in this area. Like the classic martini, a cocktail dress will never be out of fashion. Cocktail dresses make you stand out at that special event and no matter what age or size your Cocktail dress should always be elegant, striking and beautiful to wear. Modes have a range of cocktail wear that is short and sweet offering a bite sized piece of seduction but not without elements of practicality.

From versions of Chanel 1929 little black dress like the one that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to full skirted taffeta dresses a la Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfields, the practical modern women seeks cocktail wear that’s best quality is the easy transition from day to evening by creative accessorising, believed by Modes staff.

A festive handbag, marvelous jewels, glittering embellishments and gorgeous shoes can transform a simple silk into a gala ensemble.

Vionnet was the master of bias cut – fabric cut on the diagonal allowing it to stretch and cling like a second skin. Modes are proud to house collections from couture houses in New York and Europe, where Vionnet was the inspiration for many of the bias cut silk and satin dresses, incorporating fishtail godets for movement or a cowl back or front to soften the neckline. The addition of a handmade art deco wrist band, hairpiece or necklace is the finishing touch to personalize each Modes garment. Modes is the exclusive stockist of Dina Bar-el and Nicole Miller in New Zealand.

For a more informal and unobstructed look the George, Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman and Wayne Cooper labels, which are exclusive to Modes, offer a more casual look in day to evening dressing. The wrap dress is a classic feature of these collections as clothes that sometimes accentuate the body becomes more popular after movies such as Sex in the City saw the lead dressed to the nines with a stunning handbag and bespoke hatinator.

Wow your friends and the judges at ‘fashion in the field’ on raceday with a dramatic wide brimmed hat or a custom made fascinator. The selection of wedding dresses and race wear is truly amazing.

Gowns to impress and beautifully fit the body and the budget, are selected from all around the world to represent the latest fashion trends, fabrications and embellishments. Completely beaded or just a hint of bling that can be removed after the special event and be worn as a dinner or work dress shortened.

Modes Eventwear houses New Zealand’s most extensive collection of Mother-of-the-Bride dresses featuring stunning Italian fabrics, tasteful prints and co-coordinating dress and jacket or dress and coat combinations available in sizes 6 to 24. The in-house workroom ensures the garment will be the fit for your body shape and the experienced staff can choose stunning accessories that complete the look and are appropriate for the style of wedding weather it be a vineyard venue, cathedral ceremony, black tie occasion or tropical island beach wedding. Modes is the true fashion “eventwear icon” and has been for over 25 years.

There is something greater than seams and fabric that connects the silken drop waist flapper dress worn with pearls to the short and flirty flower trimmed number worn by some of the youth today.

At Modes a dress is not just a dress. It’s a lifetime of intelligent shopping for all your very special events.

Modes Bridal and Modes Eventwear are now both at 26 McColl Street, Newmarket.

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