It’s a frisky time of year. Revelers fill the city’s pubs and bars. The Aperols, craft beers and flutes of fizz are flowing. Dusk stretches out, laughs come easily and it’s hard to keep a roving eye from who’s wearing what.
In the spirit of the season, here’s some fresh ideas for fun occasions shot on the terrace of Bistro Guillaume at Crown. Take advantage of the venue's Champagne Sundays offering and head there with friends to see off your weekend in style.
Loud and proud
Is there a cocktail terrace not made more glorious by Italian resort wear? Kaleidoscopic colours and geometric designs rose to prominence in the '60s thanks to the ‘Prince of Prints’, Emilio Pucci, who dressed Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe (who was buried in her favourite green Pucci dress).
To echo these celestial beauties and their retro dazzle on a social summer afternoon, try a block-coloured shift dress with a patterned silk neckerchief or trim. Oversized acetate frames or exaggerated cat-eyed sunglasses would complete the look.
Yes, the much-maligned culotte does have a place in your summer plans. You may feel a like a (fabulous) coiffed poodle wearing these gold slitted breeches, but you’ll surely be invited to do a few scissor-kicks for someone’s Instagram. Nonchalantly drape yourself from a chair and let sipping Champagne over the city be your most pressing priority.
Simple and sharp
Clean, tailored and relaxed, this shirt dress by Malene Birger has a delicious Riviera flavour –and is bang on for breakfast, brunch and lunch outings. It’s ideal daywear for the fuss-free lass ready to surround herself with Mimosas and tell a few ribald jokes. Undo a button or two, take it easy in a sandal or espadrille, and keep the accessories to a minimum.
Embrace the steamy season’s hues in lush, flowing fabrics. Pineapples, palm trees, flamingoes or crustaceans; the more tropical and lurid the better. This bell-sleeved blouse is an old Scanlan Theodore gem and would camouflage well in a rainforest rave. With so much going on up top, best to keep the rest of the ensemble simple.
Lacy pants can sit somewhere between Vegas wedding and poolside Slim Aarons with a pitcher of iced tea (especially when they’re bright white like this Sandro pair). Avoid the former by forgoing spindly stilettos, shades of mauve or extra frills, and keep the look modern with a plain silk shirt and sturdier heel. Then you can level-up the latter with Champagne and oysters over a light Sunday lunch. Soirée game on point.
The night is young
Sometimes you need an outfit that is able to escort you from late afternoon bubbles to mirror-balled discos past midnight. Something that holds up as well in the late afternoon sunshine as it does under the mirrorball at 1am on the dancefloor. This black and white lacy dress by Sandro paired with black Fendi sandals straddles both sides of sundown. It also travels well and requires no ironing, meaning you’re ready to roll the second the needle drops.
Gather friends and take advantage of Bistro Guillaume’s Champagne Sundays special offer of a two-course lunch with flowing Moët & Chandon, every Sunday through summer. Book your Sunday social occasion now.