“I Wanted Something I Could Dance In”: How Dua Lipa Picks A Party Dress

Rashidi Noah

“You know I’m always down for a good after-party,” says Dua Lipa, a woman who, happily, has much to celebrate. The star is still basking in the glow of a barnstorming Grammys performance, just dropped a new single, Training Season, and is in the first flush of new romance, with Masters of the Air star Callum Turner. The former Burberry model was her date for British Vogue’s annual Fashion & Film party in partnership with Tiffany & Co. at Annabel’s, where Dua was able to let her (newly red) hair down on the dancefloor with a little help from a former collaborator, SG Lewis, and Shygirl, both of whom performed for guests in the basement club on Sunday night.

Dua Lipa wearing custom Valentino and Tiffany & Co. jewellery for British Vogue’s Fashion & Film party with Tiffany & Co. at Annabel’s. Rashidi Noah

The singer swapped her BAFTAs gown – a traffic-stopping red Valentino number with a dramatic scarf neckline – for another custom Pierpaolo Piccioli confection before arriving at the venue. “For the awards, we had a gorgeous custom Valentino dress that had this very dramatic long train,” says the singer. “So I wanted to switch things up for afterwards and go for something that felt a bit lighter and freeing. Something I could dance in – and this custom sheer black Valentino dress was perfect for that.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given her acrobatic efforts on that scaffolding at the Grammys, the ability to throw shapes is always a significant consideration when it comes to Dua’s party dress decision-making. The secrets to a successful look, in her view? It should be “something fun, maybe a little bit unexpected – and you’ve gotta be able to dance in it.” The lightweight diaphanous Valentino, with its simple spaghetti strap bodice and flirty feather trim, more than fit the bill.

As for the accessories, Dua turned to Tiffany & Co. to “really take it to the next level”. “You can never go wrong with a little shimmer,” says the star, who made a Tiffany & Co. Archives necklace with a liberal sprinkling of diamonds the focal point of her look. Dua also wore a Schlumberger by Tiffany & Co. Three Leaves ear clips with diamonds, and a classic Tiffany Knot ring in yellow gold with diamonds. “I love any chance to mix metals,” she says.

Dua Lipa also accessorised her BAFTAs gown with Tiffany & Co. jewellery. Rashidi Noah

Next in the diary for Dua? The 2024 Brit Awards, where she is in the running in the Best Song and Best Artist categories. No doubt she will have another fabulous fashion moment in the works for 2 March – and one or two after-parties to attend. “My favourite parties are the ones that go into the wee hours of the night with your best mates,” says Dua, who herself through a “pretty fun rager” after last year’s Met Gala. “That’s when the best memories are made.”

A great party look should be “fun and unexpected”, she says. Rashidi Noah

This article was originally published on British Vogue.

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