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ENCHANTED EVENINGS

Overlooking one of the magnificent Seven Wonders of the World - the beautiful marble monument of love, the Taj Mahal, sits the legendary Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra. With architecture inspired by the grandeur and delicate ornamentation of the bygone Mughal era, the luxury hotel perfectly balances the rich, colourful vibrancy of the present with the grandiosity of the past.

One of the gemstone capitals of the world, India was the befitting destination to invite seven of the world’s most stylish influencers to showcase the gem-inspired, party-perfect delectable Cruise 2017 collection. Scroll down for essential party tips and see how influencers do party accessorising, all captured by photographer Candice Lake.”

AIMEE SONG

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IN STYLE FOR PARTY SHOES?

“This season velvet is very big. Even metallic, like gold and silver pumps, are very in.”

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW FOR A PARTY BAG?

“Anything small, micro, macro-mini. I think it’s all about personalising as well and Jimmy Choo does it!”

IF YOU WANT TO SKIP HEELS AND GO FOR FLATS, WHAT KIND OF FLATS FEEL DRESSY ENOUGH?

“A pointed toe makes it feel dressy, especially if they have bows or embellishments on them like the Jimmy Choo ones.”

ONE ITEM YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

“I could live without almost everything, but right now the Jimmy Choo gold block heels because they go with everything.”

GALA GONZALEZ

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IN STYLE FOR PARTY SHOES?

“Velvet is definitely in style. The Lucy they have in velvet is great”

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW FOR A PARTY BAG?

“I like to keep my bags small for a party. I like the Lockett Petite, and even smaller bags too. All I need to carry is my phone, credit cards, and a lipstick.”

DO YOU EVER BUILD YOUR OUTFIT FROM THE SHOES YOU’RE WEARING?

“Yes, it’s all about accessorising. Finding the right accessories can really tell the story about who you are and how you see life. That’s why you should always invest in your accessories.”

WHAT IS YOUR MUST HAVE ITEM FROM THE COLLECTION?

“I would say the Wilbur. The Mary Janes are super cute, and I like that they have a square toe. I like the boots as well. Most people think about heels when they think of Jimmy Choo, but I love the contrast of a more masculine boot. It’s very versatile.”

IF YOU WANT TO SKIP HEELS AND GO FOR FLATS, WHAT KIND OF FLATS FEEL DRESSY ENOUGH?

“The Layton flats go with everything from a dressed-up dress to denim. I think velvet is perfect. Forget about double denim, it’s about double velvet.”

“"I NEVER LEAVE MY SHOES TO THE LAST MINUTE. I (ALWAYS) START WITH THE SHOES, AND THEN I BUILD THE REST OF MY OUTFIT. SHOES CAN CARRY THE WHOLE LOOK.”

EVANGELIE SYMRNIOTAKI

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IN STYLE FOR PARTY SHOES? “I love the Keely 100 in the blush colour - these will be the party shoes of the season!”

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW FOR A PARTY BAG?

“Very small bags are in. All you need is your credit card and phone.”

BEST TIP FOR PARTY DRESSING?

“You don’t have to be flashy with your outfit. Dress up your look with accessories. Feel good, and be yourself.”

WHAT IS YOUR MUST HAVE ITEM FROM THE COLLECTION?

“I can’t just pick one. I have four: I love the Nanda sandals, the Keely 100, the the Vienna 65,and the Romy 100.”

IF YOU WANT TO SKIP HEELS AND GO FOR FLATS, WHAT KIND OF FLATS FEEL DRESSY ENOUGH?

“If I’m going to skip heels, I’ll go with metallic colours because they feel dressier. Especially the mirrored kind of metallic.”

FAVOURITE MAKE UP TRICK?

“Illuminating foundations are the best. It makes your skin look healthy.”

HELENA BORDON

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW FOR A PARTY BAG?

“The Lockett Petite for me is perfect. It’s a good balance for day and night.”

BEST TIP FOR PARTY DRESSING?

“Never try too hard. Keep it simple, but chic.”

WHAT IS YOUR MUST HAVE ITEM FROM THE COLLECTION?

“The sneakers with the embellishments. They’re so fun!”

IF YOU WANT TO SKIP HEELS AND GO FOR FLATS, WHAT KIND OF FLATS FEEL DRESSY ENOUGH?

"For a party, I always tend to wear a super chic, pointed, close-toe flat. Little embellishments makes it feel fancy enough."

CARMEN HAMILTON

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IN STYLE FOR PARTY SHOES?

“I’m loving the round square toe with the three gold straps across the front of the shoe. A sling back and block heel are very important as well.”

IF YOU WANT TO SKIP HEELS AND GO FOR FLATS, WHAT KIND OF FLATS FEEL DRESSY ENOUGH?

“Definitely something with a little sparkle and I love a metallic heel as well and a block heel. I think it’s a nice way to add an interesting twist to a simple outfit—to add some sort of opulence, whether it’s little gemstones or full glitter with the right outfit. It’s all about balance.”

IF YOU COULD OWN ANYONE’S CLOSET, WHO WOULD IT BE?

“Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, because I think it’s the perfect balance of strong and sexy. Masculine, but feminine.”

“THE LOCKETT PETITE FOR ME IS PERFECT. IT’S A GOOD BALANCE FOR DAY AND NIGHT.”

LEILA YAVARI

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IN STYLE FOR PARTY SHOES?

"If I were to buy only one pair of shoes this season, I would buy a pair of ‘70s stacked metallic heels with an open-toe."

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW FOR A PARTY BAG?

"I really like Perspex clutches. I like that they feel very modern, but can have a very ‘70s feel."

DO YOU HAVE TIPS FOR WALKING IN HEELS COMFORTABLY?

"Your party shoes have to be comfortable, and they have to fit properly. It’s also about knowing which brands suit you. A brand like Jimmy Choo that specialises in footwear, does a really good job with making sure the shoes are very wearable."

WHAT IS YOUR MUST HAVE ITEM FROM THE COLLECTION?

"I have a real soft spot for the Lockett Petite."

IF YOU WANT TO SKIP HEELS AND GO FOR FLATS, WHAT KIND OF FLATS FEEL DRESSY ENOUGH?

"Flats that have embellishments will feel fancy. It’s also about fabric. Velvet is an important fabric for the season. You can do a velvet flat or something with embroidery."

WHAT SONG OR ARTIST ALWAYS GETS YOU DANCING?

"Prince."

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