This is the season when all that glisters is rather more golden than what doesn't. Or put it another way, it is the shiny who will shine at parties this year. Armani plutocrats will slither democratically past the sinuously slinky savers in Kookai; sirens in underwear-as-outerwear will rub haunches with slithering black dresses. Have yourself a sexy little Christmas. Photographs by Tim Brett Day

Left Apricot satin top, pounds 200, by Martine Sitbon at Pellicano, 63 South Molton Street, London W1, and Joseph 77 Fulham Road, London SW3; black crepe short flared skirt, pounds 125, by Dries van Noten at Browns, 27 South Molton Street, London W1 and Joseph, as before Above Iridescent grey sequinned top, pounds 399, by Ann Demeulmeester at A La Mode, 36 Hans Crescent, London SW1; grey organza skirt, with pale orange lining, pounds 275, by Martine Sitbon at Pellicano, as before

Taupe satin jacket, pounds 375, matching wide trousers, pounds 175, from Emporio Armani, 59 Long Acre, London WC1 and 84-86 King Street, Manchester; black satin sandals, pounds 245, at Manolo Blahnik, Old Church Street, London SW3

Stylist Liz Thody Hair Adam Meli for John Frieda Make-up Charlotte Tilbury