Bestest Party Looks of the Week

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Before New York experienced a rapid and terrifying COVID-19 spike this week (thanks, SantaCon), parties felt like they had finally hit their stride again. Let’s travel back in time (say, a week, when we were all feeling confident in our boosters and winter social lives) to the glamorous events that happened before Omicron began spreading faster in New York and New Jersey than anywhere else, and let’s hold them tight because who knows how long it’ll be before we have any more party looks to call the best. It was a time when Chlöe Bailey wore a wonderful black-and-gold zippered dress and Christopher Meloni blessed the world with an amazing suit. To see them all, scroll below. And remember as always: safety first, parties second.

Best details

Singer Chlöe Bailey at the iHeartRadio Z100 Jingle Ball 2021 on December 10. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

It’s not often you see Bailey without her sister, Halle. Unsurprisingly, she looked stunning while walking the red carpet solo.

Best stripes

Actress Betsey Brown at the New York premiere of The Scary of Sixty-First on Thursday. Photo: Hatnim Lee/Getty Images

Brown looked great (and certainly NYC appropriate) in a striped black suit and black boots.

Best flare pants

Actress Rachel Brosnahan at The 15th-annual CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute on Sunday. Photo: Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

Flare pants can do no wrong, and Brosnahan took the memo and pulled out a bold pair to prove it. I love the shine, plus the pleating adds some interesting texture.

Best mismatch

Cook Laila Gohar at the One Love Community Fridge 2021 Benefit on Sunday. Photo: Jason Mendez/Getty Images

Pajama sets are still in whether you like it or not, and Gohar paired a top with some mismatched bottoms in a way that screams “too cool to try.” Plus pairing them with loafers adds an instant boost that takes it from schlumpy to chic.

Best color

Entrepreneur and model Pritika Swarup at the The King’s Man New York gala screening Monday. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Swarup looks amazing in this color, and the ruching of the dress is interesting and playful.

Best layering

Gallery owner Destinee Ross-Sutton at the Artists for Artists Party and Auction on Tuesday. Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

I love layering in the winter, and Ross-Sutton did it best. Wearing black sheer tights (classic) with a cool patterned knit over a white collared dress, she made this look her own. And I love the wintry pop of color her blue braids provide.

Best sparkles

Model Maye Musk at the Time Person of the Year event Monday. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Who doesn’t love a sparkly scarf?

Best suiting

Actor Christopher Meloni at the 15th-annual CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute on Sunday. Photo: Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

Meloni knows how to wear a suit, and we thank him for it.

Best all-black

The Scene founder Ridhima Kalani at the company’s launch party Tuesday. Photo: Sansho Scott/

In classic New York style, Kalani paired different textures and styles of all-black pieces to create a fit that is nothing close to boring.

Bestest Party Looks of the Week