Turn to These Shops When You Need a Last-Minute Cocktail Dress
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We’ve all been there: We check the calendar and suddenly remember that there’s that party happening tomorrow. The invite reads “cocktail.” You make a mental inventory of your wardrobe. Dated dresses and pieces from 10 pounds ago just won’t do. When you feel that you’re over everything you own, the only option left is to buy a new dress.

Here are go-to stores for when you’re in need of a quick fix.


Rustan's Makati

The Ladies section of Rustan’s Makati is the land of plenty. With a number of storied local and international brands to choose from—Lilly Pulitzer, Tadashi, and Pucci are just a few of the labels Rustan’s carries—you’re bound to find something you can keep in your closet forever.

Perfect for: When you want to shop for a complete look

Rustan’s Makati, Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati.  For more information, call 813.3739 or visit


If you're looking for something fun, feminine, and fresh, you’ve come to the right place. LCP’s pieces from international labels such as Shona Joy, Keepsake, and C/MEO Collective will make good additions to your eveningwear arsenal.

Perfect for: The trendsetter  

Second Floor, MDI Corporate Center, 10th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, call 815.7510 or visit


A favorite of Kate Middleton, British label Reiss offers a selection of streamlined and modern pieces that can take you from day to night. A great option for those who are always in a rush.

Perfect for: Sensible, no-frills dresses and separates

Upper Ground Floor, Central Square Building, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit

Karen Millen

This London-based fashion label offers a wide array of dresses to suit any occasion, whether it's an important company event or a grand reunion with the family. Here, it's likely you'll finally stumble upon that perfect black lace number you've been looking for.

Perfect for: Occasions where you will be photographed a lot

Lower Ground Floor, Central Square Building, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig. For more information, visit

BCBG Max Azria

Is your style more sweet or sleek? You can decide when you get there because the racks at BCBG offer options for both. Whether you decide to play up your feminine side with a lace number or go daring with tastefully placed cut-outs, you’re bound to find something that will suit your taste.


Perfect for: Dressy occasions

East Wing Building, Shangri-La Mall, EDSA Corner Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong. For more information, call (02) 370.2500.



Proportion and femininity are key elements in this brand's arsenal. Dresses hug the body in a delicate way—there is enough room for movement. And even when pieces have a sporty edge, the contours always feature the woman's shape.

Perfect for: Pieces that stand the test of time

Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5, Makati.

Calvin Klein Platinum

In a party filled with frilly dresses, you'll stand out in Calvin Klein Platinum's geometric and boxy pieces. The shapes here are more rebellious and the fabrics more luxurious. Expect cold-weather surfaces such as wool and some silk options for outdoor parties.

Perfect for: Cocktail dresses for season-to-season travels

Upper Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier, Taguig


Some years ago, Lanvin made waves with draped pieces. Its more recent collections still take after this fondness for making the body a foundation for undulating fabric. Current pieces, however, are more relaxed. The philosophy in the Lanvin store is a return to understatement.

Perfect for: Those who love strategic drapery and airy fabrics

Ground Floor, 8 Rockwell, Makati. For more information, call (02) 833.8826.

Homme et femme 8 Rockwell and Univers d'homme et femme

The brands on the racks of Homme et femme are not the usual suspects—Simone Rocha, Noir Kei Ninomiya, JW Anderson, and many more under-the-radar labels that have come to have a solid reputation in fashion, apart from popular high fashion brands. The pieces here welcome the creativity of pairing a dress with pants, a top with a skirt to feign a whole dress, and wearing a dress as top. Your cocktail "dress" will not drown in a sea of one-note styles.

Perfect for: Women looking for a well-curated mix of designer pieces

Homme et femme, Ground Floor, 8 Rockwell, Makati/ Univers d'homme et femme, Ground Floor, East Tower One Rockwell, Makati. For more information, visit


Charina Sarte

Featured in this Filipino designer’s Greenbelt 5 boutique are simple and classic pieces that complement various body types. Should you decide to have something custom-made for future events, the staff will be more than happy to set you up with an appointment at her atelier.

Perfect for: Women with effortless style

Second Floor, Greenbelt 5, Legazpi Street, Makati. For more information, call (02) 720.2613 or visit



If only designers could whip up custom creations in an instant. Lucky for you, designer Rajo Laurel has an easy solution. Ready-to-wear pieces from his RAJO! Collection offer that custom-made appeal at your utmost convenience.

Perfect for: Formal finds with a bit of quirk

Second Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati. For more information, visit

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