it’s always exciting when a new mood invades, encouraging you to try something different, but party season is usually when we find ourselves the least willing to step out of our comfort zones – dress, heels, updo, done. This season, though, there is a new way to approach evening elegance. Personally, I love the idea of leaving your tried and tested dresses in the closet, and experimenting with the modern maxi skirt instead. Elegant yet edgy, in a mostly monochrome palette, it is a striking way to make an impact. Just add a pair of new, textured point-toe flats and an attention-grabbing ear piece.

This week’s cover star, actress Emily Blunt, irresistibly models the look – in exquisite pieces by Lanvin, The Row and Erdem – from page 10. She also tells us why

her much-anticipated new movie, Into the Woods, which sees her reunited with her The Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep, forced her to step out of her comfort zone and why it’s her proudest moment to date. All the more reason to take a risk this season.