Gala season in Washington, D.C. is the perfect time to celebrate spring trends. Take your ensemble to the next level with the right statement piece, from embellished heels to dramatic earrings. We gather the season’s top accessories–ones that will guarantee you will make an entrance at this year’s most prestigious balls.
This year’s Leukemia Ball will be one of the first events of the spring gala season and the perfect chance to sport a light-colored gown in a neutral crème or white. To make your outfit pop, choose a few standout accents in sapphire or indigo. This Alexander McQueen knuckle clasp genuine snakeskin clutch ($2,545; shop.nordstrom.com) with silver detail is just the right color. Keep the blue motif going and choose the right heels, but pick something with a print to avoid being too matchy–like these Marc Jacobs snakeskin-and-leather Mary-Jane pumps ($775; modaoperandi.com). Opt for this Hermes bracelet ($22,500; Hermes, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-646-1641) to complement your McQueen clutch.
The 8th annual Children’s Ball will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Since its creation in 2007, the gala has raised over $8 million for the Children's National Health System, making it one of the biggest fundraisers in the Washington area. Stand out against the sea of white-recommended attire and add a sparkle to your look with a metallic gold arc clutch by Nina Ricci ($1,275; Barneys New York, 3040 M St. NW, 202-350-5832). Tie everything together with Nina Runsdorf’s 18-karat gold, opal and diamond flower cocktail ring ($13,200; net-a-porter.com) and these Giuseppe Zannoti heels ($995).
The spring gala is The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ most important annual fundraiser. This year’s theme, “Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Nights,” represents the number of nights in the museum’s 27 years. Inspired by the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, the event calls for romantic, simple, and elegant jewelry. We love the sophisticated design of NSR Nina Runsdorf’s diamond and opal drop earrings ($16,971; shoppeclozette.co). To contrast the femininity of the look, the studs on this Alexander McQueen nappa leather skull box clutch ($2,095; luisaviaroma.com) and sharp lines of the Altuzarra banded satin mules ($740; Saks Fifth Avenue, Mazza Gallerie, 301-657-9000) add a little edge to your look.