Winter glamour borrows the best trends of the season, spicing them with sparkle. Top names in New York City couture present glamorous gowns and body- skimming silhouettes of brights, blacks and just enough bling. Shimmering, flowing, dripping with romance, these festive frocks bring the best in holiday elegance to any black-tie affair. Born of silks and satins, sparkling and spangled, these delicious designs don’t get more dazzling.
Surprisingly stunning, this set of separates by Derek Lam plays with form and structure. A fitted black lambskin shell and leather belt pairs with pants so pleated they could pass for a maxi skirt. Twinkling trousers are a marriage of tweed and sequins. Naturally.
Diane von Furstenberg
A black tweed Meki coat drips in icy ivory over a crystal-embellished wool top. Fitted flannel leather-cinched shorts leave room for legs in this look by Diane von Furstenberg that’s trendy and fresh while edgy enough for any fierce femme.
Donna Karan’s bombshell bustier dress flirts fun and feminine, while pewter wool pronounces every curve. Sharply sexy, a high-thigh peekaboo lures the eye while black sequins and felted fedora complete a costume begging for its own soundtrack.
Indulgent black ice envelops this sequined tuxedo suit with sass by Donna Karan. The stand-alone collar amplifies the double breasted deep-V, and strong chiffon shoulders ensure a strut-worthy semblance.
Charcoal sequins rain down a silk chiffon Donna Karan evening dress. Detached chunky chic cuffs add interest to this spangled party dress packed with pizzazz.
A commanding elegance emanates from this cascade drape gown embroidered with fan lace by Jason Wu. Neatly structured to deliver this year’s Eastern luxe trend, the red-slash-hot pink hue delivers a ladylike splash of resplendence.
Marc JacobsBright and borderline bizarre, a berry design in hologram sequins suits the funky fashion forward Marc Jacobs. This luxury couture lined in silk bears a whimsical neckline with wraps of wool and faux fur. Metallic pink pilgrim loafers, ankle socks and mad hatter headwear completes the trendsetter’s eccentric ensemble.
Ombre crystals grace this radiant goddess gown from stem to stern. Classic in crimson, Michael Kors’ modern matte jersey gathers about the bodice, accentuating every delicate curve of the tasteful red carpet starlet.
A throwback to Gatsby glamour, this all-glitz siren gown by Michael Kors washes with silver paillette tulle. Delicate and draping, suggestive symmetrical cutouts say sultry sophistication.
Oscar de la Renta
Embellished with gold bullion and beads, high-necked lace leaves little to the imagination. Oscar de la Renta’s deep gold taffeta skirt floats voluminous, and high-low hemline exposes flashy footwear.
Who says Liberace owns gold lamé? This gilded evening dress by Ralph Lauren radiates Old World elegance with a high-necked halter and abundant shimmer at every flowing fold.
The season’s military look gets magical with a midnight navy smock paneled with pewter embroidery by Tommy Hilfiger. Silk chiffon drapes down delicate sleeves.
From Vera Wang’s bridal collection, a mermaid gown offers a subtle glimmer no less dazzling in sumptuous black. Cascading organza scallops and a frothy tulle skirt wrap from front to dramatic dropped back.