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For the traditionalists, Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana offer silhouettes that are elegant and classic. Of the three, de la Renta’s lineup features gowns that fuse the brand’s voluminous bottoms with subtle hints of sensuality thanks to tight bustiers and deep décolletés. Surprisingly Dolce & Gabbana’s cap sleeve cady gown offers demure yet exquisitely crafted gowns that underscore simplicity as a way to shine this season.

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Oscar de la Renta available at Nordstrom
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Dolce & Gabbana available at Nordstrom
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To some designers painting the town red took on a literal form. The most passionate of colors popped up on many of the runways. Robert Cavalli’s version delivered flowy and romantic vibes.

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Roberto Cavalli available at Nordstrom
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Sexy vixens, rejoice! There are plenty of sassy options to pick from. In addition to the body hugging Herve Leger goodies (and there are plenty of options to choose from), many brands delivered major vavoom to the evening roster. Likewise, Philipp Plein opted to forgo of distractions and focused on female silhouette held by some safety pins with stunning results. No stranger to foxy Donna Karen took the sheer trend in a new direction by carefully manipulating fabric swatches or by placing strips of sequin in a strategic fashion. Never vulgar nor obvious, these frocks are guaranteed jaw-droppers.

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Photo courtesy of Hervé Léger by Max Azria
Available at Hervé Léger by Max Azria

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Photo courtesy of Philipp Plein
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Donna Karen available at Nordstrom
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Arguably not the most obvious of choices for ball gowns, the latest interpretation of prints is anything but gratuitous. St. John’s sequin embroidered floral number effortlessly combines youthful energy with timeless sophistication. So is DVF’s girly, deep V neckline wrap. Still not convinced? Erdem’s V-neck floral jacquard dress is restrained enough for the gown’s color to pop way before anyone notices print’s blooming flowers.

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Available at St. John
Photo courtesy of St. John

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Available at DVF
Photo credit: Gianni Pucci

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Erdem available at Nordstrom
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