Designers can be dark, edgy, and put looks down the runway that are almost unimaginable to be worn anyway but in a fashion show. One thing designers are great at creating for is the red carpet; gowns of every kind appear that just begged to be rocked by celebrities for special appearances and events. These are my top picks from the Spring 2016 collections.
Above: Dress from the Alberta Ferretti Spring 2016 collection.
Mark Badgley and James Mischka know how to craft a classically elegant gown for the more feminine wearer, and these two gowns fit the chic albeit a bit more buttoned-up bill.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana put a controversially themed but undoubtably beautiful collection down the runway, and this sheer and floral-embroidered gown was my feminine but dark dream of a red carpet choice.
Riccardo Tisci turned it out for his first American runway show, and I had to give a shout-out to this dark and vampy number, complete with sheer paneling and asymmetrical pleat detailing.
Mendel put this one sequined and aqua-themed gown down the runway that caught my attention; how fierce would that high slit look on almost any young hollywood star?
Packham's lightweight floral dresses were extra special because they had a subtle rock and roll feel to them, from the slinky cut-outs to the dangerously sheer pieces. I couldn't get enough.
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig know how to make an exquisite gown, and their avian-themed frocks were light as a feather despite the layers upon layers of fabric, feathers, and tulle.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi mixed edgy but straight-forward black with delicate florals for these amazing gowns, with selected cut-outs that only a select few could really rock.
Zac Posen's collection may have been on the understated (but lovely) side, but this dress' take on cap sleeves and odd cut-outs was just enough simplicity and just enough quirk to draw me in.
I'm a huge fan of Hussein Chalayan's innovative and technology-embracing work, but these three gowns just left me speechless as gorgeous, delicate, but strong looks anyone should be rocking on the red carpet.
Don't even get me started on Karl Lagerfeld's spring collection. This dress blew me away, and even though the chunky sandals dressed it down on the runway, I spotted it as a should-be red carpet favorite.