TREND: Standout Black & White Party Dresses

Friday, December 08, 2006

Nieves Lavi Silk L/S Print Dress

Nieves Lavi Silk L/S Print Dress

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Just when you think you've more or less got a hold on the whole December holiday party situation, you glance at the calendar and realize that New Year's Eve is sneaking up on you yet again. How many different party looks can one person really be expected to come up with in a single six-week time period? Why not use one of those party situations to take a break from the jewel tones and standard LBDs and instead opt for one of the black and white graphic print dresses that are slowly taking over the stores. These super hot dresses stand out in a sea of everyday party frocks, yet retain a dressy edge thanks to luxurious fabrics and evening appropriate silhouettes.

It was love at first sight when I stumbled upon this Silk Print Dress by Nieves Lavi (right). The black on white floral print is fresh and fun, but it's the super deep v-neck and stunning drape of the 100% silk construction that makes this party dress special. Walk into any party in this dress and you are guaranteed to turn every head in the room.

For a more traditional, yet no less stunning, party dress you can't beat Diane von Furstenberg. This printed silk chiffon "Mikhail" dress features a slightly daring keyhole opening in the middle of the ribcage. This picture doesn't do it justice-- click on the pic to view a larger photo and you'll see how the keyhole detail really makes the dress.

Diane Von Furstenberg black and silver printed chiffon 'Soni' camisole
Diane von Furstenberg "Mikhail" Keyhole Dress
$255.00 (was $425-- save 40%!)
Available at: Bluefly

For a super modern take on the graphic black and white trend take a look at this Trapeze Mini Dress from Mara Hoffman. From the deep v-neck halter to the crazy gathers on each side of waistband, this dress is 100% fun.

Mara Hoffman Halter Trapeze Mini Dress
Mara Hoffman Halter Trapeze Mini Dress
$82.50 (was $275-- save % on this color only)
Variations: Black Feathers (shown), Beige Feathers, Turquoise & Green Beads, Black & Red Beads, Little Red Jewelry, Owls, Grey & Black Arrows, Purple & Black Arrows
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As a girl who has about as many curves as a 12-year-old boy, I can appreciate a dress with a built-in corset. This slinky Printed Silk Corset Top Dress combines the graphic black and white trend with figure enhancing corset top and ultra-forgiving empire cut. Hard to top that. I may have found my NYE dress.

Printed Silk Corset Top Dress
$48.99 (was $148-- save 67%!)
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For an ultra affordable take on the graphic black and white party dress, try this croc printed chiffon frock. The look is right on trend, but at a price that won't leave you crying in the bathroom if your date spills his cocktail on you.

Printed Chiffon Dress
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