Shades of Noir

The little black dress is standard cocktail-party couture. Step up this year’s fete with these picks that boast pretty details: texture, beading, lace and more.

Show Stopper (right)

TOP TO BOTTOM: Deepa Gurnani feather shrug w/ vintage necklace, $319, J LaMore; Satin and feather clutch, $38, Citrine; Flavio Castellani black swingers dress, $462, J LaMore; Chinese Laundry satin pump w/ piping, $69, The Perfect Pair.

Gala-Worthy (left)

TOP TO BOTTOM: Silver necklace w/ black stone, $35, Sue Wong beaded gown w/ appliqués, $489, Joy Collection silver clutch, $34, Valenti Franco bow-top sling-back heels, $39, all from Citrine.









Pretty Print (right)

TOP TO BOTTOM:  Eliza J printed dress, $173, Premiere Couture; Black clutch w/ rhinestone accent, $47, Premiere Couture; Chinese Laundry “Colette” satin peep-toe pumps, $65, Citrine.
Style Secret: With a major print like this, tone down your accessories to make the dress the star of the show!

Edgy Chic (left)

TOP TO BOTTOM: Charlotte Ronson one-shoulder dress w/ beaded strap, $193, Atticus;

Big Buddha croc-embossed clutch, $36, Karen & Co.; Steve Madden “Fiesstaa” ruffle heel, $89, The Perfect Pair.
This dress’s pretty beaded strap means no necklace needed—just add earrings, or, better yet, delicious ruffle heels for a major statement!




Ladylike Luxe (right)

TOP TO BOTTOM: Chan Luu multistrand necklace, $295, Nicole Miller lace dress with nude underlay, $400,

Big Buddha croc-embossed clutch, $36, Charles David suede “Pompadour” pumps, $125, all from Karen & Co.

Sparkle On

TOP TO BOTTOM: Ben-Amun crystal and multi-chain necklace, $370, Twigs; Nicole Miller strapless silk twist-top dress, $290, Premiere Couture; Ben-Amun crystal and chain bracelet, $270, Twigs; Joy Collection turquoise snake-print clutch, $32, Citrine; Chinese Laundry “Colette” satin peep-toe pumps, $65, Citrine.






Day to Night

TOP TO BOTTOM: Nanette Lepore Devi dress w/ detachable bib necklace, $298, Twigs; CC Skye leather & chain basketweave bangles, $100 & $120, Twigs; Tory Burch Efram envelope clutch, $395, Twigs; Bamboo “Beat 38” ruffle peep-toe booties, $49, The Perfect Pair.



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