FLARE Editor-in-Chief Lisa Tant presents Spring’s best dresses
Runway photography, Anthea Simms
TOP 10 RUNWAY LOOKS FLARE Editor-in-Chief Lisa Tant presents Spring’s best dresses Runway photography, Anthea Simms
Etro, Spring 2009
The one piece smart shoppers will be putting their money on this season is a dress. It’s a one-stop wardrobe solution that’s both easy on the wallet and low-stress – and fits just about every occasion. Whether you prefer yours tight, sexy and 80s hot or cool, breezy and modern, make a dress your closet star.
We loved the version that Marisa Tomei rocked on the BAFTAs red carpet – and we can also see this billowing frock on a patio or beachside this summer.
Giambattista Valli, Spring 2009
Imagine a fashion-forward in Valli’s knockout signature bell-shaped dress.
Rodarte, Spring 2009
Ballerina meets rock star who then time travels back to ancient Greece in this edgy romantic look by the Mulleavy sisters. With the addition of hard-core accessories, there’s a lot going on here but somehow, it works!
Marchesa, Spring 2009
Picture this sweet powder pink number at a wedding or garden party. Yet, as pretty as the saddlebags are, only the tall and lean should try to pull off this design.
Lanvin, Spring 2009
This one-shouldered beauty is a tough one to pull off – just ask Maggie Gyllenhaal who was named to several worst-dressed lists after wearing something similar to the Golden Globes. The key is to keep it simple – forget the matching accessories and walk tall.
All of the season’s fashion-forward details – from feathered fringe to pronounced shoulders – are packed in this cheeky mini. We loved it on the runway – and salute Madge for trying to pull it off in her LV’s spring ad campaign.
Jil Sander, Spring 2009
Love the look but can only imagine getting twisted and tripped up in the curtain of fringe. Chop it just above the knee and you’ve got a winning look.
Balenciaga, Spring 2009
During my visit to Balenciaga’s studio after the show, I had a close look at this shimmering dress. It’s cleverly constructed from rows of wig tape and then painted with a multi-colour lame. It’s stunning and perfectly kooky with the dinosaur-look leggings that stretch into attached shoes.
Balmain, Spring 2009
Every Hollywood starlet worth her stilettos was clamouring over Christophe Decarnin’s wrapped and blinged rock chick collection. Hot and sexy, these designs have sent his star rocketing to the top of stylists must-have list.
Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten, Spring 2009
Dries abandoned his usual world-traveller exotica theme in favour of simple wrapped and tied shapes in glorious fabrics in subtle prints and bold colour combinations. While we doubt any starlet will pick this look for the red carpet, it will grab a place in every smart style-setter’s summer getaway suitcase.