Monday, January 12, 2009

Short, Strapless Stunners

At right: Heidi Klum in a vintage Galanos dress at last night's award show. Photo via fabsugar.com.
No, this is not a Golden Globes wrap-up; rather, it is a survey of the more wearable counterpart to yesterday’s gowns [most Fellow Fashionistas commented that the gowns were indeed gorgeous but that they’d have no occasion to wear them!], and CC’s absolute favorite silhouette: short and strapless!
Runway photos via style.com except where noted.
Alexander McQueen (btw, nice to see a model with some cleavage, right?)
Balmain
Blumarine
CC is enamored of this belted bustier dress by Leanne of Project Runway; this photo via nymag.com
Emanuel Ungaro
Giambattista Valli
John Richmond, via nymag.com
Naeem Khan
Rue du Mail
Sophia Kokosalaki
Versace
Kiera Knightly in Alexis Mabille, via instyle.com
McQ printed bustier dress; this and next 4 at net-a-porter.com
Alexander McQueen side peplum dress
Mint Jodi Arnold Rose mini dress
Roksanda Ilincic mini dress
Elizabeth and James strapless flesh tone bodice dress
YAYA Aflalo Lani dress; this and next at shopbop.com
Derek Lam bow knot bustier dress
Miss Sixty striped ruffle dress, at asos.com.
Feidi Weisel sweetheart neckline red dress, at Bergdorf Goodman
Tracy Reese star pattern bow detail dress, at eLuxury.com
Last Look: Marchesa embroidered bustier dress, at net-a-porter.com.

Tell CC, could you find an occasion to wear one of these IRL? CC sure hopes so!

75 comments:

Miss Urbanita said...

Amazing choices.
Need CC one NOW! Keira´s one is also fantastic. Kisses ;)

janettaylor said...

Hi CC,

Great choice! Beautuful dresses!

kisses: Janet

MakeupByRenRen said...

these are my favorite style of dresses!

Bella said...

Truth be told, I'm in-love with so many of these... but the Project Runway piece IS pretty spectacular.

Alexander McQueen.
Kiera Knightly looks fantastic.

And I'm a bit smitten with the Mint Jodi Arnold Rose mini dress.

xxx

Anna-Maria said...

thanks a lot for your comment !

I simply adore strapless dresses,even though I don't own that many.

So what do you think about trading links ?

Noemi Sunshine Ferst said...

Thanks doll, will do so in a bit.
Am in love with the first McQueen dress.
xx.

Juliet said...

With a dress like that it is really hard to go wrong.

juliet xxx

prettyneons said...

Hello's...Ooh the delightful visual delights (as always. Agreed there is such a lack of models with cleavage I find it very tragic.

I've witnessed in the past girls who attempt to sellotape their assets firmly down to restrict any tale tell signs of cleavage...Unbelievable. Since when did a woman begin to feel ashamed, even insecure of cleavage? When once it was the other way round!
Peace and Bows...
Prettyneons X
PS, A thankful thank yous for your inspiring comment.

Penny said...

ohh i do love strapless dresses, they are so elegant.
my favourite is the Giambattista Valli dress. perfection! i wish i had it to wear for my 21st next week!

MizzJ said...

Omg that Project Runway dress is gorgeous! Love all the picks you chose, however one still needs pretty good arms to get away with this trend :S

lisa said...

Ooh I love Leanne's dress too!

Hmm around this time of year, I'd probably make an excuse, like go to a dinner at a 4-star restaurant (Dine Out Vancouver is happening!) and cocktails afterward, and dress to the nines.

Fashion Moment said...

Hahahah, darling, you're just find my weakness! Such an excellent choice in this post.
More than everything, it is Emanuel Ungaro, Versace, John Richmond, and Project Runway!
Wish you successful start of the working week!

FM

Hemaly said...

Heidi's dress is gorgeous.

Trendy Rock said...

oh Heidi está guapísima con ese vestido! muac

TEXTSTYLES said...

love all these pieces
love the structured dresses
so hot

sigh, i wish...

*bisous*

Kira Fashion said...

sexy style!

Nay said...

That was so much fun watching the awards and all the dresses huh! Good work on the dresses! Love your work!

ohwestartednothing said...

I added you too! :)
Oh I love that Elizabeth & James dress! :D
And thanks for liking my new haircut, haha. ;p

xx

Anna-Maria said...

you're so right - I'd love to steal this blazer from Alexa !

thank you so much,I've also added you to my blog-list now (:

best regards

hollyshambles.x said...

heidi and keira look flawless :D as always! x

rossovelvet said...

I love gowns, but I surely prefer short dresses, more flattering and ' open ' !
And I absolutely love your choice, like always :D

trendkat said...

Oh my gosh! You have such an eye for gorgeous dresses! I love that Rue du Mail on Jessica Stam. She's my favorite model, and that striped dress is amazing. :-) Thank you for the solestruck site address, btw! I LOVE almost all of those shoes! Now... I've become an addict. I can't believe I never heard of it earlier.

Molly said...

the Rue du Mail is gorgeous,
one day in the distant future i WILL be able to buy myself such luxuries...
a lovely post as always, i loved you AMcQ comment about cleveage- so true! girls should be showing off their feminity not hiding it...
m xx

Lee said...

Wonderful selection of dresses.
That black strapless dress looks amazing in Mariacarla Boscono.
Thanks a lot for visiting the blog , im leaving it because ive just launched a new website.
www.glitzypopculture.com

Check it out if you please ;)

I'll link this blog as soon as possible, it looks terrific, i love it.

Lee

Siljesfashion said...

Love your picks, they are all amazing! My favorites are the ones from Elisabeth & James and Marchesa. I have some vintage strapless dresses that I love.

♥ fashion chalet said...

TV upside down, legs up? You are adorable!! :]

xx

drinkupthefashion said...

yeah, i would definitely wear these irl. probably with a blazer for functions, w/o a blazer for really fancy functions/weddings.

closeup said...

Isn't heidi klum beautiful? I think she's one of the most gorgeouse models ever (from germany)

ps: thanks for you comment :)

AsianCajuns said...

Oh I love your picks! I've found that getting a cheaper (i.e. in my price range) strapless, you have to get it tailored.

Sarah Edwina Rose said...

Nice selection! x

Sade said...

Thanks for your comment today. I am also loving the short strapless dress trend I am seeing lately. Thanks for the eye candy!!

Shay said...

a lovely selection CC!!

Savvy Mode SG said...

I love strapless dress, esp. the rose ruffle you pick. great post.

Kat George said...

Hey girl, thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

I love your blog- strangely enough I've never come across it before.

This is a great observation too- floor length gowns look beautiful on the red carpet but are unlikely ever be of any use to us mere folk! xx

The Seeker said...

Amazing dresses CC, you've chosen them so well.
I'm also in love with strapless.

xoxo

Katoushka said...

Heidi Klum is adorable!

Raquel said...

oh gorgeous! I definatly would find some place or occasion to wear the 6th one.
I love the ones on heidy and keira.
xx

essenceanddesire said...

Great selection as always!
x

Make Do Style said...

I love the Valli - such a lovely collection of frocks al together!

THE BAT said...

once again a beautiful great post!

Jaimie said...

I'm loving Keira's dress!

Nemerae said...

I don't like Heidi's choice but I absolutely love yours about that belted bustier dress by Leanne of Project Runway *.* it's amazing!! and also the ones by McQueen (a genious), Balmain (so great in his last two collections!) and Marchesa.
Byee
xx

A+M said...

all these dresses are so figure flattering, i love it!

xx
www.heissrags.blogspot.com

A+M said...

all these dresses are so figure flattering, i love it!

xx
www.heissrags.blogspot.com

Frieda l'écuyère said...

IRL ? I'm not sure. But I like take a look at these dresses... and make a dream.

Emily said...

Strapless!! I love it, but i don't think i can pull off the style without wearing something over it. I do love those Balmain sandles though!

Frou Flu said...

mc queen... i love him... those cocktails are really pretty:)

michelle said...

very very beautiful :)

Trixy Tran said...

Heidi looked gorgeous in her gown!

clareassiral said...

love love love short strapless bustiers!
i say, wear them everyday! There's no reason not to dress up with such darling pieces

Kelly said...

the project runway dress is AMAZING! however, i also like keira's dress!
and the model with cleavage was actually a pleasant suprise.
nice to see what i dress might sorta look like on a normal human being =]

J'Adore Fashion said...

love, Klum dress, and the Rue du Mail, alexander McQ dresses!!!
xoxox

lacouturiernyc said...

i love these dresses. AMAZING, CC!, as usual :)

xoxo,
La C.

fan fic said...

Heidi was so amazing at the globes..that it inspired you so..beautiful post.

Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I do so appreciate it.

what we needed

Underfunded Heiress said...

Those are some amazing dresses! I love the Elizabeth and James strapless.

La Belette Rouge said...

It was like a summer day in L.A. yesterday and that is why those kind of dresses looked so perfect for the awards last night.

izzydore said...

i love keira's!!

WendyB said...

I used to hate strapless, but in the past few years, I've come around. Still hate strapless bras though!

Meg said...

I love this look. It always seems so funloving and carefree somehow.

penelope said...

Love the Balmain & Giambattita Valli dress!

And Keira is so gorgeous!

Trish said...

Ooh wow, I love the blue Versace dress!! :)

oniomania said...

Alexander McQueen and the model with the cleavage won me over. its such a cute dress but funky at the same time

ana b. said...

OoooO! I love all the defined waists.

Miss Karen said...

I love strapless dresses but I'm always scared of falling out of them hehe. I own a few though so I might wear one tomorrow on top of a tank top or something *just in case* hehe.

LoveMore said...

o i looooooooooove strapless numbers! the balmain is my pic!
thanks for you comment as always! loving you LM xxxx

goabeachresort said...

some of them have an extremely stunning collections..

Cathy Voyage said...

Heidi looks always fantastic!
And I love marchesa dresses!

coco said...

Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left me, it made me smile.
I love strapless dresses, I just find them hard to wear because my boobs aren't big enough to hold them up. Keira must be using tit tape in that dress.
And I really liked Heidi's dress at the Globes.

modazkrakowa said...

O something for true women!!!!!

*Deline said...

Too much beauty in one place, I almost died... *sigh*

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog :)

pipermadison said...

Strapless is always the best way to go - it can dress up or down and always flatters!!

Camille said...

Heidi Klum was my favorite look of the night. The dress, the perfect bun, so ideal!

Eelie said...

Cutouts! Intricate feast for the eyes. I'd be so scared of pulling on a dress and ripping it all apart! :O But alot of these are beautiful enough that i couldn't care less and they'd probably still look fab despite a gaping hole lol. Nice post :)

Aliena said...

I absolutely love that Derek Lam black dress!

The Lil Bee said...

There are a bunch here I haven't seen before. Very nice. And I'm liking the new banner, CC ;) xx