Shake A Tail Feather
Why It Works: What’s Carmina Roth doing right? Everything. Shown here with her husband, Ralf, she’s wearing diagonal lines that create a slimming effect, while the feather-like quality of the top and “tail” of this piece have all the drama worthy of a Met gala—watch out, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Why It Works: If this were a Miss America contest, we’re sure these ladies would make the final three. Christine Calzolano, Liz Boutry and Izabela O’Brien dazzle us in elaborately beaded, laced and corseted dresses ideal for prime time.
A Leg Up (Or Out)
Why It Works: Bebz Eydt, shown here with Lansing Moore, has the “leg-out” Angelina Jolie effect from the Oscars last year. She’s superchic in this coral drape-top dress with side slit. Her choker-style necklace adds just the right touch of bling to her ensemble. (Left)
Why It Works: Keiko Aoki is dressed to kill in this mermaid-style embroidered dress. Well aware that this dress is doing all the work, she need do little more than dab on a bordeaux glossy lip color and pop out the door. (Right)
Why It Works: Sometimes there’s nothing more sophisticated than dressing in head-to-toe black. Nicole Reynolds is statuesque in this simple A-line dress with leather opera gloves and a small clutch.