Heart dress

What Are You Wearing Valentine’s Night?

Heart dress

Who would imagine with a full closet you have nothing exactly right to wear when he takes you out (or you take him) February 14th. You’re ready for red, he’s seen all your black, it’s a year of fresh starts and colorful options. There’s nothing here that can’t be worn other occasions, but on the night of nights (Omar Khayyam? Hallmark?) you want eyes to turn, eyebrows to raise and most of all for him to smile.

Traditional RED Part I

Left to Right: Roland Mouret Stretch Sheath Dress - You’ll get lots of wear out of this one because it’ll just make you feeeel good; not to mention the reaction. Sophisticated and sexy. Modern origami tailoring details. Wide straps, v-neckline. Cutout at the back with a black grosgrain self-tie ribbon at the nape. Full gold-toned exposed zipper down the back. Cotton/Elastane. $1515.00

Marchesa One Shoulder Silk/Crepe Dress – Handsome dress with simple lined. A big brooch on the shoulder strap would be winning. Crossover ruched bust and shoulder strap, boned bodice, gathered wrap-effect front, tulip skirt. Fully lined. 100% Silk. $348.00

Quba Red Satin Strapless Dress – The bodice makes this dress; very Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe. You know, when she turns right and the bodice shifts left? Pull out the sops for chandelier earrings and/or a neck piece. Box pleated bodice and slight ruching across the body. Acetate/Viscose. $208.00

Carolina Red Prom Dress – The perfect dress to show off great legs. Flirty, young and fun. Garter belt and hose who really do the trick. Sweetheart Neckline, ruched bust, empire waist, removable belt, crisscross front skirt with high/low hem, ruffled trim. Zipper fastening at the back. Fully lined. 100% Polyester. $79.90

Tradition RED Part II

Left to Right: Manhattan Dress – Office to dinner, no problem. Useful, pretty, covered. Wrap effect with cap sleeve and bow tie at the waist. Back zipper closure. Fitted skirt. Polyester/Elastane. $70.00

Donna Karan Twisted Stretch-Jersey Dress – Creates the ever enviable hour glass figure. Respectable length. Shows well toned shoulders. If it’s Karan, it’s well made. Ruched and pintucked, racer back, partially lined. Slips on. Viscose/Elastane. $1595.00

Jason Wu Rivia Tiered Silk Chiffon Dress – Beautiful back on this dress. Just above the knee. Soft and flittering without losing its shape…or yours. Halterneck with sheer, wide back straps, ruched waistband, tiered skirt with ruffles all the way down. Concealed hook and zipper fastening at the back. 100% Silk. Fully lined. on sale $1022.00

Steffan Schraut Lipstick La Vida Color Block Dress (all red back) – This really striking dress will serve you well at more important business functions, cocktail parties, dinners…special dinners. Enough red to say it. not so much you’re shy about it. Fitted bodice, modern silhouette. Draped pencil skirt hits above knee. Ruching detail at waist and hips. Zipper closure at back. Polyester/Spandex. $365.00

Lanvin Draped Belted Dress – Flattering shape to many figures. Grecian drapes take a modern turn. Be the Gala. Your significant other will beam with pride. Shows off legs. But not crassly. Crepe/Jersey. Twisted shoulder straps, twisted waist ties with tassels, draping, curved front hem. $2180.00

Alternative Moods

Left to Right: Bottega Veneta Color Block Silk Dress – Like a glorious piece of modern abstract art. Beautiful combination of fabrics, free falls straight and narrow. Patrician. Red Satin-Jersey, electric-pink Silk . Sheer silk-chiffon panel at waist, layered trim and underskirt. Just above the knee. Slips on. $1400.00

Monsoon Carmel Dress - A little South American in feeling. Great dress for dancing. A bit of swish when you walk never hurts-ears perk up. Flattering waist panelling, gathered layers, concealed zipper fastening at the side. Deep pink full skirt. $135.00

Lela Rose Fringed Jacquard Dress – A real beauty. Youthful but not necessarily young. Better on taller women. Wonderful texture, artful Impressionist color. Taste and originality. Light pink rose jacquard. Bright pink and fuchsia satin thread fringing. Slight sheen. Gathered full skirt with tulle underlay. Fully lined. Concealed zipper and hook fastening at the back. Acryllic/Polyester. $2295.00

Carmen Marc Valvo Printed Silk Halterneck Dress – A mélange of flattering colors. Cruystal jewelry? Colored shoes or metallics. Pink, orange and white. 100% Silk. Body-hugging. Halter effect at the front, draped through front and back; slit at the back. Zipper fastening at the back. Fully lined. $226.00

Black, of course. Red lips, please.

Left to Right: BB Dakota When the Night Comes Dress – Feminine and young. Uncomplicated. Delicate jewelry and not much of it. Ribbon waistband, pretty lace overlay with scalloped hem. Hidden zipper at the back with hook and eye closure. Gently full skirt. $97.00

Rosamosario Lace and Silk Corset Dress – High priced call girl? This’ll get him if he’s gettable. If it weren’t so well made, it might border on trashy-the right kind, of course. Sophisticated. Champagne Silk twill with black lace overlay, sweetheart neckline, adjustable satin spaghetti straps, padded underwire cups, boning; fully lined. Satin corset ties at back. 100% Silk. $760.00

Note by Marchessa Ruffle Waist Lace Dress – A little cruel. Womanly rather than girly. Black lace symbolizes so much. Wear something bright red with this. Crystal jewelry or a flower. Cream Silk with lace overlay, front bodice pleating, large rosette ruffle detail at center front, layered detail around waist; internal bodice boning. Fully lined. Concealed hook and zipper fastening at center back. 100% Silk on sale $337.50

Cass and Co Shaper Scoop Dress – If whistles are to be had, there’s yours in this. Wear a BIG artificial flower (silk, please) or red brooch. Have fun, it’s a blank canvas. Scoop neck and back, ¾ sleeves. Form fitting knit has “invisupport” which helps but doesn’t completely change. You know whether your body will show this off (and vice versa). One size. Supports a c-cup. Microfiber Nylon. $138.00

The Right Bag

Top Left to Right: Badgley Mischka Lizzie Rhinestone Frame Clutch – Long and lean, like you. Handsome styling. Chic accents. Satin and sparkling crystals. Golden metal rectangular frame. Rectangular push-lock clasp. One open pocket inside. 4 2/5” x12” x ½”. $395.00 Comes in black, red, or silver satin.

Whiting and Davis Heart Bag – What could be more appropriate? It’s small but then how much room does love (and a credit card) take? Plated Brass Mesh in 5 colors. 5.5″ x 4.5″ x 2.5″ Metal frame, top clasp closure with 24″ drop in snake chain. Satin lining with shirred gusset. Satin lined. $120.00

Small Suede Clutch by Guiseppe Zanotti - A modern bag for a modern woman. Grand for those in architecturally constructed and color blocked clothing, minimalist, striking. Rigid black clutch with jeweled fastener and metal chain shoulder strap. On sale $598.00

Bottom Row Left to Right: La Regale Handbag – Wary of a red bag? Buy an inexpensive one for those more brazen moments. Accents count. Pleated satin with rhinestone detail. Magnetic snap closure. Interior features change pocket. 9 ¾” x 3 ½” x 1 ½”. $34.00

Lulu Townsend Scattered Flowers Box Clutch – Sweet and flirty. The mesh makes it rather downtown. Just the thing for a girly girl. Satin base with scattered mesh flowers, jewel clasp closure, chain link strap with 17” drop. Satin lining with zip pocket. Additional matching fabric strap included. 6” x 2” x 4” Also in fuchsia. $35.00

Satin Bow Evening Bag – This covers the bases so you can coordinate black or red shoes. Impact. And practical. Red/Black, Hot Pink/Black, Black/Black. 6” x 6” x 9.” Zipper closing. Chain strap, lined interior with internal zip pocket. $105.00

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