- Bianca Stanciu
Luxury Elegant Evening Dresses
On your way to a special event? The gowns in our gala dress edit are THE moment. Be it a charitable event, movie premiere, or simply a strict dress-code celebration, LFA has got you covered with a freshly curated selection of steal-the-show gowns for numerous occasions, styles, and body shapes.
Red Carpet Gown Dresses By Carolina Herrera
Starting off big with the red-carpet picks, we chose the perfect gowns to match the glitz and glam of the occasion. Think DRAMA, and who else could do drama better than Carolina Herrera? The volume, the crazy tulle, and the delicious colors got us crazy about their designs. To give you a little more context, CH's iconic style revolves around heavy layering and rich draping. Looking at the traditional ball gown silhouette, this choice beautifully accentuates all body shapes, directing all eyes to the waistline due to the contrast between the voluminous bottom and modest top.
Take, for instance, this Carolina Herrera strapless tiered tulle gown. With the asymmetric structure of the skirt and vibrant combo of pinks and reds, this dress is definitely a game changer among its peers.
If you are not a fan of the crazy color choice but love this silhouette's opulence, we have just the right dress for you - the Carolina Herrera floral appliqué flared gown. Glazed in a sweet baby pink and touched up with the subtle tulle flower details, this gown still balances the bust from the skirt beautifully, offering just the right amount of drama, even without a crazy color explosion.
Last but not least, our more serious contestant, the Carolina Herrera crystal-embellished strapless dress is a gorgeous and sophisticated choice to rock on the red carpet. Pair it with a classic pair of pumps and a red lip, and there you have it - the elegant statement you’ve been looking for.
Dresses for Galas & Charity Events
Now, what about a more refined, heavily elegant charity event? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! Here, simplicity is key, and our favorite picks from Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta, and Jenny Packham are definitely giving capital-S sophistication.
Now let’s take a pause for a a stunning all-black Balenciaga moment. Currently, the fashion house is drowning admirers in its black obsession, always keeping designs highly minimal and always unique. The minimal stretch nylon maxi dress is a true power play move and is an excellent choice for the ladies looking to minimize the attention towards their arms.
Getting back to one of the classics, Oscar De La Renta is, as per usual, enchanting us with ‘old Hollywood glam’ action. From Billie Eilish to Sarah Jessica Parker, many A-list celebs have styled a De La Renta dress at least once during their career. We propose a typical ODLR style - a timeless red A-line gown with a crystal accents and semi-sheer top. Perfect for an hourglass silhouette, this gown will steal the show at your next gala outing.
Lastly, we propose some Jenny Packham drapey gorgeousness to complete the trilogy. With the sheer fabric, crystal appliqués, and draping detailing at the back, despite its safer-side color, The Spy Who Loved Me cape dress creates the perfect mix of mysteriousness and sophistication. Inspired by Bond-related evening wear, this gown is part of the Jenny Packham capsule collection for 007, making it a pretty unique piece.
Black Tie Dresses by Saint Laurent
Now, who doesn’t absolutely love a (little) extravagance from time to time? A little bit of sparkle here, some feathers there. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? You guessed it - Saint Laurent. As Yves Saint Laurent once said, ‘fashions fade, but style is eternal'. The three gown picks we came up with for this section are timeless and extravagant while remaining elegant to match the brand’s strong, immediately recognizable DNA.
One thing is for sure, and that is the fact that at Saint Laurent, black is king - it’s daring, it’s sexy, and it’s sophisticated. If you have any black-tie event coming up, be it a wedding, Bat/Bar Mitzvah, or graduation, then make sure you save one of these three gorgeous gowns for later.
Shop this all-black look created by our stylist featuring a Saint Laurent semi-sheer gown.
For some added drama, upgrade to the feather version of an all-black Saint Laurent look.
And if you’re not all that into the black theme, as is Mrs. Hailey Bieber, there is always the neutral version of her VMA’S Cutout embellished ruched stretch-jersey maxi dress. No sequins and no feathers, but most definitely extravagant!