Hot Summer Nights
Settling on the right runway inspiration for today's fashion roundup was easy, with Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs as top contenders. Though entirely different in mood and silhouette, both S/S 12 collections alluded to the no-holds-barred spirit of a GNO ensemble in equally stylish ways. At the former, Alber Elbaz's sheer tulle dress belted at the waist and paired with layers of chunky necklaces shows plenty of skin, but its tough-girl coolness isn't overly risqué. And since sometimes you just don't want to wear a dress, we turned to the Marc by Marc Jacobs show for a truly divine pants option. While more covered up than the Lanvin look, Jacobs' Eames Silk Jumpsuit ($598, 323.866.3562) in Fiery Fuchsia has sophisticated sex appeal in spades, making it a completely on-point and very flattering choice.
With both of these runway references in mind, we've tracked down a slew of similar essentials-like a playful mini skirt, an ultra-chic jumpsuit, the perfect lashes, and much more-to ensure your GNO look leaves a lasting impression!
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Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Leather 5 Pocket Skinny Jeans ($797, 310.247.0120)
If you choose to wear pants for this occasion, make them Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet's Leather 5 Pocket Skinny Jeans. Together, the slim fit and textured red leather have an intriguing, I'm-with-the-band vibe that will be both stylish to you and anyone you meet that night.
BCBG Foley Metallic Blazer ($258)
Swap out your sensible blazer for something with a little Studio 54 sheen, like BCBG's Foley Metallic Blazer. Worn with a silky top and tailored shorts, this lustrous outerwear option will not only bring an element of polish to your after-hours ensemble, but it will give it that undeniable cool factor too.
Kre-At Beauty Mega Half Lash ($28) in White Krystal
A GNO is the perfect occasion to really go for it when it comes to your beauty look, so why not experiment with a pair of fabulous lashes? We love the dark, crisscross style of Kre-At Beauty's Mega Half Lashes because they instantly give your eyelashes a voluminous look, while the beaded lid line lends a hint of glamour to a smoky eye.
Dermelect Nail PolishNail Polish ($14) in Power Trip
While we can all agree this is a great time to show off some cool nail art, those who prefer a classic manicure should consider picking up Dermelect's Nail Polish in Power Trip. We should point out that this isn't your ordinary bold red lacquer! Made with ProSina Keratin Protein isolated from pure New Zealand wool, the polish works to strengthen brittle nails-plus it protects them from chipping and peeling-and provides a gorgeous glossy color that lasts.
DKNY System Stretch-Silk and Stretch-Wool Jumpsuit ($425)
If you'd like to forgo the usual dress for a chic pants look, investing in a silky jumpsuit is definitely the way to go. This luxe ivory and black version by DKNY is sophisticated, and can easily be dressed up for cocktails with a bright statement necklace and strappy heels.
Jules Smith Egyptian Nights Earrings ($95)
Statement jewelry is a GNO ensemble must, but to avoid going overboard we recommend sticking to just one standout piece, like these earrings by Jules Smith. Featuring pyramid studs and dangling chain fringe, we assure you these subtly edgy shoulder-grazers will shimmy their way straight into the spotlight!
Mikkat Market Black Organza Skirt ($28)
This Camilla Tree mini has all the makings of a party-perfect skirt: a swingy, circle silhouette and sheer detailing. Play up its flirtatious vibe with a printed tank and chic ankle-strap heels.
Nine West Agenda Clutch ($69)
Add a touch of sparkle to your ensemble via Nine West's Agenda Clutch. Both practical-it's just big enough to store all your evening essentials-and chic, this compact carrier will result in a glamorous finish every time.
Zara Leopard Print Chiffon Blouse with Piping ($60)
The wonderful thing about leopard-print accents is that they each have a timeless, bombshell quality-in other words: they're perfect for a GNO! Accordingly, we're wild about this blouse from Zara, especially its figure-flattering cut which cinches at the waist and flares out around the hips. To balance the forgiving silhouette, style it with a pair of skinny pants or a slim pencil skirt.
Miu Miu Multi-Strap Sandals ($795) in Black
On your next hot summer night out, leave behind your tried-and-true pumps for something more visually intriguing. Your feet will do all the talking in these investment-worthy suede Miu Miu heels, which, with their multi-strap front and delicate ankle strap, are destined for a turn on the dance floor. We've also put our stamp of approval on Ann Taylor's Strappy Silk Shantung Sandals ($198), available now at a fraction of the cost!--Jessica Baker
Lanvin runway image, courtesy of Lanvin; Marc by Marc Jacobs runway image, courtesy of Marc by Marc Jacobs.