You know what we all deserve on a Friday? Or in general? Eye candy. And lots of it. After all, fashion can be dissected and discussed from every single angle and point of view—and it should be. Once in a while, though, we all deserve a moment to sit back and appreciate fashion for its beauty. And yes, sometimes that’s in the form of 39 epically pretty dresses.
While fashion month ended last week—months ago, by industry speed measurements—we’re backing up to celebrate some of the prettiest moments on the runway courtesy of dresses that really get our hearts racing. Some pile on the lace, feathers, and fringe liberally while others shine for their simplicity. We're keen to celebrate both equally. Now scroll; your feast for the eyes awaits.
Courtesy of Anna Sui
Gives a whole new meaning to mermaid dress.
Even with flip-flops, this ruffled piece is so special.
Dries Van Noten
Never met a Dries print we didn't love.
Simple, clean, and the perfect shade of blue.
Oscar de le Renta
The brand might be known for its sweeping ball gowns, but this fringed number is a stunner.
Your nightgown could never.
Donatella, we applaud you.
Courtesy of Gucci
Alessandro Michele knows there's no such thing as too much fringe.
Courtesy of Maki Oh
The shiny, ruched, and sheer textures work so beautifully together.
Courtesy of Rosie Assoulin
An art project gone so right.
Oh. My. Sleeves.
Courtesy of Marina Moscone
The loveliest light-as-air dress.
Courtesy of Attico
We couldn't pick a single party dress, so we'll take all three.
Courtesy of Paco Rabanne
The layered tee is optional but very encouraged.
Courtesy of Alessandra Rich
Anyone else hear wedding bells?
Courtesy of Ulla Johnson
This shimmer is magical.
Courtesy of Simone Rocha
The black lace provides the perfect balance of sweet and gothic to this look.
Courtesy of Pyer Moss
A gown worthy of a grand entrance.
Courtesy of Rochas
A very refined way to wear animal print.
Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
Not for the fainthearted.
Courtesy of Rodarte
Rodarte is the master of beautiful, dreamy gowns. This is merely one of the latest.
Courtesy of Proenza Schouler
And it's got pockets.
Courtesy of Loewe
So much cooler than wearing a single strand of pearls.
Courtesy of Erdem
This is quite the unexpected color pairing.
Courtesy of Delpozo
We didn't see lavender-and-coral combination coming either.
Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst
A neckline we never knew we needed.
Kate Spade New York
Courtesy of Kate Spade New York
A retro—although technically brand-new—print you need to wear with the matching bag, too.
Courtesy of Jonathan Cohen
Knot over this one.
Courtesy of Christopher Kane
We imagine the real magic happens when you throw your hands, and sparkle-covered arms, in the air.
Courtesy of AlexaChung
A well-tailored slip dress will always make us happy.
Courtesy of Area
Party time. Excellent.
Courtesy of Brock Collection
The lace, the feathers, and the stripes shouldn't work so well together, but they really do.
Courtesy of Valentino
Does anyone do a red gown quite like Valentino? (No.)