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New Year’s Eve Party Dress Trends Straight from the Runway

Yves Saint Laurent SS2017

Saint Laurent Spring 2017; photo by Indigital Images.

No matter what your plans are for December 31, why not begin the new year achieving your #stylegoals? We’ve rounded up some of the biggest trends from the Spring 2017 runways to inspire your NYE outfits. Because even if you’re sitting on the sofa watching the ball drop, your outfit can still be jaw-dropping. Here are some major takeaways from the most recent Fashion Week, with suggestions for looks to start the year in 2017 style.

Animal Instincts

Topshop leopard sequin dress

SHOP: Saint Laurentanimal print dresses

Take pride in showing off your wild side. There were no shortage of animal prints on the catwalks during Spring 2017’s shows. Snakeskin, zebra stripes and feline spots came in all shapes and fabrications. Some of our favorites were at Anthony Vaccarello’s debut collection for Saint Laurent. Sophisticated panther and cheetah prints in chiffon and sequins created a luxe yet kittenish look. The Topshop sequin dress above captures this playful party-girl vibe, while this MARC JACOBS zebra print dress uses angled stripes to construct a faux bodice for a flattering yet comfortable silhouette.

Architectural Jumpsuits

Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit

Brandon Maxwell Spring 2017; photo by Indigital Images.

Kick up your heels in a structural getup that’s chic and easy. Jumpsuits have become true alternatives to cocktail dresses during the party season and offer a modern take on the LBD. There were any number of creative interpretations of the trend on the Spring 2017 runways, but some of the sultriest came from wunderkind Brandon Maxwell. You can purchase the exact Brandon Maxwell jumper above from the designer’s Pre-Spring collection on Nordstrom.com now. We also love this Self-Portrait beaded number that sports a sculptural ruffle that’s like a pretty fin.

SHOP: Brandon Maxwell | jumpsuits

Romantic Cutouts

Marchesa New York RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016

Marchesa Spring 2017; photo by Indigital Images.

Topshop cutout NYE dress

Thankfully, these days there are more inventive ways to show a little skin than cleavage. Many designers, including Marchesa and Proenza Schouler, played with cleverly placed peekaboos for Spring 2017. On cocktail dresses, some of the most strategically placed cutouts took a nip at the waist. Above, Topshop bares some shoulder and a tiny slice of the torso in this sleek slipdress. Also consider the romantic mix of lace with a sophisticated slash at the waist of this Alice + Olivia frock.

SHOP: Marchesa dresses | cutout dresses 

Bad-Girl Beading

Jenny Packham beaded dress, SS17

Jenny Packham Spring 2017; photo by Indigital Images.

Topshop embellished dress

SHOP: beaded dresses 

Embellishment of all kinds created delightful dazzle on the Spring 2017 runways. That spirit of fun is perfect for a party. One of the most used materials for conveying sparkle last Fashion Week was beading. But don’t think Mother-of-the-Bride-type beads: the runways showcased lovely handiwork that contained edgier elements. We loved how Jenny Packham used beads and layering to achieve elegantly revealing sheaths. The Topshop dress above bears constellations of glitter on a minidress. And this Xscape number renders the trend in flattering Art Deco fashion. To keep your look youthful, try wearing a beaded dress with booties and a moto jacket.

Interlocking Laces

Rodarte Spring 17

Rodarte Spring 2017; photo by Olivia Locher.

Self Portrait lace dress

A lace dress is always a ladylike option for event dressing. Last Fashion Week, designers like the Mulleavy sisters at Rodarte reinterpreted the feminine fabrication by patchworking different lacy patterns. The results were hauntingly romantic, fascinatingly complex. So if you want to make a subtle statement with your New Year’s party kit, consider a dress that mixes laces. The label Self-Portrait does a lot of frocks with complex filagree combos. We like this pretty bordeaux midi dress above—although there are a lot of sexier options by the brand, too, if that’s more your aim. Another option is this golden A-line Topshop minidress with its provocatively placed lace paneling.

SHOP: lace dresses | Self-Portrait dresses

Ballet Beauty

Topshop Unique Constance dress

Topshop Spring 2017; photo by Indigital Images.

Some of the loveliest looks to dominate Spring 2017 were tulle skirts and dresses. And what better material to take out on the dance floor on New Year’s than this flowing fabric? This Topshop Unique runway style pairs a structured bodice with a full silk skirt for a graceful ballerina silhouette. You can shop a more modest version of the dress now at Nordstrom. Another way to take the trend for a spin is through blushing tones. Often, designer Lela Rose masterfully achieves balletic shapes with her fit-and-flare constructions. This particular fil coupé frock by Rose perfectly captures the trend in a beautiful seashell shade.

SHOP: Topshop dresses | tulle dresses | pink dresses 

SHOP: New Year’s Eve dresses 

—Britt Burritt