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Channel The Catwalks With These Runway Inspired Evening Dresses

With all manner of springtime festivities in the coming weeks, many of us will be stepping out to attend galas, cocktail parties and weddings. Although your favourite sheath dress is a perfect sartorial solution for the daytime, the after hours call for glitz and glamour. This spring, draw your sartorial cues from the season’s runways, and seize the trends on the catwalk as part of your evening wardrobe. From the classic strapless gown to confectionery pink creations, here’s our guide to capturing your inner diva at a more affordable cost.

Alberta Ferretti

If you’re attending a red carpet occasion or a ball, nothing does the trick quite like a floor-length number in a striking scarlet hue (as seen at Alberta Ferretti). With its strapless neckline, nipped-in waist and long, flowing skirt, we are admiring this runway design. For an inspired look, try arriving in style in this Cinq à Sept Luna Strapless Flounce-Hem Dress, $665. The rich red colour and slight peplum hem both offer a dramatic finish.  

Alexander McQueen

Black lace returns for spring as a statement look, and the catwalk at Alexander McQueen is certainly proof. This elegant Gothic number is detailed with spidery lace, spaghetti straps and a ruffled off-the-shoulder silhouette. To steal the look on a budget, try this Le Château Lace Off-the-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $130. The lacy black dress is accented with an asymmetrical hem and similar neckline, and can work for either a dinner function or an after party.

Monique Lhuillier

Pale pink isn’t just for bridesmaids or prom season, as this ethereal hue has been making waves on several runways. Case in point- this dreamy, floaty frock spotted at Monique Lhuillier, which stuns with its silky sheer skirt and delicately embellished bodice. To master the trend, try this ASOS SALON High Neck Embellished Midi Skater Dress with Long Sleeves, $266. The pleated pastel pink skirt is contrasted against a beaded and bejewelled high neckline, for a vaguely exotic aesthetic.