Stunning Strapless Evening Looks

When it comes to alluring eveningwear, sexy, strapless gowns always reign supreme.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 23: A model walks the runway at the Christian Dior Spring Summer 2012 fashion show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on January 23, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
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When it comes to alluring eveningwear, sexy, strapless gowns will always reign supreme. For spring, Marchesa offered up frothy chiffon gowns in shades of pale cream and ivory for an etheral, mysterious look.
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Oscar de la Renta's sassy strapless cocktail dress is festooned with silver pailettes and ruffled black and grey feathers through the skirt.
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Herve Leger may not have invented the strapless dress, but he may be credited with perfecting the super-sexy silhouette, shown here in his signature "bandage" style in a glinting, silvery shade.
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Most of Valentino's spring dresses felt conservative and prim, with high collars and long, gauzy sleeves. So this strapless floral-print number felt refreshingly young, with a bustling pleated skirt and girly pink pattern.
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Preen's exuberant yellow number is pure girly-girl, from the saturated color to the ruffled (and flower-embellished) bodice.
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Topshop
Topshop's lilac strapless dress can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories. For evening, we recommend a smart white blazer and metallic kicks; for day, try woven sandals and a big, floppy sunhat. <a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=5474885&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208634&parent_categoryId=208580&pageSize=20" target="_blank">$80 at Topshop</a>.
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Structured and elegant, Proenza Schouler finished this strapless turquoise dress with a lacy bodice in pale lilac silk.
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Gucci's effortlessly chic spring dresses featured elongated drop-waists and shimmery metallic details, conjuring images of modern-day flapper girls (without the pearls or pin-curls).
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Simple and timelessly chic, Jil Sander's strapless sundress in crisp white cotton is the epitome of summer style.
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Vivienne Westwood's unusual ice blue gown has a rumpled, unkempt appeal, with an unevenly gathered hemline and asymmetrical ruching through the skirt.
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Lanvin's crisp black-and-white cocktail dress features an unusual square-shaped black panel at the front, giving a rigid, super-tailored impression.
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Forward Forward
Executed in a dreamy watercolor print, Alice & Olivia's elegant strapless cocktail dress feels playfully feminine but still modern and hip. <a href="hhttp://www.forwardforward.com/fw/DisplayProduct.jsp?code=ALFW-WD114&d=Womens" target="_blank">$496 at ForwardForward</a>.
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Of course, if drama is what you seek, look no further than Dior, which offered up this ruffled red confection for spring, complete with a fluffy, ultra-padded skirt.
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Jean Paul Guaultier looked to Amy Winehouse for inspiration when designing his spring 2012 collection. This ruched strapless number in creamy white satin felt true to the diva's style in a bedroomy, lingerie style.
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Net-a-Porter
We love the blooming pink cherry print on this ruched strapless number from Thakoon Addition, which would pair perfectly with a pair of shimmery sandals and statement-making earrings (summer wedding, anyone?). <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/310298" target="_blank">$690 at Net-a-Porter</a>.
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