Modern Ball Gowns Sweep Into Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week

Ball gowns for Spring 2012 at Jason Wu, Marchesa, and Christian Siriano during New York Fashion Week.
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Forget Cinderella. She may have had her happily ever after, but we're pretty sure that chick was confined to the same ball gown (blue satin and puffy white sleeves ring a bell?) for all eternity. After New York Fashion Week, we'd much rather take our pick from the Spring 2012 collections. Oozing youthful elegance, the stream of contemporary ball gowns that paraded down the runways are practically begging us for a night on the town. Take Jason Wu's strapless chartreuse number, which effortlessly combines elements of sweet (that little bow belt!) and sassy (a shorter-in-the-front hemline that allows you to show off whatever fabulous shoes you're wearing at the moment).

There's also Marchesa's glorious explosion of tulle to consider, which might have been overwhelming if not for its lovely, dusky, shimmery lilac-gray hue. In a color so subtle and sophisticated, the gown, with its floaty skirt and cascade of twisted crepe, is like a wearable work of art. And we certainly wouldn't mind slipping into Christian Siriano's dramatic version of a ball gown, which features a massive pouf of a skirt in vibrant orangey-red smartly balanced by a striped bustier. Sadly, there are few occasions in this modern day and age when it might be considered appropriate to wear a ball gown, but hey, here's hoping our prince will come!


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