The Greatest Gowns on Earth

By staff November 1, 2008

Craig Signer coat dress, $3,100; Christian Dior evening shoe, $670, and faux diamond hoop earrings, $200, Saks Fifth Avenue. Bead choker, $38, vintage fabric bag, $365, and velvet gloves, $6, La Mariée. Hunting derby, $68, Retro 101 at Steve’s Shadow Box.

Vera Wang taffeta cocktail dress in spruce, $310; stone necklace and bracelet, $85 and $48, resin hoop earring, $36, and animal print pillbox hat, $52, La Mariée. Lily Holt "Patricia" evening shoe, $350, Addison Craig.

Nicole Miller lace sequin cocktail dress, $275, and Donald J. Pliner platinum shoe, $272, Foxy Lady. Long crystal necklace, $88, and lariat necklace, $68, La Mariée. Michael Beaudry Maltese platinum cross with tapered baguettes and 2.39 cts. diamonds on platinum link chain, $81,620; Beaudry Tahitian pearls and platinum diamond chain necklace with 7.81 cts. diamonds with nine pearls, $57,200; Beaudry Tahitian white 15.6mm pearl ring surrounded by 1.02 cts. diamonds, $30,800; and Beaudry platinum "royal crown" briolette earrings with 3.24 cts. diamonds, $25,520, Queens’ Wreath Jewels.

Carmen Marc Valvo silk satin gown, $940, The Met. Lily Holt "Jesabelle " black sandal, $280, Addison Craig. Feather hair ornament, $22, La Mariée. Black velvet glove, $25, Retro 101 at Steve’s Shadow Box. Henry Designs 18K white gold conch shell with 7 cts. of diamonds and 18K white gold clasp, $25,200; Art Deco bracelet with 14.40 cts. of diamonds, $42,660; Crivelli Italian earrings in 18K white gold with diamonds, $2,000; and Antonini Italian ring with 3.69 cts. diamonds set in 18K white gold, $9,080, Tilden Ross Jewelers.

Catherine Regehr couture gown with laser-cut flounce and stole, $4,250 and $1,240, Dream Weaver. Lily Holt "Spider II" sandal, $280, Addison Craig. From the Magic Alhambra collection by Van Cleef & Arpels, white mother-of-pearl, gray mother-of-pearl and chalcedony set in 18K white gold: long necklace, $17,300, short necklace, $7,050; bracelet, $4,500; drop earrings, $5,750; Envol diamond butterfly cocktail ring set in white gold with 3.40 cts. diamonds, $31,200, and wide diamond bracelet with 5.11 cts. diamonds in 18K white gold, $17,750, Mayors Jewelers.

Carolina Herrera eyelet faille corset gown and bolero, $4,590 and $1,390; Stuart Weitzman peau de soie shoes, $325; pink gemstone necklace and earrings, $395 and $185, Saks Fifth Avenue. Jet pendant necklace, $48, and headpiece with veil, handmade by Ana Molinari, $125, La Mariée.

#2 Retro-inspired jersey dress with sequins, $325, L. Boutique. Patent wristlette clutch, $325, Kelietza. Stuart Weitzman peau de soie shoes with bow, $325, Saks Fifth Avenue. Cascading diamond and platinum necklace, $49,500; cluster diamond and platinum earrings, $33,000; assorted bracelets: diamond, diamond with rubies, with sapphires, and with emeralds, all set in white gold in the Art Deco style, and Martin Flyer fashion five-row mesh, from $5,200 to $19,500; ruby and rose-cut diamond ring in white gold, $8,250; vintage European-cut diamond ring with emeralds in platinum, $19,500; three-row diamond wedding ring in platinum, $17,600; vintage collection diamond wedding ring in platinum, $24,900; and diamond wedding ring in platinum, $42,100, all designed by Martin Flyer, Diamond Vault.

#8 ETRO jersey floral print dress, $2,260; Meredith Haws black resin chunky bracelet, $425; and Sharon Meyer red coral earring, $1,375, The Met. Lily Holt "Diana" gold strappy sandal, $225, Addison Craig.

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