One Shoulder Dresses
To mark the brand's 50th anniversary, Veronica Etro borrowed from prints in the archives, including the iconic paisley pattern that has defined the label's collections since its inception. Woven with shimmering metallic threads, this gown is cut from airy silk-chiffon and has a boned bodice that twists at the front to create an elegant one-shoulder silhouette. Complement the floaty asymmetric hem with bare legs and sandals.
Elie Saab wanted to create a sense of escapism for Resort '18, filling his mood board with images of mystical mermaids and aptly titling the collection 'Shore Stories'. This ethereal cobalt-blue gown is made from plissé silk-blend lamé that emulates the effect of the sun sparkling on rippling ocean waves. The single strap continues diagonally across the open back, while the self-tie belt cinches the waist.
Rebecca Vallance counts Chrissy Teigen, Joan Smalls and Halle Berry as fans of her award-winning eponymous label. This saffron 'Baha' dress is made from guipure lace with a one-shoulder waterfall ruffle and asymmetric split through the skirt. It's perfect for your next outdoor wedding or garden party, especially when styled with gold accessories.
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini's colorful dress features on the cover of PORTER's Winter Escapes issue, modeled by Imaan Hammam in Baja, Mexico. This ruffled style is inspired by '70s style icons Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger, and cut from smooth rainbow-striped silk-satin. Wear it to channel the glamour of Studio 54.
Part of the Resort '18 collection, Balmain's midi dress is inspired by nights in LA. This black ribbed-knit style is detailed with a row of the label's iconic gold 'coins' along the side, and has a ruffle along the single shoulder. Wear yours with gold earrings, highlighting the neckline with swept-back hair.
Gül Hürgel is continually inspired by her native Turkey, her childhood spent in the Swiss mountains and vacations to the Mediterranean coast. Made from striped linen, this breezy midi dress has a single elasticated shoulder that's made from tiered broderie anglaise for a bohemian feel. Style yours with sandals.
Saloni shot its Spring '18 lookbook in a Parisian garden with the Eiffel Tower in full view – the perfect backdrop to the collection's beautiful array of floral prints. One of our favorites from the lineup, this silk-satin 'Juliet' dress has an elegant one-shoulder neckline topped with a pretty bow and a swishy fluted hem.
Rebecca Vallance believes a go-to party dress, along with a classic blazer, is a wardrobe essential. Cut from smoothing crepe, this one-shoulder 'St Barts' style has a flounced mini skirt and is trimmed with playful ruffles. Accessorize yours with gold jewelry and bold lipstick.
Ulla Johnson's 'Elisa' dress is perfect for all the holiday season parties we're sure are popping up in your diary. Blended with a touch of silk for added luster, this velvet style is designed in a one-shoulder silhouette that's topped with a bow. It's gathered along the bodice and has a ruffled, wrap-effect skirt. Accessorize yours with a clutch and sandals.
A little white dress is essential for any well-edited spring wardrobe. Made from tactile crepe, Rachel Zoe's mini version has a body-hugging silhouette and ruffled one-shoulder neckline that highlights your décolletage. Style it with metallic accessories.
Self-Portrait's signature lace dresses are perfect for cocktail dress codes and this thigh-grazing black style is particularly on-point. The one-shouldered silhouette is framed with flouncy ruffles while off-kilter buttons and a D-ring detail contrast the femininity. Wear it with a chain-strap clutch for an after-dark look with instant impact.
Self-Portrait's one-shoulder mini dress is cut from tiers of black guipure lace in a new floral and braided chain pattern. It has a waist-defining grosgrain band and is partially lined with a tan crepe bandeau and mini skirt that allow just the right amount of skin to show. Try yours with tonal accessories and a smokey eye.
MSGM's Resort '18 collection is inspired by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's colorful 'Seven Magic Mountains' installation, so it's no wonder it feels so playful and bold. This mini dress is cut from stretch-crepe and detailed with sculptural ruffles that frame the single shoulder and trace down one side. Wear it with a matching red lip to your next event.
While studying in Paris, Goen Jong traveled all around France visiting the best vintage shops to pick up clothing and jewelry, and it's also where she says she found her design identity. Cut from jersey, this dress is detailed with drawstring toggles at the single shoulder and waist which can be tightened to define your shape and create sculptural ruffles. Match your pedicure to the bold red hue.
Roland Mouret really understands a woman's shape and what she feels most confident wearing - his flattering pieces smooth over the parts they want covered and showcase those they want to enhance. Cut from crepe with just the right amount of stretch for a close yet comfortable fit, this one-shoulder style elegantly frames your décolletage. Opt for minimal accessories and swept-back hair.
TOM FORD's dress is made in Italy from cashmere knitted with a hint of silk that feels incredibly soft against your skin. This one-shoulder design skims the hips; more generously so at the bust to create a languid drape. We love how the thumbhole cuffs keep the knuckle-grazing sleeves in place.
Rosetta Getty's one-shoulder midi dress is bias-cut from stretch-ponte that falls to a fluted, asymmetric hem. A slashed panel at the waist reveals a hint of skin and is kept in place by elasticated internal trims. Try this minimal style with subtle jewelry and clean accessories.
Lisa Marie Fernandez's 'Arden' maxi dress has tiers of fluttering ruffles that gently sway with each step. Cut from airy cotton-voile, this one-shoulder style is printed with florals and polka-dots and comes with a matching tie to temper the loose silhouette. Slips yours on over a bikini or wear it to dinner with sandals. Wear it with: Cult Gaia Clutch, Gianvito Rossi Slides, Hirotaka Earring. -- Black and gray cotton-voile - Slips on - 100% cotton - Machine wash
When Mara Hoffman stopped by to walk us through the Resort '18 collection, she pointed out that this 'Camilla' dress is one of her favorite pieces. It's cut from lightweight red voile in a one-shoulder silhouette and has a breezy overlay that drapes along the front. The designer loves to wear it loose but says that something happens when you give it a waist, so try adding a belt. Wear it with: Cult Gaia Clutch, ATP Atelier Sandals, Alighieri Earrings. -- Red voile - Ties at shoulder - 100% viscose - Machine wash
First seen on the Spring '18 runway, Helmut Lang's mini dress is made from black crepe and comes with a harness-style black leather belt. Highlight the one-shoulder shape with a single earring.
For Resort '18, Cushnie et Ochs looks to the fluid lines seen in Yayoi Kusama and Alexander Calder's art installations. Made from sculpting ribbed stretch-knit, this 'Vika' mini dress has a sleek asymmetric neckline that accentuates its one-shoulder silhouette. Emulate the label's styling with black accessories.
Veronica Beard's 'Biba' dress is defined by the feminine ruffle that cascades from the single shoulder down the flattering ruched front. Made from slightly stretchy crepe, it's cut for a figure-hugging close fit and has a front split so you won't feel restricted on the dance floor. Keep styling simple with black sandals and a box clutch.
I don't think I ever saw my mother more beautiful than on evenings after the beach and probably when she was in love, wrote Simon Porte Jacquemus in his Spring '18 show notes dedicated to his mom. The presentation was held inside Paris' Musée Picasso, and included this knitted cotton and woven crepe 'Pinhao' dress. Complement the asymmetric silhouette by sweeping your hair into a low bun on the same side.
J.Crew's 'Yass' dress ticks all the boxes of a great LBD - it's chic, flattering and versatile enough to wear to almost any event. Made from twill, this mini style has a hint of stretch to hug your figure and framed with a playful ruffle along its side and hemline. Team it with simple jewelry to highlight the pretty one-shoulder neckline.
Parties destined to last until the early hours call for outfits that are every bit as comfortable as they are glamorous - Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini's dress ticks both boxes. Cut from a wispy silk-blend for a slightly loose fit, this one-shoulder style is decorated with gold stripes and has ruffled trims that swish as you dance. Wear it with block heels or wedges to ensure you stay on your feet all night.
EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Every designer has a different process. In my case, it all starts with color! says Johanna Ortiz. This bold red silk-faille dress has voluminous ruffles at one shoulder and a bow-effect bodice - unmistakable signatures that remind us of the founder's Colombian background. Wear yours with heels and a matching crimson lip to your next party.
A heavy dose of sparkle is a necessity during party season - just keep the accessories to a minimum. Veronica Beard's statement 'Atlantis' dress is saturated in mirrored sequins that beautifully catch the light as you move, but it's made from chiffon so it won't feel heavy. The exaggerated puffed shoulder adds a touch of 80s-inspired drama.
Stella McCartney can always be counted on to put a modern spin on eveningwear - one of the many reasons celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon frequently choose her designs for red carpets and events. This one-shoulder gown is cut from fluid cady with a dramatic balloon sleeve and bracelet cuff. It's fully lined for coverage and has a smooth, close fit.
While a beautiful floral dress is always a good idea, it hasn't been considered the most exciting sartorial proposition. Until now... reads The EDIT . Saint Laurent's mini style has been made in France from black silk-georgette decorated with red poppies. It's ruffled along the shoulder and gathered at the waist to create an '80s-inspired silhouette.
EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Solace London's designs are influenced by the clean and fluid lines found in architecture and art. Knitted with the perfect amount of stretch to hug and smooth your curves, this black gown has a sweeping neckline and flared sleeves that are thoughtfully slit at the cuffs so you can comfortably hold a clutch or glass of champagne. Apply a hint of illuminating body cream to make your legs appear longer and leaner when peeking through the front split.
We've had the pleasure of watching Roland Mouret drape directly onto a mannequin and marveled at his skill for enhancing an hourglass figure while still creating fresh silhouettes. A stunning example from the Spring '18 collection, this silk-crepe 'Felcourt' dress has a one-shoulder sweetheart neckline and handkerchief hem that swished so beautifully on the runway. Complement the pretty lilac hue with silver accessories.
Effortless and sleek, Stella McCartney's draped dress is made from satin in a fluid one-shoulder silhouette. The waist is defined by a dipped peplum panel that knots at the side, while the skirt is cut with a deep slit. Style yours with simple black accessories.
Halston Heritage's gown is cut from black cloqué that moves so beautifully with each step. It has a one-shoulder neckline and ruffled split at the other side to balance the asymmetric lines. The elasticated waist is trimmed with an adjustable ivory bow.
Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone wore Gucci's runway midi dress to an awards party in Los Angeles. This yellow, metallic pink and green silk-blend jacquard style is detailed with bows at the shoulder and waist, ruffles through the skirt and a single puff sleeve - all signature vintage-inspired touches from Alessandro Michele. Detach the handmade flower brooch and wear it to enliven other pieces in your closet.
Stella McCartney's mini dress is so chic and effortless to wear. It's cut from cady with a hint of stretch and punctuated by a sculptural satin sleeve that offsets the close-fitting silhouette. The navy shade complements silver jewelry really well.
Peter Pilotto carefully considers the placement of each pattern in his designs to ensure it's as flattering as possible. Take this crepe 'Cadi' dress - it's printed with abstract florals that gently disperse from the dipped hem to the nipped-in waist and single shoulder, all the while drawing the eye upwards and in. Complement the midnight-blue base with tonal heels.
Those that say love at first sight doesn't exist haven't laid their eyes on this Stella McCartney dress - it's an elegant and timeless style that's perfect for just about any formal occasion. Defined by the exaggerated gathered shoulder, it's made from flexible stretch-knit that hugs the body and falls to just below the knee. Try yours with bold red pumps.
Roland Mouret's signature draped designs highlight your figure in the most flattering way - it's why women like Michelle Obama, Blake Lively and Mila Kunis turn to him time and time again. Cut from red wool-crepe that's a little lighter than you might expect, this gown is beautifully folded to sweep across the shoulder and highlight your décolletage. It's darted and boned through the bodice and falls to a fluted skirt that's lengthy enough to pool at the floor without getting in the way while dancing.
EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Stella McCartney's airy silk-blend chiffon gown is woven with gold fil coupé polka-dots that beautifully catch the light - whether you're enjoying a candlelit dinner or evening dance. The pleated bodice is boned to flatter your waist, while the floor-sweeping skirt falls in tiers for volume and movement. Underpin the single shoulder with an adhesive bra.
Rachel Zoe's 'Marina' dress is the perfect choice for all those festive events filling up your diary. Made from metallic silk-blend jacquard, this mini style has a ruffled overlay that accentuates its one-shoulder silhouette. Channel the designer's '70s vibe with platform sandals.