I'm not usually that bothered about red carpet fashion, dresses and ornate hair styles just aren't my thing and I'm not a fan of occasionwear (too fussy, too expensive and spends too long sitting unworn in your wardrobe in some weird 'if I own it for a long time it justifies the price I spent on it' manner). Saying that, ever so often the odd piece jumps out. This year its Balenciaga and their ruffled skirts, as worn by Amanda Seyfried for one of the gazillion global Les Mis premieres (yes really, they are still going).
Balenciaga Runway / Amanda Seyfriend in Balenciaga
Balenciaga isn't a name that usually gets me interested. I never understood the motorcycle bags and never will. For a start, why were they called motorcycle bags? Did you ever see anyone on a motorcycle with one? No. Their fashion is often a little bit much (saying that, aren't most Italian names?) for me and I can't ever really imagine myself in it (saying that I spied these shoes at work today which I am a teeny but in love with) But this dress, yes.
Zara Ruffle Dress / Geneva from A Pair and A Spare
Monochrome - tick. Flare bit that makes everything else look smaller - tick. Price - not so tick. Luckily, this style above by Zara is floating around for us mere mortals, and better still my ridiculously beautiful friend Geneva (I mean seriously, the girl eats food and everything and still looks like this. Shoot me now) from A Pair and A Spare has an amazing tutorial for the more patient of you to make your own... Personally her style gets my vote over the original - pair it with a tee and some heels. Sorted.
PS - Geneva has her own book (yay) and I think you should buy it here. FYI.