From what we’ve witnessed at our pre-fall appointments, the A-lister every designer is angling to dress seems to be Best Actress nom—and expectant mom—Natalie Portman. How else to account for the return of the empire waist, as seen on Valentino’s long and lacy black gown?
Electric blue with an ornate halter, at Reem Acra.
A punchy vermillion column dress with room to grow at the waist, at Carolina Herrera.
Donna Karan's golden dress is draped in all the right places.
At Derek Lam, a tie-neck gown toughened up with a leather jacket.
Celine's sleek, chic jumpsuit.
At Louis Vuitton, a luxe flapper look.
Bold and boho, at Emilio Pucci.
An empire waist, from Burberry's Christopher Bailey.
A wispy trapeze number in ballet pink, from Oscar de la Renta.
By way of Byzantium, from Chanel.
Naeem Khan's sequined caftan has vintage appeal.
Shades of Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, from Valentino.
Long and loose with a mesh neckline, at ADAM.
At Nina Ricci, showing some lace love.