For the past few seasons, a change has been stirring in fashion land. Sleeves have gotten bigger, pant hems have widened, and oversized ruffles are commonplace. Whether you call it fashionable dramatics or eccentric maximalism, it’s a trend that's making a marked difference both on and off the runway (Gucci!). It’s also upping the anti on how we dress. While streetwear and athleisure is still growing (especially thanks to Kanye’s Yeezy line and Rihanna’s Fenty collection), dressed up, daytime glamour and evening wear is getting stronger. Jeans and t-shirts are accessorized with dramatic earrings and “going out” outfits are making a comeback. Oscar de la Renta alum’s Fernanda Garcia and Laura Kim’s new brand Monse introduced silk evening dresses in a whole new way, Brandon Maxwell is winning applause for his incredibly tailored suits and evening gowns (Karlie Kloss debuted a stunning cutout dress at the Met Gala last week), and a new collection of labels launched their own evening wear options for Fall 2016. New York-based Elizabeth Kennedy debuted a beautiful collection this season and has already won fans (Laverne Cox and Maura Tierny have worn gowns on the red carpet), thanks to her couture-like craftsmanship and luxe fabrications. Having spent time working for designers such as Donna Karan, J Mendel and Isaac Mizrahi, she honed her skills creating one-of-a-kind gowns that sit in the same field as Delpozo and haute couture. Solace London has also taken over the red carpet with their modern and elegant designs (Rachel McAdams, Lily Collins and Anne Hathaway have all worn their pieces). Created by designers Ryan Holliday Stevens and Laura Taylor, these are night out worthy pieces that could also be paired with jeans for a cool day time look.
And finally, custom-gown designer Caroline Hayden. Made in the US, her pieces are directed towards the fashion forward bride (although her designs are so forward thinking you could wear your wedding dress to a fantastic party later in the year). Debuting nationally this season, Hayden spent her youth embroidering quilts, a skill she has transformed into designing and making custom couture gowns.