Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Moda Operandi: Met Ball-Worthy Gowns at 70% Off

While most people are worrying about what they are going to wear for New Years, we are more interested in scoring a gown for the Met Ball on sale. This year, the event will take place on May 4 and the theme will be 'Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion.' Chairs include, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Wintour, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Chinese actress Gong Li and businesswoman Wendi Deng Murdoch.

We strongly suggest you get shopping now if you plan on shining as bright as the stars without spending the equivalent of a full wardrobe. Zac Posen's gowns are always a big winner at the annual event and the construction of this box-pleat nude gown makes it a huge contender. Sure, it's nude, which is a bit bridal but the right accessories can make this dream dress work. The current price is $2610 from almost $9000. (Here is the black short version for $1720 from $4000 and a pink one for $1480 from $2700.)

You can bet that the asian theme will render red the most popular color on the steps of the Met -- and it won't only be the red carpet. The lines and the floral macrame of this Giambattista Valli gown will fit the theme perfectly, without being too literal. The discount price is $7000 from $11,800.

The passing of Oscar de la Renta has made waves in the fashion industry and you can be sure insiders and stars will want to pay homage. You too can pay tribute in this jacquard silk two-piece dress that's $2000 from $4800. This rose print dress is an Oscar alternative that's priced at $1390 from $4790. Over here is a sexy Antonio Berardi lace and knit gown that's reduced to $1525 from $4300.

Granted, none of these dresses can be considered inexpensive but we always suggest arming your wardrobe with two gowns that you can throw on at a moment's notice. There are few things worse than needing a gown and having to spend full price because it's the wrong time of year. If there's any chance you're going to the Met Ball, or any-like event, get your dress now. June will be the next time you see discounts this high.


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