Style File: Will You Go To Great Lengths?

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Aug 9th 2012, 12:30

Even among the boldest of street-style exhibitionists, floor-length gowns and poufy ball skirts are typically considered to be too dramatic for broad daylight. Make that were. At the recent Couture shows, Chinese singer Laure Shang (left) and Natuka Karkashadze both made convincing arguments for going long in the afternoon. The belted taffeta Lanvin look worn by Shang and Karkashadze’s houndstooth maxi had a certain demureness about them that reminded us of a few numbers from the latest Resort collections. If you’re daring enough to try, the collections have plenty of options to suggest. At Rochas, Marco Zanini whipped up a full-skirted dress that was spun-sugar sweet, while Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccoli channeled the Warhol sixties with a gown featuring appliqued lace flowers, a high neck, and long sleeves. Sure, they’re meant for the gala circuit. But come the Spring shows in September, we wouldn’t be surprised if one or two hit the pavement before sunset.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of our favorite long looks. .

—Brittany Adams

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