As Variety-reading speed demons already know, the top two earners at the box office this weekend were The Golden Compass and ($26.1 Million!) and Enchanted ($83.9 million total since its Nov 21st release—pas mal!). Surely the A-list actors and utopian storylines helped attract the masses, but no doubt the equally fantastical costumes worn by Amy Adams and Nicole Kidman helped pull in fans too.
As Walt Disney’s plentiful (and successful) fairytale films have shown, few can resist the allure of a dramatic, puff-ball gown—not even snooty designers. Judging by the recent runway shows, fashion’s big-names still have a thing for frothy, Cinderella-worthy frocks. (And why not? Such enchanting gowns transport its wearer to another time and place—without requiring a packed, popcorn-filled movie theater experience.) For those of you who prefer pure romance over kitschy romantic-comedies, or something fancy over controversial sci-fi’s, here’s the most fanciful dresses of the season. Surely you’ll fall hard for one:
The Rodarte duo –sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy–cast a spell on the fashion world this season with their many ethereal gowns, including this Titania-worthy number.
J Mendel’s tiered-chiffon frock is fit for a princess–be she a Park Avenue native or a resident of some other fairytale kingdom.
Few are as fluent with the language of l’amour as Valentino is. His strapless red gown is sure to set hearts aflutter.
Marchesa’s mille-feuille gown will attract plenty of ardent admirers, including many a red-carpet queen.
Dior’s Jazz-baby dress speaks to die-hard Fitzgerald devotees.
Beyonce loves Elie Saab’s diaphanous gowns, so why shouldn’t you?
Sent skipping down the catwalk, Sonia Rykiel’s care-free models wooed the crowd in the designer’s gauzy gowns.
Prove your love of fashion is true-blue in Zac Posen’s icy, asymetrical-strap gown.