Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Heat Is; They Were Flirty, Floral and Always Feminine. We Celebrate the To-Die-For Dresses of the Season

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Heat Is; They Were Flirty, Floral and Always Feminine. We Celebrate the To-Die-For Dresses of the Season

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Byline: LAURA CRAIK

Forties-style tea dress by Louis Vuitton Not every celebrity wants to look like a sex bomb and Marc Jacobs dresses most of those who don't. This Vuitton tea dress was picked up by the indie girls: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, Chloe Sevigny and Sharleen Spiteri.

Willow-pattern satin dress by Roberto Cavalli Anyone doubting whether Cavalli is the new Versace only needed to glance at the papers for proof. The flamboyant Italian designer dressed almost every actress, pop star and socialite worth her Manolos: Beyonce Knowles, Brittany Murphy, Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham, Tamara Mellon and Jennifers Lopez, Aniston and Love Hewitt, to name but a few.

This dress was the most widely-worn of all.

Butterfly-print dress by Issa Daniella Helayel might be Brazilian, but her Issa dresses are 100 per cent London in attitude - easy to wear and sexy in a girl-next-door sort of way.

Best of all, they don't cost a fortune: prices start from [pounds sterling]150. They have a cult following among Notting Hillbillies including Keira Knightley, with Issa's butterfly dress a particular hit on the streets of W11. The new autumn collection is available from Selfridges.

Lingerie-inspired corset dress by Christian Dior Couture This saucy, insouciant dress could have been made for Kate Moss - and indeed it was. A month later, it appeared on the catwalk at Dior's couture show in Paris, with a price tag in excess of [pounds sterling]10,000. Fear not, though, there will be a zillion copies on the high street in time for the Christmas party season.

That's the Kate Effect, m'lud.

Tulle corset-dress with ribbon by La Petite Salope Worn by everyone from Princess Beatrice and Lisa Snowdon to Little Mo off EastEnders, this breastenhancing dress was a particular favourite with soap stars (funny, that). …

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