Thursday, July 23, 2015

THRIFTY THURSDAY: DRESS EXTRAVA-GOWN-ZA!

By Lily Guerrero


Any diva wants to look her best for the camera especially on the red carpet! The reigning queen of operatic fashion, Anna Netrebko, is no exception to the rule. She attended the Sky Arts awards wearing a blue Rubin Singer mermaid gown with striking alterations to the bust area.












Photo: twitter.com/AnnaNetrebko





Fashionistas may remember this gown from the 2014 Emmys when Keke Palmer stunned the paparazzi in this cobalt knockout. Notice how the bust area is quite revealing, which may be why Netrebko opted for a more modest silhouette.


Photo: bellaninja.com


Don’t have a red carpet budget? Here at Sexi Soprano, we want to help you find this look for less! Here are some great alternatives under $500 and some great rental options that are singer friendly. Remember to save the receipt for that tax write-off!



1. ML Monique Lhuillier: Strapless Sweetheart Trumpet Gown W/ Organza Inset, $798 $518 with sale, size 2.

This dress is perfect for the petite diva! The bust is a secure sweetheart cut and the fitted stitching on is fabulous the hips and waist area. The best part of this gown is the gorgeous organza side gathering at the bottom of the gown. It reminds me of the severe cut of the Rubin Singer gown, yet in a much safer place on the dress for those of you who plan on singing the Doll Song in concert and can’t afford to have anything fall out! For extra comfort, a shawl is included with your purchase, not pictured. Available at Neiman Marcus here. The great thing about buying online from Neiman Marcus is the free shipping and free returns if your bodacious,ball gown doesn’t work out! Right now they have an additional 35% sale items.


2. Black Halo: Hendricks Sleeveless Column Dress, $575, sizes 2-12.

This piece hints at the severe neckline of the Rubin, but provides some support with straps. The back has an equally gorgeous V-line. This dress is wonderful for those who are a little self-conscious about their mid-section. The waist is clearly defined and the faux-wrap bottom provides some concealment for those low, supported breaths! Available at Neiman Marcus here.












3. Lela Rose Moon River Gown, $500 $425 rental with first purchase, sizes 2-10.

If you’ve never used Rent the Runway, let me explain how it works. You can order a designer gown, in this case a $5000 Lela Rose piece, and rent it for four to eight days. They send you a complimentary second size in case you are between numbers on the chart, if you’ve never worn that particular designer before. Then, mail it back after your special event. While $500 is a lot of money to wear a gown for one evening, when you compare the rental price to it’s original price tag, you’re getting quite the deal! I love this gown because it includes all the angular stitching and the finished sheen of the Netrebko’s piece, but again, includes singer-friendly straps that gracefully show off the neckline. Available at Rent the Runway here. When you sign up to rent your first dress, get $75 off!






4. Badgley Mischka, Clear Skies Gown, $125 rental/$695 retail $50 rental/$620 retail with first purchase, sizes 0-12.[EH1]
This dress reminds me of the previous Monique Lhuillier gown with a softer elegance. I love the detailing on the bodice, and it’s another Olympia -friendly option. Available at Rent the Runway here.


5. David’s Bridal Long Strapless Satin Fit and Flare Dress, $230, sizes 0-14.


This is my favorite gown of the bunch for the full-figured diva. The bodice is a corset style seam with a flattering pleat finish. Blue isn’t your color? It’s available at David’s Bridal here in various colors including free shipping!











Lily Guerrero was a personal stylist at Banana Republic before devoting her pursuit of style to the intersection of opera and fashion at Sexi Soprano! Contact her at lilyguerrero.com.