New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Vera Wang's New Little Lace Dress

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The designer has reinvented a cocktail staple, which may be about to take over Hollywood.

Look out Hollywood, and move over, LBD - the LLD's about to take over the town. In Tadashi Shoji's spring show - in Gregory Parkinson's - and so far, all over the runway, we've seen the new Little Lace Dress. Sometimes it's dropwaisted, sometimes romantic, sometimes skintight--like it was in Vera Wang's lacey spring collection. But one thing's for sure: the LLD is going to be Hollywood's new cocktail staple. You will want one. Soon. Before Emmy weekend, even.

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For cocktail in the last few years, we've certainly had our fill of the one shoulder look. And then we had the color block look. The print look - floral or Asian. And lately, it's been all about the peplum look - and we did see lots of peplum references for spring 2013 this week. But much more ubiquitous was a lace column with a lot of texture--often with sheer panels, so it's a kind of burnout lace--and there's embroidery and other embellishment embedded in it. Let's just say, it's not your granny's lace hankie kind of lace.

The fabric here is highly texturized. So it isn't easy to make it fit like some kind of Dolce & Gabbana glove (they've been doing LLD's for years). But Vera Wang made the fabric almost like a second skin. And while lace has its innocent feel, she made it unbelievably sexy while swanky. Those Hollywood gym bodies are going to revel in Vera's LLDs. Our favorite colors were jade green, violet and a buttery yellow. Charlize Theron would kill in one of these babies! Too bad she has no films out for a while. In the meantime, hello, Zoe Saldana. These are calling your number. Yours too, Emma Stone!

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Vera Wang also had another hot new evening trend: the falling-off-the-shoulder shoulder. Has a strapless dress ever been this strapless? JLo, here we come. This bodice is dangerously low, but clearly it's fixed in some tailoring way because Vera showed a number of these lovelie sand there wasn't a wardrobe malfunction to be found. Hollywood nights might be about to get a lot more interesting.