The fashion shows of New York, Paris, London and Milan aren't just sales tools or brief, costly entertainments, they are real-life to-the-death competitions. Who will get the best reviews? What dresses will end up on magazine covers? How will buyers react to the collections, making or breaking a designer's season, and lately, careers. There can only be one best dress among the countless gowns and frocks that have gone down the 2016 runways, and out into the world to be worn by actresses, models, high society women, royalty and wealthy the world over.
While there is beauty to spare in ready-to-wear, it is hard to compete with Couture in the best of show arena. There are only a few true couture designers left in the fashion industry, but the art of designing made-to-order high-end pieces is still supported by both those lucky enough to afford it--and the members of the fashion industry who flock to Paris twice a year for a dose of couture inspiration.
One designer in particular, Guo Pei, has been making waves ever since she dressed Rihanna for the 2014 Met Gala. Her fall 2016 couture collection epitomized luxury, and was filled with gold in countless forms. But one dress in particular won our hearts. So drumroll, please...and without further adieu, meet the dress of the year, Guo Pei's finale look for her fall 2016 couture show.
Notice the embellishments and embroidery on this majestic gown. With it, Pei, China's first home-grown couturier, reminded us that the aristocratic look will never die. It had drama without ostentation and was more than memorable, even if it wasn't the talk of the town at the Oscars or Met Gala. The dress also symbolizes the rise of East Asian influence in luxury fashion. Pei wins a gold feather in her couture cap.