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There are parties aplenty this time of year, which gives us a chance to don new looks ranging from prim and proper to chic and sassy. Here are four designers whose looks we love—and a fifth who’s got something that should be on every little girl’s holiday wish list.

Lubov Azria


1. Lubov Azria
She’s the gorgeous chief creative officer for BCBG Max Azria and the woman who introduced us to the iconic Hervé Léger bandage dress. We caught up with her during a recent visit at Neiman Marcus ( in Fashion Island. She was there to herald the coming of Léger’s holiday collection and the unveiling of her latest collab—the Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie. “We used our iconic signature bandages, made with the same looms used to produce our collections,” she told us. “There were absolutely no substitutions on quality and authenticity.” As for holiday dressing, Azria says glam it up! “’Tis the season to indulge in yourself,” she says. “Have fun with details and accents—stud appliqués, crystal beading. When in doubt, shine with all-over sequins.” Doll, $150; doll shoes and dresses, $970-$1,590;

2. CH Carolina Herrera
Style mavens who prefer a demure look will feel chic and elegant in her slim, black silk-and-cotton skirt adorned with a feathered trim above the hem of the silk-and-cotton skirt (there’s just a hint of flirtatiousness) paired with the ruffled ivory silk blouse (which keeps the look ever-so proper). Skirt, $500, blouse, $360, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa,

3. Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta has been dressing the world’s most beautiful women for decades in fashions that make us all feel like royalty. And you’ll turn plenty of heads—as any princess would—when you enter the ballroom in this season’s “it” gown—a fully feathered flight of fancy on silk organza with crystal embroidery. $11,490, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa,

4. Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor—long known for her feminine and sophisticated design style—unveils her new Black Tie Collection just in time for this season’s soirees. Inspired by a recent trip to the Louvre, the romantic collection reflects Taylor’s taste for easy elegance. The small but well-rounded collection of 18 high-end gowns and cocktail dresses offers stylistas formal dressing with a modern twist. Beautiful construction, beadwork, elaborate embellishments and luxe fabrics make the showstopping pieces pop. The color palate offers a touch of the unexpected, with dove gray, navy blue, white and blush tones, in addition to basic black—all boasting fresh patterns for the season. $595-$1,600, Rebecca Taylor, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach,

5. Barbara Bui
Her short neoprene LBD is daring, mysterious and perfectly on trend. Marabou feathers run up and down the full-length sleeves, and it’s got a short, sexy, form-fitting silhouette. And it’s dynamite when paired with thigh-high boots. $1,455, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa,