The last few weeks have been a party-goer's paradise. All the "in" people are going out, turning up at bashes and benefits, spreading cheer, cheering culture and supporting the charities of choice.
From the Beverly Hills holiday pageant to intimate private celebrations, from sleek celebrity fund-raisers to zany art happenings on Melrose Avenue, from debutante balls to four opening galas for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Fashion86 has been following the scene and checking out the good-time clothes.
Whether invitations dictated black tie, no tie or off-the-wall costumes, the question was pretty much the same for everyone: what to wear to look outstanding.
Solutions ranged from the sublime
to the seductive, from top-drawer traditional to tongue-in-cheek anti-Establishment.
Some women would only wear black to "black-tie" affairs because of its inherent drama. Others wouldn't touch it for fear of melding with the tuxedos and opted for pink, red, emerald green or shimmering gold lame.