Hot list: Be the belle of the Christmas ball

Keep it simple

Chic and original take on the LBD, 200, Monsoon Originals. Tel: 0870 412 9000,

Bring sexy back

Daring backless design in head-turning silver, 75, Topshop.

Purple patch

Strapless cocktail number, 39.50, by Marks & Spencer Limited Collection. Tel: 0845 302 1234,

Get the strap

This navy, bandage halter dress is the season's must-have, 845, by Herv Lger.

Back to the future

Quirky asymmetric take on a 1950s prom dress, 305, Vera Wang Lavender.

Eclipse the crowd

This red moon dress is a modern classic from RM, Roland Mouret's new label, 990.