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Valentino Spring 2012 ready to wear

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Valentino Spring 2012
Valentino Spring 2012 Ready to wear

Valentino Spring 2012 ready to wear
Valentino Spring 2012 ready to wear
Valentino rock stud shoes

I think the fairy godmother sprinkled some magic dust onto me recently. Why?  I was invited via Polyvore to cover the annual UNICEF Snowflake ball taking place tonight in Manhattan.  A black tie red carpet event that raises money for UNICEF and celebrates the lighting of their giant crystal snowflake that hangs each year above 5th avenue & 57th street.

The cinderella part is that Valentino has generously loaned me two Spring 2012 RTW gowns from which to choose from to wear (yes, I still can’t believe it. You should’ve seen my face when their messenger rang my door bell holding the Valentino garment bag).

My question to you:  I need your help deciding which one to wear tonight!!

I love the romantic vintage feel of the first, the strong Valentino red of the second and the incredible detailing of them both.  Basically I cannot decide.  BOTH have side pockets which I love on gowns which makes it that much harder.

So which one?!

ps. Follow me on twitter &  instagram today and tonight to follow my prep, attending the ball & to see which one I picked!


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13360265186712486437 LookinFab

    Wow, That is incredible!!
    I think the first dress is much more “you” and is really unique and different but the red color of the second one suits you more and makes you pop + it has pockets!!! So hard to decide but I think you’d look better in the red one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14165083680173613219 C.A.R.

    I really like the first dress! :)

    munchmecat.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10763148042902609427 fabmood

    Sorry, cant’t help. I’m too busy drooling on the screen of my laptop. :)
    Really now, these are both so stunning, that it doesn’t really matter what dress you pick: you look fabulous in both. But I can say one thing: enjoy them while you still have them, wear them as much as you can.
    http://fabmoods.blogspot.ro/

  • Jess

    Oh my goodness, you lucky thing! Such breathtaking gowns. You work the hell out of them too! But as beautiful as the red dress is, the first one is so ethereal and striking against your skin. Have a fabulous time tonight, I look forward to seeing what choice you make!

  • Anonymous

    1 Vote for the first one!

  • Anonymous

    Of course the red one – without ANY hestitation.

  • beej

    Choose the red one! It’s GORG AND much more appropriate for fall/winter weather. The floral one is great too, but not for a black tie event! The red dress will look amazing with a high, sleek, large bun. Also maybe a mini shoulder bag or a clutch… oh, I’m just thinking how I would style it… I LOVE THE RED ONE SO MUCH!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10159556974083437097 Miss Lou

    OMGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! I LOVE THE FIRST DRESS!!! it’ssssss PERRRRRRRFECT!!!! How LOVELY PICTURES! CONGRATSSSSSS!

    BESOS FROM BARCELONA!

    http://demodayaloloco.blogspot.com.es/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00811055782673337739 Elske

    They are both gorgeous, but I think I would go for the red one

  • http://sarahlaure.com/ Sarah

    The first dress, as you can wear it with the red shoes. The second one is very beautiful too, but red with red might be a bit overwelming.
    And girl, i hope you enjoy every bit of your fairytale.

  • Anonymous

    I think u should Wear the red one!

  • Anonymous

    The first one, love it!

  • Anonymous

    RED!!!!! its a christmasy colour and it took my breath away

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00552733878918990597 Olive

    The nude one, with all the flowers is my absolute favourite!!! You look amazing in it (well, you do in both)…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06578079717533698804 † Elmo †

    DEFINATELY RED ONE!!!
    YOU HAVE TO DO HONOR TO THE HOUSE OF VALENTINO AND WEAR THEIR EMBLEMATIC COLOUR….RED!!

    :)

    http://faire-la-gueule.blogspot.com.es/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13324483094162323990 Lara

    Second one, I just love red dresses!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06125444329054484524 william

    Such an easy choice, the nude gown with floral applique. So stunning.

  • http://www.circafashion.com/ cca

    the red one. i didnt love the red shoes with the first one. both are gorgeous

  • Arte

    I’m voting for the first one is STUNNING!!!
    Have a great time at the event :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03314937776350941971 Mlle W

    What a perfect event just for you and wow about Valentino lending your these beauties! I like no 1 better on you. I cannot really pinpoint out why but the way you pose in it is more connected and romantic, and the flowers attached with the brownish cream colouring really brings out your whimsical side…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02865938725193854385 Joy. | JUSTLIKESUSHI.COM

    The red gown, stunning!
    With Love,

    Joy
    justlikesushi.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17319987092052832284 Mzoghbi

    The second one no doubt. Nothing beats Valentino red :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09224164665243588644 Felicity

    I love the red one, but the first one, definitely the first one! Oh my god it’s SO beautiful, you’re so lucky (can you ‘forget’ to give them back…?! lol)! x
    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08867943333243745976 Mimi

    The romantic vintage for sure! Looks beautiful on you.
    Greetings from Uganda :-)

  • Anonymous

    I think I prefer the red, but how would you feel about a sash or a belt or something to break it up a little bit? :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08577709068519104458 FJ

    I have to say, the first one is more beautiful and you can wear it with the Valentino heels without looking too red. You’re a lucky girl!

  • Anonymous

    Both are absolutely stunning, but you should pick the white for sure.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18187497949329629330 Samantha Manzella

    THE RED! I just can’t help but love how commanding and powerful it is! They’re both absolutely stunning, but the red lace is just unbeatable. Color me jealous! So happy for you, Karen. :)

    <3 Samantha
    http://samlovesmakeup.wordpress.com

  • http://www.agvintage.lt/ AG

    RED!

    Because, it goes perfectly with your skin tone. And it’s bolder! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09997579143245126073 Athens

    The first one, both are fierce!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05536791800084204871 Lamipo Somoye

    The Red Dress, definitely that!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17528356495240420471 dianapim

    Go with red!! Its a stonger look.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14003719699413607564 kylie maree

    Red!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14003719699413607564 kylie maree

    Red!!!

  • GB

    oh, Karen, wow, both these dresses are stunning – i mean STUNNING!!! and I love the first one on you, so perfect with the red studded sandals peeping out! Enjoy and have fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08189730389331663836 Aisha Jimoh

    the red one is more striking on you!! both are sooo gorgeous!!!!! wear them both?? hehe

  • http://the-white-list.co.uk/ The White List

    Oh my gosh! You look so amazing! Like you have no freaking clue how amazing you look. Loving the hair, the dress, the shoes – everything. I think I may have to go all pinterest crazy on this post! :-)

    Without a doubt – go for the red!

  • Anonymous

    You look amazing with both, but the red one is simply perfect!

  • Anonymous

    ROUGE,ROUGE,ROUGE!!!like us Lucians would say!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04996328734472836029 Goody

    The red!

    They both are beautiful but that red is TDF!

  • Anonymous

    the first dress is my favorite. I love the sleeves and how it flows on you. Love the red as well, but I thought about looking back at the photos with your kids and I think the first is you. Have fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09573909725948636708 Style Hostess

    oh my gosh…both are utterly beautiful. I guess I would pick the second one simply because it’s a black tie event. but the first one is just as ethereal….still, I guess you get more of a colour and detail punch from the second gown :)

    X
    Cat.

  • Anonymous

    love them both, wow these dresses are delicious and they suit you sooo well!

    I would go with the vintage white for you though but the red is more modern looking and structured… both are perfect.

    The red one looks a little heavier, is the fabric heavy?

  • Anonymous

    they both look really great on you, red one is know in especially in Europe. But the first one look much better on you, because red dress hide your personality, you know what I mean :)
    Karen your blog is really different and girl you have such a great personality.

    xx
    Lucille

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11197825607494106368 Kristen

    they’re both great, but number one is breathtaking.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02045466607512576565 Catherine

    I think the first dress is more flattering on you.

  • http://www.homeoffashion.co.uk/ Home of Fashion

    Wow they are both so amazing. I think I would probably say the first just because the beautiful embellishment looks more unusual.

  • Anonymous

    OMGIDIE!
    defo wear the red one. The first one looks like something you would wear anyway; to get the mail, walk the dog, etc. The red one looks beautiful with your skin tone and soooo glamorous!

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15988966480652292447 leesicam

    The red makes more of a statement!

  • Viv

    RED

  • Anonymous

    The first one! All the details, it’s sooo romantic, but at the same time edgy! -KEG

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06789002078351944756 Lina

    red!

  • Sinead

    It’s Valentino. Wear the RED, girl! And congratulations.

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    Oh my goodness, so jealous! The red makes a statement but the first one is more unusually memorable. Go for the first one :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://www.adivastateofmind.com/ A Diva State of Mind

    The red dress!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06237339378013084155 Eat.Style.Play

    After looking at the pictures I honestly Love the red one. at first i thought white, but the Red looks gorgeous in the pictures!! GO WITH THE RED

  • https://mobile.twitter.com/ @lkmck

    I love the first one, but I think the Red is the one to wear to the event. You’ll look gorgeous as always, nonetheless. Enjoy the party!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00820705704789737677 Alicia Lund

    You look gorgeous in both but I vote the first one… it’s so romantic! Great to officially meet in person last week at the Nine West x Pamela Love event! Love your blog and style. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03103617239885079339 Angela

    The first dress is just so classy and magical!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05170910607483974556 Lynda D’Souza

    Dang it – they are both incredible! Such a hard choice ! Leaning towards the Red One though…….its more elegant and simple = classy. Enjoy the event!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11658122240620257589 Patty

    The RED one! You look stunning in both but the RED one is glamourous! Have fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00697257277387298220 Domonique Wilson

    The RED one for sure :) Also this sounds like such a great event, hope you have a fabulous time :)

    http://lilylovelock.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18091728869171792009 Jadore-Fashion

    Love both dresses on you; but I have to choose the first dress…it is so you. Love the vintage feel and the intricate details.

    Congratulations Karen!

    xoxo
    Stella

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00149186997629827900 Memory box at 27

    omg, i wouldnt want to be you right now haha…i would never be able to decide. they both are stunning!even though i love how the 1st one sits on your body, i think red color suits you best! god luck!

  • http://fashion-angel-news.blogspot.co.uk/ Fashion Angel

    Both dresses are beautiful, but we think the red one!

    http://fashion-angel-news.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14248410615626308292 fore front

    impossible to decide. i flipped a coin – the first!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11098196724141652373 LuxeLeopard

    I really like the first dress. The red makes a statement but red on the red carpet, not sure. Love the first one!

    Have a fab time this evening whatever dress you choose. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11098196724141652373 LuxeLeopard

    I really like the first dress. The red makes a statement but red on the red carpet, not sure. Love the first one!

    Have a fab time this evening whatever dress you choose. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17254968721468608935 Adrienne Scott-Trask

    Stunning!!! I am in love with both of these!!
    -Adrienne. xo

    http://sending-postcards-home.blogspot.com/
    http://sending-postcards-home.blogspot.com/

  • Dani elle

    Second one…The dress doesn’t look as fragile, it fits the season, suits your skin tone.Congrats!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04533708609290943593 Kim Powell

    Karen,
    They are definitely both beautiful dresses, but my mouth dropped when I saw you in the top gown. The red is classic, and the detailing is impecable, but if Valentino loan me two dresses for the night, I would go for the one that made a statement, the one with a ‘wow’ factor…I have every other day of my life to rock classic. Haha.

    –kim powell

  • Anonymous

    Definitely the first dress!! it’s SO GORGEOUS!!

  • http://eatgolearnlive.com/ eatgolearnlive.com

    Definitely the first one (cream/floral)… DEFINITELY!!! Oh. My. Gawsh!!!!!!!

  • Hazel Cobb

    The first dress is my favorite, though it is hard to choose and I’d love to see the red one in person too. I’m not making it easy am I? Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14744650327866787011 knit by nat

    RED! Both are amazing, but the RED is breathetaking!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15200029150289913698 GirlSpazDog

    Red!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15200029150289913698 GirlSpazDog

    Red, definitely the red.

  • http://fashionistalab.com/ Adelle (the Fashionista Lab)

    Wow Karen, that’s such cool news. Congratulations! I don’t believe I’ve ever commented before, but your blog is one of my favorites. The red dress is more dramatic, but the white one with the flowers is far more interesting – I vote for that one. But hey – either way you can’t lose! Good luck tonight, and have a great time!

    ~Adelle
    http://fashionistalab.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13019973154988639533 Sheri

    The white one. That one is so pretty on you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05960047591232528434 janandlarry

    The first one seems more like you – I would pick that one!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12753741191763343251 Caroline

    Both are gorgeous, but there’s nothing like a classic red dress for a holiday celebration!
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00691064436394666416 T E X T U R E

    I personally love the red dress on you. Just love it but, at the same time…if the carpet is red it would appear as if you rose right out of the carpet in a red dress….visually I think it might be a bit overwhelming. Then again, when has overwhelming in fashion been a bad thing.
    Either way… rock it out lady!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15848228991056695673 Raspberry and Rouge

    The red one, definitely! AMAZING girl! Enjoy! Xx Rebecca

    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  • Mak

    love the red one on you!

  • http://jakinaado.tumblr.com/ Jakina

    I love love love the red and it would without hesitation be my choice however based on these pictures, don’t know if its the posing, the hair, a combination but you look more you in the first one, like you can do more with that one… but idk either!

  • http://www.pinkcheetahvintage.com/ PinkCheetahVintage

    I love the red! Perfect time of year to wear it, too :)) Soooo magical! Enjoy your night!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10004845024706269327 Amberly D’Anna

    These are both so stunning! I’d go with the blush toned one though.

    Amberly
    http://www.asliceofglam.com

  • Lorna Boothe

    Go for nude, but dare I say this… not with the red shoes. Have a fab night Karen, whatever you decide x

  • Anonymous

    The first is SOOOOO YOU Karen!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Red One, of course! :)

  • http://stylelustpages.com/ Cortnie Elizabeth

    Congrats Karen! That’s awesome! I’d go with the red. It’s STUNNING on you! Tis’ the season!

    xo,Cortnie
    http://stylelustpages.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05415023400998052179 duckalicious

    I’d choose the red one for myself, but I think the first one is more you.

  • Anonymous

    How could you wear Valentino and NOT wear Valentino Red!? Beautiful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00992384156949146040 Damaris Chamorro
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00045464029313838171 Antonio Ruiz
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03394947638036945392 Camilla

    That red one is AMAZING

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

    p.s I started a youtube channel, check it out HERE

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07998486421881249007 Ran

    red one

  • Anonymous

    1st of all…….Are u kidding me?!
    *screams w/U upon reading bag*
    #f-cknmajor
    Im gasping for the beige/nude gown. I live for the red and in stunning shade as mr. Valentino does so
    well but, I want a blushy fairy like feel from you going to this event. Enjoy the night and take tons of pics to show us.

    Warmly,
    Emily :-X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01657287619087615914 The Habit

    Oh wow this is such a touch choice as they are both beautiful dresses and you look beyond stunning in them! Since I have to pick one, I’m going with the first one. There’s something about the soft color palette and those beautiful flowers that just resonates! I totally can’t wait to see what you decide. Love how you styled your hair too! :)

    xxTheresa

    The Habit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04162093560917581852 Signe

    Both are beautiful, but you look absolutely stunning in the red one!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16850873947457398744 Fox

    The second one seems to overpower you, while the first one makes you look gorgeous. My vote is for the first one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10095831775866370108 La Mode C Le Style

    Red as that is what the last emperor Valentino is known for! It’s iconic and will fits you :)Bonne chance X

    http://lamodeclestyle.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://prilsplace.polyvore.com/ Pril’s Place

    No. 1 has the “it factor”

  • Anonymous

    The first one! It’s unique and really represents who you are and what you do best!

  • Anonymous

    RED DRESS is the perfect one for you! it’s bold and interesting and totally YOU! the other one is more Rachel Welch kind of gown (in a positive way).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11076699236107029688 Jane. Or Jae.

    The first one!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely the red one!
    Congrats and enjoy the moment!
    Cris

  • http://linukasm.tumblr.com/ Lina

    They are both OMG gorgeous, but the ivory one is so unique, so you! Definitely the first one! And let us know what you picked :)

    xox
    linukasm.tumblr.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08643113330246564793 Mom (Míriam)

    The red one, with golden shoes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13062072976754211228 Viv

    What an amazing opportunity.. you totally deserve it! Both the dresses are beautiful.. I love the different detailing in each one. You are absolutely gorgeous!

    myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16739252771309062941 Jen

    Awesome red dress!!

    Jen
    http://trinibkbabe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01473045301972012756 Lolitta

    *faints*

    Ok…coming back around. I love, love loooovvveeee the first one! I hope that’s the one you picked! Please post “post event” pics ASAP!

    *waits impatiently*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01473045301972012756 Lolitta

    *faints*

    Ok…coming back around. I love, love loooovvveeee the first one! I hope that’s the one you picked! Please post “post event” pics ASAP!

    *waits impatiently*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14348614685621583300 Apple Kaewchai

    Go bold, Go RED! ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14348614685621583300 Apple Kaewchai

    Go bold, go RED. :) You look gorg on both dresses anyway.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12117676764557849367 sAmo_Toussaint

    the flower one!! it makes more a statement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12117676764557849367 sAmo_Toussaint

    the flower one!! it makes more a statement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00146110468746981684 Agnes…what’s on?

    The first one :)
    Both are incredible!!!

  • http://www.screenking.co.uk/ Tshirt printing

    What a mysterious look!!!
    Both dresses are really nice but the red dress is so amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13985788169974868605 Darina

    these dresses are beautiful…. I love your amazing red dress! Perfect:)
    http://www.styleofdarina.blogspot.com

  • http://www.jennyekbergstjohn.com/ Jenny E

    Oh sweet jesus. I can’t choose but if I HAD to choose i would go with the first one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02995228703461680199 acsd

    RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02995228703461680199 acsd

    RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED RED RED RED, a thousand times RED!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00096491151117272470 Janelle

    So hard to choose they are both freaking awesome! But I have to say that I love the white dress more than the red, it is very beautiful and it looks amazing on you!

  • Anonymous

    The red dress is perfect!

  • http://fashionbombdaily.com/ Claire

    You look gorgeous Karen! Either one is amazing!

  • Anonymous

    As gorgeous as they both are, it has to be the first one (ivory), as it’s just so magical and striking. The second one is amazing, but does not have as much of an impact (and imagine the white under a spotlight)… <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12405114431408955071 beks

    RED!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05390285135606455203 Zola Danger

    The first one!!! What an amazing surprise! Don’t you wish you could wear both :)

  • http://mazabalta.tumblr.com/ Maza Balta

    There is something about the 1st dress. Because of the first dress picture I noticed your blog.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05479660870779798748 Maggie Adofo

    Both are definitely very beautiful dresses. So glad you went with the red <3

    xo
    Maggie
    http://magz725.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

    Thanks EVERYONE for the help!!! God it was almost split down the middle apparently.

    After all said and done, I can honestly say that they are both equally great for different reasons. Next time if I do go to a glam event I still want to wear that floral dress. It stole my heart.

  • http://fullmoviemall.blogspot.in/2012/12/live-tv.html Live TV

    Nice one :)





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