Party Dressing

Amanda Garrigus custom black strapless Cornell Collins dress

I love a good cocktail party, dinner party, store opening party, fund raising party… you get the picture. This month, what with all the global fashion week frenzy and the concomitant dazzling galas, cocktail soirees etc., I’ve gotten into the mood. So I reached into the recesses of my overflowing (but only because I don’t have a walk-in) closet and pulled out this gem. It’s a one-of-a-kind piece that was made for me by my dear friend, the wildly talented designer Cornell Collins. He crafted every elegant detail with me in mind and once it was finished I wore it with pride on the Emmy red carpet while reporting for E!. All these years later it’s still one of my absolute favorites, a classic as it were. If you don’t already own a black midi party dress like Dakota Johnson and Amanda Garrigus (that would be me), I advise adding one to your collection asap. Scroll down for a few party-perfect suggestions.

With love,


Amanda Garrigus Black tiered Cornell Collins dress

Amanda Garrigus Cornell Collins strapless dress

Amanda Garrigus black Cornell Collins strapless dress

Amanda Garrigus Cornell Collins Custom Strapless Dress

High: Alex Perry; Medium: Cynthia Rowley; Low: Zara

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