Cocktail and Red Carpet go brilliant for next fall, all in joyful colors and exuberant shapes. Whether for short festive frocks or all-out gowns, the look for evening is full of optimism and true glamour, conjuring up the painterly visions of fashion illustrators like Rene Gruau or Antonio. Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera used deep flounces, strong silhouettes and vivid color-blocking for buoyant dresses and gala-ready gowns. Jason Wu explicitly mentioned those fashion drawings of the 50s as a source of inspiration; his deconstructed bows and uneven hemlines showed an easy, modern take on that couture-smitten era. Bibhu Mohapatra used a vivid tangerine, while Christian Cowan showed an icy lilac minidress that featured a floor-sweeping train. Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim at Oscar de Renta offered intensely visual looks that captured the house’s ultra-femme heritage in a new, youth-inflected way. Prabal Gurung contemporized a silky 1930s-style dress with acid color and strategic cutouts. Badgley Mischka, masters of evening wear, spun a purple gown into a forward-thinking look with a sculpted panel that morphed into a modernist bow at the hip.