Purple works for every complexion, is stunning day or night, and is a snap to accessorize (it goes with black and neutrals alike). Here, three designers who also deserve an award for their signature sensibilities—L'Wren Scott's impeccable tailoring, Maria Cornejo's arty cool, and Michael Kors's sleek take on classic American style—show how it's done.
From left: Top and skirt, L'Wren Scott 854-345-1153, $1,025 and $990. Top and dress, Zero + Maria Cornejo, $550 and $1,195, 303-433-7253. Dress, Michael Kors, $1,995, 866-709-5677.