If you consider Wednesday Adams to be a bit of a style icon, then you’ll find this gown as irresistible as I do. I’ve never been a huge gown girl (like, I’ve never craved wearing one) but, if an occasion called for one, I’d most likely choose something like this. Yes, it’s a little nun-like, but that’s never stopped me before. 
Valentino designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, have been knocking out incredible work since taking over from the great one. Their F/W 2013, predominately black and white, collection borrows notes from the Dutch masters and their dramatic portraits, most notably, Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring
Just look at the beading. My god, and it’s only ready-to-wear. 
$17,000 at Net-a-Porter