Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Little Black Dress


The coveted LBD has gone down in fashion history as one of the most desired pieces in a woman’s wardrobe.  What’s a closet without a Little Black Dress, and it’s safe to say my closet is complete – only in terms of acquiring an LBD of course!  I recently swiped up this vintage sequined black dress, not only does it fit every cranny and curve but it was a steal!  The dress is by a label called Stenay, which was a luxury brand in the 80’s that specialized in sequined dresses.  The long sequined gown I featured sometime ago is also a Stenay original, take a look HERE

It’s incredible to think how far a black dress has come.  Before the 1920’s it was associated with the color of mourning, as it still is, and women were required to wear a very conservative LBD only then.  When the mid 20’s hit and Ms. Coco Chanel was steady on the rise, she unknowingly redefined the Little Black Dress and made it what it is today.  After that the LBD took on a persona all its own.  It became the ultimate dress because it was accessible to housewives and Hollywood starlets alike – everyone could have their version of an LBD and it therefore made you a part of that fashion pool.  There has been no other garment in all of history that has been able to put all walks of life and classes on the same playing field as that of the LBD. 

Audrey Hepburn sparked a new generation of Little Black Dresses with the sheath dress she wore - designed by Hubert de Givenchy - in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”  It was the 60’s, the birth of a new age revolution for teens and they all wanted their version of the LBD.  The sheath dress that Hepburn or Holly Golightly wore in that movie epitomized the classic LBD. 

Today the Little Black Dress is not trendy, she’s not ultra sexy or racy, she’s classic – always has been and always will be.  Our LBD’s represent a staple in time that has out latest trends and fast fashion.  When we slip into our LBD’s we’re baring a part of history, but re-defining it with our own style.  When done correctly, it’s sophistication at its finest.  So you can imagine how ecstatic I was to finally own one that represents all that while embodying my personality and style. 

Now go out there and get your LBD on!

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