Little Black Dress - Fashion's Favourite Weapon?

Saturday, September 05, 2015

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." - Coco Chanel.

When you type 'Little Black Dress' in the Search Box and hit Enter, Google gives you "about 18,20,00,000 results" in approximately 0.43 seconds.

Yet if you still want to know about it...this is how Wikipedia describes it:
"A Little Black Dress is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. Intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour. Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the - LBD."

RealSimple.Com believes that, "more than any other piece of clothing, the little black dress is, women have been told, THE ESSENTIAL. The one that will take you practically anywhere."

In 1926, American Vogue published the first ever picture of a Little Black Dress, designed and drawn by Chanel, and it was way back in '26 when the magazine successfully predicted that it "would soon become a uniform". 
The dress, "was an apparently simple yet elegant sheath, in black crêpe de Chine, with long, narrow sleeves, worn with a string of white pearls..."
Back then, the Little Black Dress or simply the LBD would be designed and blended with semi-sheer top, narrowed silhouette or shorter hemline. 
Actresses would wear them Charleston-style with Cloche hat
As years passed, they would be Handkerchief-hemmed with asymmetrical neckline, a bit sleek, more edgy, feminine and definitely more evolved than the initial years.
The 1930s brought the dominance of strong embellishments on the dresses along with strong neckline and shoulders.
Two decades later, the Fashion Industry saw a new revolution as Christian Dior introduced his legendary New Look: wasp waist blended with lavishly full skirt.

With the advent of more designers, the LBD became even more stylish, sophisticated and utterly dramatic. With plunging neckline and pencil-slim skirt, the LBDs became the ultimate example of a perfect cocktail dress. 
Remember Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's? The Hubert de Givenchy that she wore might be filmdom's most famous LBD. Ever.
Post the 1960s, however, the designers both based in New York and Paris played with the designs so meticulously that the LBDs were not only distinctly different but each one of them also created a mark whenever they were worn by famous celebrities. 
(For instance, Lady Diana's iconic off-shoulder LBD, Elizabeth Hurley's notorious waist and thigh slit dress or even Madonna's demure look back in 2002.)

Trends may come or go. But a classic like LBD will always stay.
And like Maura Fritz rightly testified, "Its silhouette has changed over the years, but the LBD remains supremely chic." 
Well...enough delving deep in the History of LBDs. 
Now let's plunge right into some pictures of what we might be able to call as one of the best examples of a contemporary Little Black Dress.
Hence for the first time in LSF. Here's a blog about LBD.

    Here you go.....

Manufactured with a lot of warmth and care by Stalk Buy Love, this Angelic LBD is on the virtual-shelf of Jabong for the last two years and it was at the end of last year, when I became a proud owner of this supremely gorgeous little black dress. 
Made of Stretchable Nylon Spandex, the dress doesn't just look adorable on the outside but is extremely comfortable to wear as well. 
The noteworthy lace detailing all over the lining, adds more grandeur, allure and sheer magnificence to the dress.

Although it's a classic example of a present-day LBD. 
The dress that I'm wearing can also be called the Little Black Skater Dress (or simply the Skater Dress) because of the way the dress falls at the knees making it look like the letter 'A'. 
You might have noticed in the pictures that the dress is narrower at the top, flaring gently wider towards the bottom resembling the letter 'A'. 
Hence, the name.
I did self-styling for the shoot and went with absolutely no accessories except for a pair of Black and Gold Star-Studded Earrings that just accentuated my curls in an understated sort of way.
Since LBDs are so famously and religiously worn at cocktail parties, dinners,
 or simply at super-formal occasions I preferred to wear the same in broad daylight at suburban locales of my city to see how it might make me look. 
The result wasn't disappointing right? 
Thus, LBDs are perfect for Brunch Parties or Wine Tasting Ceremonies (and hush-hush Lunch-Dates) as well.

If you're a girl, I'm pretty sure you have more than just one LBD which is
 considered indispensable to a complete wardrobe by many girls and Fashion Fanatics,
who regard it a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own atleast one elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
You can wear your LBD in any way you like. 
Say with or without a pair of pumps during the day, maybe with pearly accessories in evening events or simply team it up with a cute blazer during winter. 
A wardrobe's staple diet, the LBD should be as simple and chic as possible. 
Like Chanel said, "....dress remarkably and they remember the woman." So why not make them remember you in that Gorgeous Little Black Dress?

Wardrobe - StalkBuyLove at Jabong.
Shoes - Cocoon, Flipkart.
Earrings - Simpark Mall, Kolkata.

Photography - Sayan Dey.
Edit and Concept -  Sayan Dey, Argha Das and Saptaswa Basu.
Assistant - Tuhin Kundu.
Make-up and Hair - Alok Sha.

- Rini.

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