Inspired by utilitarian uniforms of maids and shop-girls, Coco Chanel introduced the little black dress in the 1920s, now informally the ‘LBD.’ At the time, Vogue magazine likened its invention to that of the Model T. Rechristened the “cocktail dress” in the 1950s, it was immortalized in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Audrey Hepburn, who accessorized it with sunglasses and a martini. She made the little black dress sophisticated and playful – the essence of charm.
The embodiment of sophistication, simplicity, versatility, and timelessness, the well-fitting black dress is one of the few pieces you will never give away.
The LBD gets a long awaited update this season, reincarnated in split-skirted, leather embellished, belted, and tuxedo-inspired forms. There is a lot to choose from. You can’t go wrong with a beautifully tailored little black dress.
To quote Karl Lagerfeld:
Now, you’re ready for anything – but what about shoes?
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