This month marks the 50 year anniversary of the iconic movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in which Audrey Hepburn popularised the Little Black Dress.
So, 50 years on, how has the LBD changed? Audrey’s version of the LBD from Givenchy was very sophisticated and serious but not fun. These days, designers have to re-invent the wheel each year, making the classic LBD fun, innovative and most of all wearable. Designers go crazy utilising rich fabrics like organza, mohair and lace in all different shapes: Shift dress, Empire line, Drop waist, insertion of sheer panels as seen in Stella McCartney’s collection. Stella’s dotted LBD is modern and fun.
Fashion has to work harder to accommodate modern womens’ lifestyles: Juggling home life, work life, travelling: Women no longer want separate evening and day wear: They want to dress down evening wear during the day and dress up casual wear at night.
The LBD was, is, and always will be a fail-safe option, making us look chic. When in doubt, wear an LBD and you will never be over or under dressed!
Rachel Bilson combing a playful, girly ruffle LBD with a masculine leather jacket.
Below: I’m wearing an LBD from Milla Jovovich for Mango.