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Posted on September 15, 2013

Autumn Little Black Dress

Dresses/ Romantique

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“One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress” – Karl Lagerfeld
Truer words have never been said! One of the great things about the little black dresses is they can easily be transitioned from summer to autumn.
Here in Italy, it’s hot and humid during the day with an autumn chill in the air after dark. For the warmer days, I like to dress up my LBD with sling backs and a straw bag for lunch with the girls in town. For the colder autumn nights, pair your little black dress with thick tights, ankle booties and throw over a duffle coat.
Pic above and below: I like my little black dress classic with playful details: My A-line wool LBD is from Max & Co AW 2014 and has pleats at the hem.
Gingham checked pointy sling backs from Marc Jacobs. Straw bag from Gallipoli shops. Pink Ballerina earrings from Les Néréides.
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Posted on May 11, 2013

A-Line Mini LBD

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
My black dress is by Italian dress expert  Max & Co

My black dress is by Italian dress expert Max & Co

 

“When French designer Christian Dior launched his groundbreaking A-Line collection in spring 1955, a new silhouette was born, one that has become a fashion staple ever since. Dior called it the A-Line because his dresses were narrow and fitted at the top, flaring out from the bust or waist in a straight line to the hem just above the knee, in a shape reminiscent of the letter “A”.  Vogue called it the most wanted silhouette in Paris”. (source book: “Bikinis, Bell-bottoms and Little Black dresses – 70 Great Fashion classics” by Kate Mulvey)

Every woman has at least one Little Black Dress in her wardrobe. I have a few for several occasions. The A-Line Mini dress is the perfect shape for my pear shaped body: It hides my tummy and bum but accentuates my legs and smaller upper body. The shape is clean and simple, with black contrast piping and a fluttery silk skirt for some girly appeal.

White lasercut bag from Alchimia. The perforated leather looks like lace, love the effect!

White lasercut bag from Alchimia. The perforated leather looks like lace, love the effect!

 

During the day, this is the perfect casual yet elegant day dress paired with flats and a big shopper tote. At night, I can dress it up with heels and a cute clutch.

Max and Co LBD babydoll

Pointy black patent leather flats with snake print detail from BCBG

As a dreamy dresser, I’m always up for a bit of embellishment, embroidery and frills!

Posted on October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday LBD

Romantique

 

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.

 

 
 
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