Photography I DANIEL Archer
styling I naomi barling
The LBD is a crucial component of a complete closet. It presents a permanent solution to the sartorial dilemmas facing the discriminating shopper. Invented in 1936 by Coco Chanel, the first little black dress, a form-fitting, knee-length number, transformed the fashion aesthetic forever. The LBD’s back-catalogue and dedicated followers are a testament to its universal appeal; it’s a sure-fire investment, that can literally be worn forever. Here’s how you can improve on the classic this season.
Designers revisit this wardrobe staple time and again. This season it is all about a real trophy piece; Rotate’s off-the-shoulder sequin-embellished micro-mini, Gucci’s leather belted number or Area’s sexy silk and diamante slip. It’s about finding a style with an interesting fabric that elevates it beyond the standard classic.
This wear anywhere, anytime, any-age item is loved by everyone from Madonna to the 90s supers and, of course, Posh Spice. The styling combinations are limitless - this season, try adding a pair of combat boots or sneakers during the day for a Ganni feel, and then for after dark, switch up with a statement heel or boot.
The LBD is the perfect canvas for accessories. It’s one of those staples that transcends seasons in terms of style, but also weather. You can go super 90s Helmut Lang and layer over a long-sleeve roll-neck, adding some simple hoops; you can wear to work with a blazer and some knee-high boots; for date night just add some height with heels. Bottom line, an LBD is a match for everything.
“This season I am wearing my LBD with printed tights and an oversized blazer that finishes at the same length as my dress. I’ll pair with some flat classic boots that go just a little higher than my ankle. This may not feel like a going out look, but it’s perfect for the season. The flat shoes are practical and mean I’m comfortable all night and my dress radiates a look fancy enough for all the seasonal festivities. I will party it up with makeup and crystal jewellery accents, making it the perfect go-girl look.”
NAOMI BARLING, BURO. FASHION EDITOR
BURO. edit of the season’s top Little Black Dress investments.