The Little Black (Day??) Dress

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Audrey Hepburn’s black Givenchy dress from Breakfast At Tiffany’s is top of the frocks, fashion polls often find. The smart gown which she wore as Holly Golightly in the ever-popular film was judged greatest female screen outfit and one of the three dresses produced for the film sold for more than £400,000 at auction in 2007. Goodness knows how much the other two would go for now.

This fashion staple has never gone out of fashion and never will. It is simple. It is classy and since it became the uniform of Coco Chanel’s post-war femme fatales, it is the perfect example of icon clothing, a ‘must-have’.

Originally it came from French fashion designer Coco Chanel, who first showed a range of rather plain black dresses in her Paris showroom in 1926. A relentless innovator, she had already made humble jersey-cloth an acceptable material for couture clothing, and seemed to have a special knack for turning traditionally unacceptable ideas on their heads.But it not formally identified as the shape of the future until  American Vogue published a drawing of the Chanel design.… It was an apparently “simple yet elegant sheath, in black crêpe de Chine, with long, narrow sleeves, worn with a string of white pearls” and Vogue proved to be correct in the prediction that it would become a uniform for fashionable women the world over.

In the 1930s Vogue had the foresight to comment that the dress was rather like the mass-produced black Ford motorcar, available to all, which has indeed proved to be the case so by the time Breakfast at Tiffany’s came out in 1961 everyone had one.

Books have been written about it, this coffee table effort being my personal favourite. Movies are made of it. It is probably the most iconic item of clothing in the western world.


There have been songs written about it. This one by a popular pop-combo you may have heard of.

“Little Black Dress”

Little black dress
Just walked into the room
Makin’ heads turn
Can’t stop looking at you
It’s alright
It’s alright
It’s alright, you know

But what I have noticed recently, and more so since I am desperately hunting for a new summer wardrobe of dresses, is that girls in the city of London (and I am sure New York and Paris) are turning to the LBD as daywear as well as the perfect night/party attire. The other day, in fact, I was wearing mine, and several city girls on the train and walk in could be seen wearing their own A-line, short sleeved or sleeveless, belted or accessorized little black dresses in the sun today. (Current tally is 9 by lunchtime)


Kate's LBD in the day

Kate’s LBD in the day

Not that I saw The Duchess of Cambridge in the City today, or Kate Bosworth for that matter.

Kate B shows us the way

Kate B shows us the way

Bringing the #LDB into 2014, the silk line collection from British Designer Kerry O’Brine showcases high end luxury. Kerry’s little black dresses focus on exceptional quality, amazing attention to detail, whilst bringing together luxurious fabrics with a beautiful finish.  These timeless pieces should be in every fashionista’s wardrobes.


@KerryOBrine @CHANEL @onedirection


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