The little black dress has become a wardrobe staple by women ever since Coco Chanel popularized it in the 1920s. The initial design Chanel published in Vogue in 1926 was just a simple, straight dress that falls just right at the calves.
Today however, decades after it was introduced, the little black dress aka the LBD has undergone different transformations in terms of cut, length, and embellishments. While many manufacturers still subscribe to the original design, many LBDs available in the market are shorter, more body-hugging, more revealing, and more decorated that sometimes they tend to look tacky. However, many are still well-designed just like the following little black dresses I found on DressFirst.com, which will certainly suit women of various tastes.
This A-line LBD reminds me so much of the film The Black Swan. This dress is perfect for girls who want to show off a bit of skin while still looking chic and regal.
This sequined dress is perfect for those girls who are fond of attending cocktail or corporate parties. The embellishments are balanced by the modest cut. Additionally, girls who want to show off their gorgeous collar bones may find this dress suitable for that agenda.
This dress can make or break your outfit depending on the styling. Sexy LBDs like this do not need much accessorizing—a simple pair of earrings and bracelet would do the trick. After all, the main accessory for this kind of dress will be YOU.
Designs like this will always be my favorite. It has all the qualities of the above-mentioned dresses. It has the right amount of embellishments—it may be a little short but it’s perfect for petite girls like me. The one-shoulder venus cut also provides the right amount of playfulness. This kind of LBD is fit for occasions such as the school prom; it’s definitely something sweet and fun girls would opt to wear.
DressFirst has a wide array of little black dresses to choose from. It’s important to remember though that to make an LBD standout, overaccessorizing is not very advisable. LBDs are usually great when paired with very minimal jewelry and simple shoes.
More often than not, ordinary dressers (like me) refuse to wear designs from runway shows for the following reasons:
The designs are very out-of-this-worldly, it’s quite embarrassing, instead of uplifting, wearing them in public.
They seem to be patterned to a modelesque physique alone.
The costs are pretty expensive for average earners.
The last one being the most common, which also explains why many of us sacrifice personal style. We have to admit that better-looking clothes carry hefty price tags. We have to take note though that we don’t have to buy LV or Chanel-like garments just to be considered in style; it is also a big NO-NO to buy fake ones, and worse announce that they’re authentic. There are alternatives to looking great without burning holes in your pocket, all you have to do is know the current trends and their look-alikes.
Time flies fast and soon we’ll realize fall is back, and the best labels to turn to for inspiration this season are Burberry Prorsum and Valentino. i’ll focus on Valentino in this post as I can’t get enough of the label’s 2011 pre-fall collection.
Very feminine and reserved indeed. This is something many would want to wear.
A great getup for a great day in the office
This what happens when you combine sheer cloth and leather: edgy but still delicate-looking.
Simplicity at its best.
Not very practical to wear in a very polluted area, but looks very comfy!
There are still tons of pictures but I only selected ones I would prefer to wear. To give you a general idea of Valentino’s pre-fall collection, below is a runway review by Emily Holt:
After two years at the helm of Valentino, designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have solidified the Valentino look. It’s the exaggerated ruffles, folded rosettes and soft palette of butter yellow, pale pink and camel that is a steep contrast, while still being complimentary, to the Valentino red. Their pre-fall collection continued this arc with pretty, lacy cocktail frocks and trench-style coats chock-a-block with ruffles and rosettes. One recurring silhouette was a one-shoulder dress (short in yellow, or long in crimson) over a lace T-shirt, falling in line with the layering trend so present in this season’s collections. Lace was heavy in the pair’s more formal eveningwear as well. Gowns felt demure, with high necks and long sleeves in lace, and tiered, ruffle skirts to the floor. And even in the more casual looks, there was lace: lace pants and a chic ivory turtleneck with green stripes and lace overlay. Lest all that feel too delicate, the designers also introduced a new Techno Couture collection: a selection of their now-signature Valentino styles (the ruffled one-shoulder mini, the cropped zip-up jacket with rosettes on the shoulder) in sportier stretch wool to be offered at a slightly lower price point.
To be in-tune with Valentino (if you loved it as much as I did) , all you have to take note of are the prominent designs. Valentino’s pre-fall collection mostly leaned on lace, sheer tops, leather, ruffles, and turtlenecks. If you’re a demure-type of gal, the latest collection will suit you well.
Oh yes, she did it again. After being named as 2010’s Best Dressed by Vogue:
Blake Lively, a.k.a Serena Van Der Woodsen of Gossip Girl, scored another feat. Read more.
Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director, “has chosen Blake Lively, a rising star on the American movie scene, as the official face of the MADEMOISELLE handbag line. Her spontaneity and fresh, youthful image have convinced Chanel that she is the right person to represent the house and this range of bags.”
Blake Lively with Karl Lagerfeld
Blake Lively wearing a Chanel dress and Christian Louboutin heels
What are the Mademoiselle handbags you ask? Here they are:
Fab aren’t they? Wish I could grab one of those!
Never been a great fan of good ol’ Serena though. I google Blair (Leighton Meester) more. I just hope Gossip Girl stops making Serena look weak and stupid. It’s not exciting anymore. I digress, but she seems to be more popular in the US, she’s like their typical blonde bombshell. She gets more attention from the media and thus receives more limelight. But we gotta hand it to the girl, she definitely has taste.
The Mademoiselle handbags campaign, to be photographed by Karl Lagerfeld himself, will be launched in March this year.
I have been very open about my love for fashion. Sad to say, I only know minuscule things about it. A true fashion enthusiast, I believe, should know every prominent label in Milan, London, and New York. He/she should be adept in executing the current trends, e.g. the colors, textures, and designs for Spring Summer 2011. In this post, I will attempt to share the trend for S/S 2011 and perhaps give a few insights of what’s in store for next year’s fashion industry, well, according to Chanel.
Fashion ignoranti like me only know well a few fashion labels–most of the time, the popularly-used ones. Who has not heard of Chanel? This uber famous brand is founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. It is recognized as the most established in haute couture, ready-to-wear clothes, handbags, perfumery, and cosmetics among others (Wikipedia, 2010). No wonder, every fashionista in the world worships Chanel.
Winter is almost over, and summer and spring are upcoming. What way to rock those seasons best but wear Chanel’s S/S 2011 collection. They are chic, some are cozy, elegant, and adventurous.
But that’s only if you got thousands of dollars to spend. What about the people who only have meager finances but still want to look in style? Here are some highlights from line’s 2011 collection designed by Karl Lagerfield:
1. Prints. The 2011 collection were like an exhibit of geometry. Jackets and skirts were all emblazoned with patterns and florals.
2. Feathers. Coats and dresses were adorned with lots of feathers and fur.
3. Cut. Skirts were either cut above the knee. Flowy dresses were just right at the calves.
4. Colors. Lots of black, white, gray, and light pink, yellow and blue were used. Garments which colors are not too bold graced the runway.
5. Shoes. Of course, no outfit is ever gorgeous without statement shoes. Strappy, wedge-like shoes and sandals strutted the runway in black and gray.
6. Bags. Shoulder bags are so eras ago. Purses and pouches in black, gray, and white, and patterns complement the season best.
Bottomline, you need not wear nor buy Chanel from head to toe. Just follow these trends when choosing for pieces to wear and you’ll surely be in style for next year!
***Photos from Google. Just click the photo if you want to look at the full size.