Fashion changes, but style endures.” Coco Chanel
It has been deemed an essential in a woman’s wardrobe, the one item of clothing you can step out in anywhere and at anytime. And, for that we can be thankful to only one woman.
When in 1926 Coco Chanel placed a drawing of a simple black, long sleeved crêpe de Chine dress, worn with a single strand of pearls in America’s Vogue magazine, the original ‘widow’s weeds’ turned into what we today call the Little Black Dress aka the LBD.
Vogue said it was “Chanel’s Ford” and it was. Like the Model T, the dress itself was simplistic and elegant.
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” CC
Vogue went on to predict that the dress would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste,” and never has a prediction of style been set more firmly in stone since then.
The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you.” Coco Chanel
When it comes to clothes, I’m particular, and tend to lean more towards classic looks, instead of bursting trends. The LBD has always appealed to me for just that reason. It is simplistic, no fuss, and best of all, it is black. I don’t believe the colour suits everyone, because let’s face it, black is not some random colour pick, neither is it only ‘slimming’ as many like to think.
Black on a woman, for me is unaffected panache. It is the chutzpah in her eyes, an innate confidence in her every step, the oomph which naturally surrounds her. Black does not give a woman appeal, it compliments the appeal she holds within.
I’ve seen a lot of women sporting black although it doesn’t suit them, but there are some who when they wear it, always bring to mind the Daryle Singletary song whose title I used for this post.
As far as the almighty LBD goes, it is difficult to pick women who have carried off not just the colour, but the true essence of the dress. Plenty have worn the LBD, from First Ladies to grunge rock stars, but there will always be those whose individual style, grace, and vitality give it that something special, the ‘Wow Factor.’
Here are some of my favourite legends of yesteryear, timeless women who truly showed us what the LBD was all about.
Princess Diana stepped out for a Vanity Fair party in this head-turning LBD, shortly after Prince Charles’ infamous adultery confession during a BBC interview in 1994. The dress was designed by Christina Stambolian, and kicked off Diana’s personal brand of style that turned her into a fashion icon.
Special thanks to my personal fashion guru, Chani, for letting me guest post in her Pret-a-Blogger realm. I’ll be back next week with Part II of She Sure Looks Good in Black featuring women of now in the LBD.
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Coco Chanel