The Black Edit

The little black dress rose to fame in the 1920’s, thanks to Coco Chanel. A trendsetter and innovative designer, Chanel rejected mainstream fashion norms and curated ground-breaking statement styles like the little black dress. In 1926 her design graced the cover of Vogue, the model adorning a simple black dress constructed in crêpe de Chine. Vogue named the dress ‘Chanel’s Ford’ because it was luxurious yet simple and accessible to women of all social classes. Calling it “a uniform for all women of taste,” Vogue’s prediction was accurate as the little black dress has become an iconic piece throughout fashion history. Coco Chanel's popularising of the little black dress has allowed it to become a symbol of style and sophistication.

As one of fashion’s true icons, the little black dress has been a timeless treasure adorned by fashion-forward celebrities throughout pop culture history. From Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy Gown in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Victoria Beckham as Posh Spice, the little black dress has remained relevant in the fashion world as a classic wardrobe staple. The little black dress has remained elegantly timeless as black is a body-slimming and flattering shade that everyone can enjoy. Women redefined fashion with the simple beauty of a black dress and it became one of fashion’s true icons. Simple, versatile and sophisticated, we have looked back at the history behind the little black dress and curated our favourite collection of timeless styles.


Staple Black Cocktail Dress

A classic style that is reminiscent of retro vintage glamour is a sophisticated black cocktail dress, perfect for a formal work event. Slight boat necklines and ruching around the waist, boast a feminine silhouette that will never go out of style. A fitted slim skirt paired with stretch jersey fabric allows for a breathable look that is perfect for dancing in. Alternatively, you can never go wrong with a classic body con silhouette with a flattering scoop neckline. V back details are subtle yet give a delicate finish that is timeless and elegant. Pair with pump heels and a hair accessory for a look that is ready for your next event, race day or gala.

A Kiss Of Sparkle

A touch of sparkle can be added to your little black dress through lurex fabrics, sequins and beads, transforming your little black dress into an eye-catching night time look. Stretch fabrics are the perfect go to, to ensure comfort all night long. Waist detailing such as gathering and ruching are a beautiful way to cover, or flaunt a tummy, perfect for our pregnant customers. The stretch fabric provides an all day comfortable fit. Pair it with silver stilettos and statement, silver crystal earrings.


An Off The Shoulder Moment

Off the shoulder and strapless dresses radiate elegance and sophistication. Popularised in the 1930’s by couture fashion designers like Dior, a strapless or an off the shoulder gown is a wardrobe essential for your next event. Designed with a black-tie occasion in mind, look towards separates such as long sleeves off the shoulder tops that create a sleek look and allude to Hepburn's head-turning glamour. For a sultry look, opt for red lipstick and jewel toned accessories such as chandelier drop earrings, finished with a colourful pair of heels. 


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