there’s nothing little, about the little black dress

We have all been holding our breaths for the Spring 2013 Dior RTW show by Raf Simmons. A polar opposite of Galliano, Simmons had much of his aesthetic influence from Jil Sander, where clinical sterility is in, and exuberate warmth is out. Case and point, Simmons used several little black dresses to punctuate an otherwise colour infused collection.

A fashion essential since the 1920’s, the little black dress is as iconic as the starlets who have made the garment famous. It’s femininity at its best, mischievous yet demure.

My heart skipped a beat for Raf’s little black dresses. They represented fluidity and freedom, boundless yet bound to happen. He made V neck flattering, something I never thought V neck was capable of doing. The asymmetrical hem line was effortless instead of fussy. And the strapless tube cut revealed more depths, not skin.

They are simple, as little black dresses are destined to be. But they sure aren’t simple minded.


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