When the little black dress is right, there is nothing to wear in its place.
The LBD has a rich and wildly interesting history; one that most notably reaches back to the 1920s and Coco Chanel. At least this is the case for the ‘little’ part of the ubiquitous ‘LBD’ abbreviation. The Impressionists brought the ‘black’ part into vogue a bit earlier on with the dark taffeta gowns exuding worldly elegance and sensuous élan. By the turn of the 20th century, black was on its way to sophistication clad only by the daring and liberated: think Sarah Bernhardt and Isadora Duncan.
Simple and black suddenly stood for strength and had become an adult ‘uniform’ for women all over the world.
Then Chanel’s little dress came along, shifting notions; transforming conventions. Simple and black suddenly stood for strength and had become an adult ‘uniform’ for women all over the world. Now it’s a statement piece used subtly to say little but mean a lot, like Michael Cinco for COUTURiSSIMO’s plunging back in the Ricky Embellished Long Gown that nods to 1970s rebellion with a gothic twist.
Or if you’re heading to a formal evening occasion, opt for the Michael Cinco Stewart Devore Dress that will make you feel laid-back and nonchalant as you saunter into the room. After all, and in the words of Wallis Simpson: ‘when the little black dress is right, there is nothing to wear in its place.’