I have laid my past aversion to LBD's to rest. Those past foolish thoughts of thinking 'Urgh... little black dress? How bland...' are well and truly banished. Why? Because LBD's have advanced beyond the confines of classic attire. Or perhaps, they have simply left of the 'Little' in the acronymn and have invented their own, a braver version of the LBD. These aren't dresses to fall back on but to turn to in the first instance.
Introducing the big black dress. By big, I don't mean size but I mean grandeur in embellishment and technique. Helena Horstedt was a standout from Stockholm Fashion Week and it's easy to see why. Perhaps it's the removed quality of Sweden that breeds designers who hone at technique the way that people like Sandra Backlund and Horstedt do. Nonetheless, Horstedt prides herself on handcrafting her garments and even on digital image, the intricacies jump out at you. I can't think what it would be like in person. These BBD's are for people who aren't wanting to hide and be safe by clothing themselves in black and you must be aware that there is risk involved in handling all the concertina folds and pleats.
Introducing the super black dress. Super being what you would feel like if you were to don Hannah Marshall's sleek dresses from her collection entitled 'Quiet Noise'. I've written about Hannah on Fashion156 before, saying that her dresses seem to have the ability to empower in a subtle way hence why the title of the collection is spot on. The restraint is really heavily felt but the real beauty about them is the choice of materials which are carefully chosen to enhance the shapes that Hannah has chosen to use. All the dresses below are now available online at Nina & Lola exclusively. Super black dress wearers aren't screaming they are super. People are looking at them wearing the dresses, thinking they ARE super.