Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Class of Panache: LBD

By: Tejassvittaa Sahu

                                    THE CLASS OF PANACHE 

An everlasting creation. A legendary garment. A must-have for all women. A unique fashion phenomenon. A wardrobe essential that stands proud in the dressing closet of fashion cognoscenti around the world. 

Ah, those three special words: Little Black Dress.   Yes Girls! IT IS THE LBD *squeals in pleasure*

The Little Black Dress is one of the staples of the 20th century woman's wardrobe. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the LBD as "a simple black garment suitable for a woman to wear at most kinds of relatively formal social engagements." But where did this style come from?

Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou intending it to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour. Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the "LBD"

 One of the most famous Little Black Dresses is the stunning dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Hepburn's famous dress was designed by her frequent collaborator, Hubert de Givenchy. Although this dress only appears during the opening credits of the movie, it has become one of the most iconic movie costumes of all time and helped to cement the LBD's place in history.

Designer Diane Von Furstenberg writes, “the little black dress is the true friend…she travels with you…is patient and constant…you go to her when you don’t know where else to go and she is ALWAYS reliable and timeless.”

So true Miss Furstenberg! And the LBD is a true friend cutting across all ages of women, be it a teen or a mother.


It’s a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion: for example, worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening.

Well, the best way to learn the right way of choosing and carrying the LBD is to take a quick walkthrough of how our favourite celebrities have rocked their best LBD Look! (courtesy-NDTV.com)

Sonam Kapoor: Bollywood's Alpha Fashionista is wise beyond her years when it comes to making a style statement. She knows exactly how to take the LBD from day to night and make it work for every occasion.

Freida Pinto: Freida likes to add an ‘eye-popping-something' to her little black numbers to keep her look fresh and youthful. She isn't fashion's favourite child for nothing!

Priyanka Chopra: Our very own Desi Girl is a black magic woman in glittery minis and sophisticated sheaths. Style constants – awesome hair and skyscraper heels!

Kim Kardashian: Corseted, one shouldered, belted or sheer – this Kardashian sister certainly has a way with black.

Kristen Stewart: Did KStew pick up a tip or two from her bloodsucking posse on the sets of Twilight? Pale skinned and dark eyed, Kristen wears her edgy black numbers with an attitude to match!

Taylor Swift: Country star Taylor is no longer Fifteen, in her trademark blonde curls and flirty black dresses. The occasional encounter with leather keeps us guessing. "You feel like you've put something fancy on, but you're still in a comfort zone," she says  :)

Deepika Padukone: Deepika does black with an Indian twist, piling on kundan neckpieces more often than not! 

Katrina Kaif: Movie Star Barbie would probably look good in a sack and these pictures are proof of Kat's ability to fill an LBD like no other:D

Scarlett Johansson: Who wouldn't want to look like ScarJo, right? In her own words, the LBD is "something you can always throw on and feel best-dressed."

Cameron Diaz: Our girl Cam shows us just why she's the IT girl! She keeps things interesting with girly accessories like a red clutch or two-toned strap-ons.

Dia Mirza: She's always put together and very simple in her style. Her LBD quotient follows her signature look – classy yet fun :)

Anne Hathaway: Audrey Hepburn would have been proud of Anne's distinct Breakfast At Tiffany's vibe. She channels old world glamour in her knee-length numbers and hot-red lipstick.

Jennifer Aniston: Jen changes her hair style often, her LBD style rarely. She pretty much has two LBD looks but whether she's being Sleek Sophisticate or Mystery Lady, Jen always makes it a 10 on her style credo everytime she hits the red-carpet!

Aishwarya Rai: Ash gets the LBD absolutely right with form flattering cuts, minimal accessories and simple hair and makeup.

Reese Witherspoon: The Legally Blonde star is illegally gorgeous in stunning LBDs ranging from sweet and lacy to retro and polka dotted to sleek and sophisticated!

Victoria Beckham: Posh Spice steps out all polished and high-heeled, in her minimal black dresses, some of which are her own designs. Tiny frocks, business knee-length or couture numbers, Mrs Beckham knows just how to get in touch with her dark side :D

Malaika Arora Khan: Munni knows a great dress is an instant fashion pick me up. The shoes, the hair, the makeup – Malaika rarely, if ever, gets it wrong!

Anushka Sharma: When she's not in Band Bajaa Baraat mode, Anushka likes to switch it up in black shift dresses, each prettier than the last.
 Angelina Jolie: Words don't suffice her. What she wears becomes the trend! This iconic actress has put together some of the best LBD looks of all time.

Blake Lively : Lace, sequins, structured sheaths – is there no end to Miss Van Der Woodsen's soaring style sensibilities?

Leighton Meester: Leighton puts her Gossip Girl style credentials to good use off duty as well, in fashion forward cutout dresses, killer shoes, and hair either perfectly coiffed or left loose :D

Why not go for the full out Audrey Hepburn/Grace Kelly look while you’re at it? The princess cut dresses are adorable and make a statement of grace and style. These are also perfect for those who are looking for a dress not as ļ¬tting and clingy. 


A fashion anomaly, the concept of the little black dress never changes, much unlike the trend-crazed industry.


It remains the height of chicness.
It knows no social, style or size boundaries.



You’ll never again try on 27 dresses in hopes to end up with just the right look! 


Editor's Poll of the week: Which actress of the above carried your dream LBD Look?
(P.S- Leave your answer as a comment below :D )

1 comment:

  1. A nice article.....a lot of research has gone into it.....