I know every girl’s secret and I’m about to tell… We all have that one item that we’re dying to wear, but for some reason, this trend (which made it so big that society gave it an acronym) is the only one we seem to take for granted: The Little Black Dress.
Legend has it that this classic item was popularised in the 1920’s by Coco Chanel – an iconic French designer whose name still lingers on everyone’s lips in Front Row – as an intent to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable and accessible to all. (Checklist when buying a dress: all of the above!)
Sadly, now that see-through fabrics, metallic pink and embroidered pop-art made its way to New York Fashion Week, the LBD went from hero to zero. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the latest Spring/Summer Collection; it’s just that, like most things nowadays, fashion seems to have more commitment issues than a man in a mid-life crisis. Tried and tested: if you see a must-have in the display window of H&M, just go back after three weeks and you’ll walk out with a bigger bag AND a bigger budget (if any men going through a mid-life crisis reads this, don’t think that the same method applies – women are never on sale; at least not the ones that are in style).
Back to the point. Why, oh why do we always have to let go of the old to make room for the new? Now that retro is back, we all go and buy new retro-looking clothes while we secretly regret not keeping those hand-me-downs. I know what you’re thinking and I’m not saying become a hoarder, but maybe consider being just a little sentimental once in a while.
Who knows, maybe Coco Chanel had an LBD in mind when she said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”.
So go on, stop discriminating and wear that black number to your best friend’s wedding – it’s the last colour to compete with the bride anyway! Besides, we should never stop celebrating a trend that lasted a century – we owe it a little sentimentality.