Loading...

The LBD Rules 

Thursday, Jun 16 2005
Comments
Photos by Larry Hirshowitz
O the marvels of the little black dress. It’s perhaps the most iconic garment of the past century. The dress of liberation. Of revolution. Chic at its most radical.

It’s the dress that was designed to take you anywhere anytime. That may seem an impossibly quaint notion in this anything-goes era — jeans on the red carpet, sweatsuits at an opening-night opera performance — but when Coco Chanel introduced the idea in the mid-1920s of a dress suitable for day and night, she profoundly transformed the way we think about the ritual of attire.

Of course a woman always remembers her first LBD. Mine was a strapless vintage Dior number, handmade lace covering satin with corset-boning. Breathtaking in more ways than one.

Since then I’ve owned dozens if not hundreds of LBDs — many of which I’ve kept. My version of a scrapbook. Each recalls those good, bad or ugly moments in my life. Dancing on a rooftop in Instanbul all night, a friend’s wake, the affair gone wrong.

So what is the perfect LBD? Some 30 West Coast designers — most from Los Angeles — along with three English designers, contemplated that question at the fourth annual Little Black Dress benefit, a rump-bumping bash held poolside last week at the W Hotel that raised more than $30,000 for Stop Cancer.

Classic cocktail lengths, short, long, simple, sequined — there was a dynamic array of interpretations for attendees to bid on by such established names as Eduardo Lucero, Kevan Hall, Sue Wong, Monah Li, Petro Zillia’s Nony Tochterman and Renee Bardot, as well as up-and-comers such as Rachel Pally, Meghan Fabulous and Uriel Saenz.

These are the dresses of which memories will be made.



 Colleen Quen Couture

 




 Rami Kashou




 Martin Martin


Related Stories

  • Baubles, Bangles and Bakelite

    As tempting as it is to don a Halloween costume that reflects popular culture -- an orange-faced John Boehner, a green-egged Ted Cruz or a twerking Miley -- why not make an effort to stand apart from the undulating asses? Seek out an authentic period costume at the Vintage Fashion...
  • Vintage Fashion Expo

    @ Los Angeles Convention Center
  • 5 Can't-Miss Events This Week for $15 or Less

    Who says it's too hot to have fun? L.A. is bustling with exciting events this weekend - with four great things you can do for $15 or less through Sunday, plus a freebie event that we threw in for people who consider Monday still part of their weekend. After all,...
  • Ride or Die 118

    At first, riding a bicycle through Mumbai seemed like a death wish. I saw lines of cars, scooters, rickshaws, horses, oxen, and even human-pulled carts lurch into intersections before the light turned green. I hesitated at the crosswalk, holding up traffic and setting off honking from behind. I was petrified...
  • Five Historic L.A. Jazz Spots

    Have you hugged a jazz musician today? You should. For the second year in a row, April 30th has been declared International Jazz Day by no less a reputable organization than the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. This year's host city is Istanbul. But why not L.A.? After...



 Juan Carlos Obando
(highest bid at $1,500)



Related Content

Now Trending