O the marvels
|Photos by Larry Hirshowitz|
of the little black dress. Its perhaps the most iconic garment
of the past century. The dress of liberation. Of revolution. Chic at its most
Its 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 Ive owned dozens if not hundreds of LBDs many of which Ive 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 friends 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 Zillias 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.