Thursday, February 25, 2010

NYFW Redux: Top 10 LBDs

There are a few things that we all have in common -- we all eat, sleep, poop, etc. When it comes to the category of us ladies, I'm pretty sure that amid all the differences, one thing we probably have in common is that we each own at least one incarnation of the Little Black Dress. In my case, it's more like 30 different versions. But I thought it'd be interesting to trawl through all of New York Fashion Week and find the 10 best LBDs around (I haven't gotten through LFW yet). Starting with the above... a grid-like pattern at Herve Leger by Max Azria which seems much more forgiving than the previous bandage dresses.

For a posh night on the town for a girly girl, this Marchesa lace dress is sophisticated and flattering.

No surprises here, the queen of the LBD, Victoria Beckham, gives us a sleek and classic pencil silhouette, updated with a little draping at the neckline.

Threeasfour has been more and more impressive each season. If you remove the alien-princess-from-Star-Trek styling, this is actually a beautiful sleeveless round-necked assymmetrical dress in a flashy fabric.

Oh Proenza Schouler. The designer duo seemed to have been moving away from the corseting that made them famous in the beginning, but I see a hint of that coming back in this little dress, though the bodice isn't as severe. And I'm such a sucker for leather.

Jen Kao is a relatively new label, but it's been making quite a bit of noise in a short time, especially in the blogger circle. This rock 'n roll furry vest and minidress would be perfect for a leggy model. Which sadly, I am not.

Paris 68 is in its first season, its designer Marcella Lindeberg's husband works on William Rast, but I like her collection more than the Justin Timberlake-helmed rugged denim-loving brand. This black dress with a built-in cape is so simply yet so different from anything you see out there.

I'm not personally big on embellishments, the whole pailette-covered bejewelled thing. But if you have to weigh down your look with built-in accoutrements, then Malandrino does hardware right: chunky, dark, daring.

If the doyenne of wedding-day wear were to do a wedding dress in black and cut it to cocktail length, I think this is what it would look like. But what I think is so genius is that it is romantic while maintaining a bit of contemporary flair.

Last but certainly not least, Coach's Reed Krakoff's inaugural womenswear collection under his own name has this utilitarian feel that I'm very much liking. This leather dress comes off as a little bit dungaree-ish, which I like, I like a lot.


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