The Little Black dress has come a long way. The phrase was coined by Coco Chanel in the 1920s when she deemed it as “the must-have garment of the century”.
And boy was she right! Her “must-have LBD” was simple, fitted and calf-length.
It flattered almost every woman’s figure. When I say flattered, I mean it made them look slimmer. This in turn made them feel good about themselves, builded their confidence and as a result empowered them.
For these reasons, it wasn’t long before nearly every woman in the world had a “must-have” in their possession which saw the light everytime an important occasion arised.
Before Coco, black was the colour of mourning. It was associated with grief, sadness and refinement.
Not anymore. From then on the LBD was to become the ultimate fail-safe party dress. It is a classic. It has never been and never will go out of fashion.
You can dress it up, dress it down. Wear it to work or work it on the dancefloor. And ALL of our fashion icons at one stage or another have LBDed it.
Audrey, Grace, Marilyn, Cara, Alexa, Olivia...you name them, they’ve worn one. I mean, have you ever seen a black dress appear in a “worst-dressed list”? I haven’t.
Have you ever seen anyone at a New Year's Eve party fixing, fidgeting or sitting awkwardly in a LBD? I haven’t.
No, they are too busy looking and feeling fabulous.
Thankfully, the LBD is back. However, it has come a long way from Coco’s ideal.
It has evolved. It no longer falls in the “play-it-safe option. LBDs are daring. They are a fashion statement.
Whether it is capes, fringing, leather or lace... get the right one and it, and you, will be the ones standing out from all the rest on the night.
Whatever you decide just make sure you make like AC/DC and get Back in your Little Black Dress this Thursday night.
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Bernie Ecclestone’s pampered daughters, Tamara and Petra, stand to inherit the Formula 1 boss’s billions someday, but it seems the girls haven’t inherited their father’s head for business.
Just months after I reported Petra, 27, had put her handbag line Stark ‘on hold’ for the foreseeable future after amassing millions of pounds worth of debts, her elder sister Tamara has apparently offloaded responsibility for her own venture, a haircare label called SHOW Beauty, less than three years after launching it.
Billed as 31-year-old Tamara’s first solo enterprise, SHOW Beauty, which is sold in Harrods and Harvey Nichols, among other locations, boasts ‘indulgent and luxurious’ products including a £30 dry shampoo, a £55 hair fragrance and a Swarovski-encrusted bottle of treatment oil costing an eye-watering £155.
Her previous ventures have included a Channel 5 reality show called Billion $ Girl and posing nude for Playboy magazine with just a smattering of diamonds to protect her modesty.
The last available accounts for Tamara Ecclestone Brands Ltd, which trades as SHOW Beauty, reveal that in the year ending 2013 the company owed creditors over £10 million, up from £2.6 million the previous year.
According to Companies House, the latest set of accounts are overdue by four months.
Earlier this year Tamara, who lives in a £70 million house in West London with her husband Jay Rutland, resigned as a sole director and transferred the company’s entire £15 million share capital to a Mauritius-based entity called Mighty Kingdom Investments Ltd.
Yet Tamara still promotes SHOW Beauty on social media and in interviews, where she describes herself as ‘creative director’.
Her spokeswoman says: ‘There has been a corporate restructure. The current accounts, working their way through Companies House, show a £1.9 million profit for the year.
Tamara Ecclestone will continue to be involved with the SHOW Beauty brand.’
Having been a bridesmaid at Charles and Diana’s wedding, designer India Hicks knows all about parties.
But she reveals that while preparing for son Domino’s eighth birthday last week: ‘I did not pay enough attention to the cake, which was meant to be the number eight but looked like two inappropriate boobs.’
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So purrs Eartha Kitt in the Christmas classic, “Santa Baby.” She’s not alone; according to surveys Christmas Eve bests Valentine’s Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve as the most popular day to propose.
Good news to those about to get betrothed: Men are spending more on their engagement rings, according to The Knot 2015 Jewelry & Engagement Study. This is the online wedding resource’s third biannual comprehensive proposal trends report. More than 12,000 and 1,200 American brides and grooms, respectively, engaged or recently married from 2014 to early 2015 were surveyed as to their spending habits.
Men are spending an average of $5,978, up from $5,403 in 2013 and $5,095 in 2011. They’re also revealing the cost to their significant other; nearly 70 percent of women know how much their intended spent on the ring, while one-third have a general idea. Another third indicate they know exactly how much was paid.
They know because they are putting in the research and making their engagement ring preferences known. Sixty-seven percent of brides began researching rings before getting engaged, The Knot survey finds. They are using their mobile devices to browse ring styles (43 percent), sharing ring ideas with their fiancé (35 percent) and researching ring designers or retailers (29 percent). Eighty percent of men said their partner dropped hints, and 71 percent of women owned up to it. Of the hints they dropped, half of the surveyed women pointed out styles while shopping, 36 percent told their significant other outright what they wanted and 11 percent left ads or pictures laying around, just like Ralphie, the boy in A Christmas Story” who wanted the Red Ryder BB gun..
Men are not just spending more on the engagement ring, they are also putting in the time to make the right choice. Surveyed grooms reported it took an average of about five months to research and almost 4 to find the perfect engagement ring. They also visited five retailers and looked at an average of 25 rings before purchasing “the one.”
Almost nine-in-ten men indicated they would rather buy a smaller, better quality diamond than a larger stone of lesser quality. Almost 60 percent of brides said they were on board with that.
The ring was a piece of cake; now the tricky bit—the proposal. Public proposals are on the rise, The Knot reports, with 45 percent of grooms proposing in a public place, up from 34 percent four years ago. Twenty-eight percent opted to propose in a scenic spot, compared with 21 percent who proposed at home and 18 percent who popped the question on vacation. Forty percent of brides did not see their proposal coming, while about 60 percent said they knew it was in the works, but weren’t exactly sure when it would happen.
A public proposal calls for public sharing. Four-in-ten grooms had a photographer or videographer capture the proposal as it happened. Once engaged, 79 percent of couples shared the news on social media within three days.
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