2009-09-02 / Arts & Entertainment News

in search of the best little black dress

BY HOLLY PERGOLA Florida Weekly correspondent

 
WHETHER IT'S A BLIND DATE OR YOUR engagement party, the first day at a new dream job or your 20th high school reunion, the Little Black Dress is always the perfect fit.

W First made famous by Coco Chanel on the pages of Vogue in the 1920s, and revamped and made infamous by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in the '60s, the LBD continues to grace the covers of fashion magazines and turn heads along every runway and red carpet.

 

Here in Southwest Florida the LBD shows up on stylish women everywhere, from sidewalk cafes along Fifth Avenue South in Naples to opening night at Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers.

Blue Martini in Mercato, the newest shopping and entertainment destination in North Naples, even hosts Little Black Dress parties that draw hundreds of women who enjoy VIP admission when they come dressed in their favorite LBDs.

Our mothers' rules of fashion dictated that every well-dressed woman needed one in her closet, but this season a single LBD just isn't enough. I found more than a few to covet in shops from Banana Republic and White House Black Market to Gucci and Saks.There's a little black dress out there for every woman this season. Maybe even three or four.

White House Black Market » Sitting Image The Colette Dress $148
Eileen Fisher » Stretch sIlk jersey Dress - $278
Gucci » Cap Sleeve with Metal Embroidery $1,950 at Waterside Shops
AKRIS » Sleeveless embroidered dress $4,990 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops Naples
Tickled Pink » Strass Dress by Trina Turk $348
Marciano » One-shoulder dress $128

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