The 21st century LBDs
Posted by on April 12, 2012 | 10:51 am EST

Nothing is set in stone in the fashion world—except for an exclusive circle of illustrious designers and of course, the ubiquitous LBD. From Coco Chanel’s1920 designs to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress, the universally-flattering LBD is a firmly-planted, solidly-built fashion necessity that will eternally capture the fashion world.

Poring through the enigmatic Fall/Winter 2012 collections, we couldn’t help ourselves from taking note of the classiest LBDs to emerge on the runways. Simplicity, class and modern converged as designers injected a 21st century spin into the LBDs of 2012.


Mulberry’s LBD went down the road to English opulence with this sleek-and-belted dress. The collision of sheen and texture is a nod to luxury—while still retaining the LBD’s simplicity.


Valentino’s romanticism prevailed in this dress, giving off a deeply effeminate, darkly innocent appeal that is difficult to ignore. The sheer long sleeves are the perfect detail to complement this sparkly number.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein has always steered clear of drama and flamboyance, always opting for sleek, structure and seamless pieces just like this silver-belted dress.

Elie Saab

Elie Saab got more risky with long cutouts adding a geometric play on sultriness to this long-sleeved dress. Although LBD purists would most likely shun the revealing cuts, we like the perfect balance between modesty and sexiness here.


Technically, the little black dress is well, black. The white oblong cuts on this urban dress however, afforded this Rodarte garment a welcome distinction.


Thakoon effortlessly mixed 21st century aesthetics onto this black dress. The basket-like weave running horizontally on the chest lends an even more dangerous touch than the center slit.

Images from Thakoon, Rodarte, Elie Saab, Calvin Klein, Valentino and Mulberry

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