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LOVE LETTER TO THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

How much do you love your little black dress?

Are we all in search of a soul mate? Someone that simply understands us, compliments us and makes us feel our very best?

I have found my perfect match… the Little Black Dress. The Little Black Dress never lets me down.

FLORA DRESSFLORA MAXI DRESS IN BLACK SILK

An Ode to The Little Black Dress

 If I want a dress that listens to my body – is sometimes flirty or is sometimes forgiving it’s the Little Black Dress. If it’s been a long day and I have to get ready for a party  or dinner quickly… the Little Black Dress is the answer.  If I want to make a statement –  I can still turn to the Little Black Dress.  The Little Black Dress is like a second skin.

The love affair started at Chanel.

Coco Chanel is praised for the creation of the little black dress  in the mid 1920s– a chic crepe  de chine affair – The beauty of the ‘little black dress’ was it’s simplicity and accessibility. Coco Chanel created a dress for all women – or at least a template for a dress code that all women could sign up for. It became a signature style of the chic 1920s and beyond.

COCO CHANNEL

Madame X and the Little Black Dress

I think we can go back further still – I love Madame X – a striking portrait by John Singer Sargeant dating from 1834 – Madame X wears a long black dress – She gazes into the distance – looking empowered and slightly defiant. The picture at first created some controversy as the strap on one side fell seductively off her shoulder – Sargant repainted it. I think today Madame X would have chosen Fara’s Zoe Dress in hemp modal, black of oucrse… 

MADAME X

Audrey Hepburn 

We might also think of the epitome of the little black dress – Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy gazing into the window at Tiffany’s. She portrays herself as the ultimate free spirit – she is dressed in her party outfit from the night before -  but the undertow of the film is her need to be feel loved… she is a woman in search  of a deeper connection.

AUDRY HEPBURN

Marilyn Monroe 

In fact if we were to think of the two most iconic dresses in movie history – we have Audrey Hepburn in the silhouette hugging black number vs. Marilyn’s white skirt blowing up above the air vent in Seven Year Itch.  But when Marilyn was off screen – she often reached out for the little black dress.

MARILYN MONROE

Princess Diana

What was Diana thinking when she reached for her classic Little Black Dress in the 90s – the off-the-shoulder body-con dress – again to feel comfortable in her own skin? To reclaim a part of her Self? In one dress she stepped from fairytale princess to fashion icon.  It was dubbed the ‘revenge dress’ when she stepped out after her divorce. The Little Black Dress as statement of intent

DIANA 

The Little Black Dress is iconic. It is rarely flashy.

LIZ HURLEY

 But then sometimes it is.

Liz Hurley

Liz Hurley’s little black dress held together by gold safety pins care of Versace is etched into our memories – another icon.  And, Lady Gaga who has made so many headlines with her dress choices still turns heads with voluminous black tuille cropped short above the knee like a sexy black swan when she was promoting House of Gucci earlier in 2022.

LADY GAGA 

Lady Gaga

So we might want different things from our little black dress – we might want seductive and alluring,  sexy and empowering, playful and flirty or show-stopping…

 Certainly we are not aiming to blend in.

 The legacy of the Little Black Dress lives on.

 A well-cut black dress with a hint of shoulder or  bare legs, boots or sometimes heels, a good lipstick  - what else do we really need?

 The perfect little black dress is effortless and timeless – it becomes an extension of who we are.  It’s our go-to dress which makes us feel that all is right  in the world.  So when we reach out for the Little Black Dress what are we asking?

It’s sustainable as it can outlive any current fashion or trend. So choose consciously – touch the fabric and listen – what does it say to you? Are you going to be in a long-time love affair with this dress? 

In search of the perfect soul mate, the perfect little black dress… FARA has created an answer in six different styles… six different moods…

 

An Ode to the Little Black Dress

Oh how I love thee, let me count the ways… 

For a twist on the classic Little Black Dress, I reach for the Lana Dress with an asymmetric hem – it hangs just above the knee in front but has a deeper train at the back.  The Lana Dress is sensual silk but has a playful edge. It’s my go-to, barely there, don’t have to think about it – perfect dress.

LANA DRESS

LANA DRESS

SHOP THE LANA DRESS IN BLACK SILK

PLUNGING V LBD 

The Flora Dress - Your thin spaghetti straps give way to a plunging V at the back – with another layer of soft silk highlighting my décolletage.   You are bias cut and  so both hug my body and sway as I move  wrapping me in delicate, sensual silk. I feel if Marilyn had to choose – she would choose the Flora Dress.

FLORA DRESS

FLORA DRESS

SHOP FLORA MAXI DRESS IN BLACK SILK

 Quite possibly the Zoe Dress is the ultimate show-stopper – luxurious soft hemp modal with a  plunging neck line and a generous skirt that hangs from the gathered bust. Thinking back to Liz Hurley. Her choice was risky and rebellious – I think the Zoe Dress is a more classic twist but still has the edge  - certainly Hurley was aiming to stop the show… and traffic.

ZOE DRESS

ZOE DRESS

ZOE DRESS IN BLACK HEMP MODAL

When I want to feel sophisticated, the Zen Maxi Dress is the FARA classic –a sexy pool of black silk that cascades to the floor. Your thin straps grace my shoulders… silk which rests effortlessly on my skin.

 ZEN MAXI DRESSZEN MAXI DRESS

ZEN MAXI DRESS IN BLACK SILK

When I want to feel like a Goddess, I’m inspired by the Orissa Dress. Elegant hemp modal with an empire line waist and skirt that falls to the floor – with a high front slit that hints at my legs as I move. I love your flowing sleeves and effortless magic. I feel that Diana was on point and would have chosen this Goddess dress. 

ORISSA DRESS

ORISSA DRESS

ORISSA DRESS IN BLACK HEMP

I’m in love with the soft Hemp Modal fabric – softer than cotton and less demanding than silk. The Willow Dress is hemp and sexy – Bias cut with barely there straps  - simple and seductive.  Alluring and empowered. 

WILLOW DRESS

WILLOW DRESS

WILLOW DRESS IN BLACK HEMP MODAL

LITTLE BLACK PLAYSUIT

When is a little black dress not a little black dress? When it’s a playsuit… 

So my love affair with the Little Black Dress is solid – but sometimes tempestuous and sometimes I dream of having a tryst with something else – the LBP… little black playsuit… It reminds me of yet another icon – Helmut Lang capturing Isabella Rossellini…  the playsuit is short, sexy and to the point.

So six little black dresses… almost one for every day of the week… and lucky number 7 – the Mia playsuit

MIA JUMPSUIT

MIA JUMPSUIT BLACK SILK