One dress, three ways

LBD editEveryone has a LBD in their wardrobes – perhaps more than one. The iconic Little Black Dress is often reserved for dress-up occasions, such as cocktail parties.

But why relegate this fashion fave to a half dozen wears per year? You can get much more use out of your LBD simply by switching up the accessories and finishings.

Today I appeared on CTV Morning Live to talk about ways to maximize the wear of this dress, and I chose a plain dress as my ‘blank canvas’ for a series of looks. Think of the triple D approach to maximizing your LBD: desk, dinner, dress-up.

DESK – Pair your dress with a chic jacket, tights and booties or pumps for a sophisticated, office-ready look. Choose one statement piece of jewelry, either a necklace or bracelet, depending on how your jacket is styled or embellished. A structured handbag exudes professionalism.


desk edit

DINNER – Out for Friday or Saturday dinner with friends? Perhaps you’re taking in a play or musical performance at the local arts venue. Add a textured wrap to your dress and some sassy coloured heels. A smaller handbag or clutch works well for these evenings out. In this instance, I have removed the strap from my daytime handbag and turned it into a clutch.

 Dinner edit

DRESS-UP – It’s party season, so whether you’re out to a cocktail party, charity gala or Christmas party, your LBD can sparkle! Top your dress with a sophisticated bolero and add a blingy statement necklace. You’ll need an evening clutch – usually metallic or embellished with sparkles – and your best strappy heels. Soar on sky-high Louboutins or add some shine with metallic sandals. Think elegance and sophistication.

dress up edit

Special thanks to Lola’s boutique in the Old Strathcona area for providing the fashions. Lola’s is located on 105 St, between 82-83 Avenues.

Farewell, Mr. de la Renta

The world lost one its greatest fashion icons yesterday. After an amazing career as one of the foremost designers of his generation, Oscar de la Renta passed away.

His aesthetic celebrated the female form; his fashions contouring elegantly with a woman’s curves. People much more eloquent than me wioscar-de-la-renta-rtw-fw2013-runway-42_22155141990ll offer more suitable tributes; I am  just an adoring fan.

But I did have an up-close brush with his creative genius. I was incredibly fortunate to have worked backstage as a dresser in February 2013 at Oscar de la Renta’s F/W13 show during New York Fashion Week. While I didn’t meet the great man, of course, it was the experience of a lifetime to be in his studio.

This is the model I dressed for the show . The design, fabric and finish on these pieces were exquisite. The draping on the jacket appears to be random, but in actuality each fold was artfully stitched into place. The wraparound pants were fluid and sensual. These were the most exquisite garments I had ever seen.

Thank you, Mr. de la Renta, for helping women to discover the feminine, elegant sides of themselves.

God bless.




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