Since Coco Chanel created her first elegant black outfit, the little black dress has been the stuff fashion legends are made of. Her successor Karl Lagerfeld famously said, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” The charm perhaps lies in the colour itself, so remarkable that it can be used to create a beautiful outfit without any additional colours or patterns. Add impeccable tailoring to the mix, with intricate details—lace, vintage sleeves, applique, and embellishments—and the little black dress becomes a real statement piece. We put together an edit of our favourite LBDs styled with statement accessories in our new lookbooks. “When I don’t know what to wear, I wear black lace,” said fashion guru Carine Roitfeld. This lacy black dress is so delicate and luxurious that it requires little more than a dainty accessory or two to make an impact. Statement heels complete this high-octane look. Lace dress, Remanika; long chain and clutch, Rubans; stilettos, model’s own. Victorian-inspired details—a high neckline and bishop sleeves—offset the gravity-defying hemline of this glamorous black outfit. Traditional chaandbaalis add an unexpected finish to the look, complete with an old-school bouffant. Top: Remanika; earrings and clutch, Rubans; peep toe heels, Shoemaker. Take inspiration from retro vamps and this season’s big beauty trends for this one. This minimally embellished LBD is prim and proper with a delightful hint of racy. Add dark plum lips and a fun twisted hairdo to the mix and be ready to steal the night. Dress, Shuffle; chained clutch, stylist’s own; snakeskin stilettos, model’s own.
When paired with understated accessories and a sharp fuss-free hairdo, even the most party-ready black dress will transition effortlessly to all hours and a myriad of occasions. After all, when in doubt, black is your safest bet. Dress, Remanika; bangles, danglers, box clutch, Rubans; String bracelets, Prym; strappy heels,Shoemaker. Which of these drool-worthy ensembles is on your lustlist? Click here to shop these fabulous outfits! Model: Suzanne Roque | Photographs: Midhun Jayakrishnan | Hair & makeup: Romi Thockchom Nilakumaroma | Style direction: Anamika Chanda | Fashion assistant: Pallabi Majumdar | Design: Swikriti Banerjee