The objective: rediscover the perfect little black dress.
"What I want is the perfect dress for the perfect evening out with my
husband," continued Feeley, sorting through a varied array of dresses
pulled for her inspection by Megan Thompson Hand at Neiman Marcus.
Looking at the lines available for fall and winter, it was at once
apparent that the little black dress is no longer little. Actually, the
little black dress is no longer anything restricted by size, shape or
The little black dress is, in fact, short, long, in-between, low-cut,
high-necked, backless, sideless, formal, informal, ruffled,
straight-lined, A-lined and sidelined. In other words, there is literally
something for everyone and every taste.
Fashion today is all about the individual woman. And because there are
as many different types of women as there are types of designers, and
imaginations, ideas and dreams interpreted by these designers, the plate
is virtually overflowing with choice.
This is a good thing, say the retail mavens marketing fall fashion.
"Fashion comes and goes so quickly. Styles change, colors change,
season to season, moment to moment," says Christina Cox of
Bloomingdale's. "The black dress, however, never goes out of style."
The consensus among the models and the experts is simply that it is
not the number that counts, but rather how the particular garment fits,
that is important. Make no mistake, however, garment merchandisers know
they will sell more clothes to more women when they fit into a smaller
size than they think they can wear. It's an old trick. But it works.
Next Friday, The Look will show you how to add to your black dress
with the right accessories. From million-dollar diamond necklaces to a
$75 wrap, the look is as individual as you are.