A wardrobe staple — the little black dress — gets a post-millennial tune-up. Classic? Yes. Ordinary? Never.
August 27th, 2001
Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
FASHION EDITOR” Siobhan Zetumer HAIR: Renato Campora for Aveda MAKEUP: Sonia Kashuk for Target HAIR (for Patti Hansen): Charlie Green for Madina Milano Cosmetics FASHION ASSISTANT: Monica Schweiger LOCATION: The Polaroid Studio, NYC.
DARK VICTORY A slashed sleeve, a tiny cape, and the little black dress goes from basic to best in show.
Opposite: Patti Hansen wears a Calvin Klein dress, $890 at Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Calvin Klein.
This page: Katy Braitman wears a Prada dress, $1,150, and cape, $1,050, at Saks Fifth Avenue and Prada.
BANG-UP STYLE With a leather holster and a sliced-off sleeve, a simple gown gets a hefty dose of firepower.
Marleen Berkova wears a Helmut Lang dress, holster, and handcuff, $2,780 at Helmut Lang.
FRINGE BENEFITS The long, laced-up boots and tough buckled belt might make a gypsy jealous, but this dress’s cascade of fringe is pure showgirl.
Gabriella Silva wears a Tom Ford for Yves Saint Lauren Rive Gauche dress, $1,695, belt, $395, and boots, $1,025, at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.
BACK TO SCHOOL Girly ruffles get kicked up a notch, thanks to a not-so-innocent corset back and a pair of killer stiletto boots.
Kay Iwakawa wears a Giorgio Armani dress, $3,575 at Giorgio Armani. Jimmy Choo boots, $1,040 at Jimmy Choo.
SNAP TO IT. Ride into the wee small hours with a dress that delivers a nipped-in waist and hard-core biker pockets.
Noot Seear wears a Balenciaga “le Dix” by Nicolas Ghesquière coat dress, $3,170 by special order at Barney’s New York.
FROM THE HIP It’s all in the details. Thanks to a silver zipper, an otherwise simple T-shirt dress takes a sexy turn.
Annie Morton wears a Tom Ford for Gucci dress, $1,295 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Gucci.
TALL ORDER An exquisite column of a gown gets a touch of equestrian chic: The shoulder hangs from a single leather strap.
Alek Wek wears a Michael Kors dress, $1,595 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Michael Kors. Cartier bracelet, $14,900 at Cartier.