New York Magazine
BLACK MAGIC
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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Alek Wek wears a Michael Kors dress, $1,595 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Michael Kors. Cartier bracelet, $14,900 at Cartier.


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