Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Little Black Dress Looking Good on the Not so Little!

Today's Pelham Road Vintage feature is a vintage 50s Little Black Dress done up in black velvet by famed designer Lilli Diamond.  Diamond was renowned for her bling factor and this dress does not disappoint with it's scattered blue and crystal Rhinestones.

Pelham Road Vintage's Little Black Dress by Lilli Diamond
The Little Black Dress is probably the most heralded single piece of clothing since underpants. The black dress has been around for centuries but Coco Chanel revolutionized it from being simply functional to simply fabulous.

 In in a day where pregnant women are crucified for being fat and Betty White's image is airbrushed for the Saturday Night Live commercial cut aways, I decided to honor the Little Black Dress on the not so Little.

Some of these women would be under the scrutiny of the "fat police" if they were still in the public eye and others have shattered the relatively new ideal that only skinny is sexy.

Regardless, every single one of the following women rocked the LBD and the rocked it HARD!

“One is never over- or underdressed with a little black dress.”
—Karl Lagerfeld

Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot

Beyonce at the Kennedy Center 
Sophia Loren

Jane Russell 
Octavia Spencer
Jennifer Lopez
Jayne Mansfield in a LB Pants Suit