September 2 2014

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The LBD Gets Official


It’s on the books. The LBD is now an officially sanctioned abbreviation—at least as far as the Oxford English Dictionary is concerned. The venerable OED, English papers report, added “LBD” to its lexicon (along with bromance, tweetup, and cheeseball, but we digress) for the third edition, published today. The closet staple is clearly not going anywhere, but nice to know that its shorthand is here to stay, too. From the famous LBDs of history (like Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy from Breakfast at Tiffany’s) to those that stalked the runway during the LBD-heavy Fall shows, like Lanvin’s (pictured), the institutionalization of the term feels like credit where credit is due. Use cautiously, though. In certain circles (i.e., ours), “LBD” will always mean short, dark, and fabulous. In others, according, at least, to the American Heritage Dictionary of Abbreviations, something else: laser-beam detector.

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At Didier Ludot: Decades Of L.B.D.’s But No Lohan


For Didier Ludot’s celebration last night for the tenth anniversary of his label La Petite Robe Noire, the fountains of the Palais Royal were scented with Eau Blanche by Francis Kurkdjian. Welcome to Paris. A selection of Ludot’s archives graced the windows of the galleries, tracing the history of the L.B.D.: a Chanel number from 1927, a Lanvin from 1935, a Grès from 1942, and so on with Balenciagas, Diors, and YSLs in the mix. The sartorial timeline ended with a very recent, as in two and a half weeks ago, vintage with a Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 look.

None of these beauties were for sale. Instead, Ludot sourced some more affordably priced vintage dresses for his L.B.D.-only boutique—about 30 of them have already sold—and is concentrating on his new, accessible DL Palais Royal collection. At the party, Ludot greeted friends like Chantal Thomass, Claude Montana, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, while a rumored appearance by Lindsay Lohan had other guests in the crowd that included Alexis Mabille (pictured above) and former Emanuel Ungaro designer Vincent Darré, buzzing and lingering. The actress’ design partner, Estrella Archs, did show briefly. “I’m taking five minutes of air,” joked Archs. She and Lohan are still fine-tuning their process, she said, but promise a collection that draws upon the roots of Ungaro without going too literal. “We’re going for focused and purified with light dresses and a Mediterranean joie de vivre,” said Archs. “Tomorrow night’s the all-nighter.”