Resort 2009: Polished black

The sophisticated black has always been a strong fashion statement, the symbol of authority, high class and über sexiness. But, as resort 2009 collections show, simple black doesn't do it anymore.

Black coats and trenches
black coats and trenches

Left to right: Behnaz Sarafpour, Giambattista Valli, Moschino, Prada.

Textured surface is a must for black-on-black outfits. Stylish trenches and spring coats have precious, jewel embellishments, frills and ruffles; casual pieces such as tops, a pocketed mini-dress or a tunic feature tucks, folds, pleats, stud or sequin trimmings.

casual black resort 2009
casual black resort 2009
Left to right: ADAM, Balenciaga, Malandrino, Stephen Burrows and Proenza Schouler.

Silky, shiny, sheer or self-textured fabrics such as lace also add interest to black. As for the iconic Little Black Dress, resort 2009 collections didn't lack in modern versions of this perfect number.

Little Black Dress resort 2009

Little Black Dress resort 2009

Left to right: Akris, Behnaz Sarafpour, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam and Donna Karan.

Twisted, knotted draping and inventive appliqué give an extra edge. As for shapes, 60s shift and cocoon shapes as well as 80s strapless and one-shoulder cuts are favored candidates for perfect LBDs.

LBDs resort 2009 collections

LBDs resort 2009 collections

Left to right: Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Marchesa, Loewe and Versace.

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