Black and forward

Electric with cutting-edge cool, the latest manifestations of the Little Black Dress put paid to the myth that this wardrobe staple is a safe, fallback option. Styling and photography by Damian Foxe

Viktor & Rolf polyester dress, £1,900. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Pierre Hardy calfskin shoes, £400
Viktor & Rolf polyester dress, £1,900. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Pierre Hardy calfskin shoes, £400
Akris tulle dress with wool‑herringbone St Gallen embroidery, £2,335. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Tommy Hilfiger leather and gold-plate shoes, £270
Akris tulle dress with wool‑herringbone St Gallen embroidery, £2,335. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Tommy Hilfiger leather and gold-plate shoes, £270
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Bottega Veneta tulle and patent-lambskin dress with wool slip, £4,935. Pierre Hardy suede shoes, £1,005
Bottega Veneta tulle and patent-lambskin dress with wool slip, £4,935. Pierre Hardy suede shoes, £1,005
Dior leather dress, £15,500, and suede shoes, £560
Dior leather dress, £15,500, and suede shoes, £560
Calvin Klein Collection wool dress with chain embroidery, from £15,000. Jimmy Choo studded suede pumps, £725
Calvin Klein Collection wool dress with chain embroidery, from £15,000. Jimmy Choo studded suede pumps, £725
Nina Ricci silk-radzimir and lace dress, £7,493. Paul Andrew canvas shoes, £440
Nina Ricci silk-radzimir and lace dress, £7,493. Paul Andrew canvas shoes, £440
Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane silk and tulle dress, £4,245, and leather studded bag, £1,185. Viktor & Rolf patent-leather shoes, £470
Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane silk and tulle dress, £4,245, and leather studded bag, £1,185. Viktor & Rolf patent-leather shoes, £470
Moschino Cheap and Chic silk/polyester dress embellished with sequins and faux pearls, £695, and leather boots, £920. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights
Moschino Cheap and Chic silk/polyester dress embellished with sequins and faux pearls, £695, and leather boots, £920. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights
John Rocha embellished silk dress, £2,200. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Kat Maconie leather shoes, £245. Dior faux‑pearl ring, £350. Jimmy Choo fox‑fur clutch, £1,295
John Rocha embellished silk dress, £2,200. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Kat Maconie leather shoes, £245. Dior faux‑pearl ring, £350. Jimmy Choo fox‑fur clutch, £1,295
Chanel silk-organza dress with silk appliqué flowers, £10,165, and crepe dress (worn underneath), £3,885. Pamela Mann nylon tights, £9, from MyTights. Casadei patent-leather shoes, £860
Chanel silk-organza dress with silk appliqué flowers, £10,165, and crepe dress (worn underneath), £3,885. Pamela Mann nylon tights, £9, from MyTights. Casadei patent-leather shoes, £860
Michael Kors wool and silk‑crepe dress, £3,270. Jimmy Choo leather shoes with fox-fur pompoms, £775
Michael Kors wool and silk‑crepe dress, £3,270. Jimmy Choo leather shoes with fox-fur pompoms, £775
Lanvin silk-radzimir dress, £3,615. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Givenchy leather ankle boots, about £1,129
Lanvin silk-radzimir dress, £3,615. House of Holland for Pretty Polly nylon tights, £12, from MyTights. Givenchy leather ankle boots, about £1,129
Giorgio Armani velvet bustier dress with rhinestone bow, £8,120, and velvet shoes with patent-leather piping, £555
Giorgio Armani velvet bustier dress with rhinestone bow, £8,120, and velvet shoes with patent-leather piping, £555
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