Fall fashion draws its influence from around the globe, with details from far-reaching folksy corners of the world, disco gypsy vibes, and a quirkiness that makes even the most unshakeable fashionistas smile. But an underlying color is making a strong comeback — black. Nothing defines sophistication, mystery, and seduction quite like black does. The absence of light, black draws the eye and simultaneously projects confidence and independence. It’s no surprise that with cocktail affairs dotting the holiday calendar these chic styles will pop up at parties in the many incarnations of “the little black dress.” But even when black is the common factor, dresses take on new silhouettes and jumpsuits and elegant pants offer lots of style. Black is back, and here we show off some of the best looks in town.
Photography by Larry Kuzniewski
Fashion editor Augusta Campbell
This beautiful color combination of black and nude is seductive but refined. Knockout jewelry adds even more drama. Stretch tulle and embroidered dress by For Love and Lemons, $281, from Baer’s Den in Laurelwood. Diamond and white gold bird earrings; pearl, pink tourmaline, and diamond ring; both from A. Shaw Antiques and Interiors in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza; call for price. Metallic pumps by Prada, $695, from Joseph in Laurelwood.
East meets West in this stunning kimono gown. Black crepe kimono gown by Diane Von Furstenberg, $998; black suede shoes with gold ankle straps by Aquazzura, $765; blue topaz earrings, $275; all from Joseph in Laurelwood.
Yes, those are metallic woven lizards attached to a super simple sheath. Playing with exotic animals is easy when you stick with common colors and mixing lizards with a leopard print works really well here. Lizard dress by Artelier by Nicole Miller, $778; leopard mini audiere by Santi, $195; both from Kittie Kyle. Diamond, emerald, and South Sea pearl earrings from A. Shaw Antiques and Interiors in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza; call for price.
Black makes everything pop here and what better way to add more shine than by layering the rhinestone top with a beaded jacket, multi-layered necklace and breathtaking earrings. Rhinestone, crepe, and silk jumpsuit by Alice + Olivia, $698; metallic embellished cocktail jacket by Parker, $528; gold Lucite bracelets by Alexis Bittar, $275 each; all from Oak Hall. Moonstone Quartz, freshwater pearl, and multi-chain “Party Necklace” by Brave Design, $198, from Spruce. Coral, diamond, and white gold Art Deco earrings from A. Shaw Antiques and Interiors in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza; call for price.
Melanie Towery Prevost, model
Christopher Padgett, makeup artist with Bobbi Brown cosmetics at Macy’s Oak Court
Scot Robinson, Pavo Salon Spa
Susie Reuter, digital artist