Looking for a superb LBD? Look no further:
This is a fabulous black wool knit YSL sleeveless sac dress with leather trim and a banded hem. What's that you say? It doesn't look like much on the hanger? Well, here it is on a body:
That's better. Even so, the dress does have belt carriers attached to it, so obviously it's supposed to have a belt. Here's what happens when I put on a nice leather one with some cool-yet-subdued hardware:
Sort of a modified mandarin collar, a little bit of gather around the neck, perfectly cut armholes make the shoulders look gorgeous but still allow for a Support Mechanism. So simple, so easy, so perfect.
The bad news? Well, it's pretty small. The tag says it's an XS, and it fits me, so I'm calling it a 4. I think it would work for a 2 provided you belted it, and I think it would work for a 6 provided you're fairly proportional (it's straight up & down). The other thing, of course, is that you cannot alter this dress -- it has a banded hem (like a sweater) and it's knit. It is what it is.
But what it is is pretty darned wonderful. I really love this thing, it's so soft and snuggly and chic at the same time I can hardly stand it.
So why aren't I keeping it? Well, for much the same reason I'm not keeping the Origamis -- I have plenty of stuff and besides, I really don't need to be spending the money right now. But I had to pick it up and bring it home and give one of my readers a shot at it, because I really think this is the kind of thing you should have in your closet if you can manage it. Original retail on this dress was $1185, but thanks to a missing belt and the NM outlet, it can be yours for $249, and that includes shipping for my readers. Like the Origamis, this is a limited-time offer and also like the Origamis, if not sold here it will wind up on an auction site where the price will be higher; so if you're interested or have any other questions, act fast.
Photos: Style Spy