The Spirit of the Black Dress Gala 2013

Women have it easy.

A little black dress, or LBD as y’all call it, is all you need to get you through the most part of any working week, corporate or social occasion, wedding, funeral, party or first date. Just ask Cheryl Lin.

When it comes to men and what they’re working with, there are rules, but short of the navy suit, no one universally accepted singular piece of clothing – other than a jacket or blazer – that we can fall back to. For shame.

Melbourne over the past five years has played host to a little celebration of the ubiquity of the black dress and its spirit, longevity and practicality that culminates annually as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program known as The Spirit of the Black Dress.

It’s a mess of exhibitions, showings and rigorous filtering through of numerous independent and emerging fashion designer entries through which this year in 2013, ten emerged victorious with the opportunity to showcase not only their winning and favourite black dress, but a number of pieces from their latest collections.

The Spirit of the Black Dress is an industry-focused, designer-promoting event and cultural happening that aims to promote emerging designers and bring attention to the exceptional talent in Australia.

With a strong focus on sustainable fashion and ethical sensitivities, The Spirit of the Black Dress seeks to highlight how innovators in art and fashion are grappling with modern day issues while exercising creative and timeless fashion design in the form of a black dress.

In its fifth year and fourth as part of the LMFF, it was recently sadly revealed that the showcase will no longer continue.

Fared well by a packed room of onlookers, the likes of Australian designers Christina Exie, Kathryn Beker, Tettman.Doust, Basquesse, Pink and Grey and Ringuet all presented in a smorgasbord of black, white, monochromatic spatterings and licks of colour.

It’s been fun.

Perhaps now we can give way for The Spirit of the Navy Suit? Has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?

Thanks a million to Jennifer Estrada of Mirar PR for her wonderful photography skills.

This article also appeared on Melbourne Fashion blog, MelbGirl by Emily Collie. Read it here.

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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