The LBD's Been Redefined
Behind the scenes… models off duty!
Every woman is familiar with the LBD! We just speak that language. The good news is that we now have a specialty store on Society Street of the same name!
Little Black Dress is the new kid on the retail block and offers a sea of party dresses in a city that loves a good social gathering! It was the owner, Carrie Turco, who first reached out to me to invite me to the Fall Collection Fashion Show held at the Republic Garden & Lounge. So I decided to pay her a visit at the store and get a preview of what she would be showing.
For starters, this was no ordinary rack I was sifting through. Intricately beaded and sequined cocktail dresses with clean forms and flattering lines, full-length gowns with strategic cutouts, and, of course, little black dresses with subtle leather details and paneling surfaced one after another. There was some over-the-top flash, but when you are walking into the party, these are the head-turning frocks you want to be snapped in. Very paparazzi ready and Red Carpet worthy. So my curiosity was at an all time high and I decided to grab a moment to chat with Carrie who was dressed like the poster child of the dress shop! She was wearing, naturally, a little black dress, statement neck candy and white pumps. High-glamour at high noon!
Here’s what she had to say…
« Why the Little Black Dress in Charleston?
I thought we were lacking a special occasion dress shop. That’s kind of where I jumped on and felt this is what we need—we have a lot of events here. I remember about five years ago when I really needed one… I couldn’t find a dress. I wanted one with the edgy gaudy flashy feel… and that is what I kind of wanted the store to be like. Very… Wow! I love sequins and things but I also like a very structured dress. So we try to mix the two!
« Who do you see wearing your dresses?
All different ages! We cater to everyone from the 18 year old to the mother of the bride. I even have dresses that have built-in shapewear for different body types. In fact, that’s our biggest seller. We offer over 70 options.
« Do you have a fashion background?
Yes! My Grandmom lived in France and was one of the first people to wear a Chanel suit. She really ushered fashion into our family! We would go to New York Fashion Week. We always had respect for fashion!
« Who would you love to dress for the Red Carpet?
Charlize Theron. She is very classy!
« Why a runway show for fall?
I wanted people to see what we are all about. We have evening wear and cocktail but we also have daywear. We have a dress for every occasion!
« Why Republic?
I just love Republic! I love the venue… it really speaks to me. It reminds me of my Northern roots!
« What’s next?
Want to know more? Visit the Little Black Dress online!
Runway photos by Tag Your Pix.