Cast a Spell With an LBLD

Mimi ON Dec 30, 2010 AT 1:00 pm

Emma Watson in her own Rafael Lopez LBLD

Emma Watson in her own Rafael Lopez LBLD

By Carinna100

We all knew that the LBLD (little black lace dress) was going to be a hit for the party season, but when Emma Watson wore this Rafael Lopez number to the London Premiere of Harry Potter it has become THE dress for Christmas.

Emma Watson completed her grown up, post-Potter transformation by showing us the sexiest look we’ve ever seen from the gorgeous young starlet. From the alluring deep V back, to the sheer lace top and flirty feather skirt, the fashion world gave this look two stylish thumbs up. But can us mere muggles create the same black magic? I took to the High Street in search of dresses that would live up to Emma’s enchanting LBLD moment.



As I headed to Covent Garden, my first stop was Karen Millen. I was hoping to find a fantastic LBLD from the place known as a classic go-to store special occasion outfits, but while there were some fantastic dresses, they didn’t seem to have any LBLD. I had the same problem in French Connection – surely I’m not imaging this trend?!

In desperate need to prove that this trend will be huge for Christmas and buying a LBLD will make you the best dressed at your Christmas parties, I headed to my top secret party dress destination – H&M. Not the first place you’d think to look for luxe party dresses, but I have at least five of their glam frocks hanging in my wardrobe. I found three different lace looks as soon as I walked in the door; one body-con mini dress, a long sleeved skater dress and my lace adaptation of double denim – triple lace (top, vest and mini skirt). With prices between £14.99 and £40 for an entire outfit, this is red carpet fashion for every budget.

Whistles LBLD

Whistles LBLD

Next on my High Street hit list was Whistles. Every girl needs a Whistles dress in their wardrobe and I knew that they’d have some LBLD, and of course, they didn’t disappoint. While one of the dresses I found was not ‘technically’ lace (well, not lace at all) it did have a circular hem that mimicked Emma’s feather skirt and was as simple as it was stunning. The LBLD I did find at Whistles had a gorgeous semi peplum skirt and a hook and eye back fastening that made it sophisticated and sexy. Both Whistles dresses were £175, and worth the investment.

Oasis LBLD

Oasis LBLD from Bauer Griffin

I was feeling pretty confident now that Emma Watson and her LBLD were having a huge effect on the party dress styles in stores, and when I got to my final shop, I was very impressed. Oasis had several gorgeous lace dresses, but they also had an almost identical, vintage style LBLD in their windows!  This limited edition LBLD was the closest match to Emma’s dress; with lace, fringing, and beading – this 20s inspired dress was what I’d been looking for! And at only £150, it’s worth every penny.

So don’t worry, if you can’t afford the £4,200 price tag of Emma’s vintage dress, there are plenty of highstreet LBLDs out there so you too can work some black magic this Christmas.

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